Emily Whetung MacInnes
An Associate at LLF Lawyers specializing in Real Estate and Development, Emily Whetung MacInnes is as passionate about living in the Kawarthas as she is helping clients feel safe and confident during the legal process
Why did you return to the Kawarthas after you graduated from law at Osgoode?
“It was my goal to be working and living on Curve Lake, where I grew up. Before I came back I was living in Vaughan. It’s so crowded there and no one knows you. Life here is simpler and less complicated. I feel very fortunate to be able to experience the natural beauty of this region while having access to all of these great restaurants, café’s and theaters in the downtown core.”
What are you specializing in at LLF Lawyers?
“I’m specializing in Real Estate and Development. And I’m excited to be a part of the growing field of Aboriginal Law. There are a lot of stereotypes associated with Aboriginal Law, which certainly includes social justice, but that is only one aspect of its wide spectrum. It’s rewarding to know I can help clients with the intricacies involved with buying a home on the reserve and starting up and running a business; the day-to-day challenges that occur on a regular basis.
In the past, there were only a handlful of aboriginal lawyers available to provide the kind of expertise required for such transactions. That’s changing. Aboriginals are the fastest-growing segment of the population. There’s more opportunity for young people and a greater demand for education. I’m excited to be part of this growth and development.”
What do you love about your work?
“I’m so grateful to be working at LLF. This firm is the ideal environment to learn and grow and develop. Everyone is so helpful and supportive and wants to see you succeed. It’s a lawyer’s dream.”
Your name, Whetung, is very familiar in the Kawarthas. What does that mean to you?
“I am a descendant of the Whetung name as far back as its origins. I am very proud of my heritage. And I feel very fortunate to be practicing law here, the place where my family originates.”
What is your greatest hope for the people you serve?
“I want people to call me and ask for help. I want them to trust me so that when they’re buying their home or purchasing a business they understand what’s involved and feel secure in that knowledge and empowered by it.”
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