Law school: Dalhousie University
Bar admission: 1990
Richard attended the University of Waterloo and obtained his law degree from Dalhousie University. He has practiced in the City of Hamilton since his call to the bar in 1990 and he joined McHugh Whitmore LLP in 2014.
Richard's areas of practice include Corporate and Commercial law, Real Estate Law, Condominium Law and Not-for-Profit and Charity Law. Prior to his deployment to Afghanistan, Richard was a Deputy Judge of the Hamilton Small Claims Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Richard is actively involved in the community including participating as a board member on various charities and not-for profit organizations such as Friends of H.M.C.S. HAIDA, ProAction Cops & Kids and is a past President of the Rotary Club of Stoney Creek and a past Chair of the Hamilton Branch of St. John Ambulance. Since 2005 Richard has been the pro bono legal counsel to City Kidz, a non-profit charity whose mission is to make a positive impact on at-risk children centralized in Canada's urban neighbourhoods.
A long-time member of the Canadian Forces, Richard was deployed as a Lieutenant Colonel on two occasions to Afghanistan. As a member of the International Security Assistance Force he acted as a mentor to senior Afghan Army officers at the Afghan Army Staff College in Kabul. As a member of the International Security Assistance Force, Combined Training Advisory Group - Police, he assisted in the training, coaching and mentoring of senior Afghan National Police officers in order to create a training system capable of supporting the development and sustainment of a professional Afghan National Police Force. His role included acting as the Advisor to the Deputy Commander of the Afghan National Police Training General Command and appointment as the Chief of Plans and Policy section of the Advisor Branch with the Combined Training Advisory Group – Police.
Richard's accomplishments have been recognized with the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem; the General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA with Bar; the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal; and the Canadian Forces Decoration with 3 clasps.
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Areas of practice
- Board and Tribunal Hearings
- Business Law
- Civil Court Actions
- Collaborative Family Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Condominium Law
- Construction Liens
- Employment Law
- Estate Litigation
- Estate Planning
- Land Development
- Personal Injury Claims
- Real Estate and Mortgages
- Retirement and Succession Planning
- Wills, Trusts and Powers of Attorney
- Wrongful Dismissal