The conference presenters are listed below in alphabetical order by last name. Click on each entry below to view the bio of each presenter.

Daniel Abrahams - Manager, Trustee Services Department, Law Society of Upper Canada

Moderator: Burning Issues for Legal Regulation

Dan Abrahams is the Manager of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Trustee Services Department (since 2014) and Compensation Fund (since 2012). From 2002 to 2012 he was Senior Counsel to the Society’s Director of Professional Regulation. Dan is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Trinity College and the University of Windsor Faculty of Law. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991 after clerking at the Ontario Court of Appeal. He later worked for many years as a senior counsel in the Tribunal Counsel Office at the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and helped to introduce alternative dispute resolution at the Tribunal. Dan is also a long-time executive member and Past-Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Public Sector Lawyers section. He has been involved as a volunteer in a variety of community organizations and non-profits over the course of his career.

Deborah Armour - Chief Legal Officer, Law Society of British Columbia

Speaker: International Cooperation and Information Sharing

Deb Armour is Chief Legal Officer of the Law Society of BC.  She has the overall responsibility for professional conduct, investigations, discipline, monitoring, enforcement, custodianships, tribunals and legislation. Prior to joining the Law Society in 2010, Deb was the Director of Legal Services and Chief Compliance Officer for Powerex Corp. Deb obtained her law degree from Dalhousie in 1985. She has been a frequent speaker at Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Canadian Bar Association and Continuing Legal Education events. Deb teaches Ethics and Professional Responsibility at UBC Law School.

Steve Brooker - Head of Research and Development, Legal Services Board of England and Wales

Brooker,StephenphotoSpeaker: In an Ever Expanding Universe of Legal Services, What is the Future of Legal Regulation?

Steve Brooker is Head of Research and Development at the Legal Services Board – the independent body responsible for overseeing the regulation of lawyers in England and Wales. His key responsibilities include foresight and horizon-scanning in the legal services sector and beyond; policy development in new or emerging areas of interest to the LSB; and oversight of the LSB’s research programme. Steve has a wealth of experience in consumer and regulation policy having worked across a range of markets and published a series of influential reports. Most recently he established the Legal Services Consumer Panel, which he led for five years. Steve was formerly Head of Fair Markets at Consumer Focus where he managed a policy and public affairs team working on a wide range of issues including financial services, the digital economy, consumer law, redress and enforcement. Prior to that, he led the National Consumer Council’s policy work on regulation and civil justice issues.

Naomi Bussin - Senior Counsel, Law Society of Upper Canada

Moderator:  ABS, Entity Regulation and Proactive Regulation Update

Naomi Bussin is a lawyer and mediator with 22 years of experience in the public and administrative law sectors.  Since 2002, she has been working for the Law Society of Upper Canada as Senior Counsel, Professional Regulation.  In 2009-2010, she acted as Discipline Counsel at the Law Society on a one year secondment.  In these positions she has worked on many aspects of professional regulation, including complaints handling, investigations, prosecutions and regulatory policy development.  Part of her responsibility has been to develop and implement improvements to the regulatory process.

Naomi graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1991 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993. She obtained an LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution in 1999. Prior to joining the Law Society, Naomi was a full-time mediator for a number of years at the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, and a policy advisor with the Ontario government, working on a project to improve dispute resolution systems at Ontario’s agencies, boards and tribunals.

Thomas G. Conway - President, Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Thomas ConwayThomas G. Conway is President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Tom was appointed a member of the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada by the Law Society of Upper Canada in November 2007.He practices civil litigation in Ottawa and is a partner at Conway Baxter Wilson LLP. He has extensive civil trial and appellate experience, acting as counsel in jury and non-jury trials in the Superior Court of Ontario, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Tax Court of Canada, and the Supreme Court of Canada.

He has undergraduate and graduate degrees in English and History from the University of Calgary, and obtained his Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa in 1987. Tom was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1989.

Tom was elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2007, and was re-elected in 2011. He was then elected Treasurer for the 2012-2013 term, which is the law society’s most senior elected position. He has chaired several committees, including the law society’s Articling Task Force. He is a former President of the County of Carleton Law Association, a former member of the Council of the Ontario Bar Association and a member of the Advocates Society.

James C. Coyle - Regulation Counsel, Colorado Supreme Court

Panelist:  Lawyers on the Edge:  Licensure and the Impaired Professional

Speaker:  What Can We Expect from the United States?

James C. Coyle is Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court.  In that capacity, Jim oversees the regulation of the practice of law in Colorado, including attorney admissions, registration, discipline, disability, diversion, mandatory continuing legal and judicial education, unauthorized practice and inventory counsel functions. Jim works with a very talented group of twenty lawyers, ten investigators and thirty-five other staff members on these regulatory functions.  Jim’s office also acts as counsel for the Attorneys Fund for Client Protection and the Commission on Judicial Discipline.  Jim has been the Regulation Counsel since March 2013, but served under previous Regulation Counsel John Gleason from 1999 to February 2013 and previous Disciplinary Counsel Linda Donnelly from 1990 to 1999.

Jim is an active member of the American and Colorado Bar Associations, National Conference of Bar Examiners, National Organization of Bar Counsel, ABA Center for Professional Responsibility, National Client Protection Organization, National Continuing Legal Education Regulators Association, Association of Judicial Discipline Counsel, American Judicature Society and ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs.

Jim’s recent committee work includes acting as co-chair and organizer of the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection’s First UPL School in Denver, CO, in August 2013, and program committee member for the Second UPL School in Chicago scheduled for March 2015.  Jim is a Director-at-Large for the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), and is an active member of the NOBC Program Committee and Subcommittees on Entity Regulation (Chair) and Alternative Business Structures.  Jim recently served on the NOBC Special Committee on Permanent Retirement, NOBC Aging Lawyer Committee and NOBC GATS Subcommittee. Jim is the NOBC liaison to the ABA Policy Implementation Committee and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL) Regulation of Lawyer Advertising Committee.  Jim also chairs a Colorado Judicial Advisory Council Subcommittee on Exploring Authorized Non-Lawyer Providers of Legal Services (LLLTs).

