|Alexander ||Andrea||Hearing||Appointee||Lay||Andrea Alexander was appointed as a Lay Bencher of the LSO by Ontario’s Attorney General in 2003. Following this four-year term, she was one of the first three Lay Adjudicators hired by the Law Society to augment the roster of eight appointed Lay Benchers to serve on the Hearing Panels. A McGill graduate, she taught secondary school in the Toronto Board of Education and followed this by many years as a full-time volunteer in the arts, serving on national, provincial, and city arts boards and committees engaged in advocacy, fundraising, festivals and other project activities. She continues to be an active participant in political, social service and arts organizations in Toronto.|
|Anand||Raj||Hearing & Appeal||Vice-Chair, Hearing Division||Lawyer||Raj Anand is a partner, arbitrator and mediator with WeirFoulds LLP. His practice includes the areas of administrative, human rights, constitutional and employment law, civil litigation, professional negligence and regulation. In his third term as an elected bencher of the Law Society of Ontario, he is the Vice-Chair of the Law Society Tribunal’s Hearing Division. He was a member of task forces on issues including admission requirements, articling, good character, and Law Society governance, and chaired or co-chaired working groups on Tribunal reform, Tribunal three year review and Challenges facing Racialized Licensees. Raj graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law with the Dean’s Key in 1978. He has served as President of the U of T Law Alumni Council, the Minority Advocacy and Rights Council, the International Commission of Jurists Canada, and Pro Bono Law Ontario; Co-Chair of the U of T Tribunal; and board member of the Advocates’ Society, Legal Aid Ontario, the Law Commission of Ontario, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Justice for Children and Youth, and the Income Security Advocacy Centre. Raj was Chief Commissioner of the Human Rights Commission in 1988-89, Board of Inquiry from 1989-94, and founding Chair of the Human Rights Legal Support Centre in 2008-10. He has taught “The New Administrative Law” at the masters level, and “Legal Ethics: Legal Values” and "Diversity and the Legal Profession" at the JD level. |
|Banack||Larry||Hearing||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Larry Banack has been a bencher of the Law Society since 1995, regularly publishing Banack's Bencher News to keep lawyers informed of matters arising in Convocation. As a certified civil litigation specialist, he acts for clients involved in commercial, real estate, construction, estates and professional negligence disputes. Larry has developed a robust dispute resolution practice. He is frequently appointed as a mediator or arbitrator and has experience in resolving complex, multi-party disputes dealing with diverse issues. Lawyers also retain him in the unique position of settlement counsel to achieve resolutions that elude the adversarial litigators. Larry is committed to understanding the key issues between the parties and to assist parties in finding creative and practical solutions. Extensive preparation is often the key to his success. Larry has served as Chair of the Law Foundation of Ontario for seven years and as Chair of the Law Commission of Ontario for three years. He was appointed to a three year term as sole Commissioner presiding over the First Case Management Masters' Remuneration Commission.|
|Beach||Peter||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Peter Beach was called to the bar at Gray’s Inn London in 1970. From 1970 to 1973 he took a Master’s degree in Criminology at the University of Ottawa where he was also President of the Student Federation. He practiced as a barrister in London from 1974 to 1982, conducting many jury trials including appearing at the Old Bailey. He is still a member of the English Bar. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1984 and has practiced here in criminal law ever since. He is a member of Defense Counsel Association of Ottawa, Criminal Lawyers Association, Ottawa Carleton Law Association, the Advocates’ Society and l’Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario. |
|Bickford||Fred J.W.||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||A graduate of Queen's Law, Fred Bickford's area of specialization is labour, employment, and administrative law, having appeared before all levels of court, arbitration boards, human rights and WSIB tribunals, as well as other administrative bodies. He represented a broad range of clients in the heavy industrial, forestry, hospital, public health, municipal, education, and university sectors. Appellate experience includes appearances before the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal on judicial review of arbitration awards and administrative decisions. Other counsel experience includes representing members of various professions in defence of complaints before their specific regulatory bodies. Fred received his LSO Specialist Certification in Labour Law in 1997 and served on the LSO Certified Specialist Board for a number of years until 2015. A long-time member of the Ontario Bar Association, Fred served as a Regional Representative for Northwestern Ontario on the OBA Council for 6 years, and also as a Director on the OBA Board of Directors. As Editor-in-Chief, of "Management Rights", a national Journal published by Federated Press, Fred authored and edited articles of interest to human resource practitioners across Canada. From 1997-2000 Fred served as a part-time Alternate Chair of the Ontario Review Board, chairing cases, hearing evidence and deciding the annual disposition of accused persons previously found NCR(Not Criminally Responsible). Fred served in the Canadian Army for six years, initially as an officer cadet, then as a commissioned officer, and was stationed in Camp Valcartier, Quebec. He was a member of the 1st Battalion (Airborne) of the Royal 22nd Regiment (the "Van Doos"). He is currently serving as Honorary Colonel of the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, having been appointed by the Minister of National Defence in 2014.|
|Blight||S. Margot||Hearing & Appeal||Appointee||Lawyer||Margot Blight is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Public Law, Labour and Employment, and Education Law groups. She practices in a variety of administrative law disciplines, including education law, human rights law and constitutional law. Ms. Blight was certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Labour Law in 2001 and has been selected by her peers for inclusion several successive editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of Education Law, and Labour and Employment Law. She is a member of the Justices of the Peace Review Council, and serves as Chair of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Ethics Committee. Ms. Blight received a Bachelor of Arts from Lakehead University in 1984 and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Toronto in 1987. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989.|
|Boyd||Marion||Hearing & Appeal||Appointed Bencher||Lay||The Honourable Marion Boyd served in the Ontario Legislature from 1995 to 1999, representing the riding of London Centre. As a Cabinet Minister from 1990 to 1995, she held three portfolios (Education, Community and Social Services and Attorney General) and was the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. In Opposition from 1995 to 1999, she served as Justice, Women’s Issues and Aboriginal Affairs critic. Prior to her election, she was Executive Director of the London Battered Women’s Clinic and attained a national reputation as an advocate on behalf of abused women and children. Since leaving politics, Marion led a four-year project on the health effects of woman abuse, was a thirteen-year member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board, authored a report on religiously-based family law arbitration, entitled “Protecting Choice, Promoting Inclusion,” and has written and lectured frequently on the tension between religious freedom and the rights of women and children. Since 2007, Marion has been an appointed Lay Bencher with the Law Society of Ontario, where she has served on many policy committees and has adjudicated on panels deliberating a multitude of disciplinary and related matters. Marion completed the SOAR Adjudicator Training Programme in 2000 and holds a basic certificate in Mediation from the University of Windsor. She lives with her family in Kincardine, Ontario.|
|Braithwaite||Jack||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Jack Braithwaite is Counsel at Weaver Simmons LLP in Sudbury and has significant experience in wrongful dismissal and other employment related litigation. He also emphasizes employer representation in collective bargaining, human rights, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (“WSIB”) matters, Occupational Health and Safety prosecutions, OLRB proceedings, as well as arbitrations in both public and private sectors. He has collaborated in writing a leading textbook entitled “Canadian Employment Law”, published by Canada Law Book/Thomson Reuters and was Associate Editor of the Dismissal and Employment Law Digest, a national publication for lawyers. He is a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario; a member of the Canadian Bar Association; the National Bar Association in the U.S.; the Ontario Bar Association ("OBA") and sits on Council of the OBA; a member of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers (CABL); The Advocates' Society and sat on the Board of Directors of The Advocates’ Society and is past president of the Sudbury District Law Association. He is a past member of the Governing Council of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, sat on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and is the past Chair of the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce. He sits on the Board of Directors of the Weengushk Film Institute; the Afro Heritage Association; founder of the Michaelle Jean Sudbury Afro-Canadian Heritage fund; sat on the National Advocacy Council of the Canadian Diabetes Association and served as the Association’s legal counsel and sat on the Program Committee of the Canadian National Exhibition and sits on its Strategic Policy and Innovation Committee as well as the Governance and Nominating Committee. He has also taught both a sports and criminal law course at Laurentian University, guest lectures from time to time at Laurentian, Western University and Osgoode Hall on Employment Law and Occupational Health and Safety matters, respectively, as well as frequently gives presentations and seminars to various organizations in such topic areas.|
|Bredt ||Christopher D.||Hearing & Appeal||Vice-Chair, Appeal Division||Lawyer||Christopher Bredt has been Vice-Chair of the Law Society Tribunal's Appeal Division since 2014. He was elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario in 2008, and has served as a member of the Law Society Tribunal and its predecessor since then. He is a Senior Litigation Partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP where he practises in the areas of administrative, constitutional and corporate/commercial litigation. He is the Chair of Borden Ladner Gervais’ National Public Law Group, and was selected by peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada (Administrative and Public Law) and recognized in Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. He has a B.A. and LL.B. from the University of Western Ontario, an LL.M. from Yale, and a D.S.U. (Droit Administratif) from the Université de Paris II. From 1979 1980 he clerked for Mr. Justice W.R. McIntyre of the Supreme Court of Canada. He was called to the bar in Ontario in 1984, and has appeared as counsel at all levels of the courts in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada. He was on secondment to the Government of Ontario from 1989 – 1993, where he served as Assistant Deputy Minister, Office of Federal Provincial Relations, and as Assistant Deputy Minister, Constitutional Policy and Special Counsel. He taught Advanced Administrative Law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law from 1984 – 1990, and currently teaches a seminar on Freedom of Expression and the Media at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a past Chair of both the OBA Constitutional and Administrative Law Sections. He has published a number of articles on constitutional law, administrative law and commercial litigation topics. |
|Burd||Robert ||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Paralegal||Robert Burd has been a paralegal bencher since 2010. He has sat on the Professional Regulation Committee, Access to Justice Committee, Government Relations Committee, Tribunal Committee, Professional Development and Competency Committee, Challenges Facing Racialized Licensee working group, Mental Health working group and Paralegal Standing Committee. During his seven years as a bencher, he has chaired and sat on numerous discipline hearings and good character hearings.
