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

    Harpreet is Pethealth Inc.'s General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Privacy Officer and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and the Governance Professionals of Canada. She advises in all areas of corporate compliance and oversees the legal affairs of the corporation, including litigation, general contracts, employment, mergers and acquisitions and patent and trademark matters. She also manages governance and regulatory compliance for the corporation and is responsible for all in-house ethics programs, government affairs and public policy activities on domestic and international affairs, and oversees legal operations in North America and Europe.

    Column: Practising In-house
  • 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

    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.

    Naveen Mehta is general counsel to UFCW Canada, a member of Legal Leaders for Diversity and Inclusiveness and board member of the International Commission of Jurists and Canadian Centre for Ethics and Corporate Policy. He is a sought-after diversity and inclusion strategist, facilitator and speaker with CulturWorks | Growth Strategies. He can be reached at and @naveenpmehta.

    Column: Diversity Coach
  • 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, published in hard cover by Viking Canada in 2007, in paperback by Penguin Canada in 2008, and as an ebook in 2010; and Mighty Judgment: How the Supreme Court of Canada Runs Your Life, published in hard cover and as an ebook in 2011 by Allen Lane and as a paperback by Penguin Canada in 2012. In 2014 he independently published Bay Street: A Novel, a legal thriller. The Toronto Star described Bay Street as “expert and engaging… exciting and hilarious… a first rate crime novel…” Mayors Gone Bad was published in hard cover and as an ebook by Viking in May of 2015. How To Be Good: The Struggle Between Law and Ethics (with Patricia Chisholm), a collection of essays first published in Canadian Lawyer magazine, was published in 2017. The Future of Tennis (with Peter Figura) will be published in August 2018 by Skyhorse Publications of New York. Philip is now working on a book about freedom in Canada, to be published by the University of Regina Press in 2019.

    Philip divides his time between Toronto and Nova Scotia. He is married to the writer Cynthia Wine. He has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow; President of the Canadian Rhodes Scholars Foundation; Co-Chairman of the Canadian Campaign for Oxford; a Governor of Sheridan College; and president of PEN Canada. In 1998, Oxford University named him a “Distinguished Friend” of the university. Philip and Cynthia were founders (in 2002) of the Port Medway Readers Festival, a highly successful summer literary festival on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, and founders (in 2017) of the Seely Hall Society, dedicated to promoting interest in the local history of Port Medway and the surrounding area and helping restore, protect, and use as a local resource, the historic Port Medway building known as Seely Hall.

  • 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
  • Simone Hughes has been strategically leading marketing, business development and PR functions for law firms, an HR consultancy and banks for more than 15 years in regional, national and global spaces. She is CMO and sits 'at the management and strategy' table for Field Law. She leads profitable and people-sensitive change in firms by blending her business, academic and volunteer background into achievable and profitable programs.

    She can be reached by email.

    Column: Make it Count

    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
  • Tim Wilbur is a senior editor and licensed lawyer with more than 12 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.

    Column: Letter from Law Law Land