As a senior experienced litigator, Ian’s focus is to understand the real interests of clients and to find solutions that best address those interests. His approach is to litigate if necessary, but not to litigate unnecessarily. He is results oriented.
Through his years of experience, he appreciates that there are many ways to solve complex legal and factual problems; the challenge is to do so effectively without complicating the process. Lawyers are either complicators or simplifiers. Ian is a simplifier. He critically accesses and evaluates what are often tangled facts and complex legal problems in order to fashion solutions and results that best suit clients’ interests.
- University of Toronto, LL.B., 1972
- University of Western Ontario, B.A., 1969
- American College of Trial Lawyers
- Canadian Bar Association
- International Academy of Trial Lawyers
- The Advocates’ Society
- Toronto Lawyers’ Association
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Ian has a civil litigation practice that focuses on employment, partnership and commercial disputes, and related matters. He also practices in the areas of administrative law, employment law and professional governance and discipline.
Ian frequently represents senior executives in employment disputes, and he has a busy commercial litigation practice that includes corporate governance issues and partnerships disputes.
Ian regularly appears as counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal, and he appears before the Supreme Court of Canada.
In the area of administrative law, Ian is an expert in matters relating to health professionals, police governance and labour relations. He acts for private and public sector trade unions in both provincial and federal jurisdictions. He is counsel to the Discipline Committee of the College of Psychologists and acts as a prosecutor for the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario. Ian represents hospital boards as independent counsel in hospital privilege hearings. He is general counsel to the Police Association of Ontario, and the Canadian Police Association, and is special counsel to the Ontario Provincial Police Association. Ian also acts for numerous other police associations.
During his more than 38 years of practice, Ian has acted as counsel at numerous public inquiries, including the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Inquiry, the Lysyk Inquiry, the Hospital for Sick Kids Inquiry into baby deaths, the Guy Paul Morin Inquiry, the Walkerton Inquiry, and the Ipperwash Inquiry.
Awards and Honours
Repeatedly recognized Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory:
Consistently Recommended - Employment Law - Employee
Consistently Recommended - Labour Relations - Labour
Featured in Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
Ranked by Chambers Canada 2019 in Employment & Labour: Labour for Unions - Ontario
Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as Lawyer of the Year, 2018, 2015
Recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada for Public and Administrative Law, Corporate Commercial Litigation and Labour and Employment Law, since 2006
Queen’s 2002 Golden Jubilee Medal for community service
Publications and Presentations
Ian has written and presented extensively on civil litigation, administrative law, professional governance and discipline, and employment labour law at continuing education programs of the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Advocates Society.
Ian has been Chair of an annual two day conference presented by the Police Association of Ontario for employment law, for over 20 years. At the annual conference he has presented papers on a host of topics including:
- “Disguised Discipline” of Police Officers – What’s the Remedy?;
- “Privilege” Communications between Union Representatives and Union Members;
- Agreements with Chiefs of Police concerning discipline – are they enforceable?;
- Appeals of Police Discipline
- Decriminalizing Police Discipline in Ontario;
- Legal Indemnification for Costs and Damage Awards;
- Legal issues arising from Secondary Employment;
- Police Public Complaints – a case review;
- Reasonable Rules and Management Rights; Employee Accommodation – What is Undue Hardship?;
- Rights to a Private Life – The Limits of Personal Privacy;
- The Admissibility of Videotape Evidence;
- Unsatisfactory Work Performance – the consequences;
Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures, 2007: Changing Employers: The Employment Implications of the Sale of a Business – Common Law and Statutory Rights and Obligations.