Welcome to ILN-terviews, a series of profiles of ILN member firm attorneys, designed to give a unique insight into the lawyers who make up our Network. For our latest interview, we chose ILN member, Blair Bowen of our member firm, Fogler Rubinoff in Toronto!
In one sentence, how would you describe your practice?
Engaging, because no two clients, cases, issues, or days are ever the same .
Who would be your typical client?
An entrepreneurial, small to medium size business owner.
What would you like clients and potential clients to know about you?
I am completely dedicated to their cause and to achieving the best possible resolution to their commercial disputes.
What has been your most challenging case? Why?
A case where I acted as trial counsel for a start-up environmental services company, in which the company and its principals were being sued for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of confidence. It was literally a "bet the company" case. We were completely successful after a six week trial.
What has been your proudest moment as a lawyer?
Winning a pro bono case for a young woman who had been defrauded of her life savings by her lawyer and seeing her being compensated by the Ontario law society’s compensation fund.
What do you do when you’re not practicing law?
I spend time with my family. I golf, travel and cycle.
What would surprise people most about you?
I write fictional short stories.
What has been your most memorable ILN experience?
Meeting and forming friendships with lawyers at other ILN member firms, particularly the folks at Clark Wilson.
What career would you have chosen if you weren’t a lawyer?
Cell biologist (really).
If a movie were made of your life, who would you want to play you?
Denzel Washington (ha ha).
How would you like to be remembered?
As a person who tried to make a positive difference in the lives of the people around him.