Natalie Zhang portrait

Ningjing (Natalie) Zhang


Natalie joined RBHF as a law student in the summer of 2022 and returned as an articling student in the summer of 2023.

Born and raised in Shanghai, China, Natalie moved to Kingston in 2016. She obtained her B.A.(Hons.) and Ph.D. from Fudan University, China and her M.A. and J.D. from Queen’s University. Natalie has participated in various events/campaigns concerning justice for marginalized groups during her time in Canada. She received Aird & Berlis Equality Award from the Women’s Law Society of Ontario (WLAO) in 2021 and the FLA Award from the Frontenac Law Association in 2023.

Natalie has strong ties to Kingston and was happy to make it her hometown in Canada. She is fluent in Chinese.

Natalie is a member of:

  • Canada Bar Association (CBA)
  • Ontario Bar Association (OBA)
  • Canadian Immigration Lawyers Association (CILA)
  • Christian Legal Fellowship (CLF)
  • Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (FACL)
  • Women’s Law Association of Ontario (WLAO)
  • Frontenac Law Association (FLA)
  • Group of Racialized (Ontario) Women Litigators (GROWL)

When she is not working, Natalie can be found spending time with her family and friends at some of Kingston’s best local spots.

      Sean Butt

      Year of Call: 2008

      Areas of Practice:

      Sean Butt joined RBHFas an Associate in the summer of 2022.

      He is an experienced litigator with over 13 years of experience representing institutional clients, small and medium size businesses, and individuals, and has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario.His main area of practice is civil litigation where he has significant experience in commercial litigation, debt recovery and mortgage enforcement, however, his practice includes a wide range of litigation matters.

      Sean received his Bachelor of Arts with Honours at the University of Toronto focusing on Political Science and Economics and obtained his law degree from Queen’s University.

      Sean practiced law at a mid-size firm in Toronto for the first 12 years of his career and decided to move his family and his practice to Kingston, an ideal location from which he represents the interestsof clients in the Kingston community and across the province.

      Sean thrives with colleagues that are highly engaged in their practice, making RBHF a perfect fit. He is a strongproponent of civility in the litigation processand is dedicated tomentoring articlingstudents and junior counsel. He is a Member of the Frontenac Law Association where he currently sits as Co-Chair on the Civil Rules Committee.

        • Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
        Jennifer Foster

        Jennifer Foster

        Barrister & Solicitor

        Registered Estate and Trust Practitioner (TEP)

        Year of Call: 2001

        Areas of Practice:

        Jennifer has provided legal services to the Kingston community for over ten years. Her main areas of practice include Wills and Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Corporate Law, and Real Estate Law. Jennifer is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and holds the Trust and Estate Practitioner designation (TEP), having fulfilled all the requirements of the STEP Canada Diploma Program.

        Jennifer earned her law degree from Queen’s University in 1999 and has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 2001. Prior to practicing in Kingston, Jennifer served as legal counsel for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto, gaining extensive experience in health law, policy, health privacy, and advocacy. She has a demonstrated expertise in the Mental Health Act, Health Care Consent Act 1996, and Substitute Decisions Act, 1992, which she has shared in courses and lectures provided for physicians, health practitioners, health policy makers, and academics.

        Jennifer’s expertise in this regard makes her ideally qualified to assist clients in resolving complex legal issues that arise in wills and estate planning and estate administration involving elder, consent, and capacity issues, as well as long-term health care and estate planning. Jennifer will work with your accountant and financial planners in order to ensure the best possible estate plan for your future and family needs.

        Jennifer is also an active member of the Kingston community. She is currently legal counsel to the Kingston Writersfest and sits on the Board of Directors for several local organisations and initiatives.

        If she’s not at the office, you can find Jennifer pushing around heavy things at Stone City Strength and Wellness or at the Kingston Boxing Club, where she trains in Muay Thai Kickboxing with a personal coach.

        Member of the Frontenac Law Association:

        Board Appointments

          • Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada
          K. Gordon Gwynne-Timothy

          K. Gordon Gwynne-Timothy


          Year of Call: 1994

          Areas of Practice:

          Gordon Gwynne-Timothy joined Ryder-Burbidge Hurley Foster in 2019.  He enjoys helping clients with the full range of questions and issues that people bring with them in family law situations, in Estates law situations, and in other civil litigation matters.

          Gordon is a graduate of Harvard University, Cambridge University, and the University of Toronto Law School. He was a student athlete and enjoyed many hours rowing both at the Varsity level and for his College. He also has a love of Early Music and met his wife while singing for the well-known Tafelmusik choir in Toronto. After working for a time at a large Bay Street law firm in Toronto, Gordon took a very enjoyable and lengthy detour into studying philosophy, and then teaching and coaching at an independent boarding school. He returned to the practice of law in Kingston after moving there in 2013 with his wife and family.

          Gordon still enjoys choral singing when he can and is a tenor section lead and occasional soloist with the Melos Choir and Period Ensemble in Kingston. He enjoys spending time with his family in Kingston and Prince Edward County. He is a member of The Advocates’ Society.

          The Advocates’ Society
          Melos Choir and Period Instruments

            • Location: Kingston, Ontario, Canada