Kristin Dangerfield - Chief Executive Officer, Law Society of Manitoba

Moderator:  Lawyer Trust Accounts:  Is There a Better System?

Kris is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Manitoba. From 1988 to 2014 she served as General Counsel and later as Senior General Counsel at the Society, prosecuting lawyers for professional misconduct.  Kris has dealt with a wide variety of regulatory issues and provided ethics advice and direction to lawyers, students, benchers and to the legal profession. She has taught Ethics and Professional Responsibility both at the University of Manitoba and at CPLED, the Law Society of Manitoba’s bar admission program. She served as a member of the Federation of Law Societies’ Model Code of Professional Conduct Committee from 2005 to 2009 and currently serves as a member of the Federation of Law Societies’ Standing Committee on the Model Code of Professional Conduct. She is a member of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Issues and was a member of the Legal Ethics and Legal Regulation Team for the CBA Legal Futures Initiative, which examined the changes facing the Canadian legal profession in its 2014 Report Futures: Transforming the Delivery of Legal Services in Canada.

Dr. Vanessa Davies - Director General, Bar Standards Boards

Panelist:  Lawyers on the Edge:  Licensure and the Impaired Professional

Dr. Vanessa Davies is the Director General of the Bar Standards Board (BSB). She took office in January 2011.  Prior to joining the BSB, Vanessa was the deputy Chief Executive and Director of Operations at Refugee and Migrant Justice (RMJ), which was one of the largest legal aid charities in the UK, supporting over 7,000 vulnerable people on an annual basis across 11 locations in the UK. She was responsible for professional training, standards and compliance of solicitors, barristers, accredited caseworkers and paralegals. She oversaw the closure of the charity in 2010 when it went into administration after changes to legal aid contracting.

Vanessa started her working life as a linguist. She was a British Academy post-doctoral fellow in French at King’s College London and then the Director of the Language Centre there, establishing it as one of the leading centres in the UK for applied language studies. Dr Davies then spent nearly a decade at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, first as Director of the Diplomatic Service Language Centre and subsequently as a Group Director overseeing a range of services in support of UK foreign policy.  Vanessa left the world of languages in 2005 and trained for the Bar. She is an unregistered barrister, and a Bencher of Inner Temple.

John Elliot - Registrar of Solicitors and Director of Regulation, Law Society of Ireland

Panelist:  Burning Issues for Legal Regulation

John Elliot has been Registrar of Solicitors and Director of Regulation of the Law Society of Ireland since 2004.

John is responsible for direction and management of the regulatory function of Law Society of Ireland in relation to the solicitors’ profession in Ireland and he holds the statutory office of Registrar of Solicitors.

He is a member of Law Society management team, secretary to Regulation of Practice Committee, member of Professional Indemnity Insurance Committee, member of Participating Insurers Liaison Committee, member of Money Laundering Reporting Committee, member of Legal Services Regulation Bill Task Force, member of Residential Undertakings Task Force.

The regulatory function of Law Society of Ireland includes complaints resolution, client money protection, anti-money laundering compliance, disciplinary proceedings, regulatory litigation, professional indemnity insurance, practising certificates, practice closure intervention.

John is a solicitor and was formerly the chief legal officer and company secretary of ACCBank (now ACC Loan Management and part of the Rabobank Group).  Before that he worked in London as a senior legal adviser to international investment manager 3i and started his career in private legal practice in Edinburgh in 1983.

Susan Fortney - Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics, Hofstra University, Maurice Deane School of Law

Moderator:  ABS, Entity Regulation and Proactive Regulation Update

Susan Saab Fortney serves as the Howard Lichtenstein Distinguished Professor of Legal Ethics and Director of the Institute for the Study of Legal Ethics at the Maurice Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Before joining Hofstra, Fortney served as the Paul Whitfield Horn Distinguished University Professor and Interim Dean at Texas Tech University School of Law.

Prior to joining Texas Tech, Fortney practiced law in both the public and private sectors. Upon graduation from law school, she first served as briefing attorney for Chief Justice Carlos Cadena of the Fourth Court of Appeals of Texas. She continued her public service as an attorney with the Division of Corporation Finance and the Division of Enforcement at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Fortney later entered private practice, first handling securities and corporate matters and later focusing on legal malpractice cases.  While in practice, Fortney began teaching Professional Responsibility as an adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law.  She fell in love with teaching and decided to pursue it on a full-time basis.

Fortney has done a great deal of work internationally. She served as a Fulbright Scholar in Slovenia. Fortney taught in legal ethics in master’s law programs in Poland and Australia. She has also conducted research as a visiting scholar at the University of Melbourne and the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. In June 2015 she served as a Visiting Scholar at the Manchester College Summer Research Institute at Oxford University.

Fortney has conducted a number of empirical studies related to law firm ethics, governance and culture.  Most recently, she completed a study on the new regulatory regime for incorporated firms in Australia.  In 20015 she completed the second edition of Legal Malpractice Law:  Problems and Prevention (co-written). This is the first textbook focusing on legal malpractice.

Fortney has been elected as a member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation and the Texas Bar Foundation.  She also is one of the seven members of the National Conference of Bar Examiners Committee that drafts the Multi-state Professional Responsibility Examination. Fortney co-founding the New York Legal Ethics Reporter, a free monthly publication for which she serves as a co-managing editor. She is a contributing Legal Professional editor for JOTWELL and serves as a member of the Board of Editors for the ABA Journal of the Professional Lawyer and the Professional Lawyer.

Jordan Furlong - Principal, Edge International Consulting

Speaker:  In an Ever Expanding Universe of Legal Services, What is the Future of Legal Regulation?

