Our 125 Year History

Relying on a strong foundation of good people and quality work, our standard of excellence has only strengthened over the last 125+ years. Today, Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP comprises 30+ committed lawyers who work together with a highly skilled support staff, offering a full range of experienced legal support to Southeastern Ontario. Follow the journey of the generations of outstanding lawyers and staff that came before us.

1894 – 1981

Cunningham Little Bonham and Milliken

Arthur Cunningham, KC, a well-known counsel and respected solicitor, operated his law office at 79 Clarence Street for 53 years. Arthur’s sons, Douglas (Ben) Cunningham, QC, LLD, and Willis Cunningham, QC continued the law practice, and were later joined by Robert Little, QC, the Honourable Douglas Cunningham, QC, the Honourable Peter Milliken, MP and David Bonham, QC, FCA.

Swan Carty Belch and Ryan

David Rankin, MPP and Harry Wright began a law practice together after World War II and were followed by Peter Swan, QC, Michael Carty, QC, the Honourable Douglas Belch, QC and Paul Ryan.

Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP

The two firms merged in January 1982 to form Cunningham Swan Carty Little & Bonham LLP, a full service law firm in southeastern Ontario.


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The Honourable Peter Milliken was elected as the Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands and served many distinguished years as Speaker of the House of Commons.


The Honourable Douglas Cunningham, QC was appointed a Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and then as Associate Chief Justice of that Court.


The Honourable Douglas M. Belch, QC was appointed a Justice of the Superior Court of Justice and presided in Kingston until his retirement from the bench.


The Honourable Bonnie Warkentin, a former partner, was first appointed to the Northwest Region. In 2011, Bonnie was transferred to the East Region, sitting in Ottawa. In 2017 she accepted the position of Regional Senior Justice of the Northwest Region and returned to Thunder Bay to take on this role. Bonnie is currently a Justice of the Northwest Region.

Our People

From the friendly voice you hear when you call to book a meeting to the familiar face you see advocating for you in court, we work together to best serve you.

In the Community

We are one of the only full-service law firms in Southeastern Ontario.

More than that, we are your neighbors. We are your customers, your volunteers, and your teammates. We are the friendly face you see at the dog park and the familiar voice you hear around the gym.

We have been deeply embedded in the Kingston community for over 125 years as lawyers and professionals, but also as community members. We are committed to the constant and evolving support of our neighborhoods through volunteerism, mentorship, coaching, and financial contributions.

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