The firm gives advice on a various aspects of real estate transactions including: sales, leases, purchases, charges, tenancy agreements, commercial letting. We have a robust conveyancing department to deal with all stages of transfer of interests in land. We guide our clients through the processes involved in real estate financing and borrowing. Our lawyers provide advisory and transactional support in REITS, construction, real estate tax, real estate investment and development, real estate partnerships, fractional ownership and franchising within the hospitality industry. We also have significant expertise in conservation-related leases in national parks and game reserves.
Within the firm is a team of lawyers with deep understanding of environmental law who constantly update themselves on changes in the law in this crucial area. Our expertise spans environmental compliance, management and liability to the environmental aspects of corporate and commercial transactions. We give advice on the legal aspects of energy, environmental due diligence, environmental reporting, land use and planning and zoning.

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Adil Khawaja (Managing Partner)

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akhawaja@hhm.co.ke
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+254 20 3258294
Name

Adil Khawaja (Managing Partner)

Telephone
+254 20 3258294
Email
akhawaja@hhm.co.ke
Position
Managing Partner
Department

Partner, Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Department

Profile

Adil Khawaja has 20 years experience and in-depth knowledge in real estate, environmental and planning law, aviation, project finance, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity, commercial litigation and arbitration. He is one of the most renowned lawyers in Kenya with respect to real estate, project development, planning and environmental law. He has dealt with complicated land issues in Kenya and undertaken many complex company restructurings, realizations and schemes of arrangement for banks. He has advised on numerous mergers and acquisition transactions including one of the largest multi-million takeovers in Kenya. Adil Khawaja is recognised as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000, Legal 500, and Chambers Global (all internationally recognized legal directories).

Practice Areas
Real Estate, Planning & Environmental; Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Private Equity; Banking and Finance; Insolvency and Restructuring; Competition/Anti-Trust; Aviation; Energy and Infrastructure; Arbitration; Telecommunications, Media and Technology.
Qualifications

Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (1994)

Education

1994: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

1990 - 1993: University of Sheffield: LLB Hons.

Employment

2013 - To date Managing Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

2000 - 2013 Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

1995 - 2000 Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

1993 - 1994 Trainee, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

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Deborah Ontiri

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dontiri@hhm.co.ke
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+254 20 3258242
Name

Deborah Ontiri

Telephone
+254 20 3258242
Email
dontiri@hhm.co.ke
Position
Associate
Department
Profile
Practice Areas
Qualifications
Education
Employment
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    A.Khawaja

    Adil Khawaja (Managing Partner)

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    akhawaja@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258294
    Name

    Adil Khawaja (Managing Partner)

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258294
    Email
    akhawaja@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Managing Partner
    Department

    Partner, Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Department

    Profile

    Adil Khawaja has 20 years experience and in-depth knowledge in real estate, environmental and planning law, aviation, project finance, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity, commercial litigation and arbitration. He is one of the most renowned lawyers in Kenya with respect to real estate, project development, planning and environmental law. He has dealt with complicated land issues in Kenya and undertaken many complex company restructurings, realizations and schemes of arrangement for banks. He has advised on numerous mergers and acquisition transactions including one of the largest multi-million takeovers in Kenya. Adil Khawaja is recognised as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000, Legal 500, and Chambers Global (all internationally recognized legal directories).

    Practice Areas
    Real Estate, Planning & Environmental; Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Private Equity; Banking and Finance; Insolvency and Restructuring; Competition/Anti-Trust; Aviation; Energy and Infrastructure; Arbitration; Telecommunications, Media and Technology.
    Qualifications

    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (1994)

    Education

    1994: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    1990 - 1993: University of Sheffield: LLB Hons.

    Employment

    2013 - To date Managing Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2000 - 2013 Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    1995 - 2000 Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    1993 - 1994 Trainee, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

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    Mugambi

    Andrew Mugambi

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    amugambi@hhm.co.ke
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    +254 20 3258294
    Name

    Andrew Mugambi

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258294
    Email
    amugambi@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Partner
    Department
    Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Department
    Profile
    Andrew Mugambi specialises in corporate and commercial law work including mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity, banking and project finance, energy, oil and gas and infrastructure and aviation law. He is one of Kenya’s well-respected commercial lawyers. He has advised on a number of local and multi-national transactions including project financing, joint ventures, privatisations and Public Private Partnerships Projects. Andrew is recognised as a leading lawyer by IFLR 1000, Legal 500, and Chambers Global (all internationally recognized legal directories).
    Practice Areas
    Mergers & Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Private Equity; Banking and Finance; Insolvency and Restructuring; Capital Markets; Real Estate; Competition/Anti-Trust and Consumer Protection; Regulatory Advice and Compliance; Energy, Infrastructure & PPPs
    Qualifications