Jordan Furlong July 2012 MediumJordan Furlong is a lawyer, consultant, and legal industry analyst who forecasts the impact of the changing legal market on lawyers, clients, and legal organizations. Over the past five years, he has addressed dozens of audiences (including law firms, state bars, law societies, bar executives, law schools, judges, and many others) throughout the United States, Canada and worldwide on the evolution of the legal services market. A partner with global consulting firm Edge International and a Senior Consultant with Stem Legal Web Enterprises, Jordan is a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Institute for Law Practice Management and Innovation at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, where he also serves as the Legal Strategist in Residence. He is the author of Evolutionary Road: A Strategic Guide to Your Law Firm’s Future and writes about the legal market at

Stephan Göcken - Chief Executive Officer, German Federal Bar

Speaker:  Building and Maintaining Credibility with the Public – How to Maintain Public Confidence in a Consumer-Driven Environment

Stephan Göcken completed legal studies in Freigburg, London and Düsseldorf.  In 1992, he was admitted to the legal profession as a member of the Düsseldorf Regional Bar.

From 1992 to 1995 Stephan held the position of Legal Advisor at the German Budestage in Bonn and the European Parliament in Brussels.

He began work for the German Federal Bar as Director in 1995 and in 2005 became its Chief Executive Officer.

Doron Gold - Staff Clinician, Homewood Health

Panelist:  Lawyers on the Edge:  Licensure and the Impaired Professional

Doron Gold is a Staff Clinician at Homewood Health, the provider of the Ontario legal profession’s Member Assistance Program.  He is a Registered Social Worker, Certified Professional Coach and psychotherapist, as well as having previously practiced law for 10 years, primarily as a family and civil litigator.  Prior to working at Homewood Health, Doron spent almost 7 years assisting lawyers, law students, judges and their immediate family members with personal and professional issues such as addiction, depression, anxiety and career stress. Doron’s role at Homewood Health includes psychotherapy with clients, assisting with the ongoing management of Homewood’s peer volunteer program as well as providing workshops and presentations to various groups in the community.

Doron has written and been quoted extensively in publications such as Lawyers’ Weekly, Law Times, Canadian Lawyer and LawPro Magazine on various topics related to lawyer distress and wellness.  As well, Doron writes a regular “Lawyer Therapist” column in Law Times.  Doron has been asked to speak  to various groups throughout Ontario on topics as varied as Work-Life Balance, Lawyer Stress 101, Retirement, Vicarious Trauma and Compassion Fatigue.

Christine Grice - Executive Director, New Zealand Law Society

Speaker: Building and Maintaining Credibility with the Public – How to Maintain Public Confidence in a Consumer-Driven Environment

Christine is the Executive Director of the New Zealand Law Society.  She oversaw the implementation of a new regulatory and disciplinary scheme for lawyers in New Zealand.  Christine has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial litigation and dispute resolution lawyer.  She was President of the NZLS from 2000-2003.  Christine is a fellow of the Institute of Directors and has held a number of directorships including as Chair of Perry Group Ltd and Radio New Zealand.  She sits as a judge in the High Court and Court of Appeal of the Cook Islands.

Dr. Doris C. Gundersen - Medical Director, Colorado Physician Health Program

Panelist:  Lawyers on the Edge:  Licensure and the Impaired Professional

Dr. Doris Gundersen received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas in 1981. She studied medicine at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduation in 1989, she pursued residency training in psychiatry at the University of Colorado (UC) which was completed in 1993. She is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with added qualifications in Forensic Psychiatry.

In 1993, Dr. Gundersen joined the UC Department of Psychiatry faculty where she enjoyed teaching medical students and residents in training. She received the Eleanor Steele Teaching Award in 2000. She provided clinical care in both inpatient and outpatient settings and conducted Phase Three trials of novel psychotropic medications. She served as the medical director of the University North Pavilion Medication Clinic which provided comprehensive care to patients in addition to consultation to workplaces concerning employee health, fitness for duty evaluations and violence prevention. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the department today and continues to teach medical students, residents and forensic fellows alike.

In 1999, Dr. Gundersen entered private practice. In addition to general adult psychiatry, she developed a forensic practice specializing in independent medical evaluations and threat assessment. She has assisted various local and national employers in developing violence prevention policies and has served on various threat assessment teams. She has taught locally and nationally on the subject of workplace violence. She currently volunteers with the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, reviewing scholarly papers submitted for publication.

In 2000, Dr. Gundersen was invited to join the Colorado Physician Health Program (CPHP) team and has remained dedicated to assisting physicians with serious illnesses and providing education to medical communities locally, nationally and internationally concerning physician health. She has been CPHP’s medical director since 2009. She has collaborated with her CPHP colleagues on physician health research and coauthored articles accepted for publication. She currently chairs the Colorado Medical Society’s committee on physician wellbeing and helped develop a wellness toolkit for all physicians in the state. Dr. Gundersen is currently the President of the Federation of State Physician Health Programs (FSPHP) and received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the FSPHP in April 2013. More recently, Dr. Gundersen has provided education and consultation across the country pertaining to the legalization of marijuana and the implications for health care professionals.

Dr. Gundersen is past president of the Colorado Psychiatric Society (CPS). She has served on several CPS committees and has been extensively involved with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) previously serving on the Council of National Affairs as a consultant to the Committee on Women, serving as a Public Affairs representative for Colorado and as Colorado’s Area VII representative to the APA Assembly. She became a Distinguished Fellow of the APA in 2003 and was inducted into the American College of Psychiatrists in 2002. Dr. Gundersen received the CPS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2012. From 2012 through 2014, Dr. Gundersen served as president of the Balance for Women Physicians which hosts an annual wellness conference in Colorado open to all women physicians across the country.

Dr. Gundersen obtained a Colorado Supreme Court appointment to the Attorney Regulation Committee in 2010 where she continues to provide clinical input concerning attorneys who may have health problems and are potentially facing discipline. Most recently (2013), Dr. Gundersen received a “Denver’s Best Doctors for Executives” acknowledgement along with several of her professional peers. In 2014 she received a Best Doctors™ acknowledgement.

