Patterson Law Expands

    TRURO, NS, July 3 /CNW/ - Patterson Law has further strengthened its
corporate and tax law practice by bringing into the Halifax and Truro-based
firm the highly regarded legal team that has practiced under the name Harris
    Patterson Law's managing partner Dennis James said Kate Harris Neonakis,
along with the legal team she brings to Patterson Law is a perfect fit.
    "Kate and her firm practice exclusively in tax, commercial and estate
planning and will be great assets to our firm," said Mr. James. "Kate brings
her whole team, including Jared Schwartz, a member of the Nova Scotia Bar
since 2005, Louis Matorin admitted to the Bar last year, the Harris Neonakis's
staff and two outstanding paralegals."
    For her part, Kate Harris Neonakis said she and her colleagues are
excited about joining the Nova Scotia firm with "a well-earned reputation for
exceptional client service."
    "It is a great opportunity for us, to help build an already growing tax
and estate planning practice. And it's very positive for my clients. I will be
able to access an even greater depth of corporate services," said Ms. Harris
    Patterson Law's roots run deep in Nova Scotia, and just over two years
ago lawyers in the firm decided to buck the mega-firm trend, rejecting a
merger with a regional firm in order to build a Nova Scotian practice, with
offices in Halifax and Truro.
    Today's announcement is in keeping with the firm's Nova Scotia growth
plan, and Mr. James said it will only improve the firm's commitment to
offering well-balanced, accessible legal counsel.
    A graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Kate Harris was admitted to the Nova
Scotia Bar in 1989. Now Kate Harris Neonakis, she is a leading practitioner in
tax law and practices in all areas of business and estate law.
    Ms. Harris Neonakis will head Patterson Law's tax and estate planning
group and will practice out of the firm's Halifax office.
    With this move, Patterson Law has grown to 30 lawyers serving a broad
range of clients from across Nova Scotia.

For further information:

For further information: Ron Creighton, Patterson Law co-managing
partner, (902) 896-6160; Kate Harris Neonakis, partner, (902) 425-5076

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