Ed chairs Lawrences’ Litigation Group, having practised as a litigator since his call to the Bar in 1983. Due to the breadth and depth of his litigation experience and involvement as lead counsel on numerous significant cases, Ed has been certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation since 1998. He is also a graduate of the Harvard Mediation Program.
For the first 16 years of his legal career, Ed practiced in a Bay Street law firm, joining Lawrences in 1999. His areas of practice include corporate and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, expropriations, partnership and shareholder disputes, estates litigation, and assessment of costs. He represents corporations, law firms, and individuals in a wide range of legal disputes, at all levels of court, and has been successful counsel on numerous appeals to the Ontario Court of Appeal. To date, he has been counsel on approximately 90 reported cases. Ed has represented over 50 law firms, ranging from sole practitioners to some of the largest national law firms. He has also acquired significant experience in mediations and arbitrations.
Ed is a prolific writer on legal topics and published in 2016 the second edition of Enforcing Judgments and Orders, a standard legal textbook.
Through his legal work, teaching, and speaking engagements, Ed has acquired a high profile in the legal community. Ed is currently serving from August, 2015 to August, 2016 as the elected President of the Ontario Bar Association, representing 17,000 lawyers, law students, professors and judges in Ontario. Ed is also ranked in the Canadian Lexpert Directory for 2015 as a leading litigator.