Robert Hawley - Deputy & Acting Executive Director, State Bar of California

Speaker:  Building and Maintaining Credibility with the Public – How to Maintain Public Confidence in a Consumer-Driven Environment

Robert Hawley is currently Deputy & Acting Executive Director of the State Bar of California.  As Acting Executive Director he is the interim Chief Executive Officer of the organization and also Secretary to the governing Board of Trustees.  As Deputy Executive Director his areas of responsibility for the State Bar, among other things, include oversight of the State Bar’s Professional Competence Unit which administers the Ethics Hotline, the Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), the State Bar’s professional responsibility publications and other functions related to the development of California’s Rules of Professional Conduct.  He also is the State Bar’s employee relations officer and oversees all labor and employment functions.

He received his Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law and his Masters in Law (LL.M) from New York University, School of Law.

Mr. Hawley began his legal career as a disciplinary prosecutor for the State Bar.  He then entered private practice for over ten years representing management in labor and employment matters before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.  He served as a member of the State Bar’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC) as well as its Chair and Special Advisor.  Prior to rejoining the State Bar’s staff, he served as Risk Management Chair and Deputy Managing Partner for a major Bay Area law firm.

Mr. Hawley has taught Professional Responsibility and labor law at various Bay Area law schools for the past twenty years, and is currently on the adjunct faculty of Pacific McGeorge School of Law.

Mr. Hawley is the recipient of the National Organization of Bar Counsel’s 2014 President’s Award, recognizing lifetime achievement in attorney regulation and service.

Jonathan G. Herman - Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Moderator:  Building and Maintaining Credibility with the Public – How to Maintain Public Confidence in a Consumer-Driven Environment

Jonathan G. Herman is the Chief Executive Officer of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. The Federation is the national coordinating body of the 14 provincial and territorial law societies that are mandated by statute to regulate Canada’s 100,000 lawyers, Quebec’s 4,000 notaries and Ontario’s 7,000 independent paralegals in the public interest.

Appointed in 2006, he is the Federation’s first CEO following a major reform of the Federation and is responsible for establishing the organization’s national profile in Ottawa.  He is currently Co-chair of the Sub-Committee on Regulation of the International Bar Association.

From 2004-2006, Mr. Herman was Chief of Staff to Canada’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General. In that role, he was the senior political advisor to the Minister and liaison to the Department of Justice and Prime Minister’s Office. Until the end of 2003, he was a partner in a Montreal law firm where he practised corporate and commercial law.

Mr. Herman is a graduate of McGill University, and also holds law degrees in civil law and common law from the Université de Sherbrooke and Dalhousie University. He has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since 1991.

Alison Hook - International Adviser, Hook International

Panelist:  Lawyer Trust Accounts:  Is There a Better System?

Speaker:  International Cooperation and Information Sharing

Alison Hook is a consultant on the international legal market and international adviser to the SRA.  Other clients include the World Bank, UN, East African Community and Laos government as well as law firms and other players in the legal sector in the UK and internationally.  Her previous roles have included: Head of International at the Law Society of England and Wales, Deputy Head of European Commission’s Representation to the UK, member of cabinet of Trade Commissioner Sir Leon Brittan in the European Commission, and various diplomatic posts in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She graduated from Edinburgh University in Economics and Politics, and has a Masters in Economics from Warwick University and an MBA from the Open University. She is currently doing a law degree for fun.

Stephen Hung - President, Law Society of Hong Kong

Speaker:  Building and Maintaining Credibility with the Public – How to Maintain Public Confidence in a Consumer-Driven Environment

Mr. Stephen W.S. Hung has been a member of the Council of the Law Society of Hong Kong since 2003. He was elected Vice President on 24 May 2012 and President on 19 August 2014. Mr. Hung has served on numerous Law Society Committees including the Standing Committee on Compliance, the Standing Committee on External Affairs, the Standing Committee on Policy and Resources, the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee and the Legal Education Committee.

As a representative of the Law Society of Hong Kong, Mr. Hung also serves on the PCLL Academic Board of the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and City University of Hong Kong; Steering Committee on the Provision of Legal Advice for Litigants in Person. In his personal capacity, Mr. Hung serves on the Higher Rights Assessment Board; the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority and Law Reform Committee, Sub-committee on Causing or Allowing the Death of a Child; and the Lump Sum Grant Steering Committee.

Mr. Hung is an Adjunct Professor of Law of Hong Kong Shue Yan University.

Alan Hunter - Chief Executive, Law Society of Northern Ireland

Speaker:  Building and Maintaining Credibility with the Public – How to Maintain Public Confidence in a Consumer-Driven Environment

Alan Hunter is a solicitor educated at Queen’s University Belfast where he graduated in Law. Following a period of practice at the Bar, he joined the Government Legal Service as Legislative Draftsman in 1988 and subsequently the Northern Ireland Courts Service in 1990, where he had responsibility for working on policy and legislative initiatives.

Alan has a wide experience in matters concerning the administration of justice, being subsequently appointed as Director of Legal Aid in the Courts Service in 1998 and as Director of Judicial Services in 2003.  He was Chief Executive of the Judicial Appointments Commission before joining the Society as Chief Executive on 1 October 2007.

Working with Presidents and the Council of the Law Society of Northern Ireland, Alan has led the development and delivery of an engagement strategy with members and key interested parties, including members of the Northern Ireland Assembly and others in civic society. He has a particular interest in the areas of public and administrative law as relates to delivering good governance and accountability.

Niels Hupkes - Netherlands Bar Association

Panelist:  Lawyer Trust Accounts:  Is There a Better System?

Niels Hupkes is currently head of department of supervision of The Netherlands Bar. He works for The Netherlands Bar for 13 years in several functions. Until recently he was responsible for introduction of the revised Act on Advocates which came into effect in January 2015. Niels specializes is regulatory affairs and anti money laundering and chairs the monthly meeting of supervisors in The Netherlands.

