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Our Team at Scheifele Erskine & Renken

Brian H. Renken

Call to the Bar - 1983
Bachelor of Laws, University of Ottawa - 1981
Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Western Ontario – 1978


Brian Renken has practiced law for 34 years, with his main areas of practice being civil including family law. He frequently argues cases in the Owen Sound, Walkerton and Collingwood courts and has successfully represented clients at the Ontario Court of Appeal on numerous occasions. Brian also has a general practice, assisting clients with real estate matters, wills and estates.

Brian joined the firm as an associate in 1983 after his call to the Bar and later became a partner in 1988. He was President of the Grey County Law Association from 1998 to 2000 and has been active as a volunteer in many other local community organizations. He is a Past President of Grey Bruce Health Services Board of Directors and the Past Treasurer of the Meaford Hospital Foundation and continues on as a member of that Board, presently as vice president. Brian is presently a member of the Central West Region division of the Ontario Bar Association and is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

Brian is kept busy with the demands of work and family, but when he does have spare time, he enjoys running, golf, and most sports. Everyone in the firm is proud of the fact that Brian was a member of the Canadian Olympic Wrestling Team in 1976 and 1980!

Gavin H. Leitch

Call to the Bar - 2013

Juris Doctor, Université de Moncton – 2012

Bachelor of Arts, Université de Montréal – 2008

Originally from Ontario, Gavin obtained his law degree in New Brunswick and later articled with a firm in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he was involved in several areas of practice with a special interest in corporate and commercial matters. On his return to Ontario, Gavin joined SER in January 2014 as an associate lawyer, and now assists in the general practice of the firm with a focus on litigation, including commercial, construction lien, estates, civil and criminal law. As a fluently bilingual lawyer, Gavin is able to operate seamlessly at a legal capacity in both official languages.


Gavin likes to stay active, both physically and within the community. He is always eager to engage with members of the community and contribute his time and enthusiasm to causes that are close to his heart. With a family cottage on Christian Island, he spent his summers growing up on the shores of southern Georgian Bay and is thrilled to now call them home.

Kayla B. Renken

Call to the Bar – 2015
Juris Doctor, Bond University – 2014 

Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario – 2012


Born and raised in Meaford, Ontario, Kayla graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelors of Health Science degree in 2012. Kayla then graduated from Bond University in Queensland, Australia with a Juris Doctor degree in 2014. She was top of her class in Civil Procedure and Canadian Criminal Law and graduated with Honours.


While studying in Australia, Kayla was a member of the Bond Women’s Volleyball team, which won the Gold Medal at the University Games in 2013 and the Bronze Medal at the Northern University Games in 2014.


After graduating from law school, Kayla moved back to Southern Georgian Bay to complete her Articles with the firm and was later called to the Bar in 2015. She completed Osgoode Hall’s 2015 Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop in order to further develop her litigation skills.


Kayla has also completed the Collaborative Family Law training and is the Vice-President of the Collaborative Family Law Group of Grey/Bruce and a member of the Ontario Association of Collaborative Professionals. She believes the traditional adversarial litigation system is not always the only and/or best process to resolve every family law dispute.


Kayla is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association and is on the Board of Directors for the Meaford Food Bank and Outreach.


Kayla enjoys travelling the world and exploring everything the Southern Georgian Bay area has to offer with her husband and two golden retrievers.

Kayla Renken - Associate Lawyer

Sandra Hill

 Real Estate Clerk (Meaford)

Shirley McNally - Corporate Clerk

Shirley McNally

Corporate Clerk

Jen - Front Desk Receptionist

Jennifer Litwiller

Front Desk Receptionist

Connie Smithson - Real Estate Clerk

Connie Smithson

Wills & Estates Clerk

Barbara Renken - Office Manager

Barbara Renken

Office Manager

Diane Haines - Wills & Estates Clerk

Diane Haines

Wills & Estates Clerk (Part Time)

Lisa Oliver

Lisa Oliver

Family Law/Civil Litigation Clerk

D. Grant Scheifele, Q.C., (Retired 2011)

Call to the Bar - 1962
Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School - 1960

Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto – 1957

Grant Scheifele had 49 years of experience in civil litigation and shared that experience through his position as counsel to the firm. Grant was certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation in 1988. He had restricted his practice to serious personal injury cases.

Grant was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1974. Grant had a well-deserved reputation as a highly effective lawyer, not only in Grey, Bruce and Simcoe counties, but also in the Toronto area, where he has had numerous files with insurance defence lawyers.

Community involvement is important to Grant, as it is with all our lawyers. He has served as President of the Grey Owen Sound Childrens Aid Society, Chairman of the Board of Meaford Hospital, and is a former director of the Advocate's Society. When Grant was not in the office or in a courthouse, he would have been found on a ski slope, on a tennis court, or at the conferences of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. Grant retired from the practice of law on December 31, 2011.

J. C. (Joe) Erskine, (Retired 2010)

Call to the Bar - 1970
Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Ontario - 1968

Bachelor of Arts, University of Western Ontario – 1965

Joe Erskine had focused on solicitor's work throughout his almost four decades of practice. He had expertise in real estate and mortgage transactions, corporate commercial matters, and wills and estates. His real estate practice had been booming with the significant growth and development of the Thornbury, Town of Blue Mountains and Collingwood areas.

The firm acted as the municipal solicitors for the Municipality of Meaford and consequently, Joe had dealt with many municipal law matters acting for residents, and formerly as solicitors for the Municipality of Meaford.

Joe was born and raised in Meaford and had contributed to the community in many volunteer positions over the years. He had been President of the Meaford Kinsmen Club, Chairman of the Arena Board, and Co-Chair of the Save the Harbour Committee. He was Past President of the Grey County Law Association. His favourite recreational activity was golf.

Unfortunately, Joe passed away December 25th, 2011.

Meaford Office

39 Nelson St. W P.O. Box 3395,

Meaford, ON, N4L 1N2
Call Now: 519-538-2510
Fax: 519-538-1843



Thornbury Office

24 Bruce St. S. Unit B
Thornbury, ON, N0H 2P0

Call Now: 519-538-2510
Fax: 519-599-9909


Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Saturday - Sunday Closed

Service Area

  • Collingwood

  • Thornbury

  • Meaford

  • Owen Sound

  • Surrounding areas within Simcoe, Grey and Bruce Counties.


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