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Jonathan’s areas of expertise include estate litigation, civil litigation, and estate dispute resolution. Jonathan has acted in a wide range of estate litigation matters including, as legal counsel for will challengers, on behalf of estates in defence of will challenges, on behalf of individuals who have been disinherited from the estate of a family member and many more. Jonathan has also acted on behalf of clients on a variety of civil litigation matters. Jonathan’s civil litigation practice is particularly focused on injunctions, real-estate litigation and employment litigation. Jonathan’s strives to achieve the best result for all of his clients, whether it is in the courtroom or in negotiations prior to, or during, litigation.
Jonathan appears regularly in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice and Small Claims Court throughout all of Southern Ontario.
Prior to joining Donnell Law Group, Jonathan articled for a seasoned litigator at a boutique civil and commercial litigation firm on Bay Street, in downtown Toronto. As part of his articling experience Jonathan assisted with a wide range of civil and commercial litigation matters which provided him with a foundation of legal knowledge which he has continued to build on since being called to the bar in 2016.
Jonathan graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) majoring in Sociology and Anthropology obtaining placement on the Dean’s List in both of the final two years of his degree. Jonathan then obtained his Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) abroad at the University of Leicester, in the United Kingdom graduating with upper second class honours. Whilst attending the University of Leicester, Jonathan was the Director of the Innocence Project, leading two teams of eight researchers striving to correct miscarriages of justice, and was also a committee member of the Pro Bono Group at the University. Upon his return to Canada, Jonathan subsequently obtained his Certificate of Qualification from the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada in 2015.
Jonathan lives with his wife, daughter and Miniature Golden Doodle, Maximus. An avid sports fan, Jonathan enjoys baseball, hockey and football. When not assisting clients or spending time with his family, Jonathan enjoys reading, particularly anything by John Grisham, and watching movies, most notably science fiction films.
Undergrad- Dalhousie University (class of 2012)
Law School-University of Leicester, U.K. (Upper 2nd Class Honours)
Called to the bar: 2016
Review from D.C.
Worked with Jonathan Friedman, upfront type of guy who provided a fair assessment weighing in all aspects and worked on efficient problem resolution. Good work!
Review from K.P.
I dealt with Donnell Law Group (and in particular Jonathan Friedman) for the better part of 2016 and into 2017 regarding an estate/will issue. Jonathan and everyone else I spoke with and dealt with were always professional and courteous. I always felt they had my best interests at heart, they advised me of all options honestly regarding every matter relating to my case. I will be using their services again in the near future and I would highly recommend Donnell Law Group to anyone in need of legal services and/or advice.
Review from E.A
I have had a good experience, with the Donnell Law Group in the past, and recently with an estate litigation issue.
I have been consulting with Jonathan Friedman on a family estate litigation issue, for several months.
It has been a long, and contentious issue for me, but Jonathan has been very supportive and proactive in advancing my concerns.
Jonathan is knowledgeable, concise, and up to date with regard to the many procedures required in the legal system.
He understands that legal procedures can be daunting to many people, and has taken extra time to explain these, in "ordinary" terms, to me.
His efforts on my behalf are very much appreciated, and I look forward to a satisfactory outcome, with his ongoing expertise.
Review from K.B.
I have spent my career as a funeral director and have navigated many families through estate matters and the ensuing emotional and often hostile roller coaster ride that follows these issues. I thought I was pretty good at estate issues.BOY WAS I WRONG!!
After a death in my own family (my mother's last remaining sibling) and the ensuing mud slinging, innuendos, hurt feeling and all around nastiness, I quickly came to realize I was way out of my league when it came to estate matters on this level. What I DID know was I had a mother to take care of on many different levels and needed some legal expertise.
Calling Donnell law group and discussing the issues with Jonathan Friedman was the best decision I could have made in this situation.Jonathan was very considerate in making appointments and accommodating my sometimes hectic schedule. More important to me however, was how kind and genuinely concerned Jonathan was my mother's emotional well being, which at times bordered on fragile. Jonathan provided the pro's and con's of all the options available based on the many issues and did this in a very gentle manner with words that were easily understandable. Phone calls were returned within a day but more often than not were returned within a few hours and billing statements were always reliable, very detailed and accurate.
On a personal level this was the best decision I could have made for all the reason's listed. On a professional level I would not hesitate to recommend Jonathan to any of the families I am honoured to care for should they ever find themselves in similar circumstances. A very heartfelt and most sincere THANK YOU to Jonathan and his staff.
IAIN T. DONNELL
KEVIN D. ZALDIN
Family Law & Civil Litigation
MORGAN D. LIPCHITZ
Criminal Defence & Civil Litigation
Senior Consultant Human Rights & Diversity