Paul Crombeen

Paul was called to the Bar in June of 2015 and purchased the firm from George Kemp and Kathryn Pirie in October of 2015.  Born and raised in Temiskaming, Paul has had a lifelong interest in the law.

Paul specializes in corporate and commercial law, including real estate, as well as wills and estates. 

Paul is active in the community, serving as Vice-President of the Temiskaming Shores & Area Chamber of Commerce and as Director of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Cochrane Timiskaming Branch.  

Kathryn J. Pirie

A native of Northern Ontario, Kathryn Pirie was called to the Bar in 1988.  She has extensive experience in many areas of litigation, including insurance, personal injury, family, child protection, criminal, construction lien, construction and general litigation, as well as municipal law, and several areas of administrative law including property assessment disputes, Planning Act disputes and building code disputes.  She regularly handles municipal prosecutions as well as defending environmental and provincial offence matters. 

Kathryn has demonstrated expertise representing her clients before the courts. 

She has volunteered for numerous organizations over the years.

Kathryn has a working knowledge of French, having studied French at the university level.

Education

  • Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, Ontario, 1988 (Called to Bar)

  • University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, 1983-86 (Bachelor of Laws, Cum Laude)

  • York University, Toronto, Ontario, 1978-82 (Bachelor of Arts)

  • George Brown College,1977-81 (Early Childhood Education)

George W. Kemp

George’s entire legal career has been with the firm of Kemp Pirie Crombeen, or a predecessor of that firm. His practice is concentrated in the areas of residential and commercial real estate, as well as estate administration, planning and succession, including the preparation of wills, powers of attorney and trusts. 

George also specializes in commercial transactions, including the purchase and sale of businesses, incorporations, amalgamations, reorganizations and dissolutions and other corporate matter and municipal law.

George has been very active in his community volunteering as a minor hockey coach. He is presently a Director and Chair of the Temiskaming Hospital CAT Scan Foundation, his volunteer work also included ten years as a director of Temiskaming Hospital, five of which he was chair of the board and six years as  governor on the Board of Governors of Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology, two of which were as Chair of the Board.

George is an avid golfer, and enjoys cottage life on Lake Temagami with his family.

George is currently working towards retirement and spends most of his time at the office assisting the staff and lawyers with files. 

Brigid Wilkinson

Brigid grew up on a farm in Brethour Township.  She understands the importance of sound legal advice to families and small businesses.  Her practice focuses on real estate, corporate, commercial, wills and estates. She joined Kemp Pirie Crombeen as a part-time solicitor in October, 2019, and is happy to serve her clients in English and in French.

Brigid teaches Employment Law and Legal Ethics in the Law Clerk program at Northern College of Applied Arts & Technology, and mentors with the Ryerson University Law Practice Program.  She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Distance Education from Athabasca University.

Raised by her parents Jack and Julie to be active in her community, since returning home Brigid has been involved in various cultural organizations, such as Classic Theatre Cobalt, Temiskaming Festival of Music and Conseil des Arts Temiskaming Arts Council.  She is currently the Chair of the New Liskeard Non-Profit Housing Corporation, represents Northeastern Ontario at the Federation of Ontario Law Associations, serves as a Director on the Board of Temiskaming Shores Public Library, where she sits on the Strategic Planning Committee and volunteers with the outreach program at the Northdale Manor, and participates in the Grant Review Committee for the Temiskaming Foundation.

You may also see Brigid around on various stages with the Temiskaming Community Choir, Temiskaming Community Concert Band, or singing along with her guitar.

Education:

Temiskaming District Secondary School, Ontario Scholar, French Certificate (2001)

Mount Allison University, B.A. International Relations, Drama and French (2005)

Dalhousie University, LL.B. Certificate in Maritime Law (2011)

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