Barrister and Solicitor
Member of Ontario Bar since 1981
1985 to present
Self-employed in private law practice based in Peterborough, Ontario. Civil Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution with current emphasis on dangerous product injury claims including Asbestos and Pharmaceutical products. Until 2012 conducted Plaintiff personal injury practice.
1982 to 1985
Aiken, Capp – Associate lawyer, Toronto, Ontario. Civil Litigation in areas of Insurance, Banking, Real Estate, Condominium, Construction, and Employment law.
1979 to 1982
Phelan, O’Brien, Shannon & Lawer, Toronto, Ontario. First as Articling Student and then lawyer in Civil Litigation working on Insurance, Commercial, Construction, and Condominium Litigation.
ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE
Has been principal arbitration instructor of the ADR Institute of Ontario since 1985, teaching the qualifying course in Arbitration through the University of Toronto for 10 years and then independent of the University. Has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations and mediations and also regularly acts as counsel and advisor to arbitrators. Has arbitrated environmental issues. Has spoken to various groups and organizations about the Arbitration Act, Mediation and ADR processes. In arbitration practice has conducted a variety of commercial, construction, estate, family and condominium arbitrations. Trained and qualified in Mediation at Osgoode Hall Law School February 1998. Advanced mediation training from Dr. Christopher Moore of Boulder Colorado in October 2003. Toronto Roster Mediator from 1999 to July 2003. Began adrworks website to encourage alternative dispute resolution in 1997. Has extensive experience as a mediator and now is primarily mediating insurance claims and commercial disputes.
Graduated Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. Bachelor of Arts (Majors in Politics, Economics and Philosophy).
Graduated Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario. Doctor Juris.
Completed Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course and admitted as member of Ontario Bar.
1985 to 1990
Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission Course, Profession of Law (Ethics Course).
1985 to 1995
University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Instructor
1985 to present
ADR Institute, Arbitration Trainer and Lecturer.
1990 to 1992
Queens University, Faculty of Law, volunteer lecturer.
Member of Board of Governors of Trent University 2009-2012, serves on Advancement Committee 2010-2014, Endowment Lands Committee 2009-2012, Board and Alumni representative to the University Senate 2010-2013, Member of Alumni Council 2009-2013 currently chairing Policy and Governance Committee
1998 to Present
Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Executive Member and Chair from1999 to 2001 of the Insurance Law Section in Ontario and 2003-2004 Chair of the CBA National Insurance Law Section. 2005-2007 member of Canadian Bar Association’s Nominating Committee, Vice Chair of National Sections and Chair of the National Sections Council Budget Committee, 2007-2009 Chair of CBA National Sections Council and member of CBA Board of Directors and Finance Committee 2007-2009, Past Chair of National Sections, member of National Sections Executive and Chair of National Sections Nominating Committee 2009-2011, Executive Member of Alternative Dispute Resolution Section from 2013.
1986 to 2011
American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member active in committees, conventions and original establishment of Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.
1995 to 1997
Durham Head Injury Association, Director
1990 to 1991
Whitby Historical Society, President.
1989 to 2000
Board of Directors, Arbitration and Mediation Institute (Ontario) Inc., Vice-president from 1993
1988 to 19902002-2003
Ajax & Pickering and Whitby Association for Community Living, President, re-elected and served with voluntary legal services and on Board of Directors in 2002-2003.
1985 to 1988
Canadian Mental Health Association (Durham Branch), Vice-President.
1983 to 1986
City of York Safety Council, Member, Vice Chair and Chair for final year.
1980 to 1981
First Student Representative, Bar Admission Course Advisory Committee of Law Society of Upper Canada.
Class of ‘79 Alumni Representative, Osgoode Hall Law School
1977 to 1979
President, Osgoode Hall Legal and Literary Society (Student Council of Osgoode Hall Law School) 1978-79, 2nd Year Rep 1977-78, also was member of Faculty Council and Tenure Committee.
1976 to 1978
President, Ontario Federation of Students.
1974 to 1976
Member of Trent University Senate Executive and President of Trent Student Union