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Thomas W. Fraize

Thomas W. Fraize, Q.C.

Thomas W. Fraize Q.C., a native of Newfoundland and Labrador, was admitted to the Bar of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1982. He received a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University in 1977 and an L.L.B. from the University of New Brunswick in 1982. A Barrister, Solicitor, and Notary Public, Thomas was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, as well as past chair of the Real Estate Committee of the NL Bar. Thomas served on the Legal Appointments Board from 2008-2016 and the Trust Rules Committee of the NL Law Society.

Fraize Q.C. has acted as Crown Counsel – Federal Standing Agent – and continues to act as Defence Counsel in criminal proceedings in Provincial and Supreme Courts. Having extensive experience in Real Estate/Commercial/Contract/Property Law, Thomas has represented clients before many Administrative Tribunals, including, but not limited to, Landlord and Tenant, Workers’ Compensation Tribunal, Revenue Canada Appeals, Municipal Appeal Boards, Liquor Regulatory Boards, and Immigration Boards, as well as Provincial Court, District Court, Supreme Court, Unified Family Court, Court of Appeal for the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Federal Court.

Particular Areas of Law Are:

  • Real Estate Purchase, Sale, and Financing
  • Civil Litigation, such as Personal Injury, Collections, Estate Litigation, and Power of Sale
  • Family Law, including Separation Agreements, Settlement of Matrimonial Property, Custody and Access, Spousal Support, and Divorce
  • Drafting of Security Documentation for lenders in the placement of loans on real estate, ships, and chattels
  • Corporate matters, comprising but not exclusive to, Incorporation, Drafting of Shareholder Agreements, Buy and Sell Agreements, Amalgamations, Buyouts, and Holding Companies
  • Estate Planning, involving Preparation of Wills, Probate of Wills, and Administration of Estates

A former Lecturer at the College of the North Atlantic, Thomas continues to give seminars, presentations, and training sessions to such groups as the University of New Brunswick Law School, the Appraisal Institute of Canada, Crown Lands, the Federal Department of Fisheries, the Provincial Department of Natural Resources, the Land Resource Stewardship Division, the Canadian Coast Guard, Credit Union Central of Newfoundland and Labrador, numerous credit unions, the Business Development Bank, the Association of Funeral Directors, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation, the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, the Multi-Cultural Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the City of St. John’s Assessment Division.

Thomas is a director of the Credit Counselling Services Board and has been involved with the Credit Counselling Services of Newfoundland and Labrador for several years. He was a member of the provincial Agricultural Land Consolidation Committee. He is past Vice-Chair of the Holy Trinity School Council and Honorary Solicitor of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Veterans’ Association, as well as an Associate member of the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 56, and a member of the Multi-Cultural Association of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Prior to his call to the NL Bar, Thomas was the Truck Engine Representative for Caterpillar at Newfoundland Tractor and Equipment Limited.

Thomas is married to Noreen Greene Fraize, and they have three daughters, Lara, Kalli, and Alanna, and one granddaughter, Scarlett Burry.

Donald K. Powell

Donald K. Powell

Donald K. Powell has practiced law at Fraize Law Offices since 2001. He completed a Bachelor’s Degree (First Class) from Memorial University in 1982, and upon graduating was awarded its medal for Academic Excellence. Subsequently, he obtained a Law Degree from Dalhousie University Law School (now the Schulich School of Law) in 1989, then he was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in 1990, and Newfoundland and Labrador in 1991. Donald K. Powell's primary areas of practice includes: Corporate/Commercial, Real Property, Administrative, Family and Personal Injury Law. Donald K. Powell, on a regular basis, represents clients regarding Canada Pension Disability claims, and Workers' Compensation matters, and has conducted Appeals to Administrative Tribunals with respect thereto. He has appeared at all levels of court in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as the Federal Court of Appeal.

Lara Fraize-Burry

Lara Fraize-Burry

B.A., M.Phil., J.D.

Lara Fraize-Burry was called to the Newfoundland and Labrador Bar in 2016 and is a Barrister and Solicitor. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in 2007 and a Master of Philosophy Humanities in 2011 at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. Lara received her Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick in 2015.

Lara currently sits on the Board of Directors of Credit Counselling. She has held many positions in the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador, including: President of PC MUN, Vice-President of St. John’s East (Provincial Executive), and President of the Progressive Conservative Women’s Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (Provincial Executive).

Lara’s main areas of practice are Civil Litigation, specifically Personal Injury and Family Law, and Wills and Estates. Other areas of practice include: Corporate/Commercial and Real Estate/Property.

Lara has a number of interests and is a former member of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble and Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir, as well as St. Paul’s and St. Teresa’s Church Choirs. She is an avid reader, amateur artist, and knitter, as well as a busy mother of a young daughter, Scarlett. Lara is married to Michael Burry.

Kalli Fraize

Kalli Fraize

Solicitor and Barrister 

B.Mus., M.Phil. in Humanities, Graduate Fellow, Juris Doctor

Kalli Fraize was called to the Bar in 2019, after completing articles under Mr. Bob Buckingham. She is a solicitor and barrister in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Kalli graduated with a Bachelor of Music at Memorial School of Music (Trumpet) and went on to earn a Master’s degree in Philosophy (Humanities), with a focus on body image and eating disorders from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She was awarded the title “Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies,” recognizing her academic excellence throughout the program. Kalli received a Juris Doctor from the University of New Brunswick in 2018.

Kalli’s main areas of practice are Civil Litigation, specifically Wills and Estates, Personal Injury, and Family Law. Other areas of practice include Criminal, Corporate/Commercial, and Real Estate/Property.

In her spare time, Kalli enjoys spending time with her partner, Derrick Warr and their Chihuahua, Sinatra. She also enjoys playing the trumpet, singing, and travelling. Kalli was the Principal Trumpet in the NSYO and is a past member of the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble and MUN Chamber Choir. Currently, she sings with St. Teresa’s Parish Choir.

Prior to practising law, Kalli was a private music teacher and taught trumpet, voice, and theory, and worked as an Executive Assistant with Opera on the Avalon, as well as working as a legal assistant at Fraize Law Offices. Kalli also worked as a model in New York City, Miami, and Las Vegas.


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