Lester J. Mortimer, Jr., QC / Senior Partner
Born in Nassau in 1953 and admitted to the Bar of England & Wales, Lincoln’s Inn in 1978 after completing his legal studies at the College of Law in London, Mortimer is one of the country’s leading authorities on shipping and maritime law.
Stephen A. Turnquest / Partner
Stephen Anthony Turnquest was born in Nassau in 1958. Mr. Turnquest received his LLB from the University of The West Indies in June 1985. He earned a Certificate of Legal Education from the Norman Manley Law School in Jamaica in 1987. Mr. Turnquest was called to The Bahamas Bar in the same year and is a member of The Bahamas Bar Association. His practice areas include Commercial and Civil Litigation (including personal injuries), Employment Law, Insolvency, Admiralty Law and Medical Malpractice.
Simone Morgan-Gomez / Partner
She has been practicing in The Bahamas since 1997 and specializes in Commercial Litigation involving: Employment, Insurance, Insolvency, Trusts, Agency and Multi-jurisdictional Contracts. Mrs. Morgan-Gomez speaks English and Spanish.
Courtney L. Pearce / Partner
Courtney Pearce received her B. A. in International Politics from Colgate University in New York. Ms. Pearce went on to study at the University of Buckingham where she graduated with Upper Second Class Honours in 2005. During her year at Bar School, Ms. Pearce was very active in the Pro Bono Legal Advice Centre of the College of Law and negotiated a settlement between her clients and their local Council in a property dispute. Ms. Pearce was called to the Bar in England and Wales in July 2006 and to the Bahamas Bar in December 2006. She currently works in litigation and is building her specialization in Corporate and Trust Law.
Cheryl D. Cartwright / Partner
Ms. Cartwright’s responsibilities involve advising on multi-jurisdictional legal issues, and acting as a Pupil Master. Her areas of practice include Insolvency and Liquidations, International Commercial Litigation, International Commercial Transactions, as well as limited work with Conveyance, Mortgage and Property Law. Ms. Cartwright has served as an Acting Deputy Registrar of the Court of Appeal, served as Chairman and Board member on various government bodies, and was the founding Vice-President of the Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers.
Carey G. Leonard / Senior Associate
Of all the 1,000 or so practicing attorneys in The Bahamas, Carey G. Leonard may be the least likely ever to have headed for a career in the legal profession or achieved the corporate and community leadership heights he has. His story reads like parts of a modern Robinson Crusoe fantasy.
Garth Philippe / Associate
Mr. Philippe studied Spanish language and culture at La Universidad de Salamanca, Spain in 2006. Later he studied law at the University of Manchester, England where he received his (LLB) in both English Law and French Law in 2010. He also attended L’Université de Bougogne, France where he furthered his studies in French Law and civil law traditions and achieved the graduate level Diplòme de Relations Internationales in Public International Law in 2010.
Syneisha Bootle / Associate
Ms. Bootle was called to the Bar of England and Wales (Lincoln’s Inn) in July, 2015, The Bahamas Bar in September, 2015 and joined the team at the Nassau office of Callenders & Co. that same year, having interned with the firm for six consecutive summers. Ms. Bootle is a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, UK and The Bahamas Bar Association. Her areas of practice include Conveyance, Mortgage, Property Law, Wills, Insolvency and Liquidations and she is building her specialization in Maritime Law.
Philisea Bethel / Associate
Philisea obtained an Associate of Arts degree in Law & Criminal Justice in 2012 at the College of The Bahamas. She earned a Bachelor of Laws with Upper Second Class Honours in 2015 at the University of Buckingham, England and a Master of Laws in International & Commercial Law (specializing in Financial Services Law) with Distinction in 2016.