Robert is grandparented paralegal licensee. He has been providing legal services in the area of Municipal, Provincial and minor criminal matters for over 25 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto.
|Callaghan||John E. ||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||John Callaghan is a partner in the Toronto office of Gowling WLG. He has a broad practice that covers civil litigation, commercial litigation, administrative issues and regulatory offense work. He appears before all levels of courts and tribunals, including arbitration panels. His expertise is often sought for complex cases. John was elected by the profession as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario, which governs the legal profession in Ontario. He is a member of the Civil Rules Committee, having been appointed by the Chief Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. The committee is responsible for drafting the Rules of Civil Procedure for the Province of Ontario. John is co-author of Class Action Law and Practice (Butterworths), the leading class action text in Canada. He has been recognized as a leading lawyer by Lexpert, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Canada and Chambers Global in areas such as class actions, commercial litigation, and competition. John is a frequent lecturer on the subject of procedure and trial advocacy, and he spent a number of years as an instructor of trial advocacy with the University of Toronto.|
|Chitra||Murray Walter ||Hearing||Appointee||Lawyer||Murray Chitra is a graduate of the University of Toronto and the Faculty of Law of Queen’s University. He is a member of the Law Society of Ontario and was employed by the Province of Ontario for more than three decades. This included ten years with the Legal Services Branch of the Ministry of Correctional Services. Six of those were served as Legal Director. Murray subsequently worked as Legal Director of the Ontario Insurance Commission which is now the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. In 1994 he was appointed as Chair of the Ontario Civilian Police Commission. The Commission is the agency of the Province of Ontario responsible for the oversight of municipal police forces. He held that position for 17 years. He currently is employed as an Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University teaching part time in the Masters of Industrial Relations Program. Murray is a former Vice President and President of the Society of Ontario Regulators and Adjudicators, Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals and Ontario Public Service Quarter Century Club. |
|Chrétien||Gisèle ||Hearing||Appointed Bencher||Lay||Gisèle Chrétien was born and raised in Northern Ontario. She was president of Collège Boréal from 1998 to 2006. Prior to that, she was Vice-President of Education at the same college, Dean of Community Services and Health Sciences, head of the department and teacher in the nursing program at Cambrian College, having first served as a nurse in intensive care, surgery and pediatrics, in Sudbury.
Gisèle was chair of the board of the province’s French-language educational and cultural television service (OTELFO-TFO). She just finished her work as vice president of the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation and member of the Advisory Committee of the Minister of Colleges and University for French Language postsecondary education in the Centre-South-West. She was also chair of the Board of Directors at Sudbury Regional Hospital, member of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario and vice-chair of Contact Nord.
She is a recipient of several awards, such as Influential Women of Northern Ontario, the Horace-Viau merit, chevalier de l’Ordre de la Pléiade and member of Cents Associés.
Recently, she was named bencher at the Convocation of the Law Society of Ontario, and Science North board member.
|Clément||Suzanne||Hearing||Appointed Bencher||Lay||Suzanne Clément worked for the federal public service for over 35 years, including 27 years in senior management positions. During that time, she held various positions including deputy head for Status of Women Canada, Secretary-General for the Department of Canadian Heritage, Director General of Portfolio Affairs for the Government of Canada’s cultural portfolio, and Director General responsible for policies and programs promoting participation in cultural and community affairs in Canada. In 1998, Ms. Clément worked with the Deputy Prime Minister to develop the government’s primary initiative to commemorate the new millennium. Ms. Clement also held the positions of Director General of the Youth Employment Strategy and of Director General of Communications and Public Relations at the Department of Human Resources Development Canada. In 1987, Ms. Clément was Secretary-General of the National Transportation Agency of Canada, the first woman to hold this position. She is currently Chair of the Hôpital Montfort Board of Trustees and an appointed bencher for the Law Society of Ontario. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Ottawa.|
|Cooper||Paul M. ||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Paul Cooper is a graduate of Osgoode Hall law school (1990) and has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in economics and international finance. While at law school, Paul spent a summer term at Oxford University studying International Law at St. Edmund Hall. He has practiced in the area of criminal and regulatory defence for over 25 years. He is also a member of SOAR. Paul currently serves as a bencher with the Law Society from Central East Region first elected in 2015. |
|Corsetti||Cathy J. ||Hearing & Appeal||Elected Bencher||Paralegal||Cathy Corsetti has been working as a paralegal in the Landlord and Tenant Board and Small Claims Court for over 40 years. She is a graduate from Humber College Law Clerk Program in 1977, and in 2015, she received an Honorary Degree from Humber Business School. Cathy is president and co-founder of Corsetti Paralegal Professional Corporation & Associates. She was first elected to The Law Society of Upper Canada for the term of 2010 - 2014 as a member and as Chair of the Paralegal Standing Committee. She was then re-elected as a bencher for the term of 2014-2018. Cathy was appointed as an adjudicator on the Hearing Panel of the Law Society of Ontario in 2008 and then to the Law Society Tribunal in 2014. She also is a regular presenter for Law Society CPD programs including "Opening your Paralegal Practice", "Ethical Advocacy", "Fundamental Components of a Retainer Agreement" and "Amendment to Rules of Conduct".|
|Criger||Janis P. ||Hearing & Appeal||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Janis P. Criger obtained her LL. B. from the University of Windsor in 1983. She articled for Gerald A. Swaye, Q.C., and was called to the bar in 1985. Ms. Criger started her sole practice in 1995, conducting personal injury, disability, medical malpractice and insurance contract cases. Ms. Criger administered her entire practice, including all record-keeping and accounting requirements of the Law Society. She retired from active practice in 2015 and was elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario in April of that year. During her litigation career, Ms. Criger appeared at all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Criger was appointed a Deputy Judge of the Hamilton Small Claims Court in 1996, and continues to adjudicate there, while carrying out her bencher duties for the Law Society of Ontario and adjudicating at the Law Society Tribunal.|
|Dray||W. Paul||Hearing & Appeal||Appointee||Paralegal||W. Paul Dray has been a practicing paralegal for 29 years. He currently conducts prosecutions for 32 municipalities and government agencies including the Crown Attorney for matters under the Provincial Offences Act. He was appointed by the Attorney General in 2003 as a lay bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. In 2007 upon licensing of paralegals by the Law Society he became a paralegal bencher. His adjudicative experience includes Committee of Adjustment, Ontario Motor Vehicle Industry Discipline Panel, Hearing Officer for the City of Vaughan and the Law Society Hearing and Appeal Panels. He continues as an appointee member on the Law Society Tribunal.|
|Earnshaw||Ross F. ||Hearing & Appeal||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Ross F. Earnshaw has been a member of the Hearing Division of the Law Society Tribunal and its predecessor since his election as a bencher in June of 2012 and was appointed to the Appeal Division in 2016. Mr. Earnshaw holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1974) from York University and a Bachelor of Laws degree (1977) from Osgoode Hall Law School. Since his call to the Bar of Ontario in 1979, he has engaged in a commercial litigation practice with emphasis on real estate related litigation. Over the past 20 years, he has also developed expertise in estate litigation. He is a partner in the Waterloo Region and Hamilton offices of Gowling WLG, and is widely recognized as one of Ontario’s leading litigators, having been repeatedly selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation. Mr. Earnshaw serves on the Board of LibraryCo, which oversees the Ontario county courthouse library system, and the Board of the Law Foundation of Ontario, a non-profit organization that improves access to justice for people across the province.|
|Epstein||Seymour||Hearing & Appeal||Appointed Bencher||Lay||Seymour Epstein first became an appointed bencher with the Law Society of Ontario in 1999. He graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Communications) in 1962. As a professional engineer and entrepreneur, he has operated numerous private firms in the engineering, communications and finance industries. He helped conceive and develop the Global Television Network and was a principle shareholder and Executive Committee Chairman for several years. Mr. Epstein is currently Chairman and CEO of Epstein Enterprises Inc., a diversified investment management company. As well, he is Chairman of Katalyst Data Management, a subsurface data management company with offices in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia. He has also been a director of several public and private corporations and non-profit entities.|
