Our Team

Frank Van Dyke – Lawyer

frank-van-dyke Frank Van Dyke has been focused on obtaining fair compensation for the injured and disabled for over two decades.  Whether handling a motor vehicle accident claim or catastrophic injury, disability insurance denial, a disability claim, a WSIB claim or a human rights violation, Frank endeavors to bring a compassionate approach to the law.

Frank understand that being injured and disabled can have a serious emotional and financial toll on clients. His practice is contingency-fee based as clients do not pay fees unless their case is settled.


  • Called to the Bar in 1993
  • Law Degree from Queen’s University
  • Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in History from Queen’s University


Frank has represented clients before many different courts, tribunals and boards, including:

  • Ontario Superior Court, Divisional Court, and Court of Appeal
  • Federal Court of Canada and Tax Court of Canada
  • Canada Pension Plan Review Tribunal and the Pension Appeal Board
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal
  • Financial Services Commission of Ontario
  • Ontario Disability Support Program appeals

Jennifer Amaral – Legal Assistant

jennifer-amaral Jennifer was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. She is married and has two children. In 1994, Jennifer attended the Legal Administration program at St. Lawrence College. After graduating in 1996, Jennifer began working as a legal assistant for Frank Van Dyke. Jennifer has extensive experience in handling all aspects of personal injury matters and has a deep understanding of how our client’s injuries affect their daily lives.

In her spare time, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family.

Joanne Burnie – Legal Assistant

joanne-burnie Joanne was born in Ottawa and moved to Kingston with her husband and two children in 2006. In 2007 Joanne began working as a legal assistant for Frank Van Dyke. Joanne has extensive experience in handling all aspects of personal injury matters and works hard to obtain the maximum compensation for our clients.

In her spare time, Joanne enjoys singing, movies, cooking and spending time with her family.

Heather McColm – Receptionist

heather-mccolm Heather grew up in Montreal, Quebec and moved to Ottawa, Ontario and is now proud to call Gananoque in the 1,000 Islands her home. She attended Dawson College and Concordia University with an emphasis on Commerce. After working in the procurement and distribution field for over 20 years, she joined Van Dyke Law Office in June of 2012 as a receptionist.

In her spare time Heather enjoys gardening, cooking and long nature hikes with her husband and her dog Abby.