Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP is pleased to congratulate our partner Peter Wardle on his election as Treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario.

This accomplishment is well-deserved considering Peter’s active, long-term involvement with the Law Society of Ontario: he sat as a bencher between 2011 and 2019 and was re-elected in 2023. He is co-chair of the Governance Review Task Force and vice-chair of the Professional Development and Competence Committee. He has served as co-chair of the Mentoring Task Force and Audit and Finance Committee as well as chair of the Compensation Fund, and Professional Development and Competence Committees. He is the current vice-chair of the Appeal Division of the Law Society Tribunal and serves as a hearing and appeal adjudicator.

“I am grateful for this opportunity, and I thank my fellow benchers for bestowing it upon me. I look forward to leading the Law Society benchers, and the lawyers and paralegals of Ontario, in a respectful and productive manner,” said Mr. Wardle. “I extend thanks to my colleague and friend Jacqueline Horvat for her work over the years as a bencher and as Treasurer. I wish her well in her future endeavours. I also wish to thank and congratulate my colleague, Sidney Troister and I look forward to our continued work together on matters vital to serving the public and the profession.”

Peter has built his reputation as a recognized and trusted advocate over more than 38 years representing parties in commercial disputes involving contract interpretation, shareholder and partnership obligations, securities, directors’ and officers’ liability, professional negligence, construction, estates, and real estate. He is listed by numerous agencies, including Chambers Global, Benchmark Canada, Best Lawyers Canada®, Lexpert®, and others. Peter is also a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Peter is frequently consulted by board members and shareholders regarding both public and private company disputes. He regularly represents some of Canada’s largest law firms. He has acted as counsel and arbitrator in arbitrations involving commercial issues. Peter has acted for interested parties in a public inquiries. He has appeared before a wide variety of regulatory tribunals, and has acted as prosecutor for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Peter is a certified mediator and regularly acts as a mediator in commercial disputes. He received his law degree from Queen’s University in 1984 and was called to the Ontario bar in 1986.