Esteemed Waterloo lawyer to retire after 40-year career

Ross F. Earnshaw, president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and one of Ontario’s top litigators, will retire from Gowling WLG following a remarkable 40-year career, 33 of which were spent with the law firm.

Esteemed Waterloo lawyer to retire after 40-year career
Ross F. Earnshaw

Ross F. Earnshaw, current president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and one of Ontario’s top litigators, will retire from Gowling WLG following a remarkable 40-year career, 33 of which were spent with the law firm.

Earnshaw, who was called to the Ontario bar in 1979, is a renowned commercial litigator. Before becoming president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, he was a Law Society of Ontario bencher from 2012 to 2019. There, he participated in several committees and groups, chairing the real estate liaison group, as well as the Task Force on Compliance-Based Entity Regulation.

He is also an active member of the Waterloo community and a long-time trustee of the Waterloo Law Association, serving as president from 2003 to 2005.

Recently, Earnshaw completed a three-year term on the board of the Law Foundation of Ontario. He also serves on the board of LibraryCo, which oversees the Ontario county courthouse library system.

Outside of the legal profession, Earnshaw has devoted considerable time and energy to his local community, serving on a number of community boards and committees — including the Glen Morris Friends of the Library Committee, which he co-founded, The Cambridge Public Library board and the First United Church board.

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