William H. Underwood

Born and raised in the beautiful borough of Scarborough, Bill left paradise in furtherance of his education to receive a Bachelor of Law degree from Queen’s University. Upon admission to the Bar in 1975, Bill immediately commenced practice in Brantford, ultimately concentrating on a corporate commercial practice. After 36 years of practice, in 2012, Bill stepped away from the rigours of everyday practice and wholeheartedly endorses Carolyn Johnson as successor to his practice. Bill remains as Counsel to the firm to offer consultation to his partner in the best interests of the fi­rm’s clients.


James G. Ion

Jim was born and raised in Brantford and after graduating from Queen’s University in 1974, with a BA Honours and LLB, he was admitted to the Bar in 1976. He returned to Brantford to practice civil litigation and helped his clients with construction liens, land disputes, family law and divorce, wills and estates and personal injury litigation. Jim provided comprehensive legal services to many clients, individuals and corporations within our community. Ever the outdoors-man, Jim retired in 2016, and fills his days with gardening, fishing and hunting but remains as Counsel to the firm offering consultations to his partner and long-time clients. He resides with his family on a farm in Brant County.


Carolyn J. Johnson

Originally from the East Coast, Carolyn graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Laws degree. Carolyn’s main ­fields of practice are corporate/commercial law and transactions, real estate, land development, employment law, construction law and wills and estates.

Since her admission to the Bar in 1989, Carolyn has also gained experience with environmental remediation issues, shareholder remedies and financing transactions. Her clients welcome her vast knowledge, direct approach and quick response to their issues, creating many long-term, loyal and satisfied business clients.

Carolyn has been a Board member of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Big Sisters, United Way, Boys and Girls Club and also served for six years as a Governor of Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology, Chair of the Finance Committee and member of the Governance Committee. Most recently she has been involved with the Soroptomist of Grand Erie in the Dream It Be It Career Support for girls program.

Carolyn welcomes the opportunity to apply her analytical skills and business experience to a variety of legal issues and to community involvement.