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Peterborough Line: (705) 755-7363  - Facsimile: (705) 874-2692
Toronto Line: (416) 492-0989 - Toll Free: (877) 428-8000

PETERBOROUGH HEAD OFFICE LOCATION:

351 Charlotte Street, Suite 100,
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 7L7

E-MAIL: murray@miskinlaw.ca

BIRTH DATE:

May 8, 1955

PROFESSIONAL STATUS:

Barrister and Solicitor
Member of Ontario Bar since 1981

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LEGAL EMPLOYMENT

1985 to present: Self-employed, and since 1988, owner of Miskin Law private law practice based in Whitby and Peterborough, Ontario. Personal Injury including class actions and asbestos compensation, real estate, Wills and Estates and Alternative Dispute Resolution.

1982 to 1985 Aiken, Capp – Associate lawyer, Toronto, Ontario. Civil Litigation in areas of Insurance, Banking, Real Estate, Condominium, Construction, and Employment law.

1979 to 1982 Phelan, O’Brien, Shannon & Lawer, Toronto, Ontario. First as Articling Student and then lawyer in Civil Litigation working on Insurance, Commercial, Construction, and Condominium Litigation.

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION EXPERIENCE

Was principal arbitration instructor of the Arbitrators Institute of Ontario (and the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Ontario) since 1985, teaching the qualifying course in Arbitration through the University of Toronto for 10 years and then independent of the University. Continues to teach course with Certificate from ADR Institute of Ontario. Last course was October 2018. Next course will be October 2019. Has acted as counsel in numerous arbitrations and mediations and also regularly acts as counsel and adviser to arbitrators. Has arbitrated environmental issues. Has spoken and provided training to various groups and organizations about the Arbitration Act, Mediation and ADR processes. In arbitration practice has conducted a variety of commercial, construction and condominium arbitrations. Conducts international arbitrations. Trained and qualified in Mediation at Osgoode Hall Law School February 1998.  Advanced mediation training from Dr. Christopher Moore of Boulder Colorado in October 2003.  Toronto Roster Mediator from 1999 to July 2003.  Began Adr Works websites to encourage alternative dispute resolution starting in 1997. Has extensive experience as a mediator and also mediates injury and insurance claims, estate disputes and commercial disputes.  From 2013 to 2017 has been an Executive Member of the Canadian Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and worked with American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section as Program Chair for the ABA’s Annual Dispute Resolution Conference to held in Seattle in April 2015.

EDUCATION

1976 Graduated Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. Bachelor of Arts (B.A, with Majors in Politics, Economics and Philosophy).

1979 Graduated Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario. Juris Doctor (J.D.)

1981 Completed Law Society of Upper Canada Bar Admission Course and admitted as member of Ontario Bar.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1985 to 1990 Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission Course, Profession of Law (Ethics Course).

1985 to 1995 University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Instructor

1985 to present ADR Institute, Arbitration Trainer and Lecturer.

1990 to 1992 Queens University, Faculty of Law, volunteer lecturer in civil litigation and trial practice.

ACTIVITIES

2009-2016 Alumni Representative Member of Board of Governors of Trent University 2009-2012, served on Advancement Committee, Endowment Lands Committee and 2010-2011 as Board representative to the University Senate, Member of Alumni Council and Alumni Representative to Senate 2012-2013. Vice President of Alumni Association from 2013.

1998 to 2017 Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, Executive Member and Chair from 1999 to 2001 of the Insurance Law Section in Ontario and 2003-2004 Chair of the CBA National Insurance Law Section. 2005-2007 member of Canadian Bar Association’s Nominating Committee, Vice Chair of National Sections and Chair of the National Sections Council Budget Committee, 2007-2009 Chair of CBA National Sections Council and member of CBA Board of Directors and Finance Committee 2007-2009, Past Chair of National Sections and member of National Sections Executive and Chair of National Sections Nominating Committee (2009-2011).

1986 to present. American Association for Justice, Sustaining Member active in committees, conventions and original establishment  of  Ontario Trial Lawyers Association.

1995 to 1997 Durham Head Injury Association, Director

1990 to 1991 Whitby Historical Society, President.

1989 to 2000 Board of Directors, Arbitration and Mediation Institute (Ontario) Inc., Vice-president from 1993

1988 to 1990, 2002-2003 Canadian Mental Health Association (Durham Branch), Vice-President.

1983 to 1986 City of York Safety Council, Member, Vice Chair and Chair for final year.

1980 to 1981 First Student Representative, Bar Admission Course Advisory Committee of Law Society of Upper Canada.

1979 Class of ‘79 Alumni Representative, Osgoode Hall Law School 1977 to 1979 President, Osgoode Hall Legal and Literary Society (Student Council of Osgoode Hall Law School) 1978-79, 2nd Year Rep 1977-78, also was member of Faculty Council and Tenure Committee.

1976 to 1978 President, Ontario Federation of Students.

1974 to 1976 Member of Trent University Senate Executive and President of Trent Student Union

CURRENT MEMBERSHIPS

  • Association for Conflict Resolution

  • ADR Institute, Ontario and Canada

  • Advocates Society

  • Canadian Bar Association

  • Ontario Bar Association

  • Durham Region Law Association

  • Inter American Bar Association

  • Federation of Ontario Cottagers Associations

  • Peterborough County Law Association

  • Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society