Richard was called to the Bar in 1993 and has extensive experience in a broad range of litigation cases including; contract, shareholders, real estate, condominium, employment, construction and other disputes. Richard has also developed considerable experience in government litigation including: suits against government agencies, coroner’s inquests, licencing, general administrative and constitutional law. In addition to extensive trial experience, Richard appears regularly in appeal courts and has acted on numerous landmark cases at the Supreme Court of Canada and Court of Appeal for Ontario. Richard graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School.
His wide-ranging experience has been recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada who, in September 2009, granted Richard the designation of Certified Specialist (Civil Litigation). Richard was recently appointed to act as a "Friend of the Court" to the Ontario Divisional Court, on an administrative law appeal.
Richard has acted in an adjudicative role for over 10 years as a Vice-Chair of a Provincial Appeal Tribunal and has acted as Independent Legal Counsel to various professional regulatory clients. Richard is also a frequent writer and presenter on legal issues. His clients include "Blue Chip" real estate developers and builders, publically traded, international and privately held corporations, public officials and others who challenge government action.
Richard is an active volunteer including with his local residents' association and as a Member of the Cross-Over Youth Project Advisory Committee. That Committee extensively examined the overlap between youth justice and family services in the Ontario Court of Justice and elsewhere. He is a skills instructor with the Toronto Advocate's Society and recently served on the Society's Task Force, responding to the Attorney General (Ontario)'s proposed amendments to the Civil Remedies Act.
Richard believes that experience is only part of the equation and that the most important part of his practice is his unflinching dedication to client service.