Christopher S. Spiteri

Chris` practice focuses on business and corporate law, residential real estate, and debt recovery. Chris litigates contractual disputes, prepares contracts and agreements for partners, shareholders, and employers, organizes and restructures corporations and other business models, and transacts the purchase and sale of assets. Chris is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and Dalhousie University Law School.  He was called to the Ontario bar in 1996.

Chris has extensive experience with corporate governance.  He is a graduate of the Rotman School of Business, Director Education Program and is certified with the Institute of Corporate Directors.  Chris was a Director of Tarion Warranty Corporation (the Ontario New Home Warranty Program)for 10 years, he served as Vice-Chair for 6 years and was elected Chairman of the Board for his last year.   Chris is the President and Chair of the Music and Beyond, a not for profit classical music festival in Ottawa, was the Corporate Chair of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Light the Night Walk for two years, and was a Director on the Ottawa Humane Society Board of Directors.

Chris served as a Chair of the Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal for eight years, was active with the OCRT Panel Member Task Force on Disability and Private Insurance, and presented before the House of Commons Subcommittee on the Status of Persons with Disabilities. 

Chris is always active within his community, while at the University of Ottawa, Chris was Vice-President, Academic of the Student Federation and also a Director of the Ontario Federation of Students. At Dalhousie University, Chris was the Chairman of the Law Students Society for two years and, in his last year, was Editor of the Weldon Times, the law school newspaper. Chris served as past Treasurer of the Thomas Moore Lawyers’ Guild, and as President of a condominium corporation in Ottawa. Chris has been a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa, School of Management, the Algonquin College Business School, and at the County of Carleton Real Estate annual general meeting.


When Chris is not practicing law, he enjoys travelling with his family. He is has coached local youth basketball teams. 

Caroline Ursulak

Caroline has practiced in the field of labour and employment law since her call to the Ontario Bar in 1997. After graduating from the University of Toronto Law School in 1995, Caroline spent 10 years working in the labour and employment law departments of two large, national firms where she gained broad experience in all aspects of labour and employment law acting on behalf of many of Canada's top employers. Caroline left Bay Street in 2005 to start her own practice in which she continues to focus on employment and labour law issues.

Caroline's practice covers the full range of workplace issues, from hiring to firing and all points in between. She has vast experience drafting employment and executive contracts, as well as retention and separation agreements. She regularly provides advice and representation on disciplinary and disability management issues, accommodation and human rights matters, and on workers' compensation and employment standards claims. Caroline also handles all matters related to the termination of employment, including the negotiation of settlement agreements or, if necessary, wrongful dismissal litigation.

As an advocate, Caroline has been involved in numerous proceedings before labour and employment tribunals including the Canada Industrial Relations Board, the Ontario Labour Relations Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal, employment standards hearings and labour arbitrations. She has also appeared in the Superior Court of Ontario, the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal with respect to employment litigation and judicial review applications.

John E. MacDonell

John Edward MacDonell earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of King’s College (1988), and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Dalhousie University (1994).  He received awards for excellence in Constitutional Law and Insurance Law, along with the Dickson Medal for Distinguished Advocacy at the Gale Cup Moot Court Competition.

MacDonell articled with the Halifax office of Stewart McKelvey, becoming an associate lawyer upon his admission to the Nova Scotia Bar in 1995, and went on to become a Partner in the firm  on January 1, 2001. He is licensed to practice law in Ontario.  He is experienced in litigation and class actions, and in resolving legal issues in all facets of insurance law, personal injury, construction disputes, international law, administrative law, energy law, elections law, and commercial, corporate and municipal law.  

His career also includes drafting proposed legislation, navigating that legislation from tabling to enactment, and in-depth knowledge of the machinery of government.

As a part-time faculty member at Dalhousie Law School, MacDonell taught courses in Civil Trial Practice (2001) and Commercial Law (2002), and also lectured in Insurance Law and Constitutional Law. He guest-lectured at the University of Ottawa on the topic of negotiating practice and tactics. He is a former Chair of the Construction Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association’s Nova Scotia Branch (2001-2003).

From 2000-2004, MacDonell was a member of the Board of Directors of Phoenix Youth Programs, a non-profit, voluntary agency providing care and services to at-risk and homeless youth, and from 2004-2006 was a trustee of the Phoenix Youth Programs Charitable Foundation.  MacDonell has been commended by the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal for providing legal services on a pro bono basis.  He is Chair of the St. John Ambulance Federal District Council Board.

MacDonell has been involved in the democratic process politics for over three decades, serving in many roles including President of the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia.  In 2003, he was one of 12 original petitioners to establish the Conservative Party of Canada, serving as a member of its first governing body and as Chair of its Arbitration Committee. In 2014, he accompanied former NDP Premier Darrell Dexter and former Liberal Cabinet Minister Ken Dryden to Tunisia, as a member of the National Democratic Institute’s Presidential election observation mission.

