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Contact Susanne

Corporate Law Clerk


(519) 881-2441 x 21


Susanne Zippel

Susanne has been working in law offices since 1976. Although Susanne may be the most senior member of the team, she is energetic and dedicated to her work. Susanne’s specialty is corporate-commercial but she has, over the years, handled files in many other areas of law. Susanne works in the Walkerton office and has resided all her life in the Walkerton area. She has three children and three adorable grandchildren.  In her spare time, she enjoys curling, playing slow pitch, knitting, reading, walking and socializing with family and friends.



Cara Oberle

Cara graduated from the law clerk program at Seneca College and joined Hicks & Hicks in 2012.  She works in the Walkerton office, handling reception duties and Wills & Powers of Attorneys. Cara lives in Hanover with her husband and 2 cats named Emily & Tori.  In her spare time, Cara enjoys home renovations and cross-stitching. Cara is now on maternity leave with her newborn son, Theo.

Contact Cara

Wills/Estates Law Clerk

(519) 881-2441

Contact Ruth

Real Estate Law Clerk

(519) 364-4720


Ruth Johnson

Ruth joined the firm in 2014 after completing her undergraduate degree in political science at York University. Ruth enjoys travelling, fishing, taking walks with her German Short Haired Pointer named Mary Puppins and spending time with her daughter. Ruth is now attending the University of Windsor law school and plans to be back at Hicks & Hicks next summer.


Sandy Marshall

Sandy is a graduate of the law clerk program at Fanshawe College and has worked at Hicks & Hicks for most of her career.  She works on Family Law files and provincial offence matters where the client has been charged under the Smoke Free Ontario Act. In addition to her role as a law clerk, Sandy is the Office Manager.


Contact Sandy

Family Law Clerk/Office Manager

(519) 364-4720


Contact David

Estates Law

(519) 881-2441 ext 25


David Ellis

Dave joined our team after working for many years for the Ministry of the Attorney General. Dave works part-time in our Walkerton office, handling estate matters. Dave enjoys spending time with family and friends.  Dave spoils us with his home-made sweets!  After hours, he can often be found in his garden or refinishing furniture.


Vivian Kennedy

Vivian spent her high school years not really knowing for sure what she would do upon graduation. When the day came to apply for college programs, she figured it out. Fanshawe College happily accepted her into their Law Clerk program, which she completed in 2007. She joined the Hicks & Hicks team a short time later, married the love of her life, got a dog named “Hemi” and had two cute kids! Vivian usually works in our Walkerton office on Wills and Estates, corporate files and a variety of other client matters.


Contact Vivian

Law Clerk


(519) 881-2441




Contact Susan

Real Estate Law

(519) 364-4720

Susan Van Diepen

Susan graduated from a law clerk program in 1986 and started her first job the following week.  She has been working in a law office ever since!  During her career, Susan has worked in many areas of law but real estate is her favourite.  She finds it very rewarding to hand the keys over to a new property owner and watch their face light up with excitement.  When not at work, Susan can be found on the farm gathering eggs or playing with the calves, playing darts or cards, crocheting, watching tv or attending a sporting event with her husband.