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Lawyer disbarred for writing fake orders

Yamri Taddese - Monday, April 13, 2015

The Law Society Tribunal disbarred a Mississauga, Ont., lawyer last week after he admitted to fabricating numerous court orders, endorsements, e-mails, and notices.
A thick booklet containing the fake documents showed lawyer Brian Nicholson wrote elaborate endorsements, sometimes with addenda, signed under the names of actual judges in Ontario. He then forwarded the endorsements to his client.

In one of two matters, Nicholson impersonated a judge and wrote an order for the payment of a $3-million fine in favour of his plaintiff client for breaches of an injunction the court had never actually ordered. Nicholson never sought to enter or enforce the order. He also ...

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Inside Story

Monday, April 13, 2015

Former Federal Court justice Judith Snider has joined mediation and arbitration service provider JAMS.

Snider will join JAMS’ Toronto resolution centre as an arbitrator and mediator in matters including administrative, environmental, intellectual property, business and commercial, and energy and utility matters.

Before joining the bench, Snider was general counsel and vice chairwoman of the National Energy Board based in Calgary. She was also a partner at Code Hunter, a boutique litigation firm in Alberta. “Justice Snider is passionate about resolving cases and committed to understanding the parties’ issues,” said Chris Poole, president and chief executive officer of JAMS.

“Her experience on the bench and working with parties to reach resolution makes her a terrific addition to our panel in Canada.”

Snider said that as both a judge and a lawyer, she has learned how “essential” alternative dispute resolution is.
“I look forward to continue doing this important work and joining the talented team in Toronto,”...

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