Below are our regular columnists who provide insight on the latest debates, legal trends, practice management, careers, practice areas, and more, from across the country. 

  • Veteran criminal defence lawyer Bill Trudell brings the conversation around to issues of importance to the criminal bar and the legal profession as a whole.

    Column: Sidebars

    Fernando Garcia is VP Legal and General Counsel for Cargojet. His duties include providing strategic and legal advice on Canada-wide and international operations, labour relations and employment law and all general legal matters. He holds an MIR from the University of Toronto and LLB/BCL from McGill and recently completed an MBA at Wilfrid Laurier University. He specifically enjoys writing about current issues relating to the future of law and technology, diversity and inclusiveness, and providing career advice to recent calls, junior associates and inhouse counsel generally.

    He can be reached by email.

    Column: In-house Coach
  • Gary Goodwin takes a whimsical look at the serious, not so serious, and sometimes completely random issues facing the law profession today. He is in-house counsel for a conservation organization, and since he would like to keep it that way, all expressed opinions are strictly his own. He appears to collect degrees as a hobby and has a BSc from Victoria majoring in Marine Biology. In addition to his law degree and MBA, he recently completed his LLM from London England emphasizing natural resources and international economic regulation. Really. He can be followed on Twitter at @GaryWGoodwin

    Dean of law at the University of Calgary and former dean at Western’s law school, Ian Holloway focuses on the future of the legal profession in Canada from the vantage point of the legal academy.

    Column: Law School Futures
  • Jennifer Taylor is a lawyer at Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, NS. She received her LLB from Dalhousie University and her LLM from the University of Cambridge, and has clerked at the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Writing feminist articles is one of her favourite hobbies. She is on Twitter @jennlmtaylor.

    Jim Middlemiss blogs about the legal profession at WebNews and can be followed on Twitter @JimMiddlemiss.

    He can be reached by email.

  • Karen Busby likes to write about sex, politics and religion. She is a law professor and director of the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba as well as author of Manitoba Queen's Bench Rules.

    She can be reached by email.

    Column: Rights Matter

    Kate Simpson is national director of knowledge management at Bennett Jones LLP, and is responsible for developing the firm's KM strategy and initiatives. Opinions expressed are her own.

    She can be reached by email.

    Column: Legal Innovation Now
  • Kevin Cheung is an associate at Fleck Law. He is the CLE liaison for the sole, small firm and general practice section of the Ontario Bar Association. He will be tackling issues facing sole and small firms. He can be reached by email.

    Column: Soul & Small Practice

    Lisa R. Lifshitz is a partner in Torkin Manes’ Business Law Group, specializing in technology and privacy law, and is the leader of the firm’s Technology, Privacy and Data Management Group. She has been nationally and internationally recognized for her technology law expertise and enjoys writing and speaking on technology law issues. She is the immediate past president of the Canadian IT Law Association. The views presented here are the author's alone.

    She can be reached by email.
    Column: The IT Girl
  • Michael Spratt is a partner at the Ottawa criminal law firm Abergel Goldstein & Partners. He has served as a director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and as vice president of the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. He is an award-winning blogger co-host of the legal and political podcast The Docket. He frequently appears as an expert witness before the House of Commons and the Senate. Check him out at and on Twitter @mspratt.

    Neill May is a partner at Goodmans LLP in Toronto focusing on securities law, with an emphasis on M&A and corporate finance. The opinions expressed in his articles are those of the author alone.

    He can be reached by email.
    Column: Banking on Corporate
  • After studying law at Oxford University as a Manitoba Rhodes Scholar, Philip Slayton clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Then, for thirteen years, he pursued an academic career, teaching at McGill University and becoming dean of law at the University of Western Ontario. Philip then went into legal practice with a major Canadian law firm in Toronto, and worked on many of the biggest corporate and commercial transactions of the time. He retired from the practice of law in 2000. Since leaving legal practice, Philip Slayton has written two best-selling books: Lawyers Gone Bad: Money, Sex and Madness in Canada’s Legal Profession, and Mighty Judgment: How the Supreme Court of Canada Runs Your Life. His last book, How To Be Good: The Struggle Between Law and Ethics, was published in 2017.

    Richard G. Stock, M.A., FCIS, CMC is a partner with Catalyst Consulting. The firm has been advising corporate and government law departments across North America and abroad since 1996.
    Column: Performance in the Law Department
  • Immigration lawyer Ronald Poulton will attempt to steer the reader over the ever-changing landscape of immigration law and policy to ask the question: What's law got to do with it?

    He can be reached by email.

    Column: Border Crossings
  • Sara Tatelman is a J.D. candidate at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. She previously worked as a financial journalist, and holds a B.A. in Classics and English from McGill University. She can be found on Twitter at @sallytates.

    Column: Ab Initio

    Steve Szentesi is a competition and advertising lawyer based in Toronto. He is a former adjunct professor of competition law at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, author of a number of competition law publications and is lawyer-editor for Practical Law Canada Competition. He writes regularly with particular interest in competition policy and innovation and law.

    He can be reached by email.

    Column: Competing Interests
  • Ted Flett became a sole practitioner in the fall of 2018, practicing employment law, wills and estates and civil litigation. He went solo after his first year of practice at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP where he did civil litigation and advisory work for a telecommunications client. Ted graduated as valedictorian from the University of New Brunswick’s law school where he chaired OUTLaw. Prior to law, he worked in public relations and marketing in the public sector. His column, Solo So Soon, documents the observations of a junior sole practitioner. Ted can be reached by email [] or visit

    Column: Solo So Soon

    Tim Wilbur is a senior editor and licensed lawyer with more than 13 years of experience in the legal media. He is responsible for the editorial of Canadian Lawyer and

    Column: Editor's Desk
  • Tony Wilson is a franchising and IP lawyer at Boughton Law in Vancouver and an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University and Thompson Rivers University Law School. He is a regular business law columnist with The Globe and Mail and is an elected bencher of the Law Society of British Columbia. The views expressed in his columns are strictly his own and do not reflect the opinions of the Law Society of British Columbia, its members or any other organization.