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William Friedman

City of Toronto Electoral Region
William Friedman

Candidate bio description

I graduated with a B.C.L. in 1974 and an LL.B. in 1975 from McGill University. I have practiced law for more than four decades, beginning my career in Quebec and practicing the next 38 years in Ontario. During that time, my practice was mainly in the area of mergers and acquisitions with a focus on real estate and commercial transactions. I have been in private practice collectively as a sole practitioner and a partner at law firms small, medium and large. This broad range of professional experiences has helped me to better understand the needs of the membership as a whole. I am currently the principal of Friedman Law Professional Corporation, a medium sized firm. I authored “The Limits of Limited Liability”, The Future of Corporate Law in Canada, Queens University.

What inspired you to run for bencher this year?

To be a voice for Lawyers with an emphasis for lawyers that are transactional practitioners.

What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?

Access to legal services.

What would be your first priority upon election?

To align the interests of the Law Society with the interests of its members.

What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?

To reduce the costs required to operate the Law Society

What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?

Promoting a regulatory environment allowing lawyers to shape the legal market, not to be shaped by it.

Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?

I support and believe in the statement of principles but not to force the statement on lawyers who are not prepared to accept a requirement to confirm adherence to the principle to the Law Society. 

Poll Question

What do you see as the top issue that prospective benchers need to address if they are elected?