|Evans ||Robert F. ||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Bob Evans is a life member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, having been called to the bar on March 25, 1966. Bob’s firm Evans de Vries Higgins LLP, formerly Evans & Evans, dates back to 1894 when his grandfather T.W.W. Evans began his practice in Bradford, and continued till his death in 1955. Bob’s father Charlie, uncle Brock and brother Tom practised in the firm, each for over 50 years. Bob’s areas of practice are real estate, wills and estates, and commercial law. Bob is Chair of the Bradford West Gwillimbury and District Community Foundation, a Paul Harris Fellow in Rotary, a former Director of CBA/OBA, a former School Board Trustee, a life-long member of Bradford United Church, and a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2011.|
|Falconer||Julian N. ||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Julian Falconer is a Partner at Falconers LLP. He specializes in civil, constitutional and criminal state accountability and public interest litigation. He completed his law degree at the University of Alberta, and his undergraduate studies at McGill University and the University of Toronto. For most of his career, Julian has advocated for the most marginalized and vulnerable sectors of society.
Julian regularly represents First Nations communities, families and individuals in negotiations, as well as proceedings at all levels of administrative tribunals and courts. In particular, he has served as counsel for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada and acted as Independent Counsel to the Chair of the Attorney General’s Iacobucci Report Implementation Committee to address the chronic exclusion of First Nations people from jury rolls. Julian is also frequently retained as one of Canada’s leading authorities on Coroners Inquests, having co-authored the Annotated Ontario Coroners Act, 2008/2009 Edition. He is an adjunct professor at Lakehead University’s Bora Laskin Faculty of Law.
Additionally, as a Bencher with the Law Society of Ontario, he serves as Co-Chair of the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee, and Vice-Chair of the Task Force addressing Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees. His writing and public commentary on issues of indigenous rights, race and civil liberties have been featured extensively by various publications, organizations and news outlets across Canada. His honours include being named one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers (Canadian Lawyer Magazine, August 2010), and being selected as one of University of Toronto’s 100 most notable graduates of the twentieth century.
|Furlong||Patrick G. ||Hearing||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Patrick G. Furlong, Q.C., L.S.M., BA, (University of Western Ontario), LLB(Osgoode Hall). As a bencher, Patrick Furlong served as member of several standing and special committees at the Law Society of Ontario, including as vice chair of the former Discipline Committee, Professional Regulation Committee. He is the past president of the Ontario Bar Association and past chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Windsor. His law practice included criminal defence but largely civil litigation. He has experience in mediation and arbitration. He served several terms on the Small Claims Court bench and has been a member of many hearing panels including as chair.|
|Galati||Rocco||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Rocco Galati was called to the bar in Ontario in 1989. He graduated from McGill University 1984 with a B.A. and then from Osgoode Hall Law School with a LL.B in 1987 and a LL.M in 1997. Rocco worked with the Department of Justice from 1987 until 1990 when he transitioned into private practice, a practice restricted to proceedings against the Crown. He has since litigated at all levels of the court system, including Tax Court, Federal Court of Appeal, all levels of Ontario courts as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He has, as counsel, well over 450 reported cases in the jurisprudence.Over the years, Rocco co-authored two books "Criminal Lawyer's Guide to Immigration and Citizenship Law" (1996) and "The Power of the Wheel: The Falun Gong Revolution" (2001). He also executive produced three films on the state of art and culture in Canada and the treatment of First Nations and others by the Two Solitudes Tribes in Canada. Rocco was named one of the Top 25 Influential Lawyers in Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2014 and 2015 and was awarded the Ontario Bar Association President's Award in 2015. He was elected as bencher of the Law Society of Ontario in 2015 and was appointed as an adjudicator on the Law Society Tribunal the same year. He is fluent in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Calabrian.|
|Go||Avvy Yao-Yao||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. She received her B.A. in economics and management studies from the University of Waterloo, LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the legal needs of low income individuals and families. Avvy is a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario, and has been serving in that role, on and off, since 2001. She also serves on the LSO’s Access to Justice Committee, the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and the Human Rights Monitoring Group. Avvy was formerly a part-time adjudicator of the Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. In March, 2016, Avvy was appointed to the Licence Appeal Tribunal as a part time adjudicator. Between 2009 and 2011, Avvy served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Justice Education Network. Avvy served on the Advisory Council of the Canadian Human Rights Museum between 2011 and 2013. Since 2011, she has been serving as a member of the Community Council of the Law Commission of Ontario. Avvy has received the following awards: Order of Ontario (2014), the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers’ Lawyer of Distinction Award (2012), City of Toronto’s William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations (2008) and President's Award of the Women's Law Association of Ontario (2002). |
|Goldblatt||Howard||Hearing & Appeal||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Howard Goldblatt is one of the founding partners of Goldblatt Partners LLP (formerly Sack Goldblatt Mitchell) and a leading member of the Labour Law Bar. His practice focuses on labour and employment law, including grievance and interest arbitration, workplace human rights, and pensions and benefits law. Howard is also widely regarded for his expertise in collective bargaining and provides advice for special legislative campaigns. In addition to representing clients before a wide variety of administrative tribunals, he has appeared as counsel in the Supreme Court of Canada, in all levels of court in Ontario and in the Federal Court. Howard has received many awards and recognition for his advocacy skills, and was named in the Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory as a leading practitioner in labour and employment law. He is also a Fellow of the College of Labour and Employment Lawyers. Howard received his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1976. He also has a B.A degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Science degree from Cornell University.Since 2011, Howard has served as an elected bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He was appointed as an adjudicator to the Hearing and Appeal Panels of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2011 and to the Law Society Tribunal in 2014.|
|Kert||Shayne||Hearing||Appointee||Lawyer||Shayne Kert is a sole practitioner practicing criminal and quasi-criminal law in Ontario and Nunavut. She completed her B.A. in English (Theatre) at McGill University, and her law degree at the University of Toronto. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990, and to the Nunavut Bar in 2010. In the course of her work as a defence counsel, Shayne has appeared before all levels of trial and appeal courts. In addition to her trial work in Ontario and Nunavut, Shayne also acts as an adjudicator. She has served as an Alternate Chair of the Ontario Review Board since 1999 (concerning individuals who have been found unfit to stand trial or not criminally responsible by reason of mental disorder), and as an Alternate Chair of the Nunavut Review Board since 2002. She is also a senior legal member of the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board, dealing with the civil law aspects of mental health and consent and capacity legislation. In early 2015, she was appointed an adjudicator for the Law Society Tribunal.Shayne is a frequent lecturer and participant in continuing legal education, particularly in the areas of criminal and mental health law.|
|Krangle ||Eva||Hearing||Appointee||Lay||Eva Krangle has been a bilingual lay adjudicator of the Law Society Tribunal and its predecessor since 2010. Prior to this she had a long career in education ending as department head of French Immersion. She has had experience with the former Board of Referees for seven years and was a coordinator for French for the Future/Le français pour l’avenir for nine years. As a volunteer, she sits on the board of the Toronto Summer Music Foundation. She also coordinates musical events for the North York concert Orchestra and other community musical groups. |
|Krishna||Vern||Hearing||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Professor Vern Krishna teaches law at the University of Ottawa and is Tax Counsel with TaxChambers LLP. Professor Krishna was educated in England, Canada and the United States in Accounting, Business, and Law. He obtained a Bachelor of Commerce from Manchester University, an MBA and LL.B from the University of Alberta, a Diploma in Comparative Law from Cambridge University, and a Masters in Law from Harvard University.
