Smiths Falls: 613-283-7331

Athens: 613-924-2673

Partners and Associates at Ross Cliffen & Associates

Michael V. Ross

Michael V. Ross, B.A, LL.B

Michael received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972 from the University of Western Ontario. He attended law school at the University of Ottawa, where he obtained his Bachelor of Law Degree in 1975. Upon Michael’s call to the Bar of Ontario in 1977, he accepted an associate position with the Ottawa law firm of Macdonald, Affleck. Later that same year, he joined the law firm of Quigley & Associates in Smiths Falls, becoming a partner in 1981.

Michael has an active practice involving Real Estate, Wills, Estates and Estate Litigation, Corporate Law, and Civil Law.

Michael’s Community Activities Include:

  • Former Director on the Lanark Frontenac Lennox and Addington Federal Liberal Association

  • Former Director on the Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital Board

  • Former Treasurer of the “Your Health Our Promise Capital Campaign”, to revitalize the Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital

  • Former Federal Prosecutor for over 11 years

  • Small Claims Court Judge for over 30 years

  • Former Child Lawyer Representative for over 28 years

  • Michael is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and The Lanark County Bar Association

Michael is married (Linda), and has three children and five grandchildren.

Michael R. Cliffen

Michael R. Cliffen, B.A., LL.B

Smiths Falls is the hometown of Michael Cliffen – he attended elementary as well as high school in Smith Falls. After high school, Michael attended Queens University at Kingston, Ontario and obtained his Bachelor of Arts Degree with Concentrations in Mathematics and Economics in 1976. He received the gold medal at Queens University that year and graduated from Queen’s Law School in 1979.

Michael joined the law firm of Quigley and Associates (as it was called then) and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1981. 

His areas of practice are focused on Real Estate and Mortgages, Municipal Law, Planning and Development, Corporate and Commercial, Wills, Estate Planning and Estates.

In 1988 Michael was elected to the municipal council of the Town of Smiths Falls, and was re-elected in 1991, 1994 and 1997 (he did not stand for re-election in 2000). 

Michael’s Community Activities Include:

  • Former chairman of the Lanark Community Mental Health Program

  • Served on the St. Francis de Sales Parish Council and the Smiths Falls Municipal Daycare Board

  • Served as a member of the Smiths Falls Police Services Board from 1997-2010

  • An avid amateur artist. Michael’s paintings are frequently used for fundraising by local, provincial and national charitable organizations

Michael has been a long distance runner in our community for over 45 years and he is well known for his accomplishments. He also enjoys cycling.

Michael is married (Karen) and has five children.

Elizabeth S. Midolo

Elizabeth S. Midolo, B.Soc.Sc., LL.B

Elizabeth graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2007, where she completed her undergraduate degree with Honours in Criminology and Honours in Psychology. She went on to complete her degree at the University of Ottawa, Common Law Program. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Lanark County Law Association.

Elizabeth joined Ross Cliffen and Associates in December 2014. Her areas of practice include Custody, Access, Child Support, Spousal Support, Division of Property, Separation, and Divorce. She also practices Criminal and Civil Litigation.

Growing up, Elizabeth spent her time training in Shotokan Karate, where she earned her 2nd degree black belt. She was fortunate enough to travel the world, competing nationally and internationally. Elizabeth continues to train in martial arts, and she also enjoys long distance running and cycling.

Elizabeth lives in Carleton Place with her husband (Steve) and their dog (Bruno).

Elizabeth is on the Board of Directors of the Lanark County Interval House.

Due to renovations we have temporarily moved to

91 Cornelia St West, Unit 118, Smiths Falls, Ontario, K7A5L3, PO BOX 804

Ross Cliffen & Associates

Professional Corporation 

Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries

Main Office

30 Russell St E

Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4W6


Monday - Friday 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Ross Cliffen & Associates

Professional Corporation
Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries

Athens Office

10 Main St. East, P.O. Box 604, 

Athens, Ontario, K0E 1B0

P: 613-924-2673

F: 613-283-6792

By appointment

Service Area

Smiths Falls and surrounding area
Athens and surrounding area
Perth and surrounding area 

Lanark, Leeds, Grenville and areas


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