Harry LaForme, Canada’s first and only Indigenous judge on an appellate court, has joined Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP as senior counsel.
LaForme was a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal for 14 years and on the Superior Court of Ontario for 10 years before that. He was the first Indigenous person to serve as a judge of the Court of Appeal anywhere in the Commonwealth, according to a press release by OKT. He retired from the Ontario Court of Appeal last month.
“OKT for me was really the only option of where I was going to go,” LaForme told Legal Feeds. “If I wasn't going to practise law at OKT with that group of lawyers they have there, I was probably going to retire completely.
“I've known about the firm for a long time. As a lawyer who actually went to law school to do the work that OKT has done over the years, it just seemed like a natural fit…It just seemed like when I left the court ... I was going to complete the circle, I was going to finish my legal career the way I started it, and that just seemed to be very appealing to me.”