Firm Overview

Gehl and Gehl has been providing high quality legal services in the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas for 40 years. Together, we are a team of three lawyers and one law student and a dedicated support staff that come in every day with one goal in mind; to improve the lives of our clients. We will fiercely safeguard your interests and provide sound and reliable legal advice and assistance for whichever matter has been brought to our door. We are also recognized for our friendly and collegial, yet professional atmosphere. 


Nicholas E. Gehl

Nicholas is the founder and managing partner of Gehl & Gehl and has 40 years of experience in successfully representing his clients. Today, his practice is focussed primarily on real estate transactions, wills and estates and general corporate/civil solicitor work.

Nicholas received his L.L.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University after receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo. He has been highly involved in the community since his call to the bar and has previously sat on many boards over the years, including the Kitchener Minor Boys Softball Association, Youth in Conflict with the Law and the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre. Most recently, Nick sponsored and assisted coaching the Kitchener Predators in the 2018 ISC World Fastball Tournament.

As one of Waterloo Region’s most highly sought-after Real Estate and Wills and Estates lawyers, it comes as no surprise that many of Nicholas’ clients count their years of business relationship by the decades. He has been named one of the top 3 Real Estate Lawyers in Kitchener-Waterloo, reflecting his enthusiasm and dedication to his clients. Despite running a busy practice and closely monitoring all of his files, Nicholas still manages to find time to support local charities, fish and visit his grandchild.

Stephen F. Gehl

Steve is a senior named partner of the firm and is one of the most highly trusted and sought-after Criminal Defence Lawyers in the Region of Waterloo. Steve received his L.L.B from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, having been admitted early after only 3 years into a Bachelor of Arts degree.

His contributions to the Criminal Defence Bar in this region are many, from having played an integral role in founding the Mental Health Court at the Kitchener courthouse, to consulting with other jurisdictions to establish the same. He has appeared before every level of court in Canada, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, and is routinely called upon to assist clients with a significant range of criminal offences. In 2012, Steve was the recipient of the Coulter A. Osborne award by the Waterloo Region Law Association, which recognizes Waterloo Region lawyers for their impeccable professional standards of practice. In 2023, Steve was the recipient of the Jackie Mattson award by the Waterloo Region Law Association, which recognizes Waterloo Region lawyers for their exceptional commitment to accessibility to justice.

Nicholas G. Gehl

Nick was called to the bar in Ontario in June 2018. Through working as a law clerk to Stephen Gehl, Nick has developed a broad criminal defence practice that ranges from POA offences, to mental health issues and further complex criminal matters.

Nick received his L.L.B. from James Cook University in Australia and, prior to law school, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in History and Philosophy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology from Carleton University. In his spare time, Nick enjoys rock climbing, camping trips and travelling.