Joe is a partner practicing Estate and Business Litigation.
Joe started his legal career as a generalist. He gained experience in the areas of corporate law, real estate, employment law, and wills and estates, before dedicating himself to the practice of civil litigation.
In recent years, Joe has devoted a majority of his practice to the areas of trust, estate, and capacity litigation. He often acts for clients who are beneficiaries, trustees, or fiduciaries appointed as power of attorney. In addition to representing individuals, he regularly counsels trust companies.
Joe has a proficiency for managing complex, high-stakes litigation. His recent trial experience includes acting as lead counsel in a 21-day trial with 17 witnesses and more than 200 exhibits. The trial was conducted during the COVID -19 pandemic, making Joe one of the first lawyers in Ontario to conduct a "virtual" trial. He has conducted a number of other trials, including a 56-day jury trial, and he has also appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario on multiple occasions.
Joe is a graduate (with Distinction) and former faculty member of the Ivey School of Business at Western University, which is also where he obtained his law degree. He enjoys mentoring the firm's younger lawyers and also volunteers as an examining lawyer during the annual capstone event held by the University of Toronto's Master in Forensic Accounting program.
Areas of Expertise
- Will Challenges
- Executor/Trustee Negligence
- Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims
- Power of Attorney Disputes
- Applications to Pass Accounts
- Guardianship Applications
- Shareholder / Partnership Disputes
- Real Estate Litigation
- Breach of Contract Claims
- Employment Law