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Aldo Berlingieri was born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario and is a graduate of St. Thomas More and Cathedral High Schools. He started his University studies at King’s University College at the University of Western Ontario making the Dean’s List in his second year and was accepted into Law School after completing the minimum two years of undergraduate studies.
Mr. Berlingieri graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario in 1981 as a member of the Dean’s Honour List. He articled with the firm of Yachetti, Lanza and Restivo in Hamilton where he later became a partner and practiced for five years. In 1988 Mr. Berlingieri joined Bartolini, Berlingieri, Barrafato, Fortino, LLP, and is a partner in that firm as well as one of the founding partners of Escarpment Law Group.
Mr. Berlingieri’s practice includes Real Estate and Financing Transactions, Business Acquisitions and Sales, Business Re-Organizations, Franchising, Commercial Leasing, Shareholder and Partnership disputes, Wills and Estate Planning.
Mr. Berlingieri has provided pro bono legal counsel to charitable and non-profit organizations and has volunteered with various youth sports organizations and community advisory boards. He is married with three children, speaks Italian, loves all things sports related and resides in the Hamilton area.
ALANNA C. STEPHEN*
B.A., LL.B., J.D.
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Alanna C. Stephen graduated with Honours from the University of Guelph with a Major in Criminal Justice & Public Policy and a Minor in Spanish. Ms. Stephen attended Law School at the University of Windsor and the University of Detroit Mercy obtaining both a Canadian and an American law degree in 2004.
In Law School, Ms. Stephen successfully represented political asylum claimants in front of the Immigration Board and placed first in both the Professional Responsibility Moot Court and Management Competitions.
Ms. Stephen articled at O’Connor MacLeod Hanna in Oakville and was called to the Bar in 2005. From 2005 until 2011, Ms. Stephen was an associate with Yachetti, Lanza & Restivo in Hamilton practicing mainly in the areas of Civil Litigation and Criminal Law. With this varied background, Ms. Stephen brings a multi-faceted approach to her current areas of practice: Real Estate Law and Wills/Estates. She joined Escarpment Law Group shortly after it was established in 2011 and is now a partner.
Ms. Stephen sits on a Board for a non-profit group offering after school help for underprivileged children in the Jane & Finch area of Toronto. She speaks Spanish as a second language, has travelled extensively through Latin America and has lived in both Bolivia and Spain. She enjoys being outdoors with her husband and very active children.
DOUGLAS J. DePAULO*
Douglas DePaulo was enrolled in the Business Administration Program at McMaster University from 1972 until 1974 and thereafter attended the University of Western Ontario where he obtained his Bachelor of Law Degree in 1979.
Mr. DePaulo articled with the firm of Pelech, Turnbull, Otto & Powell of Hamilton from 1979 to 1980. He was called to the Bar in 1981, and thereafter travelled the World extensively. Upon his return to Canada, he joined Yachetti, Lanza & Restivo LLP in the fall of 1981 where he was managing partner until the firm dissolved in late 2017. Mr. DePaulo founded Escarpment Law Group with Aldo Berlingieri in 2011.
Mr. DePaulo practices exclusively in the areas of Real Estate, Corporate Law and Wills & Estates. From modest beginnings, Mr. DePaulo now represents hundreds of Corporations and Businesses located in Southern Ontario.
Mr. DePaulo was born in Hamilton and he and his wife are proud Hamiltonians. He is active in the Hamilton community and is a 40-year member of the YMCA and a 25 year member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He is an avid traveller and spends as much time as he can with his family.
B.A. (Hons), LL.L., J.D.
A lifelong Hamiltonian, Anneli is a graduate of Westdale Secondary School. She combined her love of travel with university studies, earning five degrees at four universities in Canada and Europe. Anneli completed the National Program at the University of Ottawa, achieving both a common law and civil law degree which allowed her to complete most of her legal studies in French.
Following law school, Anneli traveled to Europe on scholarship to study International Politics and Security, receiving cum laude for her thesis on International Law in the Baltic Sea Area. She returned to Canada to start her legal career and worked at a busy litigation firm in Niagara following her Call to the Bar in 2015. Anneli has appeared before the Small Claims Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Provincial Offences Court, Social Benefits Tribunal, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. Anneli joined Escarpment Law Group in 2018 and is thrilled to be back in her hometown practicing law.
Anneli also teaches Estonian school and loves spending time with her young children and extended family.
B.A. (Hons), J.D.
Amey Hanna completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from McMaster University, graduating with Honours in 2010. She went on to obtain her J.D. from Western University Cooley Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2013. While in law school, Ms. Hanna was a member of the Dean's list and was awarded two Certificates of Merit, the highest honour for academic performance, in both Canadian Constitutional Law and Secured Transactions.
Ms. Hanna completed her articles at the law firm of Bartolini, Berlingieri, Barrafato, Fortino LLP in Hamilton and joined Escarpment Law Group as an associate lawyer after her call to the Bar in 2015. She practices in the areas of Real Estate Law and Wills & Estates.
Outside of the law, Ms. Hanna is an avid reader and loves to travel. During law school, she participated in a study abroad program, during which time she lived in Paris and travelled throughout Europe.
NORELLE L. Di GREGORIO*
B.A. (Hons), LL.B.
Norelle L. Di Gregorio joined Escarpment Law Group and Yachetti, Lanza & Restivo LLP as an associate lawyer in January 2017. In February 2018 and after many successful years, the law firm of Yachetti, Lanza & Restivo LLP dissolved and Ms. Di Gregorio continued to practice solely with Escarpment Law Group. Her practice focuses on Real Estate, Corporate Law and Wills & Estates.
Before joining our firm, Ms. Di Gregorio practiced civil litigation at a boutique personal injury law firm in St. Catharines. She has appeared before the Small Claims Court, the Superior Court of Justice as well as other administrative tribunals and regulatory bodies.
In 2014, Ms. Di Gregorio received her Bachelor of Laws with Honours from the Faculty of Law at the University of Birmingham, one of the leading Russell Group research and teaching universities in the United Kingdom. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2016. Before attending law school, she received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Criminology combined with a Minor in Italian Studies, from The University of Western Ontario.
Ms. Di Gregorio was born and raised in Hamilton and she is proud to be representing clients in her hometown. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Hamilton Law Association. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, being active and spending time with loved ones.
Serena graduated with First Class Honours from City, University of London where she obtained her law degree. Thereafter, Serena completed her LL.M from Osgoode Hall Law School.
After completing her LL.M, Serena went on to article at a boutique law firm and afterwards practiced as an associate lawyer in boutique law firms prior to joining Escarpment Law Group in 2020.
Serena’s practice focuses on Residential Real Estate and Wills & Estates.
Outside of the office, Serena enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.
LUCAS A. KOKOT*
Lucas is a graduate of the University of Guelph, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminal Justice and Public Policy, as well as a Certificate of Leadership from the Department of Management. Lucas obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa, where he was the recipient of the Le-Brenton Holmes Memorial Scholarship and was actively involved with the Community Legal Clinic, as well as various mooting competitions.
After graduating from the University of Ottawa, Lucas articled at a national law firm and more recently worked as an associate at a smaller firm before joining Escarpment Law Group in 2020. Lucas practices primarily in the areas of Commercial and Residential Real Estate, Corporate Law, and Wills & Estates.
Lucas remains actively involved in not-for-profit work in the community and when not in the office can be found with family and friends or watching an Arsenal game. Lucas is fluent in Polish and enjoys travelling, particularly to visit his family abroad.
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