Candidate bio description
I was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996 after articling for a small Toronto firm. After my call I moved to Hong Kong where I worked as an editor for the Asian edition of the Wall Street Journal and later for Bloomberg News. I returned to the practice of law in 2002 after a move to California. I practiced as a litigator in Los Angeles and Santa Rosa before returning to Canada in 2006. Since 2006 I’ve been in sole practice in Kincardine, Bruce County, focusing on real estate, wills and estates and corporate law. I have three employees including one associate who practices family law. We have a good name in the community and try to go the extra mile for our clients.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
The Statement of Principles initiative specifically and bureaucratic overreach and overspending by the LSO in general.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
A clogged and snail-paced court system. Justice delayed is justice denied.
What would be your first priority upon election?
Repealing the Statement of Principles requirement imposed by fiat on the profession.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
A more transparent, accountable and streamlined regulator.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
The proliferation of self-represents in our courts -- an access to justice problem which is exacerbated by the financial and regulatory burden imposed on members by the LSO. The LSO should be making it easier for lawyers to practice law. They've failed in that mandate.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
No I do not. I am running on the StopSOP slate.