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Jacques Tjonasan

PRINCIPAL & FOUNDER
 

Jacques is the Founder of Accounting for Law. Utilizing his 25+ years of experience to oversee all aspects of the company, and ensuring that all clients’ needs are met, Jacques takes the hands-on approach, specializing in all services we provide.

Alma Vasquez

Alma Vasquez

AFL PARTNER

Alma has 20+ years of experience managing financial records, knowledge of many legal softwares, and a degree and specialization in Accounting. With expertise preparing timely and accurate reports and many other services; Alma goes the extra mile for her clients.

Yvonne Parry

Yvonne Parry

MANAGING PARTNER

Yvonne is Director of Operations & Payroll Specialist, certified Payroll Compliance Practitioner, and skilled leader. With a clear understanding of the importance of having financial peace of mind, and compliancy with the LSO and CRA, Yvonne is our CRA liaison.

Diagnora Tiamo

Diagnora Tiamo

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Diagnora has 18+ years of experience as Office Manager / Accounting for boutique firms. Responsible for internal AFL duties, she handles billing and communication. Making sure clients have positive experiences, and fluent in English and Spanish, Diagnora’s passion is key to success.

    Monika Kieszkowska

    ADMINISTRATIVE ASSOCIATE

    Monika, our administrative associate with 14 years of expertise, plays a pivotal role in optimizing office operations. Her exceptional organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail, particularly in billing and communication, ensure clients enjoy consistently positive experiences with the AFL team.

      Jessica Chappelle

      Jessica Chappelle

      LEAD COSMOLEX ASSOCIATE

      Jessica has over 8 years of experience with law firm administrative tasks and legal accounting softwares. With a team of her own, Jessica is a proactive, task oriented, organized, professional leader. She works well under pressure and works well within strict deadlines. Jessica specializes in Cosmolex, Ghost Practice, rebuilds and migrations, day-to-day bookkeeping services, and spot audits. Jessica is an easy going, understanding individual and focuses on creating efficiencies for clients.

        Zvonka Hortik

        Zvonka Hortik

        SENIOR ASSOCIATE

        Zvonka has 15+ years bookkeeping experience in legal roles. Her skills include analyzing accounts payable & receivables, financial reporting, payroll administration, and reconciliations. Versed in legal accounting software and law society compliance, Zvonka prides herself on problem solving, and organization.

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        Jackie Shallhorn

        SENIOR ASSOCIATE

        Jackie has 30+ years working as an Accounting and Office Manager for small and mid-sized firms. Self-motivated, efficient in all legal software, and with excellent communication and problem-solving skills, Jackie specializes in year-ends, managerial tasks, and Law Society Spot Audits.

        Selvy Krishna

        SENIOR PAYROLL SPECIALIST

        Selvy has 7+ years of experience processing payroll. Skilled with QuickBooks, and other accounting software, she is equipped to be a senior Payroll Specialist. Self-motivated, detail oriented and with exceptional organizational skills, Selvy is determined to get all tasks done.

        Sophie Xu

        PAYROLL ASSOCIATE

        Sophie has 7+ years in finance roles. As Payroll Associate, she specializes in preparing and processing payroll, and keeping up-to-date with government subsidy programs. Experienced with many legal accounting software, Sophie is dedicated to delivering quality performance for her clients.

          Kathy Qiu

          LEAD GHOSTPRACTICE ASSOCIATE

          Kathy has 23 years of experience as a CPA, specializing in full-cycle accounting, year-end reports, and Law Society compliance.
          She is skilled in multiple legal accounting software, including GhostPractice, PCLaw and Cosmolex. Kathy is self-motivated, organized, and a great team-member.

          Ruth

          Ruth Teal-Milligan

          LEAD SOLUNO ASSOCIATE

          Ruth has 30+ years experience in the bookkeeping industry, her expertise in financial statements, organization, and great communication skills are an asset. Ruth is detail oriented and professional, skilled in day-to-day bookkeeping, reconciliations, accounting payables, billings, and credit card allocations.

          Chris Barker

          Chris Barker

          LEAD CLIO ASSOCIATE

          Chris has 10+ years in accounting, finance and has CGA, CPA designation. He has experience with full cycle accounting, preparing financial reports, bank reconciliations, and PC Law and Ghost Practice software. Chris’s positive attitude and work ethic enhance the team.