Professor Krishna is a barrister, and Queen’s Counsel. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Professional Accountants, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 2004, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013. He is listed in Lexpert’s Directory of Best Lawyers in Canada in tax law, trust law, and appellate advocacy.
He was Visiting Scholar in International Tax at the Harvard Law School in 1998, where he taught in the International Tax Program. Professor Krishna was the Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario from 2001 to 2003, and President of the Certified General Accountants Association (Ontario) from 1995 to 1996.
Professor Krishna has published 14 books, including The Fundamentals of Canadian Income Tax (2014), now in its 10th edition (Thomson Carswell), The Essentials of Income Tax (2012 Irwin Law), and Understanding Financial Statements (2013). He is a regular contributor to the National Post, Lawyers Weekly and the Bottom Line.
|Laskin||Barbara A. ||Hearing||Appointee||Lay||Barbara Laskin is the President of Meta4 Creative Communications, an Ottawa-based firm that specializes in writing and editing, strategic communications, facilitation, and outreach and engagement. She is also a Senior Associate with TPA Consulting Inc. a firm whose mission is to provide advice in strategy, governance, organizational performance, and performance assessment. A former senior program manager at the Canada Council, Barbara has a long history of involvement with the arts and culture community throughout Canada as a cultural bureaucrat, consultant, board member of numerous local and national arts organizations, and communications advisor. music performance. Since 2006 she has also been a member of Ontario’s Consent and Capacity Board, where she is involved in the adjudication of matters of capacity, consent, civil committal In addition to her writing, editing and consulting work, Barbara is Executive Director of the Sylva Gelber Music Foundation, an organization that supports Canadian musicians embarking on a professional career in classical and substitute decision-making. She was a Law Society of Ontario bencher from 1999 to 2003 and has been an an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal and its predecessor since 2008. She currently serves on the board of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women, and is president of 10 Gates Dancing. She is fluent in English and French and conversant in Spanish.|
|Leighton||Margaret||Hearing||Appointee||Lawyer||Margaret Leighton directs the delivery of legal services to the eight tribunals within the Social Justice Tribunals Ontario cluster and regularly appears on behalf of the SJTO tribunals before the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal. A graduate of both UBC (BA Hons) and U of T (MA and LLB), Margaret practised labour law before joining the Ontario public service. She has been counsel to a variety of administrative boards and tribunals including the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and the Board of the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario. Between 2003 and 2006 Margaret was a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board, Refugee Protection Division. Margaret is editor-in-chief of the Canadian Journal of Administrative Law and Practice, co-authors with David A. Wright the chapter on “Practice before Administrative Tribunals” in Canadian Legal Practice, and is a regular contributor to legal education and professional development programmes. She was appointed as a lawyer member of the Law Society Tribunal in 2015.|
|Lerner||Michael M. ||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Michael Lerner was called to the bar in 1974 and is a senior partner with Lerners LLP (London). He has conducted a varied practice currently concentrating on commercial litigation and appearances before administrative tribunals. He served as an adjunct professor at Western Law and sits on the Board of Governors of Western University. He is a Bencher at the Law Society of Ontario. He continues to serve as a board member of many community and charitable organizations.|
|Lippa||Marian||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Paralegal||Marian Lippa began her legal career in 1995 while working both as a law clerk in law firms and as an independent paralegal. She holds several credentials in these fields and has worked extensively in the areas of law concerning Corporate, Real Estate, Criminal, Civil Litigation, Provincial Offences, Highway Traffic and Landlord and Tenant. She was a Director of the Paralegal Society of Ontario and is a member of the Ontario Paralegal Association of Ontario. She was a law instructor in paralegal education from 2005 to 2007 and continues to be a guest speaker at several different colleges and Law Society CPD's. Marian was elected as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario in 2014 and appointed as an adjudicator to the Law Society Tribunal in the same year.|
|Lomazzo||Michelle M. ||Hearing||Appointee||Paralegal||Michelle M. Lomazzo has worked as an injured worker’s advocate for the past 28 years. In 2002, she opened her own legal services practice specializing in the areas of worker’s compensation appeals (WSIB) and Canada disability pension appeals. She regularly appears before the Workplace Safety & Insurance Appeals Tribunal (WSIAT). Ms. Lomazzo is an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal and is also a past Member of the Ontario Rental Housing Tribunal, where she conducted hearings and adjudicated disputes between landlord and tenants. She is licensed by the Law Society of Ontario and currently sits on the WSIB Executive of the Ontario Bar Association. Ms. Lomazzo graduated from the University of Windsor. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Hotel Dieu Grace Hospital and resides in Windsor and has served the community in many volunteer capacities over the past 30 years. She is bilingual in English and French.|
|MacLean||M. Virginia||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||M. Virginia MacLean, Q.C., C.S., L.S.M. has represented municipalities, companies and individuals, before administrative tribunals, the Ontario Courts at all levels and the Federal Court.
She also represents clients before municipal councils and committees, as well as the Provincial Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills. She was called to the bar in 1969, articled and started practice in general practice small law firm in Stratford. From 1970 to 1978 she was employed by the provincial government and attended regularly before the Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal. From 1978 to 1989 she was Director of Legal Services for the Corporation of the City of Mississauga. From 1989 to 2002 was partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and from 2002 to 2006 she was a partner at Willms & Shier. Since 2006, she has been a sole practitioner as a certified specialist. In 2006 Virginia became a Certified Specialist in Municipal Law-Local Government/Land Use Planning and Development Law. In 2010 she was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Ontario.
