Executive & Committees
We are governed by our Board of Trustees and an Executive Committee led by the President. In addition to the Bench & Bar Committee and the Social Committee, the Board also has nine distinct subcommittees that reflect the diverse practice areas and experiences of our membership: Corporate/Commercial; Criminal; EDI/Professionalism; Family; In-house; Personal Injury; Real Estate; Small Firms/Sole Practitioners; and Wills, Estates, and Trusts. All committees are led by a Trustee.
Karen was called to the Law Society of Ontario in 2003 and has been a member of the Middlesex Law Association since 2006. Karen works at Beckett Personal Injury Lawyers and focuses on representing those injured while in the care of others such as long-term care homes, nursing homes, schools, and daycares as well as people injured in car accidents, slips and falls and other incidents. She is actively involved in her clients’ claims for accident benefits, short-term disability, long-term disability and travel insurance benefits. Outside of the law Karen enjoys spending time with her daughters, hiking, running and paddleboarding. She tries to make the best of winter weather by snowshoeing and cross country skiing.
Jake is a Partner in the Plaintiff Personal Injury Group at Lerners LLP. His practice is devoted entirely to helping advance the rights of those injured and disabled across Ontario. He was called to the Ontario bar in 2014, after obtaining his Juris Doctor from Western University in 2013. Jake has been a Trustee of the Middlesex Law Association since 2015. In addition to his role as the Vice President of the Middlesex Law Association, he is a Director for the Brain Injury Association of London and Region, and a member of Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s Southwestern Professional Executive Committee. Jake is a television junkie and an avid sports fan, with a passion for baseball and F1 racing.
Erin Rankin Nash
Erin practices in the areas of Wills, Estates & Trusts, Personal Injury Law, Litigation, Elder Law and Health Law. She was on the Consent and Capacity Board for six years, dealing with the vulnerable and those with mental health issues. Erin is presently on the Brescia University Board of Trustees, a member of the Health Science Research Ethics Board at Western and a director of Global MINDS Collective Board. Previously Erin had served on boards for St. Joseph’s Health Care, Canadian Museum of Nature, YMCA of London, Big Sisters of London, TVO Foundation and has been actively involved in political campaigns at all levels of government. Erin is a recipient of the Western Law Malcolm J. McKinnon Award, Flare’s Canadian Volunteer of the Year – Jane Musset Award, the Paul Harris Fellow, the Leading Women Building Communities Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, and the Women of Excellence – Community, Volunteerism and Humanity Award.
Jennifer is a Partner and a Practice Group Leader with the Family Law Group at Harrison Pensa. Her focus is on family law intersecting with trust, corporate, and estates issues. Jennifer is a 2021 Top 20 under 40 recipient for her leadership and mentorship at both the firm and within the legal profession. She integrates with the London community through her roles in various organizations, including Daya Counselling Centre and the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. A native of Calgary, Jennifer grew up hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains. She aspires to visit Canada’s Arctic one day.
Joel is the Director of Sales and Client Services for the London branch of Intact Insurance. He has held various managerial positions at Intact since 2017. Prior to moving into leadership, Joel practiced for several years as an insurance defence litigator. Now a non-practicing lawyer, he has found great value in maintaining his connection with the London legal community through his involvement with the Middlesex Law Association.
Bench & Bar
Rasha El-Tawil, John A. Nicholson, Hilary Jenkins
Anna Szczurko, Jennifer Hawn, Grace Smith
Practice Area Subcommittee Leads
Corporate/Commercial: Jennifer Hawn
Criminal: Currently unfilled
EDI/Professionalism: Rasha El-Tawil
Family: Hilary Jenkins
In-house: Grace Smith
Personal Injury: Tinashe Madzingo
Real Estate: Jacqueline Fortner
Small Firms/Sole Practitioners: Nicola Circelli
Wills, Estates, and Trusts: Erin Rankin Nash
Be a Leader in Your Practice Area
We continue to actively recruit members to contribute their expertise and voice to the newly-formed subcommittees above. This opportunity will raise your profile within the community, earn you a reputation as a leader in your practice area, and connect you with other lawyers in your field.
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