Ontario Bar, 1991
University of Ottawa
University of Western Ontario
B.A. (History), 1980
University of Guelph
Hal's pride in O'Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP, its community leadership role and its excellent reputation is readily apparent. He's played a significant role in making the firm as successful as it is - and he knows that OMH will continue to be a positive force in the community.
Hal restricts his practice to municipal and employment law.
Long fascinated by the municipal political process, Hal's expertise at finding common ground and consensus has led to happy clients, many of them municipalities and other public authorities, returning time and time again. He's understandably proud of his designation as a Certified Specialist in Municipal Law (Local Government and Land Use Planning and Development).
Equally as rewarding, his well-developed employment law practice offers a different set of challenges. Hal, acting largely on behalf of employers, often appears before the Courts, Boards and Tribunals dealing with complex workplace issues.
Hal realized very early in his career that giving back to the community is extremely important. His legal expertise, combined with his earlier experience as a teacher, has made him a natural leader coming to the aid of various charitable organizations. He is one of the founding Board members of the newly created Community Foundation of Halton North and remains the volunteer Chairman of the Mayor’s Tournament for the Milton United Way, which has raised over two million dollars since it’s inception in 2001. He has chaired a fundraiser golf tournament for the United Way of Milton since 1995. Hal has also served on the Boards of various other charitable organizations and is a past winner of the United Way of Milton’s Volunteer of the Year Award.
It may seem that there is little time for relaxation with such a busy legal practice and intense community service, but Hal considers himself a true outdoor enthusiast. Hiking through the woods, floating around Georgian Bay in his kayak and camping with his family and friends are all enjoyable pastimes.