WINDSOR — Windsor civil litigator HarveyStrosberg was the victim of a vandalism attack at his residence, one of twowithin hours where swastikas were left directed at two prominent Windsor Jewish families.
senior partner with Sutts Strosberg LLP, with offices in Windsor
and Toronto and
a former law society treasurer, found a black swastika painted on the driveway
of his south Windsor home in early August. A few kilometres away, a swastika
was also painted on the sign of Tepperman's, a southwestern Ontario
furniture store owned by Windsor's
Tepperman family. Police haven't made any arrests.
immediately offered a $3,000 reward leading to the arrest and conviction of the
vandal, which was joined by an additional $2,000 offered by a friend of
Strosberg's anonymously, who Strosberg conceded was someone in the legal
the first such incident the lawyer, who is prominent both locally and
nationally, has experienced, and he described it as a "horribly shocking
said he was "gratified" by the support from people locally and across the
country: "Some I haven't heard from in years and some I don't even know."
lawyer immediately spoke out against the assailants, calling them "cowards" and
saying he wouldn't be intimidated.
not prepared to sit down and pretend that it didn't happen. I want to stand up
and say that it happened. I want to stand up and say that we can't permit this
is no legal connection between Strosberg and the Tepperman family. But, said
Noah Tepperman, a Tepperman's executive, "if you're somebody who is trying to
identify reasonably prominent Jewish families Harvey Strosberg and his children
are very successful at what they do, they're in the media a fair bit," and the
Tepperman family, through its advertising and involvement in charitable events,
have a significant profile.
of Strosberg's children, Jay Strosberg and Sharon Strosberg, also work at the
law firm and have practices encompassing commercial litigation and class
actions. A son-in law, David Robins, also practises at the firm. Strosberg's
daughter, Elaine Strosberg, is a Toronto-based Crown attorney.
we have deep ties to the legal community in Windsor and across the country," Strosberg
told Law Times.
Golish, a Windsor
criminal lawyer and president of the Essex Law Association, which represents
more than 450 area lawyers, said he couldn't recall a similar incident, saying
Strosberg and the Teppermans were "easy targets" for that kind of vandalism.
Jewish myself, so I can understand what his emotions may be over that
experience," Golish said.
Brith legal counsel Anita Bromberg said while attacks on Jewish institutions
are one thing, attacks against personal property makes "a much more threatening
statement, and I think that's disturbing."