Colin has been a certified specialist in civil litigation since 2000 and has experience in basically every facet of that field. These days he spends most of his time in ADR real estate and construction related litigation, commercial litigation, fraud litigation, employment litigation, class actions and international law.
In 2015 Colin launched his complementary practice as a mediator and arbitrator with a view to resolving disputes efficiently, expeditiously and economically.
Colin is currently 2nd Vice President of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA). He will be 1st Vice President in 2018-2019 and the President in 2019-2020. He is the former Chair of the Civil Litigation executive of the OBA. He is also a member of the ABA, the American Association for Justice, the Advocates Society, and has the Q.Arb. designation from the ADR Institute of Ontario.
Colin obtained his first law degree from Trinity College, Dublin in 1982 and his LL.M., primarily in the field of environmental law, from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983. Returning to Ireland in 1983, he taught law (numerous subjects) at University College, Cork (U.C.C.) until 1986. During that time, however, he returned to Osgoode Hall Law School as a visiting professor (teaching property and municipal law) for the fall semester in 1985. Colin moved permanently to Canada in 1986 where he practised administrative law with Goodman & Goodman for a year.
Upon his call to the Ontario Bar in 1988 he preferred to practise commercial litigation and joined Teplitsky, Colson, where he stayed for some 15 years, before starting his own litigation boutique-which is now called Stevenson Whelton MacDonald & Swan LLP (SWMS). SWMS now has 14 lawyers in four locations.