Educated at the University of Western Ontario and Cambridge University in England, Phil has developed a reputation as a tireless litigator specializing in family law and with a concentration in estate civil litigation.
Certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in family law, Phil’s skills as an advocate are unsurpassed, particularly in cases involving child support, spousal support and property division. He is also frequently involved in the resolution of matrimonial issues through negotiation and the drafting of separation agreements, marriage contracts and other domestic agreements.
As well as being a skilled advocate on behalf of his clients, Phil has remained active within the profession and community since being called to the Ontario bar in 1982. He has been a member of both the County of Carleton Law Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has taught litigation, advocacy, negotiation and other legal-practice skills as part of the Bar Admission Course, was a contributing editor of Watson & McGowan Ontario Civil Law Practice for six years and has been an occasional instructor at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law. He has published several papers in the areas of civil litigation, family law and environmental law. He has done volunteer work with the Northern Youth Abroad Program and with Trinity United Church.
Little-known fact: Phil led the Cambridge University hockey team in points and penalty minutes in the 1984–1985 season.
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