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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
$99.00 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 leads a busy civil litigation practice with a particular focus on Estate Litigation and Personal Injury. Since being called to the bar in 2009, she has appeared in all levels of the court in Ontario. She offers legal services in Polish and English.

In the estate litigation field, she has successfully represented clients in a wide array of disputes, including proprietary and contractual claims against or on behalf of estates, disputes concerning the validity and interpretation of wills, capacity litigation, claims concerning the administration of estates, breach of trust claims against trustees and fiduciaries (acting under a Power of Attorney), spousal and dependants’ claims, contested passing of accounts and contested Guardianship applications.

As a personal injury lawyer, Dagmara assists injured individuals and their families in all aspects of their injury claim. She brings expertise and compassion to each claim.

Dagmara is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law. As a native Londoner, Dagmara has strong ties to the London community and is active in a number of local organization and community groups. She is the former Chair of the Alzheimer Society of London and Middlesex, past President of the Middlesex Law Association, and an active participant and contributor to charitable events. She regularly speaks and writes on issues related Estate Litigation.

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