    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (1998)

    Admitted as a Notary Public

    Admitted as a Commissioner for Oaths

    Education

    1997 - 1998: Kenya School of Law: Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    1994 - 1997: University of Nairobi: LLB Hons

    Employment

    2005 - To date: Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2004 - 2005: Senior Associate, Iseme Kamau & Maema

    1999 - 2004: Associate, Bowyer Mahihu & Company Advocates

    1998 - 1999: Kapila, Anjarwalla & Khanna Advocates

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    Lorna Mainnah

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    lmainnah@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258226
    Name

    Lorna Mainnah

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258226
    Email
    lmainnah@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Partner
    Department
    Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Department
    Profile
    Lorna has over 6 years experience in real estate, environmental and planning, non-contentious probate and wills, pensions and provident schemes, employment, immigration, corporate and commercial law. Lorna has advised on a number of local and multi-national transactions including banking and financing, security documentation, privatisations and various commercial transactions.  Lorna has also advised clients on employment and related immigration matters, wills and probate. She has dealt with complicated land issues in Kenya.
    Practice Areas
    Real Estate, Planning and Environmental Law, Employment, ESOPs & Immigration; Banking and Finance; Succession Planning; Business Set-up & Regulatory Compliance; Privatisation
    Qualifications

    Admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2008)

    Admitted as a Notary Public

    Admitted as a Commissioner for Oaths

    Education

    2009 - 2010: Certified Public Secretary Finalist

    2007: Kenya School of Law: Postgraduate Diploma in Law

    2002 - 2006: University of Nairobi: LLB Hons. (Second Class Upper Division)

    Employment

    2013 - To date: Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2007 - 2013: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2006 – 2007: Pupil, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

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    Caroline Thuo

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    cthuo@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258256
    Name

    Caroline Thuo

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258256
    Email
    cthuo@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Partner
    Department
    Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Department
    Profile
    Caroline specializes in conveyancing, corporate and commercial law and is involved in the creation of bank securities, the sale and purchase of land, business formation, preparation and review of leases and advising on various commercial transactions.
    Practice Areas
    Banking and Finance, Real Estate, Planning and Environmental Law, Business Set-Up
    Qualifications
    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2008)
    Education

    2010 – 2011: University of Nairobi: LLM in International Trade and Investments Law

    2008: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law

    2002 – 2006: University of Nairobi: LLB Hons. (Second Class Upper Division)

    Employment

    January 2014 – To date: Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2010 – 2013: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2008 – 2010: Associate, Njoroge Regeru & Company Advocates

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    Sigee Koech

    E :
    skoech@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258275
    Name

    Sigee Koech

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258275
    Email
    skoech@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Partner
    Department
    Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Department
    Profile

    Sigee specializes in corporate, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and private equity, real estate, environmental and planning, banking and project finance.

    Sigee completed her Masters in Law at the University Of Pittsburgh School of Law and later interned at H.J Heinz Company Corporate Counsel office at its World Headquarters in Pittsburgh where she obtained training and work experience in the office of the Corporate counsel to the management of Heinz on matters regarding competition law, employment law, sales and distribution matters including pricing policies and contracts.

    Practice Areas
    Banking and Finance; Insolvency and Restructuring; Real Estate, Planning and Environmental Law; Mergers and Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Private Equity; Business Setup; Regulatory Advice and Compliance
    Qualifications
    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2012)
    Education

    2010 - 2011: University of Pittsburgh School of Law: LL.M.

    2009: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    2005 – 2008: Moi University: LLB Hons

    Employment

    2012 - To date: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2008 - 2010: Trainee, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

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    Moses Osoro

    E :
    mosoro@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258291
    Name

    Moses Osoro

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258291
    Email
    mosoro@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Associate
    Department
    Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Department
    Profile
    Moses specialises in commercial law, corporate law, real estate law, banking and finance. He has advised clients on the property law in Kenya generally and dealt with the sale and purchase of land, preparation and registration of powers of attorney, preparation and registration of leases and business set-ups.
    Practice Areas
    Banking and Finance; Receiverships and Liquidation; Real Estate, Planning and Environmental Law
    Qualifications
    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2009)
    Education

