Arbitrator and Mediator in commercial, family, estate and general litigation disputes since retiring from the Superior Court in December, 2007. Also available to the profession for consultations on legal and strategic issues in litigation and proposed litigation.
- Appointed a Justice of the High Court of Justice for Ontario (and a member ex officio of the Court of Appeal for Ontario), October 4, 1989
- In August 2007 was appointed as Acting Regional Senior Justice for Toronto pending the appointment of a successor to the previous RSJ and served in this position until October 15th, 2007
- Retired December 27, 2007
- Has presided in every area of the Court's work: criminal, family, administrative law (Divisional Court), Commercial List, long civil trials, pre-trials; settlement conferences, motions and general trials.
- Chairman since 1991 of the Superior Court Facilities Committee; in concert with the Ministry of the Attorney General developed standards for the architectural design of new courthouses;
- Involved in planning courtrooms at 393 University Avenue, renovations in Ottawa, London, Pembroke and new courthouses in Hamilton, Brampton, Durham, Owen Sound and elsewhere throughout the Province;
- Member of Steering Committee for new Metropolitan Toronto Courthouses
- Frequent panel member and presenter at Court educational function.
Previous Professional Employment:
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto, Ontario
- 1962-1968 – associate lawyer
- 1969-1989 – partner
- Commercial and business civil litigation of all kinds; defamation, insurance and reinsurance.
- Appeared in High Court, Federal Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.
Ferguson Montgomery & Co., Toronto, Ontario
- 1960-1962 – employed as a trial lawyer in the insurance field; worked primarily with R.S. Montgomery.
Robertson, Lane & Co., Toronto, Ontario
- 1958-1960 – employed as a solicitor advising individual and corporate clients generally with some litigation; worked primarily with C.H. Lane and W.Z. Estey.
- Volunteer defence counsel for indigent accuseds.
Mason Foulds & Co., Toronto, Ontario
- 1956-1958 – employed as articled student; worked with R.D. Walter, J.T. Weir and J.D. Arnup.
- Osgoode Hall Law School; LLB.
- Called to the Bar 1958 with C.B. Martin Prize
- Victoria College, University of Toronto
- B.A. 1954: Majored in Modern History and Economics
- Lawrence Park Collegiate, Toronto, graduated 1950 with D.M. Fleming Prize
- Primary School: Toronto Public School System
- 1972 Queen's Counsel
- 1988 Certified by The Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation.
Publications and Speaking Engagements:
- Decision Writing and Judicial Review, Education Day Speaker, Information and Privacy Commission (Ontario), 4 March, 2008.
- Crown Law Office (Civil) panelist, December, 2007 on Advocacy.
- The Ten Top Ways To Get Judicially Reviewed; Keynote Speaker, Canadian Institute, Ottawa; conference on Decision Writing, 27 January 2007. Program repeated June 11, 2007, Sutton Place Hotel, Toronto.
- Human Resources Professional Assoc. of Ontario Judges' Panel, panelist, HR Law Conference, Toronto, Metro Convention Centre, 25 October 2006.
- Evidence for Litigators: speaker, Advocates' Society, Litigation Skills programme, Toronto, 12 October, 2006.
- Advocacy Skills, speaker, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, 24 May, 2006.
- Effective Discovery: panel member/speaker, Advocates' Society Litigation Skills' programme, Toronto, 29 March, 2006.
- Examination in Chief speaker, Advocates' Society, Toronto, 21 October, 2005.
- Current Problems in the Profession; speaker, Law Society of Upper Canada Benchers' Conference, Niagara on the Lake, 26 September, 2005.
- Examination for Discovery, panel member, Ontario Bar & Advocates' Society, 30 September 2004, Roy Thomson Hall.
- Insurance of Business Interruption Losses, a paper presented to The Canadian Institute on November 28, 1988.
- The Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards in Canada, a paper presented to the International Bar Association Insurance Conference, The Hague, Netherlands, March 1988, published IBA June 1988.
Professional Activities and Teaching:
- The Advocates's Society
- - Member since 1965; Judicial Member 1989-2007
- - Director 1985-1988
- - Co-author of Society briefs for the Zuber Commission in 1980s;
- - Member Long Range Planning Committee 1987-1989
- - Fall Convention, 1978: Panelist on the proposed new Ontario Rules of Practice
- The Advocates' Society Institute
- - A joint venture in advocacy education of The Law Society of Upper Canada and The Advocates' Society
- - Director 1986-1991 responsible for incorporation and organizational structure.
- CBAO Joint Committee on Court Reform 1989. Representative of the Advocates' Society. Chairman Sub-Committee on Appeal Court Reform 1989.
- Osgoode Hall Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Course, Member of Faculty, July 1986
- CBAO/LSUC Advocacy Symposium, April 1986, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Member of Faculty Demonstrative Cross-Examination of Expert Witness
- Law Society of Upper Canada
- - Teacher in Civil Litigation section of Bar Admission Course for approximately 8 years
- - Guest Lecturer on the application of computer technology to the practice of law (1973-1975)
- Canadian Law Librarians Association. Speaker: A Proposal for a computerized legal information retrieval system 1971.
- National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (US). Member 1980-1990.
- Canadian Lawyers Liability Assurance Society – A founding director and member of Executive Committee of this professional insurance reciprocal from its formation in 1986 to October 1989. Chairman 1989 until appointment to the Court.
- International Bar Association
- - Member of Insurance Committee, 1986-1991
- - Member of Defamation and Media Law Division, 1986-1991
- American Bar Association Foreign associate member: Committee on Law and Technology, 1969-1975
- Canadian Opera Company
- - Director 1981-1991
- - Secretary and Member of Executive Committee 1982-1989
- - Chairman of the Search Committee for a new General Director, 1988
- - Served on Budget, Finance and Planning Committees
- - Central Opera Service, National Conference New Directions for the '90's Speaker and panelist, October 1989, New York City
- - Currently member of the Board of the Canadian Opera Foundation
- Board of Regents, Victoria University
- - Member 1966-1987
- - Chairman 1978-1982
- - Honorary Life Member
- - Acted as Chairman of major planning, budget and appointments committees, trustee of Pension Plan
- Armour Heights Presbyterian Church
- - Elder; Chairman, Board of Trustees 1989 - 2004
- - Past Chairman of the Board of Managers
- - Member of the Choir
- George R. Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
- - Trustee from founding of the Museum in 1980 to 1990
- - Chairman, Executive Committee, 1986
- Presbyterian Church Building Corporation
- - A founding director; member of the Executive Committee until 1972
- - Vice-Chairman 1970-1972
- North Toronto Hockey Association
- - Director 1979-1980
- - Volunteer Coach 1973-1986
- Victoria College Alumni Association
- - President 1964-1966
- - Member of Executive 1955-1966
- - President of the Class of 1954
- Ontario Rugby Union
- - Rugby player 1957-1972
- - Director 1970-1972; responsible for setting up Fletcher's Fields Ltd. to operate clubhouse and playing fields in suburban Toronto.