Joan Janssen - Director-General, Ministry of Law (Singapore)

Speaker:  Building a Regulator

JoanJanssenJoan commenced her legal career as a litigator at the Singapore Bar in 1989 after graduating from the National University of Singapore. She obtained a master’s degree from Cambridge University on a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Scholarship in 1992, and returned home to serve as a Justices’ Law Clerk. This was followed by a shift to corporate and banking law with a leading Singapore law firm, and in 1995, she moved to London to practise English law at a magic circle firm. She spent the next 18 years practising in international firms in London, and then in the ASEAN region, before re-joining the Singapore Legal Service in March 2013, to work at the Ministry of Law (MinLaw).

Prior to joining MinLaw as its second Director-General, Joan was a partner at a global law firm. Her work at MinLaw focuses on the legal aspects of policy formulation and implementation as well as law reform. She also sits on the Singapore Academy of Law’s Publications Committee and Professional Affairs Committee.

Tracey L. Kepler - President, National Organization of Bar Counsel

Moderator:  Lawyers on the Edge:  Licensure and the Impaired Professional

Tracy L. Kepler is an Associate Solicitor in the Office of General Counsel for the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), where she concentrates her practice in the investigation and prosecution of attorney disciplinary matters.  From 2000-2014, she served as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), where she investigated and prosecuted cases of attorney misconduct.  Ms. Kepler is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches legal ethics.  Ms. Kepler is currently the President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), a non-profit organization of legal professionals whose members enforce ethics rules that regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States and abroad.  She has previously served as the NOBC’s President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and Director-at-Large from 2009-2014.  Ms. Kepler is the NOBC Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and the Professional Responsibility Coordinating Council, and has previously served as the NOBC Liaison to the ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection, Professionalism, Ethics & Professional Responsibility and to the ABA Standing Commission on Legal Assistance Programs (CoLAP).  She is currently a member of the Advisory Committee of CoLAP, and Co-Chairs its Senior Lawyer Committee.  Ms. Kepler is a member of the ABA and its Center for Professional Responsibility (CPR), currently serves as the Chair of the Center’s CLE Committee, the Chair of the CPR National Conference Planning Committee, and is a frequent presenter of ethics related topics to various national, state and local organizations.  She is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and received her law degree from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.

Leah Kosokowsky - Director of Regulation, Law Society of Manitoba

Panelist:  Lawyers and the Canadian Experience with the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement – Lessons Learned

Leah was called to the Bar in Manitoba in 1991, following which she practised civil and commercial litigation with Thompson Dorfman Sweatman until 1999.  In that year Leah joined the Law Society’s Discipline Department as an investigator.  In 2002, she became the Director of the Discipline Department (subsequently renamed the Complaints Resolution Department) and in July 2015, Leah was appointed as the Society’s Director of Regulation.

Janice LaForme - Law Society of Upper Canada

Moderator: Lawyers and the Canadian Experience with the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement – Lessons Learned

Robert G. W. Lapper, Q.C. - Chief Executive Office, Law Society of Upper Canada

Panelist:  ABS, Entity Regulation and Proactive Regulation Update

Robert G.W. Lapper, Q.C., joined The Law Society of Upper Canada as Chief Executive Officer on February 1, 2012.

Robert was formerly the Deputy Minister of Labour for the Province of British Columbia, a post he held since 2009. From 2007 to 2009, he served as the Deputy Cabinet Secretary and Associate Deputy Minister, Cabinet Operations and Intergovernmental Relations, in the Office of the Premier.

For seven years, beginning in 2001, Robert was the Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Legal Services Branch, for the Province of British Columbia. He oversaw a complete organizational and service transformation in the Legal Service Branch during his tenure there. He was honoured with a Queen’s Counsel appointment in December 2002.

After clerking with the British Columbia Supreme Court, he practised law as an associate and later partner in a firm in Sidney, British Columbia, for 10 years. During that time, his practice included a variety of areas. One — emerging aboriginal law issues — engaged his interest in particular. Robert joined the Province of British Columbia, in 1994, as a lawyer in the Legal Services Branch, Ministry of Attorney General, to focus on aboriginal law issues. His work included acting as one of the counsel to the Nisga’a Treaty negotiations, which concluded the first “modern” treaty in British Columbia. In 1998, he was appointed to head the Aboriginal Law Practice Group in the Legal Services Branch.

Robert has a passion for legal and justice issues and wide-ranging experience in legal policy and operations, and is a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on public law, aboriginal law, commercial law and related issues. He also has a long history of volunteer.

Jerome (Jerry) E. Larkin - Administrator, Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Committee

Speaker:  What Can We Expect from the United States?

Jerome (Jerry) E. Larkin is Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), responsible since his appointment to that position in March 2007, for administering the agency, which registers Illinois lawyers and investigates and prosecutes allegations of ethical violations. Mr. Larkin is a graduate of Niles College of Loyola University and the Loyola University School of Law. After he was licensed to practice law in 1978, he joined the ARDC as staff counsel. He investigated, litigated, and appealed countless attorney disciplinary cases. He later served as Senior Counsel, Chief Counsel, Assistant Administrator, and then Deputy Administrator from 1988 until his appointment as Administrator. Mr. Larkin is a past President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), the bar association of lawyer regulators. In 2003, he received the ARDC’s 25-year leadership and service award. In 2006, he won the NOBC President’s Award for lifetime achievement in the field of lawyer regulation. In 2009, Mr. Larkin was a recipient of an ABA CoLAP Meritorious Service Award. He was also given the Robert Bellarmine award for distinguished service to the Loyola Law Alumni Association in 1992. Mr. Larkin is the fourth Administrator of the ARDC.

Steve Mark - Director & Co-founder, Creative Consequences PL

Speaker:  In an Ever Expanding Universe of Legal Services, What is the Future of Legal Regulation?