She was elected a bencher in 2011 and 2015 and is the past president of the Ontario Bar Association and Women’s Law Association of Ontario. Virginia has lectured widely and authored papers on municipal law and other area of law for OBA, LSO and other CLE providers. She is the co-author of Ontario Municipal Act a Comprehensive Guide (Carswell) and a Users’ Guide to Municipal By-laws.(Lexis Nexis). |
|Maraj||Sabita||Hearing||Appointee||Lay||Sabita Maraj was appointed as a lay member of the Law Society Tribunal in June 2014. She has been an adjudicator with the Consent and Capacity Board since September 2010 and has adjudicated over 600 mental health hearings. Ms. Maraj also works as a licensed Immigration Consultant with a private law firm in Mississauga. She is the proud recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee award for her work in the community.|
|Mascieri-Boudria||Anna||Hearing||Appointee||Paralegal||Anna has been an adjudicator of the Law Society Tribunal since October 2013. Her mandate is to help paralegals succeed in providing legal services, focus on matters of legal ethics, administrative law and labour issues. She regularly assists senior counsel in legal drafting, preparing for hearings and performing legal research. She pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of Western Ontario, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts with specialization in Sociology. Anna obtained her Paralegal degree and was licensed in 2012.
She is pleased to provide services to clients in English, French or Italian. Anna also has an interest in promoting diversity in the profession and has sat on various advocacy committees. She is a member of the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators (SOAR), Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals (CCAT) and Law Society of Ontario. Outside of the office, Anna likes to spend time practicing yoga, enjoying time at the cottage and travelling with her husband.|
|McGrath||Susan T. ||Hearing & Appeal||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Susan McGrath is a well-known sole practitioner from the Northeastern Ontario community of Iroquois Falls, and a Law Society Bencher.
She was elected as Chair of the LAWPRO Board in May, 2012. Since graduating from Osgoode Hall, McGrath has been an active member of her local legal community as well as contributing at the national level. She has served on her local Legal Aid Area Committee, including a stint as the deputy area director, has acted as a deputy judge for the Temiskaming Small Claims Court, and has served on the Personal Rights Panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer. She has served as president of the Cochrane Law Association (1983-1984), the Ontario Bar Association (1999-2000), and the Canadian Bar Association (2004-2005). As well, she has served in many capacities on committees of these and other legal associations. As a Bencher of the Law Society, Ms. McGrath serves on the Access to Justice Committee, the Law Society Tribunal, Government Relations Committee, Priority Planning Committee, Paralegal Standing Committee, Legal Aid Working Group and as Co-Chair of the Alternative Business Structures Working Group. She is also the Treasurer’s Nominee for the Ontario Bar Association Council.
|Merali||Isfahan||Hearing & Appeal||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Isfahan Merali is a 1995 graduate of the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto, and was selected as a Human Rights Fellow at the Faculty of Law from 1999-2000. During her law studies she developed a particular focus on international human rights law. Isfahan practiced human rights and administrative law as Counsel to the Ontario Human Rights Commission from 1995 to 2012. She was also the Commission’s Acting Registrar during a period of significant transition within the human rights system in Ontario. Isfahan was recently on secondment as Counsel and Deputy Registrar to the Ontario Judicial Council/Justices of the Peace Review Council, Office of the Chief Justice, Ontario Court of Justice. Since 2012, she has been Tribunal Counsel to the Consent and Capacity Board where she practices in the areas of administrative and mental health law. Isfahan has served as the Acting Director of the International Human Rights Programme at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law, and in 2009-2010 she was chosen to direct the University of Toronto’s tri-campus Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office. Isfahan has acted as a consultant and Board Director to diverse non-governmental organizations on international human rights law issues. She is the co-editor of Giving Meaning to Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (published by University of Pennsylvania Press) and author of various journal articles and manuals on human rights and international law. She has presented in Canada and abroad on topics including human rights, international women’s rights and children’s rights. She is a Trustee of the Law Foundation of Ontario. Isfahan was elected as a Bencher (Toronto region) to the Law Society of Ontario and appointed as a Bencher Adjudicator to the Law Society Tribunal in 2015. |
|Mercer||Malcolm M.||Hearing & Appeal||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Malcolm M. Mercer has been a bencher adjudicator since 2011. Malcolm is partner and general counsel with McCarthy Tétrault where he has practised as a litigator since he was called to the bar in 1984. Malcolm is vice-chair of the Law Society Professional Regulation Committee and is active in a number of other Law Society committees. Malcolm is an active speaker, writer and teacher on legal ethics and legal services regulation including as a regular legal ethics columnist for slaw.ca and as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School. Malcolm is a member of the Canadian Association for Legal Ethics. Malcolm has been a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts of Interest, is a past chair of the CBA Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility and was the regulatory team lead for the CBA Futures Initiative. He was awarded the CBA’s Louis St. Laurent Award of Excellence in 2013 and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer in 2014.|
|Murchie||Barbara J. ||Hearing & Appeal||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Barbara Murchie has been an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal and its predecessor since 2011. She was also appointed to the Appeal Division in 2015. She is a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario, chair of its Tribunals Committee and active in professional competence committees. Barbara was called to the bar in 1986 and is currently a partner at Bennett Jones LLP. In her thirty-year career as a lawyer, she has acted as counsel in a broad range of litigation matters including intellectual property, contract and tort disputes, professional and municipal liability, product liability, real estate disputes and construction. She has experience before the Ontario and Federal Courts at both the trial and appellate levels. Throughout her career she has been active in planning and presenting legal education programs particularly in the advocacy and more recently, professionalism fields. She has also been active in community organizations, serving as director and then Chair of the Casey House Foundation and Ovarian Cancer Canada. Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked in the media.|
|Sharda||Raj||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Raj Sharda serves as a Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court Brampton and an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal. Previously, he was an adjudicator with the Consent and Capacity Board of Ontario for 6 years.Raj has earned an Hons. B. A. Political Science, and B. A. Gerontology, from McMaster University in Hamilton; LLB., English Common Law, University of Ottawa.Professionally Raj has been Counsel in various capacities: Crown Counsel, Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee, an Associate with Ron . E. Folkes, Barristers and Solicitors, and since 2005 he is the Principal at Sharda Law, a broad general legal practice including both Barrister (Family, Criminal, Estate and Civil Litigation), and Solicitor’s work (real estate, estates administration, corporate and commercial law matters).He has served as a Regional and Town Councilor at the Region of Halton and Town of Oakville Councils respectively.For over 20 years Raj has served in several executive and leadership positions with many community and legal organizations. They include: Regional Bencher, Central West, Law Society of Ontario; OBA Council, Central West Rep; Co-Chair RODA Roundtable on Diversity Associations; President, Peel Law Association; President, Canadian Association of South Asian Lawyers Vice-Chair, Peel Family Mediation Services; Member, PJEN, Peel Judicial Education Network; Director, Advocacy Centre for the Elderly; President Halton, Multicultural Council; and Member of the Allocations Cabinet, United Way of Oakville.In Raj’s opinion lawyers are members of a noble profession, which is founded upon service to the public.|
|Tamlin (Vanier)||Michelle A.||Hearing||Appointee||Paralegal||Michelle Tamlin has been an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal or its predecessor since 2009 and a licensed paralegal with the Law Society of Ontario since 2008. Michelle is a 30-year veteran of the legal and collection industry and has operated her own paralegal practice specializing in Small Claims Court litigation since 1994. Prior to starting her own business, she performed various credit and collection rolls with HSBC Finance (formerly Household Finance), CIBC, Royal Trust and Royal Bank.|
