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Courtney Taylor Hamara

Courtney Taylor Hamara


Year of call: 2015

Year joined SF: 2014

Practice Areas

Courtney is an associate lawyer with Sullivan Festeryga LLP. She divides her practice between Insurance Defence Litigation and Criminal Law. When not in the office, Courtney can often be found at the John Sopinka Courthouse assisting legally aided clients as per diem criminal duty counsel. She is a creative and passionate advocate who enjoys being on her feet in the courtroom. She frequently appears before the Ontario Court of Justice and has made regular appearances before the Superior Court of Justice (Ontario) and the Ontario Review Board.

This proud alumnus of McMaster University graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. Hons. in Philosophy and Religious Studies and an M.A. in Philosophy, with a specialty in Philosophy of Law. The first chapter of her M.A. thesis, “The Concept of the Rule of Law,” was published in Law, Liberty and the Rule of Law, Imer B. Flores and Kenneth B. Himma, eds., Dordrecht: Springer, 2013. Her graduate research was funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program. She holds an LL.B. and a B.C.L. from McGill University in Montreal, where she worked as a research assistant in the Faculty of Law and as a teaching assistant in the Department of Philosophy.

Courtney is a member of the Hamilton Law Association, the Hamilton Lawyers’ Club, the Hamilton Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario). She volunteers each year as a coach for or a judge of the mock trials organized by high school and university students in Hamilton. Before beginning law school, Courtney lived in France for a year where she developed a working knowledge of French and a love of pastries.


  • B.C.L./LL.B., McGill University, 2014
  • M.A., Philosophy, McMaster University, 2009
  • B.A. (Hons), Philosophy and Religious Studies, McMaster University, 2007


  • Criminal Lawyers’ Association
  • Hamilton Criminal Lawyers’ Association
  • Hamilton Law Association
  • Hamilton Lawyers’ Club