Etienne Esquega

Etienne has experience in dealing with a wide range of legal issues and has appeared on numerous occasions before administrative tribunals, the courts of Ontario and the Federal Court of Canada. Etienne also routinely provides advice and representation on governance, negotiations, strategy and corporate/commercial matters.

Etienne offers general legal services and advice on the following areas:

  • AborIginal Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law

Etienne was born and raised in Thunder Bay. He is a member of the Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek (Rocky Bay First Nation) and grew up with his grandparents. After graduating from Port Arthur Collegiate Institute he went on to further his studies at the University of Windsor where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Political Science.  

Etienne attended Osgood Hall Law School and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2005. Etienne has been in private practice  since his call to the bar and has had the privilege of being exposed to many areas of civil litigation and general counsel files earlier on in his career. This experience helped Etienne develop the skills which now assist him in finding the most practical and efficient solutions for his client's legal issues.

Education

  • Bachelor of Art (Political Science),  University of Windsor
  • Bachelors of Law (LLB) Osgoode Hall Law School

While in law school, Etienne's abilities were recognized with scholarships from the Assembly of First Nations and from the Native Law Centre of Canada (University of Saskatchewan), for his academic achievements and commitment to the advancement of First Nations people in Canada.

Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • The Indigenous Bar Association 
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association/Ontario Bar Association
  • Thunder Bay Law Association

Community Involvement

  • Member, Indigenous Advisory Group, The Law Society of Upper Canada, member since October 2016 to present
  • Aboriginal Law Certified Specialist Working Group Member from 2014-16, The Law Society of Upper Canada 
  • Past Associate Member, Hill City Kinsmen
  • Trustee for two First Nation Settlement Trusts
  • Past Director, Native People of Thunder Bay Development Corporation

When Etienne is not keeping busy with his law practice he enjoys spending as much time as possible with his wife and children, travelling, golfing, playing hockey, and spending time in the outdoors (especially on Lake Nipigon).

YOU CAN EMAIL ETIENNE AT: ee(at)esquegalaw(dot)com

MOLLY A. Macdonald

Molly was called to the Bar in September 2017 and joined Esquega Law Office as an Associate in October. Molly is a recent graduate of the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law at Lakehead University and provides advice and representation in:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Law

Molly is from Thunder Bay and grew up in Kaministiquia, Ontario. Every summer was spent with family at Stony Lake near Peterborough, Ontario. Molly obtained her Honours Bachelor of Arts, majoring in International Development Studies from Trent University in 2011. After several years of planting trees in Northwestern Ontario, travelling abroad and living in Montreal, Molly was excited to be able to pursue a career in law by moving back to her home town.  Molly completed a practice placement with the Esquega Law Office as part of her education, and worked at the firm as a summer student after graduation.

EDUCATION

Honours Bachelor of Arts (International Development Studies), Trent University, 2011

Juris Doctor, Bora Laskin Faculty of Law, 2017.

MEMBERSHIPS

Law Society of Upper Canada

Thunder Bay Law Association

LEAF Thunder Bay (Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund)
Alpine Club of Canada

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

• LEAF Thunder Bay, executive member
• Volunteer – Definitely Superior Art Gallery
• Volunteer- Lawyer’s Feed the Hungry

Outside of work, Molly fills her free time rock climbing, camping, fishing, hunting and spending time with family, friends and her cat Teddy.

YOU CAN EMAIL MOLLY AT: mmacdonald(at)esquegalaw(dot)com