    2009: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    2003-2007: Moi University: LLB Hons

    Employment

    2013 – To date: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2010 – 2012: Associate, Iseme Kamau & Maema Advocates

    2007 – 2009: Trainee, Muriu Mungai & Company Advocates

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    Nancy Gitau

    Nancy Gitau

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    ngitau@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254-20-3258250
    Name

    Nancy Gitau

    Telephone
    +254-20-3258250
    Email
    ngitau@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Associate
    Department
    Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Department
    Profile
    Nancy Gitau specializes in conveyancing, corporate and commercial law and is involved in creation and perfection of bank securities, transfers, leases and business formation.
    Practice Areas
    Banking and Finance; Real Estate, Planning and Environmental Law; Succession Planning and Business Set-Up
    Qualifications
    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2014)
    Education

    2012-2014: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law

    2009–2011: Certified Public Accountant Finalist

    2007-2011: University of Nairobi: LLB Hons. (Second Class Upper Division)

    Employment

    2014 - To date: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2012-2014: Associate, Ransley, McVicker & Shaw Advocates

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    Phoebe Wahome

    Phoebe Wahome

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    pwahome@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258000
    Name

    Phoebe Wahome

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258000
    Email
    pwahome@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Associate
    Department
    Corporate, Commercial & Real Estate Department
    Profile
    Phoebe Wahome specialises in commercial law, corporate law, real estate law, immigration and employment law.
    Practice Areas
    Business Set-Up; Regulatory Advice and Compliance; Employment; Immigration; Real Estate, Planning and Environmental Law
    Qualifications
    Education

    2013: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    2009-2013: University of Nairobi: Bachelor of Arts (Communication & Psychology)

    2008-2012: University of Nairobi: LLB Hons

    Employment

    August 2013- To date: Legal Assistant, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    Dispute Resolution

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    Michi

    Michi Kirimi

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    mkirimi@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258272
    Name

    Michi Kirimi

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258272
    Email
    mkirimi@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Partner
    Department
    Litigation Department
    Profile
    Michi has over 16 years experience in commercial litigation and arbitration with focus on banking, insurance, employment, intellectual property and commercial law. She has also been involved in significant cases dealing with the Kenyan Public Procurement Law, Tax Review and Constitutional Petitions. Michi regularly represents clients in ICC arbitration proceedings, as well as employment and insurance litigation.
    Practice Areas
    Dispute Resolution & Litigation in the areas of Employment, Insurance, Aviation as relates to Carriage by Air Act and related Conventions, Public Procurement, Banking and Finance, Intellectual Property, Tax Appeals and Administrative Review
    Qualifications
    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (1998)
    Education

    1997 - 1998: Kenya School of Law: Postgraduate Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    1994 - 1997: University of Nairobi: Bachelor of Laws - Upper Division (HONS)

    Employment

    2005 to To date: Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2001 - 2005: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    1999 - 2001: Associate, Wainaina Ireri & Company Advocates

    1998 - 1999: Associate, AGN Kamau & Kimani Advocates

    1997 - 1998: Pupil, Kairu & McCourt Advocates

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    Irene Kashindi

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    ikashindi@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258245
    Name

    Irene Kashindi

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258245
    Email
    ikashindi@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Partner
    Department
    Litigation Department
    Profile
    Irene has a wide range of experience in commercial litigation and arbitration. She has represented and advised a diverse portfolio of local and international clients on disputes filed before various courts and statutory tribunals. Irene has dealt with complex tax and revenue disputes involving substantial amounts of money as well as disputes arising from large public procurement and public private partnerships projects.
    Practice Areas
    Dispute Resolution and Litigation in the areas of Public Procurement, PPPs, Judicial Review and Administrative law; Constitutional Law, Tax; Real Estate, Insurance; Employment
    Qualifications

    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2008)

    Education

    2007: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    2011: University of Nairobi: Masters of Law Public Finance and Financial Services

    2002-2006: University of Nairobi: Bachelor of Laws (LLB) with Honours.

