About Us - Lawyers and Students at Law

This page is intended to provide a brief introduction to our lawyers and students at law. To find out about a particular lawyer or articling student, click on a name below. To see information about our paralegal(s) or support staff, click on a link to the left.


Thomas Christopher Elliott John Ecclestone
Cedar Swartz-Fisher

Charles Edward John Bennett Ecclestone (retired)

Student at Law

Steven Lahti (Student at Law)

ChrisThomas Christopher Elliott John Ecclestone (Chris) was born in Peterborough, Ontario, but has lived in Kingston for as long as he can remember. He attended public and high school in Kingston, largely in French. Chris attended Loyalist College (A.E.C.1992 & E.M.C.A. 1992) after which he completed additional training to become a certified Paramedic.

Chris attended Law School at Queen's University in Kingston (LL.B. 2003), was called to the Bar in February 2004 and then joined his father John in practice in Kingston.

Chris lives in Kingston with his wife Tracey and their four children: Charles, Jennifer, Steven and Ryley. Chris' interests outside the practice of law include computers, Scouting, Okinawan martial arts including karate and kobudo, and advocating for children diagnosed with cancer.

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CedarCedar Swartz-Fisher

Cedar received her JD from Thompson Rivers University Faculty of Law in Kamloops, British Columbia, where she was elected as the 1L Class Representative and played for the TRU Law Women's Rugby team. In her second year, Cedar studied for six months in Lyon, France as part of a study abroad program.

Cedar also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology, Law, and Social Policy from Bishop's University in Sherbrook, Quebec.

After living in Quebec and British Columbia, Cedar decided to return home to Kingston, where she was born and raised.

In her spare time, Cedar enjoys travelling, hiking, and walking her Great Pyrenees named Euca. On weekends she can be found at a yoga studio, trying out new recipes, or checking out local live music.


StevenSteven Lahti

Steven was born in Sudbury, Ontario, where he attended both elementary and high school. Upon graduation he moved to Toronto to attend York University.

Instead of spending his third year at York, Steven participated in an exchange program with Keele University, located in the United Kingdon. There he began his study of law. However, as interested as he was, he had to return to York where he received his B.A. Specialized Honours in Political Science.

Following this, Steven attended Queen's University and returned to his study of law. There he obtained his J.D. and fell in love with Kingston.

Outside of the office, Steven enjoys a good weekend at the cottage with friends and family, listening to music, and driving.

JohnCharles Edward John Bennett Ecclestone was born in Bracebridge, Ontario. He attended public school in his home town and high school primarily in Peterborough. After that he attended Trent University (B.Sc. [Honours] 1969), Queen's University in Kingston (LL.B., 1978; Ph.D., 1981) and he has also completed his LL.M. at Toronto's York University. John has practiced law in Kingston since July 1980. He now lives in Kitchener with his wife, Elizabeth Anne (Beth), and between them they have five children, all of whom are now independent adults ranging in age from their 30s to their 40s, and nine grandchildren who are much younger!

There is very little which is not of interest to John. His special concerns range from duplicate bridge to politics to baseball to theoretical physics. He is never bored.

After 40 years practicing law in Kingston, John officially retired from the practice of law on 31 July 2020.


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