Panelist:  ABS, Entity Regulation and Proactive Regulation Update

Steve Mark is a lawyer by profession, having initially studied in America, the country of his birth, and subsequently in Australia.  He practised law with a private firm for five years, specialising in criminal law before travelling to England where for three years he practised in criminal, immigration and human rights law.

He was President of the New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Board from 1988 to 1994.

Steve is Chairman of the Australian Section of the International Commission of Jurists.  The International Commission of Jurists, established in 1952 and based in Geneva, has consultative status with the United Nations.

Steve has lectured and consulted widely throughout Australia on human rights issues and sound management practices in both the public and private sectors including a three-year period as a lecturer in the Law Faculty at Macquarie University.  Steve was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Macquarie University in October 2000.

He was appointed as Legal Services Commissioner when the Office was established in July 1994.  The Office of the Legal Services Commissioner receives complaints against solicitors and barristers in New South Wales, and works to improve ethical behaviour of lawyers. He stepped down from that position in August 2013.

Steve is also a director of Midnight Basketball, which produces basketball competitions for “at risk” street kids.

Steve was appointed as a member of the Council of International House, The University of Sydney in January 2010. He was appointed Chair of the Council in 2013.

In January 2010, Steve Mark was appointed Registrar, Australasian Register of Security Professionals which has been established to set competencies and criteria for the registration of Security professionals in Australia and New Zealand.

In 2011, Steve Mark was appointed Technical Committee Member to the International Standards for Security Agencies Technical Committee.

In 2012, Steve Mark was appointed as a member of the University of New England, School of Law Advisory Board.

Steve was appointed as Adjunct Research Fellow in the School of Law, (Australian Agriculture and Law Centre) University of New England on 23 July 2012.

In August 2013 Steve was a co-founder of Creative Consequences Pty Ltd., an international consultancy with a focus on law, business and regulatory advisory services.

In 2014 Steve was appointed a Member of The Order of Australia for his contribution to law, legal regulation, indigenous people and the community.

Malcolm Mercer - Bencher, Law Society of Upper Canada

Speaker:  In an Ever Expanding Universe of Legal Services, What is the Future of Legal Regulation?

Malcolm Mercer is a bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Chair of its Professional Regulation Committee and co-chair of its ABS Working Group. Malcolm has served as the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee and as the Team Lead of the Ethics and Regulatory Committee for the CBA Futures Project. Malcolm is a member of the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, a Legal Ethics columnist for, General Counsel to McCarthy Tétrault LLP and a litigation partner with a commercial litigation practice. Malcolm was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1984.

Iain Miller - Partner & Head of Regulation, Bevan Brittan LLP

Panelist:  Lawyer Trust Accounts:  Is There a Better System?

Iain Miller is a Partner and Head of Regulation at Bevan Brittan LLP in London.  He has worked in the field of legal services regulation and ethics for over 20 years.  He acts for both the Solicitors Regulation Authority and the Bar Standards Board and advises across a range of issues from disciplinary proceedings and litigation through to policy and advice on rules and regulatory frameworks.  Iain is Joint General Editor of Cordery on Legal Services, the leading England and Wales textbook on legal services regulation.  He is also joint author of Butterworth’s Guide to the Legal Services Act 2007 and Alternative Business Structures.

Janet E. Minor - Treasurer, Law Society of Upper Canada

Janet-Minor-3K0A3295-425x350Treasurer Minor was elected by Convocation to lead The Law Society of Upper Canada as its 65th Treasurer in June 2014 and acclaimed to serve for a second term in June 2015.

She was first elected as a bencher of the Law Society in 2001 then re-elected in 2006 and 2011. She has served on a number of committees including chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee and the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee, as well as a member of the Access to Justice Committee and the Retention of Women and Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees working groups.

Treasurer Minor has worked in public law since 1977. Up until her election in 2014, she was general counsel in the Constitutional Law Branch of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General. A highly respected advocate, she has appeared before all levels of Court and has argued many significant cases on behalf of the Ontario government.

She is a founding director of the Association of Law Officers of the Crown (ALOC) and past director of The Advocates’ Society. She has also served on the boards of the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Ontario Justice Education Network.

Treasurer Minor received the Women’s Law Association President’s Award (2003), the Ontario Bar Association’s Tom Marshall Award (2010), the ALOC Carol Creighton Award for Contribution to Public Law (2013), and a Zenith Award celebrating leading women lawyers from Lexpert (2013).

She has an LLB from the University of Toronto and an LLM from Osgoode Hall Law School. She was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1975.

Lois Palmer - Indian Residential School Health Support Worker, Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association

Panelist:  Lawyers and the Canadian Experience with the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement – Lessons Learned

Lois Palmer is a Social Worker currently employed as an Indian Residential School (IRS) Health Support Worker with the Children of Shingwauk Alumni Association in Sault Ste Marie, Ontario.  She began working in the capacity of an IRS Health Support worker in 2006 with an organization in Winnipeg, Manitoba prior to joining the Children of Shingwauk Health Support team in 2009.  Previous to this, she worked with various Native Child Welfare agencies in Manitoba and Ontario for approximately fifteen years.

Lois obtained her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Manitoba in 2006.  She is currently a candidate for a Masters Degree with a Specialization in Indigenous Studies from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada.   Upon completion, and after the IRS Health Support Program sunsets, Lois’ plan is to open her own healing practice that embraces the therapeutic ways of knowing and being of the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island – known to most as Canada.

Lois is of Cree descent and is a band member of the Peguis First Nation in Manitoba.  She feels deeply privileged and humbled to be in a position to work with and for her own people.  Her nine years of experience working directly for and with Survivors of Indian Residential School has given her insight into the challenges and barriers they face while trying to navigate the Independent Assessment Process, which is part of the overall Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement.