          Susana Meza

          ASSOCIATE

          Susana has 15+ years of experience in legal, finance and administrative roles. Her responsibilities include day-to-day bookkeeping tasks; accounts payable, billing, reconciliations and trust-general transfers. Susana has an in-depth understanding of trust and general bank accounts and analyzing financial reports.

          Kate Tavano

          Kate Tavano

          ASSOCIATE

          Kate has 5+ years working in bookkeeping, legal assistant, and law clerk roles. She specializes in Real Estate Purchases, Sales, Mortgage Refinancing, evaluating the entire transaction process, and billing. Kate’s experience, and upbeat personality makes her an asset to AFL.

            Natalia

            Natalia Haskina

            ASSOCIATE

            Natalia has years of experience in financial accounting and legal bookkeeping. She has an in-depth understanding of full cycle accounting, reporting, government remittances, year ends and spot audits. Natalia is a reliable, organized team member, and has strong time-management skills.

            Carolina Fusto

            ASSOCIATE

            Carolina, with over ten years of bookkeeping experience, handles day-to-day financial tasks, billing, accounts, credit card allocations, bank transfers, and reconciliations. Her exceptional attention to detail and organization makes her a valuable asset to the team. She also a LEAP Certified Bookkeeper.

            Tonya

            Tonya Tobin

            ASSOCIATE

            Tonya has experience in legal bookkeeping for 20+ years. A licensed Paralegal, she understands the By-laws related to financial responsibilities of a law firm, and what is needed for financial peace of mind. Tonya is organized, task driven and self-motivated.

            Nelly Haddad

            ASSOCIATE

            With over ten years of bookkeeping experience in law firms, Nelly excels in diverse financial tasks including reconciliations, trust account management, billing, and accounts management. Proficient in QuickBooks, Clio, PCLaw, and Cosmolex, she ensures efficient financial operations.

            Damayanthy Piratheepan

            JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

            Damayanthy has years of analyzing financial statements completing data entry, billing, and credit card allocation functions. Along with day-to-day bookkeeping tasks, Damayanthy’s willingness to complete any assignment and remain organized, dedicated and have a positive team spirit is her strength.

            Jasmine St. Rose

            JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

            Jasmine has many years of bookkeeping training and experience. Her strengths include day-to-day bookkeeping using PC Law and Cosmolex, and her ability to be positive and determined within deadlines. Jasmine possesses strong problem-solving skills and drive to complete any task.

            Suzanne Fawcett

            ASSOCIATE

            Suzanne has many years of experience in bookkeeping and administration. Her responsibilities include preparing financial reports, reconciliations for bank accounts, and preparing and completing billing cycles. Suzanne is hard working and prides herself on completing tasks with precision and efficiency.

            Claudia

            Claudia Sabri

            JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

            Claudia’s bookkeeping education and 20+ years of experience, and her expertise in legal software make rebuilds and migrations seamless for law firms. Claudia is persistent and task oriented, her responsibilities include payroll reports and journal entries, reconciliation, rebuilds and migrations.

            Kaprice Tjonasan

            Kaprice Tjonasan

            JUNIOR ASSOCIATE

            A current student at the University of Toronto, Kaprice is articulate, driven, and customer service oriented. She is currently taking journalism, and she performed at Elite Dance Studios until the age of 17. Kaprice has many awards to her credit.



              What Our Clients Have Said

              Nicole Bélanger-Drapeau

              Our firm is most happy with the excellent quality of your bookkeeping services. We find your firm to be reliable, consistent and proficient. We are particularly pleased to note that your staff is always cordial and prompt to respond to any of our special needs and inquiries. You folks get things done quickly and accurately. We consider you to be an important and dependable asset to the operation of our law office. We rate your services in the 5-star range.

               

              Nicole Bélanger-Drapeau Director of Administration / Chef de l’administration
              Michel Drapeau Law Office

              Seema Jain

              It has been a positive experience working with For Law. Despite working for many law firms, the staff are able to remember the specifics of my law firm. Yvonne Parry has been helpful at problem solving to improve efficiency. The team are always willing to answer questions as they arise and are current with important information. They were very helpful during the pandemic. The team has strong technology knowledge and skills. Additionally, they have strong personal skills and are a pleasure to work with.

              Seema Jain
              Jain Family Law & Mediation

              KORTNEY MCVITTIE

              Accounting For Law [has] become an instrumental component to the financial administration of our firm. The word “no” doesn’t seem to exist in the AFL vocabulary. Whatever we ask of or throw at them they always start with “yes” and then get it done in a timely, accurate and professional manner.
              We have no hesitation recommending AFL for legal accounting support.