In 2006, MacDonell took leave of absence from his partnership at Stewart McKelvey to become Chief of Staff to the Honourable Peter MacKay, where he served for over seven years in the portfolios of Foreign Affairs, National Defence, and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.  He also assisted Minister Mackay in his capacity as Regional Minister for Nova Scotia, and at times as Regional Minister for Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.  In these capacities, he supported Minister MacKay in many achievements, including:

  • building consensus with all provinces and territories for Canada to sign the United Nations International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities;

  • securing the $870 million Crown Share offshore natural gas agreement for Nova Scotia;

  • establishing and implementing the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy;

  • committing federal funding of over $50 million for the new Nova Scotia Convention Centre;

  • establishing the annual Halifax International Security Forum, and bringing it to global prominence;

  • enhancing and improving Atlantic Canada ferry services;

  • initiating and promoting the Atlantic Gateway international trade corridor;

  • securing federal guarantees to support the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Project;

  • supporting Canada’s men and women in uniform in such missions as Afghanistan, Haiti, and Libya, and equipping them for mission success through procurements such a strategic lift aircraft, tactical lift aircraft, tanks, armoured vehicles;

  • protecting Canadians and meeting Canada’s international obligations, by improving the Search and Rescue system.   

In 2012, MacDonell was inducted into the Order of St. George as a Knight Commander, and was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant-governor of Québec.

In 2013 and 2014 he was Stewart McKelvey’s Ottawa-based partner.  In 2015 he re-joined the Government of Canada as Chief of Staff to the Honourable Erin O’Toole, Minister of Veterans Affairs.  In this capacity, he supported Minister O’Toole in many achievements, including:

  • designing, enacting and implementing legislation to improve benefits for injured Veterans in Canada’s New Veterans’ Charter, including a Purpose Clause to recognize Canada’s obligation to Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans;

  • overseeing and managing many litigation matters involving Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), working to ensure fair treatment of Veterans, protect the public treasury, and turn adversarial litigation into respectful dialogue;

  • expanding VAC’s capacity to deliver benefits and services to injured Veterans and their families, through the addition of over 300 front-line Case Managers and Benefits Adjudicators, and re-engineering the application process to ensure faster, fairer, “Veteran-Centric” departmental culture;

  • expanding and improving mental health support for Veterans, including research and development of diagnosis and treatment, de-stigmatizing mental health issues, and opening Operational Stress Injury clinics from coast to coast;

  • commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Liberation of the Netherlands in Europe with a delegation of more than 60 Canadian veterans and close to 1,000 Canadian students and cadets; and the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War in the Far East.

In January 2016, MacDonell joined Spiteri & Ursulak LLP as a partner in the firm’s Ottawa office.

Michael Crystal

Michael Crystal partner at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP.

Michael Crystal currently spends his time providing strategic advice on privacy and data breaches to government and industry.

He is also involved with both federal and provincial governments on issues of policy and legislative drafting.

Michael Crystal currently heads up the class action group at Spiteri & Ursulak LLP

Michael Crystal articled with the Atlantic law firm Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales and was called to the Newfoundland the bar in 1992 and the Ontario bar in 1996. He then worked as a public defender for the Newfoundland Legal Aid Commission from 1991 to 1995. Since then he has worked for Borden Ladner Gervais, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson and Pinkofsky Lockyer before starting his own firm Crystal & Associates in 2001.

In 2015 Mr. Crystal joined Spiteri & Ursulak as a partner to leave their privacy , regulatory and class action team.

Mr. Crystal has worked primarily in the area of criminal law and has appeared at all levels of trial and appellate courts in Ontario, including the three appearances as lead counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada.

More recently, Mr. Crystal has developed a privacy practice. He has been retained by industry and the Senate to testify before the Canadian Senate committees on Human Rights, Industry and is currently scheduled to testify before the National Security committee relating to issues of privacy. Mr. Crystal is currently class counsel in five personal health information class actions. Most recently, he appeared as co-counsel before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Hopkins v. Kay ; a precedent setting case relating to the interplay between provincial personal health information legislation and the common law.

Finally, Mr. Crystal is currently speaking and giving papers to lawyers and industry players on data breach and cyber security.