    Employment

    2014 - To date : Partner, Litigation Department, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2007 - 2013 : Associate, Litigation Department, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2006 – 2007 : Trainee, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

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    Deborah Bubi Mwangi

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    dbubi@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 772 446446
    Name

    Deborah Bubi Mwangi

    Telephone
    +254 772 446446
    Email
    dbubi@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Partner
    Department
    Litigation Department
    Profile
    Deborah Bubi Mwangi has over 5 years experience in civil litigation and arbitration and is based at the firm’s branch in Mombasa. Deborah has represented both local and international clients in various courts and statutory tribunals. Deborah relocated to Mombasa in January, 2014 and briefly worked in the litigation department of Inamdar & Inamdar Advocates in Mombasa, before rejoining Hamilton Harrison & Mathews in June, 2014 when a decision was taken to set up a branch in Mombasa. Deborah is a member of the National Alliance Nominations Appeal Tribunal
    Practice Areas
    Dispute Resolution and Litigation in the areas of Employment; Banking and Finance; Judicial Review; Constitutional Law; Debt Recovery; Intellectual Property; Telecommunications, Media and Data Privacy; Real Estate; Insurance and Tax
    Qualifications
    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2009)
    Education

    2008: Kenya School of Law; Postgraduate Diploma in Law

    2003 – 2007: University of Nairob ; Bachelor of Laws, Second Class Honors (Upper Division)

    Employment

    May 2015- To date: Partner, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2014: Senior Associate Hamilton Harrison & Mathews, Mombasa

    2014: Associate Inamdar & Inamdar Advocates, Mombasa

    2009 – 2013: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2007 – 2009: Trainee, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

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    Ezra Makori

    Ezra Makori

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    emakori@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258208
    Name

    Ezra Makori

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258208
    Email
    emakori@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Associate
    Department
    Litigation Department
    Profile
    Ezra Makori specialises in litigation and dispute resolution. Ezra has represented several local and international clients before various courts and tribunals in disputes involving employment and labour relations, product liability, banking and finance, defamation, information technology and telecommunications, building and construction, carriage by air, judicial review and administrative law, constitutional law, land and environment, real property, insurance and tax. Mr. Makori also reviews and drafts employment contracts and policies for clients.
    Practice Areas
    Dispute Resolution and Litigation
    Qualifications
    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2012)
    Education

    2011: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    2006 – 2010: Moi University: LLB Hons

    Employment

    2012 – To date: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2010 – 2012: Trainee, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews.

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    James Tugee

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    jtugee@hhm.co.ke
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    +254 20 3258461
    Name

    James Tugee

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258461
    Email
    jtugee@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Associate
    Department
    Litigation Department
    Profile
    James Tugee specializes in commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. He has been involved in litigation and alternative dispute resolution processes in the areas of defamation and media law, intellectual property law, constitutional law, administrative law, tax law, employment law, company law, and land and environmental law. James is an H.J. Heinz Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he completed his Master of Laws degree in May 2016. During his time in the United States, he was an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, specifically in the Young Lawyers Section. He later interned at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania where he assisted in the process of reviewing the Court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Policies and Procedures, in addition to acquainting himself with United States federal civil and criminal procedure.
    Practice Areas
    Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the areas of Intellectual Property; Defamation and Media Law; Constitutional Law; Tax;; Administrative Law; Company Law and Real Estate, Planning and Environmental Law.
    Qualifications
    Admitted as an advocate of the High Court of Kenya (2014)
    Education

    2015-2016: University of Pittsburgh: LLM (Magna cum laude)

    2012-2013: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    2007 - 2011: Moi University: LLB (Hons)

    Employment

    2014 to date: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2013 – 2014: Legal Assistant, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2011 – 2013: Trainee, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

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    Margaret Miringu

    Margaret Miringu

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    mmiringu@hhm.co.ke
    T:
    +254 20 3258227
    Name

    Margaret Miringu

    Telephone
    +254 20 3258227
    Email
    mmiringu@hhm.co.ke
    Position
    Associate
    Department
    Litigation Department
    Profile
    Margaret joined the firm in 1997 as a paralegal on attachment from the Kenya School of Professional Studies. She was employed in August 1998 as a legal clerk and held the position working in the various courts until 2007. She completed her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the University of Nairobi in December 2012. She completed her post graduate diploma studies at the Kenya School of Law in July 2014. She has been involved in researching, drafting and giving legal opinions in commercial, civil litigation and employment matters.
    Practice Areas
    Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the areas of Real Estate, Planning and Environment Law; Employment; Commercial and Arbitration.
    Qualifications
    Education

    2013 - 2014: Kenya School of Law: Diploma in Law (Bar Finals)

    2008 – 2012: University Of Nairobi: LLB

    Employment

    December 2014-to date: Associate, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews

    2013- November 2014: Legal Assistant, Hamilton Harrison & Mathews