Independent. Experienced.

From their offices in Ottawa and North Bay, the legal professionals at McLeans Lawyers provide their clients with a broad range of legal expertise based on decades of experience.

Ian McLean, BA, MA, LLB

Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, Legal Services Department

  • expropriations, police defence, prosecution on behalf of the police, including jury trials
  • municipal law, planning issues and land use, including the Toronto Island arbitration, land valuation development for Scarborough Town Centre, Scarborough light rail transit (LRT) land rulings and expropriations

Royal Bank of Canada, Counsel, Litigation

  • banking litigation, labour relations, supervising international litigation both by and against the bank in Canada, European Union and the Caribbean.

POINTTS Advisory Limited, Co-Founder

  • with Co-Founder Brian Lawrie, POINTTS effectively launched the paralegal profession in 1984, paralegals are now recognized in four provinces
Private Practice, North Bay and Ottawa
  • civil litigation, employment (including wrongful dismissal), real estate, land valuation, environmental, planning and expropriation, and criminal law

University of Toronto, BA, History and English

Oxford University, Christ Church, MA, Jurisprudence

Dalhousie University, Schulich School of Law, Halifax, LLB

While at Oxford, Ian studied with a Mackenzie King Traveling Scholarship from the University of British Columbia. He earned his Oxford “Blue” to play hockey and lacrosse against Cambridge University. Among other campus activities, Ian was also Secretary of the Oxford University Strategic Studies Group and a member of the Oxford University Indian Society, Poetry Society and Scottish Country Dance Society.

Ian is also the author of Pull Over Please: What to do when the police stop you, with Brian Lawrie, published by Doubleday Canada.

Ian was a Founding Director of Toronto’s Elmer Iseler Singers, now in their 33rd season.

He has also led humanitarian groups on short-term trips to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, India, England, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Ukraine, Ghana, South Africa, Mozambique and Kenya.

McLeans Lawyers supports a Mercy Home in Kerala, India that gets children off the streets and places them with families that will raise them as their own, regardless of background.

Ian can be reached at

James Bowie, B.A., LL.B

James practices civil litigation, estate litigation, estate planning, and criminal law. He is available to draft wills, powers of attorney for property and personal care, and give general estate advice. He also practices before the Consent and Capacity Board, the Ontario Municipal Board, and the Landlord Tenant Board.

He is available to make house calls for senior citizens or persons living with disabilities upon request.

James can be reached at

(613) 695-6774 ext. 204

Matthew Mayo, JD

Matthew Mayo, JD, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force for 10 years  helping to ensure Canada’s national sovereignty and air security at the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD). During  his studies at Nipissing University, Matthew accepted early admission to the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

During his Law studies, Matthew interned with Mcleans, which included drafting a successful appeal to the Ontario Court of Appeal. He also interned with Webber, Schroeder, Goldstein, Abergel in Ottawa. He was called to the Bar in 2013.

Matthew was appointed to the County Carleton Law Association Real Estate Commitee in September of 2014, and continues in this capacity.  His main areas of work with McLeans Lawyers are real estate, wills and estates as well as handling both criminal law, and civil litigation files.

Matthew can be reached at

(613) 695-6774 ext. 201

Bonnie Matte

Bonnie Matte, Law Clerk, studied at Canadore College in North Bay for certification through the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario. Bonnie has enjoyed assisting clients in both the Ottawa and North Bay locations since 2008.

International. Collaborative.

To offer a wider range of services, including international presence and expertise, the McLeans Lawyers has associated with Rogerson Law Corporation, a respected team of lawyers and legal experts located in Toronto, Barrie, London England and Dubai.

Bonnie can be reached at

(613) 695-6774 ext. 202

Andrew Rogerson, LLB (Hons), TEP

Andrew’s main areas of practice are litigation, asset protection using offshore tax havens; offshore corporate structuring; and business migration to Canada.

Andrew was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1981 by Middle Temple, from whom he was a scholarship recipient. Subsequently, he served as a pupil in the Insolvency Chambers of Michael Crystal Q.C. in Gray’s Inn. His early practice developed from insolvency and bankruptcy litigation to encompass, at the other end of the spectrum, asset protection with an international focus.

Since qualification, Andrew has practiced in South Africa, Australia, the Turks and Caicos Islands, Jersey (Channel Islands), Ontario, Alberta and as a barrister in London, England.

Having spent 11 years in offshore tax havens establishing asset protection structures and litigating trust issues, Andrew is one of a small number of Canadian lawyers with who can advise authoritatively on this area. He is quoted as a source of information in the news media, including the CBC.

Andrew has conducted hundreds of trials, applications and appeals in Canada and overseas. Although his court appearances these days are largely focused on trust and estate litigation, bankruptcy and family property and commercial disputes, he undertakes several pro bono criminal trials each year. As an experienced litigator, he has had a high ratio of success in advising clients whether or not to pursue a particular case.

He is a Fellow of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the author of many published articles on offshore trust and tax issues as well as domestic bankruptcy and asset protection.


Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall, Bar Admission Course, 2005

Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), Fellow, 2003

University of Ottawa, NCA Certificate of Qualification, 2003

Inns of Court School of Law, England, Bar Admission Course, 1981

University of Nottingham, England, Bachelor of Laws  (Hons), 1980

Other Rogerson lawyers and in-house experts:

Joe Tascona, BA, MBA, LLB
Arman E. Hoque, BA, LLB, MPA
Ellen Lee, BES (Hons), LLB, JD
Robert A. Rastorp BA (Hons), MA, JD, LLM
Katayoon Kavandi, BA