The Smith, Hardy & Miller law firm evolved into The Miller Law Group in 2003. In addition to this transformation The Miller Law Group purchased the law practice of Andy Cochran in 2007. This Muskoka based law firm consists of two Huntsville based lawyers practicing in Business Law, Estate Administration, Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Executorship.
The Miller Law Group provides legal services to Parry Sound, Haliburton, GTA, Muskoka and surrounding area. The firm caters to business owners, full-time residents, cottagers, and vacationers. From handling a family's estate in Huntsville to assisting a business owner in Bracebridge, the lawyers at The Miller Law Group provide exceptional and personable client care.
DEREK MILLER B.A., LL.B.
Honours B.A. from University of Toronto, Graduated with High Distinction with degrees in Political Science and History 1992, LL.B. Osgoode Hall Law School 1996
Derek has been practicing law in this area since 1998 and in 2003 Derek established The Miller Law Group.
Practice areas include business law, legal needs of business owners, estate planning, assisting clients with the succession of their business and their assets, estate administration, assisting families with legal matters after the passing of a loved one, expropriation law, aiding clients whose land and businesses are impacted by the construction of new roads and other types of infrastructure construction.
In addition to his law practice Derek owns several other businesses in and around Muskoka. His first hand experience as a business owner provides him with the ability to appreciate and understand his business clients. It's this unique combination of law and entrepreneurship that brings Derek great perspective to his client's legal needs.
'Practicing law in Muskoka provides me with the chance to work with wonderful people, serving great clients in one of the most beautiful places in Ontario. My wife and I are fortunate to be able to raise our four active Muskoka kids in such a beautiful place, and all the while I am helping others achieve their goals.'
REBEKAH C. DUNSMORE B.A. (Hons.), J.D.
Honours B.A. Political Science, 2007, Honours with Distinction from University of Guelph and J.D. (Juris Doctor) 2010, Honours from University of Toronto. Articled with Department of Justice, Toronto, in tax law and litigation, federal prosecutions with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, and immigration security law. Called to the Bar in June 2011. Rebekah also has six years prior experience as a student and summer law clerk with litigation firm Will Davidson LLP.
Rebekah has been with The Miller Law Group since shortly after her call to the Bar. Since then her areas of practice have grown to include corporate law, estate planning, commercial & business law, commercial leasing, contracts, purchase & sale of businesses, expropriations.
Rebekah admires her workplace and its ability to handle complex corporate transactions, and the practice of law at a level that she has not witnessed anywhere else in Muskoka. It’s this intellectually challenging atmosphere, combined with an exceptionally supportive staff that provides Rebekah’s clients an ideal environment for customer satisfaction.
“My work is most satisfying when I help clients obtain peace of mind. Whether it's by organizing their estate plans, assisting with a business expansion, or helping to start a new venture, I can help set them out on the right path. I enjoy helping my clients organize, understand, and make sense of the important matters that affect their livelihoods. My strengths include quick thinking, developing innovative and creative solutions, and negotiating optimal results. When clients leave our office, I want them to feel relief and security that their affairs are in good order, and in good hands. My ideal day ends when I can wish a client “congratulations”.
When she has the time to relax and unwind, art, gardening, great food and all things outdoors have Rebekah living and loving life in Huntsville, Muskoka.
DENNAL MILLER Office Administrator
Dennal has been with The Miller Law Group since 2001. She has been fortunate to watch clients grow and excel with their personal endeavours for more than a decade. Dennal is continually seeking out ways to improve office procedures. Clients have come to appreciate Dennal's incredible discipline, organization and efficiency, allowing for seamless daily interactions.
'The team works incredibly well together, a unique blend of strengths and abilities. Thus making for a wonderful atmosphere for both clients and staff.'.
She balances work with family time by the water at her campsite on Deer Lake in Muskoka.
SUZANNE TREADWELL Law Clerk
Suzanne has been a legal assistant for thirty-four years, eleven of those at the The Miller Law Group. Incredibly well versed in the day to day matters of a law office and being bilingual are just a couple of Suzanne's cornerstones. She takes the weight of the world off of a client's shoulders with her ability to fact find, problem solve and remain organized.
'A great day at the workplace consists of taking a file from beginning to end and producing positive results. Working closely with my peers and making good things happen for our clients.'
Cross country skiing, power walking, swimming or a game of golf fills her hours when she is not at the firm.
LAURIE CUMMING-FEHR Law Clerk
A Law Clerk graduate from Humber College, Laurie has brought thirty-two years of experience with her to the Miller Law Group. She's a veteran when it comes to attention to detail and excellent organization. Staff and clients appreciate her tremendous skill set.
'Creating a relationship with the client, helping them through their situations, and receiving feedback are the most important aspects of my job.'
Her Muskoka work - life balance consists of being involved in the Huntsville community and soaking up outdoor Muskoka adventure.
VALERIE TANNER Law Clerk
Valerie Tanner has had a career in the field of Law for 31 years. She has worked along side Derek Miller since 1999 and within The Miller Law Group since 2003 as a Law clerk. Valerie embraces the uniqueness of each individual client and strives to give personalized attention.
‘My co-workers have a great sense of humour and outlook on life. I stand in awe of the expertise we each bring to the table. Couple this with a great leader and we are able to offer top notch services to our clients.’
Valerie enjoys the wonderful scenery each season brings as she travels from her home in the Almaguin Highlands.
SUE LALONDE Office Administrator
Sue's multi-faceted background in the world of business has given her an incredible foundation in business operations and office management. Having owned and operated a variety of businesses throughout Muskoka Sue has a deep understanding of customer care and relations.
'I thoroughly enjoy making a client's experience super efficient, very thorough, and most of all - enjoyable! When clients reach out to us or walk through our door it's an opportunity for us to shine.'