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Experience. Diligence.

Legal Advice You Need, When You Need It

At Polak McKay & Hawkshaw, we are committed to providing you with the services you need when you need them most. These encompass a wide range of legal work, from business transactions and litigation to planning your estate. Overall, we strive to maintain a practice that can meet all the legal needs of an individual or business, without referral to another firm.

Our law firm in Ajax is comprised of dedicated team members, each with unique backgrounds they bring to their specific areas of practice. You can read more about our lawyers by clicking on the biographical links below.

Our firm policies, the approach of our staff and lawyers, and our personal histories set us apart. When you meet with us, you can expect:

  • Roots in Ajax going back to the 1950s

  • Experienced lawyers who each have spent many years in the legal profession

  • Fair treatment for our clients, who expect and receive personal attention from our legal counsel

  • Direct and informed advice and representation that lets you know where you stand legally and what your options are

Client satisfaction is our primary concern. We achieve that satisfaction by providing high-quality service. To learn more about what we can do to achieve your legal goals, we invite you to get in touch.

 

Get in touch

Polak McKay & Hawkshaw, LLP 
467 WESTNEY RD S UNIT 16 
Ajax, ON L1S 6V8 
(905)683-6880
info@pmhlawoffice.com

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Lawyers

 
 

Partner

Ronald John Hawkshaw

Ron is the senior land use planning and municipal lawyer at Polak, McKay and Hawkshaw. Ron is also a senior lawyer in the real estate law field.

Ron represents a number of public and private sector clients including real estate developers and municipalities. He has extensive experience in land development and appears before the Ontario Municipal Board.

Ron has also been active in the community in a number of non profit endeavours including Chair of the Durham Community Foundation, Chair of the Ajax-Pickering United Way, Chair of the local Heart and Stroke Foundation Chapter and coach in the Ajax Minor Hockey Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate

  • Land Use Planning

  • Municipal Law

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 1980

Education

  • York University, Osgoode Hall Law School, North York, Ontario, Canada

    • LL.B.

  • University of Waterloo

    • B.A.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Durham Region Law Association

  • Selina Moeser, Barbara Inkpen, Law Clerks

Pro Bono Activities

  • Chair, Durham Community Foundation

  • Chair, Ajax-Pickering United Way

  • Chair, Local Heart and Stroke Foundation Chapter

  • Coach, Ajax Minor Hockey Association

 
 
 

 
 
 

Partner

David Wallace McKay

David is the principal business law practitioner in the firm specializing in purchases and sales; financing, leasing and incorporations. He also serves non-profit corporate clients.

In real estate, he has many years' experience in new and resale purchases, sales and mortgages.

In wills and estates he has provided services in wills and powers of attorney preparation, estate planning; probate administration.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law

  • Real Estate

  • Wills and Estates

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    • LL.B.

  • McMaster University

    • B.A.

 
 
 

 
 

Partner

Neil Cameron Murkar

Cam is the senior litigation lawyer at Polak, McKay & Hawkshaw. Cam began his practice with a prominent insurance firm in downtown Toronto and then returned to the Region of Durham in 1994. He has appeared before all of the Courts in the Province of Ontario including the Ontario Court of Appeal and as well has appeared before numerous tribunals and Boards including the Ontario Municipal Board, the Ontario Human Rights commission and the Residential Tenancies Board. Cam also attends arbitrations and mediations on behalf of both his public and private sector clients.

Within the major practice areas identified above Cam's practice consists of the following types of matters:

  • breach of contract

  • wrongful dismissal

  • minor variance appeals

  • zoning and by-law matters

  • estate litigation

  • insurance claims

  • small claims court (FLAT fee basis)

Since returning to the Region Cam has been involved with the Rotary Club, the Oshawa/Whitby/Clarington United Way, the Board of Directors for the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, and currently the Board of Directors of the Durham Region Law Association. Cam is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association and the Durham Region Law Association.

Areas of Practice

  • Land Use Planning

  • Municipal Law

  • Civil Litigation

  • Estate Litigation

  • Employment Law

Education

  • University of Manitoba, Faculty of Law, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

    • LL.B. - 1989

  • McMaster University

    • B.A. - 1982

  • Lakehead University

    • B. Ed. - 1984

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, Board of Directors

  • Durham Region Law Association, Board of Directors

  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Member

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member

  • Durham Region Law Association

Pro Bono Activities

  • Rotary Club

  • Oshawa/Whitby/Clarington United Way

  • Board of Directors for the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

 
 

 
 

ASSOCIATE

Joseph Abraham Carpio

Joseph has an Honours Bachelor of Arts (with High Distinction) from the University of Toronto and a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Bar in 2014.

He practices primarily in the areas of real estate, wills and estates, and wrongful dismissal employment law.

Joseph is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and Durham Region Law Association. He is also the Treasurer of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association and has represented them at the US Hispanic National Bar Association. He is also the founder of the Hispanic Osgoode Law Association. Joseph was born and raised in Scarborough and Pickering, and now lives in Ajax.

He is proud to be practicing in his community.

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate

  • Wills and Estates

  • Employment Law and Wrongful Dismissal

Bar Admissions

  • Ontario, 2014

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    • J.D. - 2013

  • University of Toronto, St. Michael's College, Toronto, Canada

    • Bachelor of Arts (High Distinction) - 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Canadian Hispanic Bar Association, Treasurer, 2010 – 2015, Past Vice-President

  • Durham Region Law Association , Member, 2014 - 2015

  • Canadian Bar Association, Member

  • US Hispanic National Bar Association's Board of Governors, Representative

Languages

  • English

  • Spanish

  • French