Our Team

Our Lawyers

Ted Dueck

Title: Partner
Phone: (519) 884-2620
Bio:
Ted has a broad civil litigation advocacy practice and focuses on the protection and enforcement of individual, contractual and property rights. He has extensive experience in personal injury and wrongful dismissal claims, contractual and commercial disputes, and estate litigation.

In focusing on what is in the best interests of his clients, Ted deciphers how to effectively resolve the legal issues at hand. While Ted is an accomplished trial lawyer, having appeared before all levels of the courts of Ontario and a number of specialized administrative tribunals, he is also a Chartered Mediator with a Certificate in Dispute Resolution. Although some matters may be appropriate for litigation, Ted recognizes others may be better suited for alternative dispute resolution. Through effective utilization of alternative dispute resolution techniques and processes, such as collaboration or mediation, his clients may achieve a better solution to their dispute at a lesser cost.

Ted also has a busy family law practice, primarily representing business owners, farmers and professionals in finding effective taxation and financial planning solutions to their family law disputes.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:

Ted has been a professional mediator since 1991. He has received a Chartered Mediator designation from the ADR Institute and a Master of Laws degree in Dispute Resolution from York University. Ted is a member of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation and a roster mediator for the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program.

Ted is also a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Waterloo Region Law Association.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

Ted was the Chair of the Board of Directors of CBM Canada for five years, and a former member of the CBM International Board of Directors. He is a past board member of Mennonite Central Committee Ontario (eight years), and has served on various Mennonite Central Committee subcommittees, including its building committee.

Ted has also been a board member of many other community organizations and was a founding member involved in organizing The Collaborative Family Law Association of Waterloo-Wellington, currently known as Best4All. He has also served as a trustee and vice-president of the Waterloo Region Law Association.

Bar Admission - Ontario Bar, 1979

Education - Chartered Mediator, ADR Institute

Master of Laws - Osgoode Hall Law School

Juris Doctor - Osgoode Hall Law School

Bachelor of Arts - Sociology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Assistant
Heather

Lee Sauer

Title: Partner
Phone: (519) 884-2620
Bio:
Lee has been practicing in the areas of real estate, wills, estates and trusts and corporate and commercial law in the Waterloo Region since his call to the bar in 1979.

Lee's practice involves all aspects of real estate law. He has extensive experience in both residential and commercial real estate development and general real estate law. Lee serves a varied and diverse clientele, including real estate developers, banks, not-for-profit and co-operative housing corporations and individuals. He is committed to ensuring that each client receives personal attention and every matter is completed properly and in a cost effective manner. He believes that it is essential to first understand the client's requirements, and then respond effectively to fulfill these needs, while providing prompt service and well-reasoned advice that is appropriate to the matter at hand.

In addition to his busy real estate practice, Lee is experienced in all estate planning and administrative matters. Within this field, he prepares wills, powers of attorney, trust agreements and related estate planning documents. He regularly advises clients on taxation, establishment and administration of trusts and estates. Lee represents estate administrators and trustees and assists them in respect to their responsibilities in managing and distributing trust and estate assets, including aiding in the winding up of complex estates and filing of related income tax returns.

Lee also practices in the area of corporate and commercial law where he services both for profit and not-for-profit organizations, in connection with a broad range of business and tax driven transactions. He has significant experience in mergers, acquisitions, asset and share transactions, incorporations, reorganizations and commercial real estate matters. Further, he also assists clients with a variety of commercial matters in the areas related to franchising and licensing, financing, technology, labour and employment, shareholder agreements and partnerships. As legal counsel to a number of charitable and not-for-profit organizations and housing co-operatives, Lee effectively advises his clients on such matters as formation, registration and governance.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
Lee is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Waterloo Region Law Association and numerous Mennonite organizations. He has been a past member of the Board of Directors for The House of Friendship Kitchener and Conrad Grebel University College at the University of Waterloo. Lee has also participated as a panellist and speaker in many seminars in the Waterloo Region and other parts of Southern Ontario on topics involving real estate law and estate planning.

Bar Admission - Ontario Bar, 1979

Education- Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Waterloo

Bachelor of Laws - University of Western

Assistants
Tina
Rose
Bronwyn

David (Dave) Jutzi

Title: Partner
Phone: (519) 884-2620
Bio:
Dave has extensive experience in corporate and real estate law matters. He acts for a wide variety of businesses and individuals in a diverse range of industries, including construction materials, manufacturing, health, software, retail and service sectors. Dave also represents a number of not-for-profit organizations, religious institutions and charities within the Waterloo Region in corporate governance and structural issues. He frequently represents clients in the acquisition and sale of office buildings, manufacturing plants and other developed rental commercial property throughout Ontario.

As a respected corporate lawyer and business confidant for many of his clients, Dave assists his clients at all stages of business growth and development. He plays an important role in structuring all aspects of tax and financial planning as well as establishing new ownership relationships including shareholder, partnership, joint venture agreements and other operational arrangements such as licensing and lease agreements.

Dave is a registered trade-mark agent with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. Working together with his clients, Dave prepares and registers trade-marks with the Canadian and International Trade-Mark offices. He also provides advice to clients relating to the validity and infringement of trade-marks.