Paul Philip - Chief Executive, Solicitors Regulation Authority

Speaker:  Competence Initiative:  Beyond CPD

Panelist:  ABS, Entity Regulation and Proactive Regulation Update

Paul took up his post as Chief Executive of the SRA on 1 February 2014. He was previously the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer of the General Medical Council (GMC), where he was responsible for leading all corporate work programmes, as well as delivering all the organisation’s core regulatory work.

Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer at the GMC, Paul led the GMC’s medical ethics and disciplinary functions, reforming fundamentally the way in which the organisation conducts its business in these areas.

Paul has previously held senior roles in both the Legal Services Commission and the NHS.

Ellyn S. Rosen - Deputy Director, American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility

Panelist:  Lawyer Trust Accounts:  Is There a Better System?

Speaker:  What Can We Expect from the United States?

Ellyn S. Rosen, Deputy Director of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility also serves as Regulation Counsel for the Association.  She advises the ABA Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, whose mission is to assist the judiciary and the bar in the development, coordination, and strengthening of disciplinary enforcement throughout the United States, including the assessment of the regulatory ramifications of global legal practice developments.   Ms. Rosen was Counsel to the ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20 (2009-2013), which reviewed and recommended changes to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and the U.S. system of lawyer regulation in response to the challenges that globalization and advances in technology present to clients, lawyers, law firms, and the public.  She advises the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services, which monitors the free trade agreement negotiations affecting legal services and provides input to the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  She liaises with the Conference of Chief Justices, National Organization of Bar Counsel, National Council of Lawyer Disciplinary Boards, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.  She speaks frequently at international, state and local bar programs regarding ethics and the regulation of the legal profession.

Prior to joining the Center in 1996, Ms. Rosen was a senior litigation counsel with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois.  She currently serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Governors of the Chicago Council of Lawyers, and was a member of the International Bar Association’s Professional Ethics Committee (2009-2010). She co-chaired the Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Professional Responsibility Committee (1997-1999), and served as an investigator and interviewer for the Illinois Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Evaluations (2000-2013).  The Alliance evaluates and rates candidates seeking judgeships in Illinois via appointment or election.  Ms. Rosen is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. In 1989, Ms. Rosen received her J.D. with honors from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.

Wallace E. “Gene” Shipp - Bar Counsel, District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel

Moderator:  What Can We Expect from the United States?

Wallace E. “Gene” Shipp, Jr.  Gene joined the District of Columbia Office of Bar Counsel in 1980 where he has served as an Assistant Bar Counsel for 3 years, Deputy Bar Counsel for 22 years and Bar Counsel since 2005.  A 1972 graduate of Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC, he engaged in private practice in the Washington area from 1973 – 1980, handling more than 80 civil and criminal jury trials and now has argued more than 80 cases before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.  He is a past President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel, a former member of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Responsibility for Client Protection and a current member of the American Bar Association’s Policy Implementation Committee.  Gene served as a liaison between the NOBC and the ABA 20/20 Commission.  In 1998, Gene was elected an ABA Fellow; and in 2002 Gene received the NOBC Presidential Award for lifetime achievement.  In 2008, Gene was named one of the 30 “Champions in the Law” by the Legal Times.  He has had the opportunity to speak to various international legal organizations, including a trip to Prague to address an eight-nation group on ethical/disciplinary issues.  He lectures frequently on ethics before DC Bar, ABA, local law schools and public service groups, and has been an adjunct professor at The David Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia, George Washington University Law School and Washington College of Law at American University.  Gene has made over 175 presentations on ethics and the disciplinary system as part of the Mandatory CLE Course to over 60,000 new members of the District of Columbia Bar.

William Slease - Chief Disciplinary Counsel, New Mexico Disciplinary Board

Panelist:  Burning Issues for Legal Regulation

William D. Slease is Chief Disciplinary Counsel for the New Mexico Supreme Court Disciplinary Board.  In addition to his duties as Chief Disciplinary Counsel, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where he has taught employment law, ethics and trial practice skills.  He also chairs the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico’s Lawyer’s Succession and Transition Committee and serves on the State Bar of New Mexico Professionalism Commission which is responsible for operating and administering the “Bridge the Gap: Transitioning Into the Profession Program” for new lawyers in New Mexico.  He is a member of and the 2014-15 Board Treasurer for the National Organization of Bar Counsel.  Prior to his appointment as Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Bill was in private practice with an emphasis in civil rights, employment and tort litigation.

Laurel S. Terry - Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law, Penn State’s Dickinson Law

Speaker:  In an Ever Expanding Universe of Legal Services, What is the Future of Legal Regulation?

Speaker:  What Can We Expect from the United States?

Laurel S. Terry is the Harvey A. Feldman Distinguished Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law at Penn State’s Dickinson Law, which is the older of Penn State’s two ABA-accredited law schools.  She is a three-time Fulbright grant recipient who writes and teaches about legal ethics and the international and interjurisdictional regulation of the legal profession.   Her recent research has focused on global regulatory initiatives, including structural reforms in Australia, Canada, and the UK; the application of the World Trade Organization’s GATS agreement to legal services; lawyer confidentiality and the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations; and trends in global lawyer regulation, including proactive regulation and the use of regulatory objectives.  She teaches Professional Responsibility, a seminar on international Cross-Border Legal Practice, and will soon teach two new courses called Practicing Law in a Global World: Contexts and Competencies.

Laurel is active in international, national, and state organizations that address lawyer regulation issues and her service has included participating on committees that address all three stages of lawyer regulation: admissions, conduct rules, and discipline.   She currently is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA)’s International Trade in Legal Services Working Group, the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services, the ABA Task Force on Gatekeeper Regulation and the Legal Profession, and the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s legal ethics committee.  She also serves on the board of the International Association of Legal Ethics and on the advisory board of LawWithoutWalls.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Order of the Coif, and the American Law Institute, Laurel is a former law clerk for the Hon. Alfred T. Goodwin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Before her academic career, she was a litigation associate at Stoel Rives in Portland, Oregon. She received a B.A. in Literature (English & Greek) from the University of California, San Diego and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law.