|Wardle||Peter C.||Hearing & Appeal||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Peter Wardle was called to Ontario Bar in 1986, after receiving a B.A. (Honours) from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1979 and an LL.B. from Queen's University in 1984. Peter is ranked by Best Lawyers for his work in directors’ and officers’ liability and securities litigation; he is recognized by LEXPERT for his professional liability practice; and he is designated by Martindale-Hubbell as “AV® Preeminent™” – its highest peer review rating; and he is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Peter has appeared as counsel in many trials, applications and appeals involving shareholder and partnership disputes, securities, directors’ and officers’ liability, competition, professional negligence, wrongful dismissal, estates, real estate development and products liability, as well as a wide variety of contractual disputes. He has also participated as counsel and as arbitrator in a number of arbitrations involving commercial issues. In addition, Peter has appeared before a wide variety of regulatory tribunals. He has prosecuted a number of discipline cases on behalf of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and has acted as lead counsel for a group of affected families before the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario and a citizens group in the Cornwall Public Inquiry. Peter is a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario, chairs its Professional Development and Competence Committee and sits on its Priority Planning, Tribunal and Compensation committees. He also is an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal, including its Appeal Division. He is a past director of The Advocates’ Society.|
|Portelance||Maurice A.||Hearing||Appointee||Lay||Maurice A. Portelance has been an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal and its predecessor since 2010. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. He obtained his Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant) designation in 1969 and has been working in the public accounting field for Portelance & Co./Cie Professional Corporation since 1972. He was a member of the Small Practice Committee and the Appeal Committee for The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and a member of the Practice Seminar Committee for the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has served on the Board of Directors of Laurentian Hospital in Sudbury, the Sudbury and District Association for Community Living and the College of Audiologists and Speech-language Pathologists of Ontario. He is fluent in English and French.|
|Murray||Ross W.||Hearing||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Ross W. Murray, Q.C., graduated from Queens University with a Bachelor of Commerce, and York University with an M.B.A. He spent four years in the money market and venture capital areas before starting at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. When he graduated in 1975, he articled at Oslers. Then he and his family moved from Toronto back to Thunder Bay. Mr. Murray had a broad legal practice in Northwestern Ontario, including serving small and medium sized businesses, prosecuting drug cases, and litigating family law, personal injury, and employment law cases. Mr. Murray was a director of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association for six years, and remains a member of the Advocates Society.Mr. Murray has served as a bencher for the Law Society of Ontario since 1991. He is Past Chair of the Law Society Finance Committee and Past Chair of the Lawyers’ Professional Indemnity Company. Elected four times, he became a Life Bencher. Mr. Murray has sat on and chaired many hearing and appeal panels, often writing the reasons. Mr. Murray was actively involved in initiating and developing the proposal for a new law school at Lakehead University. Founded in 2013, it was recently named the Bora Laskin Faculty of Law. He is currently on the Board of Governors of Lakehead, and is Chair of Finance.|
|Oliver||W. Andrew||Hearing||Appointee||Lay||W. Andrew Oliver has been a lay adjudicator for the Law Society Tribunal and its predecessor since August 2010. He was appointed as a permanent member of the Tribunal in 2013. He completed his B.A. and M.A. in Modern Languages at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and his PhD at Laval University. He taught French literature at the University of Toronto for 43 years and retired in 2009. He is now Emeritus Professor. Professor Oliver is the author of many books and articles on 19th and 20th century French authors, the founder of the prestigious scholarly journal, Texte and is the founder and CEO of Les Éditions de l’originale (www.debalzac.ca). He has authored several sets of reasons for the Law Society Tribunal. He is perfectly bilingual in French and English and has an excellent working knowledge of Spanish. |
|Richardson||Jan||Hearing & Appeal||Appointed Bencher||Lay||Jan Richardson is the Manager, Homeless Prevention for the City of London and is responsible for an extensive portfolio aimed at solving homelessness. Jan holds a Master's Degree of Business Administration and currently is an Adjunct Faculty Member at the Arthur Labatt School of Nursing, Western University. Jan volunteers with a number of community organizations and board of directors, and served as a member and chair of the London Police Services Board. She has previously worked as a registered nurse, management consultant and project officer with the federal government. Jan is the author, and co-author of a number of publications, active in developing evidence based practices and participates on numerous academic and community committees/projects. |
|Ross||Heather Joy||Hearing||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Heather has been a leader in her profession virtually from her first day at law school: she was a mentor to fellow students, and the recipient of three academic awards. As a practising lawyer, Heather tackled issues of domestic abuse and gender inequality and broke new ground when both subjects were not in the forefront of legal and judicial thinking. Heather says that being a lawyer gave her the tools to help make change, particularly for women and girls in our society. However, her passion and big-picture thinking are larger than her legal practice. The original work she did to help establish safe houses for women in Huron County led to the creation of the Huron Women’s Shelter in Goderich. She’s a founder and active member of South West Region Women’s Law Association. Throughout her career Heather has given tirelessly and behind the scenes of her time, passion and experience to law students, young lawyers and lawyer colleagues helping them realize their professional and personal aspirations. As an academic, Heather was an adjunct professor of law, designing and teaching courses in ethics and family law practice and procedure at her alma mater, the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario. She served as Head of Section in the Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course in Ethics and Professional Responsibility. Heather was elected as a Bencher or governor of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1999. She has contributed significantly to the regulation of the legal profession in Ontario in particular in her work at the Law Society on the redrafting of the Rules of Professional Conduct, the creation of the standing committee on Equity and Aboriginal Issues, and serving on the Human Rights Monitoring Group. Three subsequent re-elections resulted in her being granted the honour of ‘life bencher’, a position she holds today. She is a very experienced adjudicator in lawyer and paralegal disciplinary hearings. She is a Superior Court of Justice Deputy Judge of the Small Claims Court. Her most recent role at The Ross Firm is that of General Counsel. She provides advice to the firm and its lawyers on matters of ethics, professional responsibility, regulatory compliance and practice management.|
|Rothstein||Linda R.||Hearing & Appeal||Appointee||Lawyer||Linda Rothstein, LSM, is a partner of Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP, one of Ontario’s top litigation boutiques. Linda has a diverse practise encompassing many areas of civil and administrative litigation with particular expertise in class actions, commercial litigation, professional liability, public law and appeals. Linda was Commission Counsel to the Goudge Inquiry (2007–2008), lead counsel to the City of Toronto in the Computer Leasing Inquiry (2002–2005) and lead counsel to the Motherisk Hair Analysis Review (2015-2016). She is a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; Fellow and Board Member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers; Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America; Chair, Law Foundation of Ontario Board of Trustees (2016); Member, Public Health Ontario Board of Directors (2014 – Present); Director, The Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History (2015 - Present). She was Toronto Regional Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada (2007-2015); Past President of The Advocates’ Society (2005-2006); Co-author of Lawyers’ Professional Liability 3rd ed. (LexisNexis Canada, 2013) and “Professional Liability” (ch. 9) in D. Lundy, G. MacKenzie and M. Newbury, Barristers & Solicitors in Practice, (Butterworths, 1998). Recipient of the prestigious Law Society Medal (2005), the Award of Distinction from the Toronto Lawyers’ Association (2008), the Lexpert Zenith Award (2013), University of Toronto Distinguished Alumnus Award (2014) and one of the top 25 women in Litigation in Canada by Benchmark (2014). She has been repeatedly selected by the Best Lawyers in Canada in four litigation specialties: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Administrative and Public Law and Labour and Employment Law. |