Another component to Dave's busy legal practice, is advising his clients on estate planning and administration. He advises individuals respecting will planning, powers of attorney and trust planning in order to achieve their objectives while incorporating appropriate tax minimization strategies.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
Dave is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Waterloo Region Law Association. He is a speaker at many seminars in the Waterloo Region and other parts of Southern Ontario on such topics relating to business planning, not-for-profit corporations, charities, real estate law and estate planning. Dave has also been a board member on numerous not-for-profit corporations.

Bar Admission - Ontario Bar, 1984

Education - Juris Doctor, Osgoode Hall Law School

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Economics, University of Waterloo

Assistants
Shelley
Tina
Kristyn

Richard (Ric) Noll

Title: Partner
Phone: (519) 884-2620
Bio:
With extensive experience in all facets of family law and related issues, Ric skillfully assists his clients through the legal process, always conscious of the fact that he is often dealing with emotional and stressful situations. Working together with his clients, Ric will assess what options are available and advise how to best resolve the situation. Separation and divorce can be resolved in various ways. Negotiation, collaboration, mediation and arbitration are all options which may be canvassed. However, if the issues cannot be quickly resolved through such alternative means of resolution, Ric is a seasoned litigator, having appeared before all levels of court in this province.

Ric is experienced in the negotiation and preparation of cohabitation, pre-nuptial and separation agreements as well as paternity plans, surrogate contracts and adoptions. He is also adept in matters relating to child protection, mobility and variation of custody, child and spousal orders and agreements.

In effectively serving the needs of his clients, Ric can also assist with transfers of property, mortgages, wills and powers of attorney. estate planning, administration and litigation is also a growing part of his practice.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
Ric is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Waterloo Region Law Association. He is also a member of Best4All, previously known as The Collaborative Family Law Association of Waterloo-Wellington.

Bar Admission - Ontario Bar, 1984

Education - Bachelors of Laws, University of Western Ontario

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - University of Waterloo

Assistant
Rachel

Kelly Hooper

Title: Associate
Phone: (519) 884-2620
Bio:
Kelly has been an associate member of the firm since 2003. She enjoys a general and diverse practice and services the needs of both private and corporate clients.

Kelly's primary focus is on the resolution of civil disputes, including those related to family law, employment law, estates, and guardianship. She is also actively involved with the co-operative housing sector.

Kelly is approachable, responsive and committed to her clients. She strives to provide each client with the care and timely attention that they deserve. Kelly prides herself in being someone to whom her clients can easily relate. She takes the time to speak to her clients in plain language, keeping each advised every step of the way. Kelly helps them understand and appreciate the various processes and options that are available to them.

While litigation is often necessary, she recognizes that in many cases, alternative methods to resolve disputes best serve her clients. She encourages negotiation, collaboration and discussion, where appropriate, applying an aggressive, but fair approach.

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES:
Kelly is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Waterloo Region Law Association. She frequently provides seminar presentations on current legal issues and those related to co-operative housing.

Bar Admission - Ontario Bar, 1997

Education - Bachelor of Laws, University of Windsor

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) - Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University

Christopher (Chris) Park

Title: Associate
Phone: (519) 884-2620
Bio:
Chris practices in the areas of real estate, corporate and commercial law, and wills and estates.

With a growing focus on residential real estate, he is able to assist vendors and purchasers with the drafting and preparation of purchase and sale agreements, as well as with the completion of other documentation in connection with their real estate transactions. Chris is also able to assist with the preparation and submission of various property related applications to local municipalities, including land severance and minor variance applications.

Having focused strongly on business law, both as a student and as a burgeoning lawyer, Chris is able to assist with incorporations, amalgamations, and company reorganizations, and he is further able to provide effective services in a wide variety of commercial matters relating to corporate governance, asset and share transactions as well as commercial real estate.

Chris enjoys the challenges that real estate, corporate and commercial, and wills and estate law present, and he looks forward to settling into these roles as his practice continues to evolve.

Professional Activities
Chris is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and the Waterloo Region Law Association.

Bar Admission - Ontario Bar, 2017

Education - Juris Doctor, University of Western Ontario

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) University of Guelph

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Thomas (Tom) Jutzi

Title: Associate Counsel (Retired)
Phone: (519) 884-2620
Bio:
Retirement as of March 31, 2020

A letter from Tom:

It is with mixed feelings that I confirm I have retired as of March 31, 2020.

I have enjoyed the opportunity of serving you with timely and competent guidance. I have also enjoyed the intellectual challenge of assessing your legal issues.

I look forward to spending time with family and friends. I will focus more on the hobbies I enjoy like photography, trail building, birding and studying astronomy and physics. In time, I will do some travelling. Our cottage will also receive a lot of my emotional energy.

I have left your files in good hands.

My corporate files are under the care and direction of my brother, David Jutzi. Dave has extensive experience in corporate law. He will manage the files with the assistance of lawyers within the office. For those of you who have your wills at our firm, I confirm these will remain with Dueck, Sauer, Jutzi & Noll LLP for safekeeping. Again, my brother Dave will manage this process.

My assistant, Margaret Moffat, is staying with the firm and will be assisting in the transition of my files. Should you have questions, you can contact either Dave or Margaret at 519-884-2620.

I expect the transition has been practically seamless for you and you will be served well at Dueck, Sauer, Jutzi & Noll LLP.

Finally, I want to thank you for the confidence you placed in me. I have viewed my service to you as a sacred duty. I have enjoyed getting to know you. I wish you success in all your future endeavours.

Assistant
Margaret