              Jennifer Bezaire, Partner, Greg Monforton and Partners

              KORTNEY MCVITTIE
              EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL OUTREACH

              Sender B. Tator

              After having the same bookkeeper for our firm many years, we were very worried about finding someone new. Our move to Accounting for Law could not have gone any better. It was a seamless transition and for the past 9 years we have been extremely happy with the services provided by AFL.

              Sender B. Tator
              Schnurr Kirsh Oelbaum Tator LLP

              Brad Teichman

              My law firm has worked with AFL for more than eight years… My partners and I take comfort in knowing that AFL will ensure that our accounting records are accurate and up to date, revenue and expenses are correctly recorded, and our various tax payments are processed on time. This applies to our firm as well as our individual professional corporations. We have no hesitation in recommending AFL’s staff and services to other law firms.

              Brad Teichman
              Overland LLP

              Melissa A. Douglas

              Finding a bookkeeper that has extensive experience, especially with the accounting software we use, was very hard to find. Accounting For Law not only exceeded our expectations, but they helped our Law Firm run smoothly and efficiently🙂

              Melissa A. Douglas
              Barrister & Solicitor

              Mark A. Epstein

              Our experience with Accounting for Law has been excellent right from the start. [They] are always on top of things, so our reconciliations are completed in a timely fashion and our reporting exceeds what is mandated by the Law Society of Ontario. Even more important is that [they] are always available and accessible to deal with any issues or questions that we may have. We are so happy that we found the Accounting for Law team and that they are now a part of our team!

              Mark A. Epstein
              Epstein & Associates

              Jordan D. Oelbaum

              Accounting for Law has provided our bookkeeping services for our eight member law firm with offices in downtown Toronto and Bowmanville, Ontario, [since 2013]. We have been very impressed and satisfied with the level of service we have received from this firm. The staff have been responsive and extremely dependable over these years. We have had great peace of mind knowing that Accounting for Law is handling our books and we would highly recommend, and have recommended, accounting for Law’s services to our fellow lawyers.

              Jordan D. Oelbaum
              Schnurr, Kirsh, Oelbaum, Tator LLP

              Gary J. McCallum

              I was recently the subject of a routine Law Society of Ontario spot audit. I called upon Accounting for Law for assistance in readying my books for the audit. I was immediately impressed by their responsiveness, knowledge, and professionalism. These qualities continued throughout the audit. As a result of their assistance, the audit went smoothly. I appreciate their assistance and commend their abilities.

              Gary J. McCallum
              Gary J. McCallum Barrister & Solicitor

              Mihkel Holmberg

              We have been extremely satisfied with the level of service we receive from this firm. The staff are responsive, dependable and extremely knowledgeable in their field. We would highly recommend their services to our fellow lawyers.

              Mihkel Holmberg
              Holmberg Watson Business & Estate Lawyers

              Christopher J. Tanzola

              We have comfort and peace of mind with the knowledge that Accounting for Law is handling our books, providing support with accounting software, assisting our day-to-day operations, and working seamlessly with our accountants for tax filing purposes. We would not hesitate to recommend Accounting for Law to our fellow lawyers and firms.

              Christopher J. Tanzola
              Overland LLP

              Alexander S. Yeung

              I have been a client of Accounting for Law since February 2014 and I have been extremely satisfied with the level of service I received from Jacques Tjonasan, and his team of highly qualified bookkeepers and accountants at Accounting for Law Inc.

              Alexander S. Yeung
              Real Estate Lawyer

              Marie Henein

              Jacques Tjonasan has successfully completed bookkeeping tasks and demonstrated expertise in PCLaw, reliability and professionalism. He is responsive and coordinates well when with accountants and other service providers. I have no hesitation in recommending Jacques’ services.

              Marie Henein
              Henein Hutchison LLP

              Clayton C. Ruby

              Most law firms work exclusively with PC Law . . . Finding bookkeepers who are not only competent but proficient in PC Law and law firm accounting is extremely difficult. We sought out this firm [in 2017] and I cannot praise them enough. We have been extremely satisfied with the level of service we receive. We would highly recommend their services to other law firms and sole practitioners.

              Clayton C. Ruby
              Ruby, Shiller & Enenajor Barristers