|Rotter||Frederika M.||Hearing||Appointee||Lawyer||Frederika Rotter was appointed to the Law Society Hearing Panel in October 2013, and is currently a part-time member of the Law Society Tribunal. She was called to the Bar in 1978, and retired as a litigator with the Ministry of the Attorney General (“MAG”) in December 2014. She worked at the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change from 2002 through to 2014. She was previously employed by MAG as counsel at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario (“FSCO”) from 2000-2002. Prior to joining MAG, Frederika was the Senior Arbitrator at FSCO and, as FSCO’s first arbitrator, hired in 1991, was instrumental in setting up the adjudication system there. Before that, she was a Vice-Chair at the Social Assistance Review Board (as it then was). She started her legal career as a lawyer and educator in community legal clinics – at the Centre for Spanish Speaking Peoples and at Parkdale Community Legal Services. Frederika has spoken frequently at conferences and has taught at numerous educational sessions sponsored, among others, by the Law Society, the Ontario Bar Association, MAG, Seneca College, and various private providers. She speaks a number of languages, including French and Spanish. She is a volunteer member of the Board of Directors of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO), a community legal clinic dedicated to providing public legal education services.|
|Ruby||Clayton||Hearing & Appeal||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Clayton C. Ruby is a partner at Ruby Shiller & Enenajor, Barristers, in Toronto, Ontario. Since being called to the Bar in 1969, Mr. Ruby has maintained an extensive criminal, constitutional, administrative and civil rights law practice. He received his LL.B. from the University of Toronto and his LL.M. from the University of California (Berkeley). In 2006, he was honoured with an LL.D. (honoris causa) by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He is the author of a textbook on Sentencing, now in its 8th edition, and the Editor of the only series of reports on the Charter of Rights: the Canadian Rights Reporter. In 2006, Mr. Ruby was made a member of the Order of Canada. In 2012, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario presented him with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is a Life Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, having served as a Bencher since 1977.|
|Sikand||Baljit||Hearing||Appointed Bencher||Lay||Baljit S. Sikand is a successful businessperson and community leader. Baljit was appointed to the Law Society of Upper Canada as a lay bencher in 2007. As an adjudicator Baljit has participated in many discipline hearings. Baljit is a strong advocate for promoting the public interest equality through diverse representation. Baljit holds a Masters degree in Economics. Baljit was awarded with the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his love and compassion toward community service. Baljit currently resides in Mississauga Ontario and is a loving husband and proud father of two amazing sons.|
|Spekkens ||John F.||Hearing||Appointee||Lay||John F. Spekkens holds degrees in Philosophy and in Social Work from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and the University of Toronto. His professional career in mental health includes 35 years as President and C.E.O., first at East Metro Youth Services, and then at the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Governance, accreditation, and strategic planning in the not-for-profit sector are his areas of expertise. He has provided leadership on the Boards of the Council of Accreditation (based in New York City), Children’s Mental Health Ontario, the Child Welfare League of Canada, and several other agencies’ Boards of Directors. In recognition of his extensive work in mental health, Mr. Spekkens received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2003. He served on the Board of St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto from 2004 to 2016, and was a member and chair of the Governance Committee for many years. Currently, Mr. Spekkens serves as a mediator and adjudicator on three provincial review boards: the Child and Family Services Review Board, the Custody Review Board, and the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board. He is fluently bilingual in English and French. Mr. Spekkens has been a member of the Law Society Tribunal since June 2014. |
|Spurgeon||Andrew||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Andrew is a partner of Ross & McBride LLP in Hamilton, Ontario. He received his LL.B, from Osgoode Hall Law School (1993), his B.A. (1989) and M.A. (1991) from York University. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario where he teaches Insurance Law. Andrew has appeared at all levels of Court in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is frequently invited to speak at, and lead legal education events relating to advocacy, tort law, insurance law, civil procedure and legal ethics. Andrew is a former President of the Hamilton Law Association; a former Director of the Advocates Society; and a recipient of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Distinguished Service Award, and is a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada.|
|Strosberg||Catherine||Hearing||Appointed Bencher||Lay||Catherine Strosberg is a lay bencher adjudicator, first appointed by the Province of Ontario as a representative of the public at the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2008. Ms. Strosberg completed her BScN at the University of Windsor and practiced as a nurse for a number of years in Windsor where she worked with patients from all socio-economic, religious and cultural backgrounds, making her very culturally aware and sensitive. She brings the unique skills she developed in her career, including strength, compassion and reasonableness, to her role as an adjudicator. Splitting her time today between Toronto and Windsor, Ms. Strosberg knows the realities of both small city and large city life. From 2004 to 2007, she acted as an adjudicator for the Canada Pension Appeal Board for disability claims. In 2016, she obtained her Certificate in Adjudication for Administrative Agencies, Boards and Tribunals from the Society of Ontario Adjudicators and Regulators. |
|Strosberg||Harvey T. ||Hearing||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Harvey T. Strosberg QC, is a senior partner at Strosberg Sasso Sutts LLP. He practices almost exclusively in the areas of class actions and commercial litigation. Harvey has vast trial and appellate experience in the areas of class actions, negligence, personal injury, commercial law, product liability and insurance law. Harvey has appeared as counsel in more than 30 class action certification motions. Harvey is one of the pioneers of class actions in Canada. From time to time, he is affectionately referred to as the “King of Torts”. Harvey was called to the Ontario bar in 1971 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1982. Harvey is the Editor of the Canadian Class Action Review. From 1997 to 1999, Harvey served as the 55th Treasurer (President) of the Law Society. In 1987, Harvey was first elected as a Bencher of the Law Society by his colleagues, a position he continues to hold until today. In October 2002, Harvey was awarded an Honourary Doctor of Laws degree (LLD) by the Law Society; in June 2003, an Honourary Doctor of Common Law (DCL) by the University of Windsor; and in October 2004, an Honourary LLD by Assumption University. Harvey received the Law Society Medal in 2010 and the Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Civil Litigation in 2011.|
|Swaye||Gerald||Hearing||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Gerald Swaye was called to the Ontario Bar in 1964. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1976. He was certified as a specialist in civil litigation by The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1988. He received his certification for The Harvard Mediation Workshop in 1996. Gerry attended the University of Western Ontario and ultimately Osgoode Hall from 1959 until 1962 when he was called to the Bar in 1964.From 1971 until 1981 he was in partnership with the law firm of White, Swaye, Mackesy & Smye. This was the forerunner of partnership between 1968 and 1970 in the law firm of White, Foreman, Grannum & Swaye. Presently, since 1982, he practices personal injury law, for both Plaintiffs and Defendants with three associates. His practice consists of civil litigation, with emphasis on claims relating to personal injury, fire insurance, life insurance, products liability, solicitor’s negligence, etc.He was elected as a Bencher of The Law Society of Upper Canada in 1995 and was elected as Regional Bencher for Central South in 1999 and 2003. Gerry is currently a Life Bencher and is still active, sitting on various committees.His professional memberships have included the Canadian Bar Association; Defence Research Institute; International Association of Insurance Counsel; American Trial Lawyers Association; Hamilton Medical-Legal Society; Past Director of The Advocates’ Society; Past Trustee of The Hamilton Law Association; and Past President of The Hamilton Lawyers’ Club.By way of community interest, he is the Past Governor on the Board of Robert Land Academy, a military public high school in Wellandport, Ontario; Past Chairman of the United Israel Appeal, Ontario Region; Past President of The Hamilton Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; Past President of Beth Jacob Synagogue; Past Director of the Hamilton Y.M.C.A.; Past President of the United Jewish Welfare Fund of Hamilton – United Israel Appeal; and Past President of the Hamilton Jewish Foundation. He was the Jewish National Fund’s Negev Dinner Honouree in 1993.|
|Thain||Marilyn J.||Hearing||Appointee||Lay||Marilyn J. Thain was appointed as an adjudicator with the Law Society Tribunal in June 2014. Prior to the appointment she served for fifteen years as a member and chair of the Ontario Special Education Tribunal. She completed her B.A. at Western University and her M. Ed. in Educational Administration at the Faculty of Education, Western University. She has also served as an Education Officer leading the special education portfolio for the Ministry of Education. Ms. Thain has served as a teacher and school administrator in addition to instructing special education courses at the Faculty of Education, Western Ontario.|
