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Appealing on Credibility; The View from the Court of Appeal: Thoughts on Advocacy

Appealing on Credibility; The View from the Court of Appeal: Thoughts on Advocacy

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1 hour
Brian Gover
Ian Nordheimer
Dagmara Wozniak
Middlesex Law Association
1 hour
$119.00 plus tax
MLA's 2018 Straight from the Bench Conference

The Honourable Mr. Justice Ian Nordheimer, Brian Gover, and Dagmara Wozniak discuss the following topics:

  • Appealing on Credibility
  • Thoughts on Advocacy, the View from the Court of Appeal


Brian Gover

Brian practises commercial litigation, competition law, criminal and regulatory law, discipline proceedings, general civil litigation and administrative law. He has consistently been given an AV Preeminent® rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system. He acts on behalf of private clients, as well as for numerous regulators and administrative agencies and serves as Court Counsel for the purposes of the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, Canada’s largest and most complex class action settlement. Brian joined Stockwoods in 1994. Prior to that, he was counsel in the Crown Law Office - Criminal within the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney-General. As Crown counsel, Brian argued appeals before the Ontario Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada and conducted special prosecutions. Brian subsequently served as the Executive Legal Officer to Ontario’s Superior Court of Justice from 1991 to 1993. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Brian has frequently acted as counsel on federal and provincial Commissions of Inquiry. In that role, he has served as Commission counsel on the Walkerton Inquiry, Arar Inquiry and the Air India Inquiry. He was lead counsel for the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario at the Goudge Inquiry and represented the Commissioner of the Cornwall Public Inquiry. Brian speaks and writes on a broad variety of topics and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs. He has served as adjunct faculty at The University of Western Ontario (“Western”) law school and at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was a Trial Practice instructor and an Adjunct Professor, teaching administrative law. He is an alumnus of Western (B.A., 1978; LL.B., 1981) and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1983. Brian is currently President of The Advocates’ Society.

The Honourable Mr. Justice Ian Nordheimer

Prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeal, Justice Ian V.B. Nordheimer had an eighteen-year career as a judge of Toronto's Superior Court of Justice. During this time, Justice Nordheimer has written numerous decisions in civil and criminal law, grappling with issues at the heart of Canada's constitutional democracy, such as the open court principle, the rights of the accused, and the treatment of lawfully assembled protesters. He is recognized by his peers as an expert in multiple areas of law, including class actions, commercial law and criminal law. He also presided over a number of significant trials, including notable murder cases.

In addition to his prolific writing, Justice Nordheimer has held significant administrative positions on the Superior Court of Justice including as the Administrative Judge of the Divisional Court and as Leader of the Criminal Long Trial (Homicide) Team. He also served for many years as a member of the Civil Rules Committee. Furthermore, he is a frequent contributor to continuing legal education programs.

Born in Toronto, but raised in both Montreal and Calgary, Justice Nordheimer earned his honours commerce degree from Queen's University and then his law degree from the same institution. Justice Nordheimer went on to practise commercial litigation with Fraser & Beatty (now Dentons LLP) in Toronto until he was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in April 1999.

Dagmara Wozniak

Dagmara Wozniak was called to the bar in 2009. Her practice focuses on estate litigation and personal injury.  She is a native Londoner having moved to London in highschool, pursued her undergraduate and later her law school education at Western University.  She established her practice at Siskinds LLP, where she joined the partnership in 2019.  Dagmara also serves the Polish community with broader civil litigation services.

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