About Verbanac

The lawyers at Verbanac have legal experience, skill and expertise in civil litigation that clients need and can afford. With more than 20 years of experience, we can talk in your language and work towards a settlement for your claims.

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Employment law, wrongful dismissal claims, human rights complaints, suxual abuse, long-term disability and insurance claims, automobile accidents, personal injury, slip and fall accident claims, class actions, disputes are examples of the depth and variety of civil litigation matters successfully handled by the lawyers at Verbanac.

Meet Our Team

Bernard Verbanac | Brittany Almeida | Hana Wineburg | Melissa Knox
Bernard Verbanac

Bernard Verbanac Lawyer
Bernard (Bernie) graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998 and went on to obtain his law degree from the University of Victoria in 2002 as part of their co-op program. Bernie started his career at a large law firm, which often defended large insurance companies. This allowed Bernie to gain considerable insight into the strategy insurers may use to try and minimize what they pay out to victims. In 2006, Bernie decided to open his own law firm assisting individuals so that he could focus on cases that helped everyday people and mattered to him.

Bernie has dedicated his practice to helping those individuals who have been hurt by others, be it in a car accident, by someone they trusted, by having their insurance claim denied or from their own lack of resources and knowledge which have prevented them from getting what they deserve.

Through his experience as varsity football player while at university and as an ice hockey goalie up to the Junior “B” level, Bernie learned that tough battles are won through planning, hard work, dedication and that a determined spirit can overcome any temporary setback along the way. It is this very dedicated focus, which Bernie acquired through tough battles on the gridiron and in the cold hockey arenas, combined with an unrelenting determined spirit that Bernie uses to help his clients get the results they deserve.

Bernie is experienced with both jury and non-jury trials and has had several appearances before the Ontario Court of Appeal and has brought proceedings to the Supreme Court of Canada. Bernie leverages his experience and expertise to ensure that his clients achieve optimum results in their individual cases.

Outside of work, you can find Bernie spending time with his family, playing sports such as squash and hockey (although on a recreational level these days), hunting, being a guest lecturer at his alma mater or coaching minor hockey and soccer.

Professional Memberships

  • - Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
  • - Waterloo Region Law Association
  • - Ontario Trial Lawyers Association


Melissa Knox

Associate Lawyer
Melissa’s practice focuses on civil litigation and administrative law, primarily in the areas of employment, human rights, higher education, personal injury, and sports law.

Melissa was called to the Ontario bar in 2012 after obtaining her juris doctor from Windsor University, Faculty of Law. As a law student, Melissa was actively involved with varsity soccer, the Black Law Student Association of Canada, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, and the Law Enforcement Accountability Project, and represented Windsor Law twice as an oralist at the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.

Prior to law school, Melissa majored in Human Rights and Law at Carleton University, graduating with the Highest Honours distinction and earning recognition as an Academic-All Canadian.

Melissa also holds a Master’s degree in International Sports Law and has experience working in the field of international sports arbitration on behalf of elite and professional athletes, coaches, teams, and sports organizations from around the globe.

Professional Memberships:

  • - Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce
  • - Waterloo Region Law Association
  • - Ontario Trial Lawyers Association
  • - Canadian International Council
  • - Sports Lawyers Association


Brittany Almeida

Brittany AmleidaLitigation Law Clerk
Brittany has been working with Verbanac Lawyers/Advocates since July 2011.

Brittany provides ongoing assistance to lawyers in all aspects of the litigation process. She has a comprehensive understanding of litigation procedures, including small claims court, superior court and accident benefits.

In her spare time, Brittany enjoys playing soccer, golf, working out, and spending time with her family, friends and dog.

Hana Wineburg

Hana supports all aspects of the Verbanac Lawyers Team.

Before joining Verbanac Lawyers, Hana worked in the Canadian food industry, gaining practical and hands on experience supporting customers and building her office and administrative professional skills.

Outside of the office Hana is an avid knitter and enjoys spending time with family and friends.