|Udell||Jerry B.||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Jerry B. Udell was called to the Bar in 1976. He is senior counsel to the Miller Canfield Law Firm in Windsor, Ontario. He restricts his practice to the areas of real estate and mortgage remedies, estates and corporate / commercial matters. He has a B.A. and an LL.B. from the University of Windsor. He is counsel to a number of credit unions, banks and financial institutions. Mr. Udell is a frequent presenter of papers to the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association as well as several other professional groups, on various aspects of real estate practice including real estate and mortgage remedies. He has previously served as the elected representative to the Ontario Bar Association for Southwestern Ontario District and was elected Bencher to the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2015. Also a Certified Specialist in Real Estate, Jerry was fortunate to receive the Ontario Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service in 2016 and the OBA Award for Excellence in Real Estate in 2017. He also serves on the board of directors for various organizations including Hospice of Windsor and the Windsor Airport Board.|
|Vespry||M. Anne||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||M. Anne Vespry was called to the bar in 2003 and worked for several years as the managing partner in a two-person general practice firm. Most of the issues she handles involve Wills and Estates or Family Law. Anne is currently a teacher, a sole practitiioner and an elected bencher (East Region, 2015). She considers herself more of a solicitor than a barrister as her practice focues on solicitor work. |
|Whist||Eric||Hearing||Appointee||Lay||Eric Whist has been a lay member of the Law Society Tribunal since June 2014. He is also currently a member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). Previously he was a Vice-chair of the HRTO for seven years and prior to that, a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board for 10 years including serving as the acting Assistant Deputy Chairperson of the Board's Immigration Appeal Division. In addition to this adjudicative experience Mr. Whist has extensive experience in Ontario's human rights system having worked with the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Race Relations Directorate before joining the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing where he worked on strategies to improve the quality of life in public housing communities. Mr. Whist has a BA from the University of Toronto. |
|Wright ||Bradley H.||Hearing||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Bradley H. Wright was an elected bencher from 1995 to 2011, and is now a life bencher. He was selected by John Arnup, the first ever Chair of the Appeal Panel, to serve as one of the first six appointees to the Appeal Panel. Mr. Wright has sat on a large number of hearing and appeal panels, chairing and writing the Reasons for most of them. At the time his status as an elected bencher ended, Mr. Wright was the longest serving member of the Appeal Panel. He believes in the dignity of all the parties in the hearing room, and in writing reasons that are logical and understandable. Mr. Wright also served as Chair of the Compensation Fund for three years, Chair of the Audit Subcommittee for three years, Co-Chair of the Real Estate Working Group for 4.5 years, and as a Director of LawPRO for three years. |
|Yachetti||Roger D.||Hearing||Ex officio Bencher / Former Treasurer||Lawyer||Roger D. Yachetti, Q.C. practices entirely in the field of litigation ‑‑ both Civil and Criminal. He has been doing both for over 45 years.A graduate of the University of Western Ontario in both Arts and Law, Mr. Yachetti was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1966. At law school, he was awarded the Gold Medal and, at the Bar Admission Course, he was awarded the Treasurer's Medal B the highest award available.Over the years, Mr. Yachetti has distinguished himself as a leading litigator in Civil and Criminal matters. He has been recognized as such by being appointed Queen's Counsel in 1979. In 2004, by recognition of his peers, he was awarded the Hamilton Law Association's Emilius Irving Award for outstanding contribution.Mr. Yachetti has been a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the governing body for the legal profession in the Province of Ontario, since 1979. After being elected on four separate occasions, and serving for 16 years as an Elected Bencher, he became a Life Bencher in 1995.Mr. Yachetti has also been involved in numerous community organizations, including a three year stint as the Chairman of the Hamilton Tiger‑Cat Football Club of the Canadian Football League, from 1992 to 1995. As such, he was also a Governor of the Canadian Football League.Mr. Yachetti has received numerous awards, including a Paul Harris Fellowship by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Italo‑Canadian Citizen of the Year in 1995, as well as induction into the Gallery of Distinction for the City of Hamilton in 1997. In 2011, Mr. Yachetti was awarded the Business Excellence Award by the Canadian Italian Business and Professional Association of Hamilton Halton (CIBPA).On June 14, 2014, Mr. Yachetti was awarded the Festitalia Corporation's Italian Heritage Award of Distinction in the fields of Justice and Law.Additional details of Mr. Yachetti's career can be found simply by searching his name using your favourite internet search engine.|
|Wright||David A.||Hearing||Chair, Law Society Tribunal||Lawyer||David A. Wright has been Chair of the Law Society Tribunal and its predecessor since September 2013. For the previous six years, he was an adjudicator at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, serving as Vice-chair, Interim Chair, and Associate Chair. He completed his B.A. in History at the University of Windsor and his LL.B. and B.C.L. at the Faculty of Law of McGill University. Mr. Wright articled as law clerk to Madame Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé of the Supreme Court of Canada, and then completed his LL.M. at New York University. Prior to becoming an adjudicator, his litigation practice focused on labour and administrative law, human rights, professional discipline and civil litigation. He speaks frequently at conferences, has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School as an adjunct professor, and is the author of several law journal articles. Mr. Wright is currently an executive board member of the Council of Canadian Administrative Tribunals. He is fluently bilingual in English and French.|
|Richer||Susan||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Susan Richer has been an elected bencher since November 2010. She has practised law in Ottawa with her husband since her call to the bar. Although she currently restricts her practice to criminal defence work, she began her career as a general practitioner and has a broad range of practice experience.|
|Walker||Tanya||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Tanya graduated from McMaster University in 2002 with an Honours Commerce degree, minoring in Economics. She then attended Osgoode Hall Law School, graduating in 2005 and was called to the Bar in 2006. Tanya practised at two Bay Street firms before opening her own downtown law firm. Walker Law employs five full time employees in the area of commercial litigation.
Tanya currently serves as a board member of the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association and the Canadian Bar Association Supreme Court of Canada Liaison Committee. She is also on the Gold Key sub-committee of the Osgoode Alumni Association. On August 9, 2016, she was sworn in by the Law Society to be a first black elected female bencher from Toronto in the 220 year history of the Law Society. Benchers who are elected every four years by lawyers, regulate lawyers and paralegals. Tanya has received numerous awards for her contribution to the community and appears regularly on the CTV morning show “Your Morning” as a legal expert.
|Howell||David W.||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||David Howell practices law with Evans, Sweeny, Bordin LLP in Hamilton. He received a BA from Queen’s and graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983. David articled at Blaney, Murtry in Toronto and was called to the bar in 1985. He practiced with Blaney, McMurtry in their tax group until 1989 when he returned to his hometown of Hamilton.
David practices business law and estate planning for business owners. His clients include owner-managed businesses in manufacturing, services, health care and and other sectors, as well as lawyers and other professionals. David is a past-president of the Hamilton Law Association and was the founding Chair of the Corporate Commercial Sub-Committee of the HLA. He Co-Chairs the HLA’s annual Corporate Commercial Seminar. David was a seminar instructor on tax law and a business law tutor in the Bar Admissions Course for many years.
David is a past-president of the Estate Planners Council of Hamilton and a past director of the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation and Royal Botanical Gardens. He is a currently a Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario and a member of the Audit and Finance and Professional Regulation committees of the LSO.
|Zordel||Heather||Hearing||Elected Bencher||Lawyer||Heather Zordel is a partner in the Securities Group at Gardiner Roberts, focusing on corporate finance, securities regulatory compliance and corporate governance, with a side interest in condominium governance.
In addition to her law practice, Heather is the Co-Director and a Course Director for the Osgoode Hall LL.M program in securities law and also teaches in legal professional development programs. She has a B.Comm. from the University of Saskatchewan and a LL.B./J.D. and LL.M. (Securities) from Osgoode Hall Law School. Currently she is also a board and audit committee member of Toronto Hydro Corporation.