Telephone : (613) 794-1312

Kevin Kavanagh

Kevin has carried on a general practice since his call to the Ontario Bar in 1999, with particular emphasis on family law, wills and real estate.  He is a graduate of Carleton University and of the University of Ottawa Law School. Born and raised in Ottawa, Kevin is a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Carleton, as well as a member of the CCLA and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

As a family law lawyer, Kevin has successfully represented clients in cases involving divorce, custody/access, child support, spousal support, property issues, restraining orders, etc. , both in Court and in the negotiation and drafting of separation agreements, cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts.  Kevin is committed to assisting clients with finding reasonable solutions to issues at what is often a very emotional time, and is happy to offer a free half hour consultation. 

There are few more important legal documents than a will, and Kevin has helped many people ensure that their wishes are properly recorded and the needs of their loved ones met by drafting wills and powers of attorney for care and property.  Kevin also assists with the administration of Estates, including Applications for Appointment of Estate Trustee (often referred to as probate).

As a real estate practitioner, Kevin has helped hundreds of families refinance, buy and sell homes, providing competent and reassuring service at what can be a stressful time.

Norman Mizobuchi

Norman’s practice focuses primarily on civil and commercial litigation, class actions, and privacy law.  He has represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario and administrative tribunals. 

Norman litigates civil disputes concerning a wide array of matters including contractual and leasing issues, injunctions, civil fraud and conspiracy, real estate, bankruptcy and insolvency, professional negligence, private international law, criminal interest, and defamation. 

He is currently acting for clients in a number of actions involving allegations of privacy breaches, including proposed class actions against hospitals for violations of patient privacy (Hopkins v. Kay and Broutzas v. Rouge Valley Health System). In addition to privacy class actions, he has acted for the plaintiffs in other class actions, including consumer protection, securities, insurance, pharmaceuticals, and product liability matters. 

Norman completed his articles and practiced civil and commercial litigation at a full-service downtown Toronto law firm and later worked as an associate at a class action boutique where his practice focused on prosecuting class actions on behalf of plaintiffs.  He received his LL.B. from Queen's University in 2006 and is currently a candidate in the LL.M. program at the University of Toronto.   He was called to the Ontario bar in 2007.

Norman was a panellist at the Ontario Bar Association’s Institute 2015 in a session on privacy class actions in the data breach context.  He has also volunteered to coach and judge moots, including the Warren K. Winkler Class Actions Moot; worked as a legal researcher for the Canadian Customs and Revenue Agency (now the Canadian Revenue Agency); and participated in the Pro Bono Students Canada program.   He regularly writes on a variety of topics, including forensic reports, real estate disputes, workplace privacy, pre-certification motions, class actions and insolvency, and settlement and fee approval. 

Scott Pommerville

Scott Pommerville joined Spiteri & Ursulak LLP in August 2017. Prior to joining our team, Scott practiced in tax litigation with a boutique tax law firm. Scott’s practice focuses on corporate law, commercial leasing, director’s liability, CRA dispute matters and civil litigation.

Scott has litigated matters before the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and the Federal Court. He has assisted individuals and small to mid-size companies with their corporate governance and tax dispute related matters. Through preparation of contracts, commercial leases, shareholder agreements and corporate structures, Scott addresses his client’s business and personal needs.

Efficient and client focused, Scott takes pride in being quick to respond to clients needs and requests. He is fiercely dedicated to his clients’ rights and works tirelessly to ensure that they are protected. The focused approach to the client’s needs and assisting them to understand the legal process is what helps Scott build strong relationships with his client’s.

Scott is a graduate of Carleton University and the University of Kent. He was called to the Ontario bar in January 2016.

Currently a member of the County of Carleton Law Association Membership Committee and the Advocacy Club, Scott is in a continuous pursuit to hone his skills. Giving back to the community is something Scott is proud of, he has coached minor hockey, serves meals at the Ottawa Mission and has competed in the ring at Fight for the Cure events.

Scott calls Ottawa home after moving here from British Columbia. Outside of the office he enjoys travelling, hockey, and hiking.

Nicholas Habets


Nick joined our firm as an associate in July of 2018 after articling here. Nick’s practice covers a wide range of areas including commercial and civil litigation, corporate and business law, tax, and wills and estates law.

Nick has appeared before the Ontario Courts on matters ranging from commercial tenancy disputes to class action certification. As a solicitor, Nick advises clients on corporate and tax issues and all other business law needs.

Nick obtained psychology degrees from both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. He applies this background in all of his dealings with clients, allowing him to build the rapport necessary to ensure that he understands his clients’ needs and meets them efficiently and effectively. Nick attended the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University where he tutored first year law students through Queen’s law mentor program. Through Queen’s Law’s Federal Government Internships Program, Nick took the opportunity to work at the Canada Revenue Agency during his final year of law school. Nick obtained his Juris Doctor in 2017 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2018.

Nick is a member of the Country of Carleton law Association. Outside of the office, Nick spends his time exercising, hiking, and producing electronic music.


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