Don Thompson - Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Law Society of Alberta

Speaker:  Building a Regulator

A leader in local and national affairs involving the legal profession, Don Thompson joined the Law Society of Alberta in 1999 as the Deputy Executive Director, and was appointed Executive Director and CEO in 2001.  He leads over 130 employees in offices in Calgary and Edmonton. He has been involved in the regulation of the legal profession since 1983.

Don’s leadership skills have been exemplified through his work in continuously improving regulatory and business processes that meet local, provincial and national demands of customers, partners and key stakeholders in the legal profession. His passion for an accountable, responsive and proactive regulator has lead to many successful initiatives.

Don has also been a leader on the national stage through his involvement with the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, playing an instrumental role in developing the National Mobility Agreement, (which provides for temporary and permanent mobility among jurisdictions within Canada), the National Committee on Accreditation, Requirements for Canadian Law Degrees and the National Admissions Standards project. He has been an author, presenter and facilitator at national and international conferences and organizations.  His work has included professional education and competence, national and international lawyer mobility, and governance of the legal profession.

Don’s career spans more than 30 years of association management. Before joining the Law Society of Alberta, Don held a number of senior positions at the Law Society of British Columbia, most notably as Deputy Executive Director, where his talents were instrumental in implementing advanced technology aimed at providing a high service, fully integrated membership resource program, the first of its kind in Canada.

Don holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Law Society of British Columbia, the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Society of Association Executives.   He received his Queen’s Counsel in 2004.

Konstantinos Tomaras - Deputy Head, Professional Qualifications and Skills, Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Enrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission

Panelist:  ABS, Entity Regulation and Proactive Regulation Update

Konstantinos Tomaras currently works at the “Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs” of the European Commission, where he is Deputy Head of the Unit “Professional Qualifications and Skills”. Mr. Tomaras is actively involved with the modernisation of the EU regulatory regime of mutual recognition of professional qualifications. His areas of particular expertise include the free movement of legal professionals and the international aspects of EU policy on professional qualifications.

Prior to assuming his current post, Mr. Tomaras dealt with EU policy on company law and corporate governance focusing mainly on issues of remuneration in financial institutions. Mr. Tomaras also has extensive experience in the area of EU policy on financial markets infrastructures.

Mr. Tomaras chaired the “EU Legal Certainty Group”, which was an expert group set up to advise on legal issues relating to the integration of the EU securities post-trading environment. He was also the Head of the EU delegation to the international negotiations which led to the adoption of the 2009 Geneva Securities Convention.

Mr. Tomaras joined the Commission in 1997 following a career in private law practice where he worked for Clifford Chance from 1986 to 1993 and  Minoudis law firm from 1993 to 1997.

Mr. Tomaras holds a Law Degree from the University of Thessaloniki and a MA degree from the University of Brussels.  He is a member of the Athens Bar Association.

Margo Tung - Director of Compliance, Law Society of Hong Kong

Panelist:  Burning Issues for Legal Regulation

Margot is the Director of Compliance of the Law Society of Hong Kong.

She heads the Compliance Department which carries out the regulatory and registration functions of the Law Society of Hong Kong.

Margot has been working at the Law Society of Hong Kong for many years with the past 10 years as the Director of Compliance.   She was admitted as an attorney of Massachusetts, USA.

The Honourable Warren K. Winkler, O. Ont., Q.C.

Panelist:  Lawyers and the Canadian Experience with the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement — Lessons Learned

Winkler,Warren_K.The Honourable Warren K. Winkler, O.Ont., Q.C., B.A., LL.B, LL.M., LL.D. (Hon.) is recognized as one of Canada’s leading mediators, having mediated, both as a judge and as counsel, some of the country’s most significant and complex labour, corporate and class action disputes. Mr. Winkler has been a Mediator and Arbitrator at Arbitration Place since 2014, and has assisted a variety of public and private parties in the resolution of their disputes through arbitration and mediation.

Prior to becoming a full-time Alternative Dispute Resolution practitioner, Mr. Winkler served as Chief Justice of Ontario and President of the Court of Appeal from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. From 1993 to 2007, Mr. Winkler sat as a trial judge on the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, serving as Regional Senior Justice for the Toronto Region for several years. During his tenure on the bench, Mr. Winkler was also Vice Chair of the Canadian Judicial Council.

Mr. Winkler practiced as one of Canada’s most influential labour and class action lawyers, and was a founding partner of Winkler, Filion and Wakely, a prominent labour law firm with a national reputation.

As lawyer and judge, Mr. Winkler has helped resolve significant disputes, including: Air Canada’s restructuring; Ontario Hydro and Power Workers; the Windsor-Michigan Tunnel; CanWest/Shaw Cable restructuring; Algoma Steel restructuring; and the arbitration of the dispute between the University of Toronto and its faculty. He has decided and administered many major class action proceedings including those relating to: Bre-X; Hepatitis C; Breast Implants; Tobacco; Walkerton tainted water; Mad Cow Disease; and Native Residential Schools.

In 2012, Osgoode Hall Law School created the Winkler Institute for Dispute Resolution, at which Mr. Winkler serves as Honorary Chair and Distinguished Professor. He is also the Honorary Chair of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Law in the Contemporary Workplace at Queen’s University. Mr. Winkler holds honorary degrees from the Law Society of Upper Canada and nine Canadian universities. He is the recipient of: The International Academy of Mediators’ Lifetime Achievement Award; the Ontario Bar Association’s President’s Award and Award of Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution; the University of Toronto’s Bora Laskin Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Labour Law; the Award of Distinction from the Toronto Lawyers’ Association; and most recently the Order of Ontario.

Winkler has published and speaks frequently on a range of topics including class actions, access to justice, alternative dispute resolution, labour relations, judicial mediation and civil justice reform. He recently co-authored The Law of Class Actions in Canada with Justice Paul M. Perell, Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic, and Alison M. Warner.