About us

DE BAKKER & DE BAKKER is proud to serve all of Northwestern Ontario, from the Manitoba border to Wawa, and everywhere in between. Our practice focuses on Civil Litigation, Real Estate Law, Wills and Estates, and Criminal Litigation.

Deborah de Bakker

Deborah is pleased to be practising law with her son, in the areas of Wills, Estates and Real Estate. A lifelong resident of Thunder Bay, Deborah has a B.A. from Queen’s University and LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and the Thunder Bay Law Association. She has served on the federal Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee and the Justice of the Peace Appointments Advisory Committee. She is a former President of the Thunder Bay Community Foundation, Northwestern Ontario Writers Workshop and Thunder Bay Writers Guild. She is a member of the Postulancy Commission for the Anglican Diocese of Algoma and a former Warden of St. Michael and All Angels church.

Johnny de Bakker

Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Johnny is happy to be practicing law in Northwestern Ontario. A graduate of both Hammarskjold High School and Lakehead University, Johnny is proud to be from Thunder Bay and has always been heavily involved in the community. He is the founder of the Ischkinakker Shaker, an annual Christmas fundraiser that has raised over $200,000 for local charities. Johnny is also the co-founder of I HEART TBAY, a local promotions business whose sole purpose is to spread city pride around the world. Johnny traveled to the UK and received his LLB from Cardiff University in Wales in 2010. After law school he articled at Dubinsky Law and was hired as an associate after his call to the bar in 2013 where he was in court advocating for clients on a daily basis. Johnny practices in the areas of Real Estate Law. Criminal and Quasi-criminal offences, Wills and Estates, and Corporate Law. In his spare time, John is the Past President of Thunder Bay Ventures, and Vice Chair of Roots Community Food Centre (Roots to Harvest),

Robert Habjan

Growing up in Thunder Bay and its surrounding communities, Robert is a true Northerner. A well-known face in the Thunder Bay community, Robert is a graduate of Sir Winston Churchill High School and Lakehead University. After completing his legal education at Bond University in Australia, Robert came back to the north to begin his legal practice. In his spare time, Robert is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, and downhill skiing. He enjoys giving back to his community through the local Knights of Columbus. Robert practices in the areas of Civil Litigation, as well as Criminal and Quasi-criminal offences. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario, the Thunder Bay Law Association, and the Criminal Lawyers Association.

Vlad Popescu

Transplanting to Thunder Bay from Toronto in late 2012, Vlad is a passionate advocate dedicated to serving his clients through fair and responsible litigation. He acts for plaintiffs injured as a result of the negligence of others, including medical negligence, and helps individuals in breach of contract cases, including long-term disability denials and life insurance disputes. Outside of his injury law focus, Vlad is also retained in complex construction matters, including deficient construction cases, claims where lien rights are asserted, and actions for damages resulting from negligent misrepresentations. When not busy trying cases or otherwise litigating, Vlad is an avid sailor and sailboat racer.

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With a lot going on in my personal life, de Bakker and de Bakker made my estate planning a breeze. They walked me through difference scenarios and answered all of my questions to my satisfaction. I’m confident that should anything happen to me, my wishes will be well known and straight forward.

Peter, Thunder Bay

I was charged for assaulting my ex-girlfriend. Mr. de Bakker helped me from the beginning, even before I was arrested. The process took longer than I thought it would, but I was happy with the outcome. Would recommend.

Michael, Thunder Bay

When my husband and I bought our first house we did a private deal. Johnny helped us with the offer, all the way through to closing. His staff was courteous and professional, we will definitely use them again!

Lisa, Thunder Bay
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