Peter Griffin Heads The Advocates' Society

Lenczner Slaght's managing partner becomes the 45th President of the premier Canadian organization dedicated to "promoting excellence in advocacy."

TORONTO, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - On June 6, during a black-tie evening at the Toronto Convention Centre, Peter Griffin was formally introduced as the new President of The Advocates' Society. He joins a long list respected Canadian lawyers who have held the prestigious post - including his Lenczner Slaght colleague (and fellow founding partner) Ronald Slaght, who served as President in 2000-2001.

Peter officially began his one-year executive term at the Society's annual End of Term Dinner. He was welcomed into the role, before an enthusiastic crowd of about 1,400 that included many prominent members of the Canadian legal community.

"It's an honour to lead such an organization that plays such an important role in advancing the practice of advocacy in Ontario and increasingly across Canada," Peter commented after the event. "The Advocates' Society is the premier organization for litigators in Ontario. All of our firm's lawyers are members and many actively teach in the Society's education programs. In taking on this role, I am gratified by the support of my Lenczner Slaght colleagues and look forward to contributing on behalf of the profession."

Founded in 1965 - under the inaugural presidency of legendary lawyer J.J. Robinette - The Advocates' Society promotes the importance of effective advocacy to clients, to the courts and to the pursuit of justice generally. The organization takes an active interest in all issues affecting Canadian litigators, focusing in particular on skills development and the sharing of information and ideas.

"One of the core strengths of the Society is its encouragement of education and mentoring," Peter Griffin explained. "For lawyers building their careers, our programs and events provide extraordinary opportunities to gain insights and training from leading litigators and members of the judiciary. I look forward to advancing the goals of the Society in the coming year."

About Peter Griffin

Peter Griffin is recognized by his peers as one of the top litigators in Canada, particularly in the areas of corporate commercial litigation, class actions, securities matters and insolvency, as well as professional and director/officer liability. He has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario and the common-law provinces, and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Peter has extensive experience in complex cross-border litigation, especially as it relates to both class proceedings and insolvency and restructuring. He regularly advises boards of directors and national and multinational corporations with respect to their obligations.  He is retained as counsel of choice on appeal. And he frequently represents clients in arbitration and acts as an arbitrator in commercial disputes.

Professional associations and other groups often invite Peter to speak on advocacy, shareholder disputes, class actions, professional liability and insolvency and restructuring topics. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he serves as Vice Chair of the organization's Ontario Committee. He is also active in the Sir William Campbell Foundation and the Commercial List Users' Committee. A graduate of the Queen's University Faculty of Law, he was called to the Ontario bar in 1980.

Lenczner Slaght is widely recognized as Canada's leading litigation practice. The firm has successfully represented clients' interests in complex, high-profile cases across the country. Lenczner Slaght's lawyers are distinguished by their depth of courtroom experience, appearing regularly at all levels of the federal and provincial courts and before professional and regulatory tribunals, as well as in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

The firm is also known for its wealth of talent: the firm's partners, ranked among the best of their peers nationally, lead a recruitment and mentoring program that attracts gifted litigators who are committed to upholding the highest professional standards. From commercial disputes, class actions and cross-border disputes to administrative law and professional regulation, Lenczner Slaght brings expert strategy and tactics - backed by rigorous research, skilled data management and solid administrative support - to demanding cases in all areas of litigation.

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