The firm was formed in 1993 by the merger of two of North Bay's oldest and most prestigious law firms, Wallace & Carr and Klein & Klein. This merger brought together law practices established by George Wallace and Albert Klein, both respected and prominent local lawyers.
George Wallace, a North Bay native whose father and grandfather ran the local brickyard and were contractors, commenced practising law in North Bay in 1936 with the firm Reynolds & Wallace. In 1949 he took over the practice of the late John McColeman. With the exception of his years in the Canadian Forces during World War II, he continued practicing for 55 years until his death in February 1992.
George's accomplishments include Q.C. in 1951, Bencher of the Law Society from 1971 to 1979, Judge of Juvenile and Family Court and Provincial Court Family Division from 1958 to 1987, Life member of the Canadian Bar Association, Life member of the Advocates Society, Life member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. In 1992, George was named one of the first recipients of the prestigious Law Society Medal for outstanding service to the legal profession.
Albert Klein, also a North Bay pioneer, was called to the Bar in 1954 and took over the practice of the late Judge H. J. Reynolds, eventually building the Klein firm to prominence in North Bay. He received his Q.C. in 1967 and practised in North Bay until his death in the Fall of 1991.
Over the years, a number of lawyers practicing law at Wallace Klein Partners in Law were appointed as judges, including Larry Klein, Jamie Wilcox, Alain Perron and Erin Lainevool.
The firm was augmented by the addition of Bob Carr in 1951. He continued as a partner of the firm until his retirement in 1997. Jack Wallace joined the firm in 1971 and Don Wallace followed in 1975. Paul Trenker, another local boy, joined this talented group in 1989. After George Wallace's death in 1992, the firm moved to revitalize itself in order to continue to provide a high level of service to our clients. Larry and Jim Klein moved their busy practice to this firm in 1993.
In 2013, Christian Tremblay joined the firm as an associate. In 2017, he became the Managing Partner of the firm. Christian is bilingual and practices corporate/commercial, real estate, wills and estates, and litigation.
In 2021 and 2022, we were pleased to welcome Joel Senecal and Taylor Trottier, both bilingual and both having practices as barristers and solicitors.
Wallace Klein now has four legal professionals and a team of highly qualified staff who provide complete multi-disciplinary legal services to the people of the Nipissing area. Our lawyers have considerable expertise in real estate, commercial law, criminal law, civil litigation, family law, construction law, and estate law matters. Services can be provided in French and English.