Velocity Injury Law is not just another personal injury law firm. This all-female powerhouse has the knowledge and expertise to tip the scales of justice in your favour. Partners Ruth Stewart and Melanie Gardin alongside Associate Lawyer Celina DeVuono are dedicated to helping injured victims. Velocity’s focus is Motor Vehicle Accidents, Recreational Accidents, Pedestrian Accidents, Falls, Animal Attacks, Assaults, Burns, Defective Products, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Appeals, and Canada Pension Plan Disability Appeals. The extensive experience they all share enables them to offer each of their clients an extraordinary level of commitment and personalized attention. Through their fierce advocacy and persistence, they consistently obtain results that their clients are justly entitled to receive.
“For many years the firm was known as Chapman Gordon Gardin Stewart LLP. In 2017, the firm rebranded. The reason we picked the name Velocity is because it represents moving forward,” explains Melanie Gardin. “I love the aspect of assisting injured people recover from their injuries.
For the last 16 years I’ve been focused on navigating the injured through their medical rehabilitation and ensuring they see the right medical professionals and health providers in our community. No one wants to be in an accident or to be injured. It’s a huge disruption to the injured and their family, so for me it’s rewarding playing my role in the process.”
Velocity offers an initial consultation that is free of charge and there is zero obligation to sign anything. The firm is wheelchair accessible and there is free parking. If you retain Gardin, she represents you from the beginning to the end of your case. Confident in what she does, Gardin states she doesn’t charge legal fees unless she recovers money for the client.
“Some files can take years, from the time a person gets into an accident to settlement, so you are with people through a lot of milestones. We go to client’s houses or make hospital visits because we like to meet them where it’s convenient for them, especially if they have a hard time getting to us,” explains Gardin. “Sometimes I feel like I’m part social worker. The job is more than just the law. Clients need someone to listen and acknowledge that their pain and struggles post accident are real. We’ve helped a lot of people get through very rough waters.”
“The biggest compliment I’ve received is that I’ve saved someone’s life. I don’t think there is anything more fundamental than someone telling you that you offered them the hope they needed. A lot of people get depressed on their road to recovery, it can be one step forward, two steps backwards. People don’t realize how it affects family, friends, their day-to-day.”
“Seeing people who may lose their kids or their marriage, makes you realize bad things can happen and it’s all about helping them keep their lives together until they can get back on their feet. This is when people need you most,” she adds.
Velocity has celebrated their first anniversary at their new location at 871 Ottawa Street, Unit 400. Representing the Windsor-Essex community, Gardin feels strongly about being invested in both the people and the community.
“People frequently tell me they don’t know what they would have done without me and my outstanding legal assistants. Jennifer has been with me 15 years and Rochelle for 12. All of our lawyers and staff are long term employees and that says a lot. Together we are an efficient team focused on detailed client service.”
Passionate about the community, this shoe-loving, chocolate obsessed, golf-playing superwoman, is currently raising her young daughter Elina with husband Terry, to be a leader within the community. Knowing it’s not all about law, Gardin is fueled by volunteering and taking on leadership roles. She spent nine years on the board of the Brain Injury Association of Windsor and Essex County, seven of which she served as President.
She has volunteered an extensive amount of time and energy with Beyond Disability Rehabilitation Network, which aims to improve the lives of the estimated 62,000 persons in Windsor-Essex County living with chronic disabilities. Gardin also volunteers with two United Way groups: Windsor Women Leading the Way and the Cradle to Career Strategy Review Team.
Recently awarded the Charles J. Clark Award for professional integrity and community service, this dynamo lawyer is one that you want on your side.
Melanie Gardin and the team at Velocity can be reached at 519-946-4300 or www.velocityinjurylaw.com.