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Nolan, Ciarlo LLP

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In 1915, John J. Hunt opened his law office in downtown Hamilton and established the tradition of trusted personal care that has been the touchstone of our firm for over one hundred years.

For over a century, we have measured our success in terms of satisfied clients, not billable hours. From initial consultation to resolution, you can count on accessibility and accountability from your lawyer as we work with you to achieve the best possible outcome in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost.

John J. Hunt established our firm in 1915. He was appointed King’s Counsel in 1935, and served his community with distinction until his death in 1945. In 1935, his daughter Constance McLean became one of Ontario’s first woman lawyers and she and her husband J. Montalieu McLean continued the practice with Walter Tuchtie, who went on to become the Senior Judge of what is now the Ontario Court of Justice.

In 1975, John Hunt's grandsons, John Hunt Nolan and Dermot P. Nolan, established their law firm in partnership with Robert E. Forsyth. In 1978 the Nolans and McLeans merged their firms as Nolan Nolan McLean & Associates, later renamed Nolan Law Offices.

In 1995, Franco Ciarlo joined the firm and he became a partner in 2003. 

In 2012 the firm name was changed to Nolan, Ciarlo LLP and Heather McKinnon and John Hunt’s great grandson, Edward (Ned) P. A. Nolan, joined the practice. In 2018, the firm welcomed Mark Daly to the practice. Since 1987, the firm has also been associated with the law offices of McLelland & Dean and Murray R. Mazza.



Heather McKinnon
Mark Daly
Dermot P. Nolan
Franco Ciarlo
Ned Nolan

Firm Practice Areas

  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Employee Benefits Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labour and Employment Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Professional Malpractice Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Trusts and Estates

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