Katherine Kimel Estate Lawyer in Toronto
Katherine is the founder of Kimel Law Group. She practices in the areas of Estate, Trusts, Capacity and Fiduciary Litigation including Power of Attorney Disputes, Guardianships, Claims for Dependant Support, Elder Law, the administration of Estates and Trusts, as well as Estate Planning.

Katherine was called to the bar in 2016 and has worked exclusively in estate and trust litigation, including dependant support applications, capacity issues related to will challenges, power of attorney disputes, gift disputes, and trust issues. Katherine is passionate about finding legal solutions for her clients. Katherine is also enthusiastic about seeking cost-effective results through alternative dispute resolution when possible.

Katherine graduated from Western University in 2012 with a B.A. Double Honours Major in Criminology and Sociology and a J.D from Western Law in 2015. She was also the recipient of the University of Western Ontario Gold Medal for the highest standing average as a sociology major.

In her personal life, Katherine is an avid foodie and loves checking out new restaurants. She is also passionate about spending time with family, friends and her golden retriever!

— Katherine Kimel, Founder


Giancarlo Mignardi is an associate at Kimel Law Group whose practice comprises estate, trust, and capacity litigation. He joined the firm in the summer of 2022 after practicing at a boutique estate litigation firm in downtown Toronto. He has advised clients in complex matters at various stages of litigation. He has made numerous appearances before the Ontario Superior Court and has provided assistance in matters before the Court of Appeal and various administrative tribunals. Prior to his call to the bar in 2020, he completed his articles at a large, full-service firm in downtown Toronto.

Giancarlo’s passion for estate litigation is grounded in his appreciation for the legal and equitable principles it concerns, as well as his deep interest in identifying creative and meaningful solutions in circumstances that can often involve complex estates and succession plans, high emotion, and unexpected challenges. Giancarlo is always focussed on reliably forwarding clients’ interests in a manner that is cognizant of the law and sensitive to the delicate human dynamics at play.

In 2016, Giancarlo obtained his Honours Bachelor of Arts with high distinction from the University of Toronto, where he specialized in Political Science, History, and Italian Linguistics. Giancarlo then obtained his JD from Queen’s University in 2019, where he graduated on the Dean’s List after having earned several awards in prior years for his academic achievements.

Outside of work, Giancarlo is passionate about learning languages. He is fluent in Italian and Spanish, and enjoys speaking with clients in these languages. He also has a professional working proficiency in French, and a limited working proficiency in Portuguese. In his spare time, Giancarlo can be found reading, exercising, watching soccer, listening to podcasts, and checking out new places with friends and family.


  • Canadian Bar Association (CBA), where he has served as a member-at-large on the CBA Wills, Estates and Trusts Section’s Executive Committee.
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History
  • Junior Trusts and Estates Practitioners Group (JTEP).
Giancarlo Mignardi Associate