• Welcome to The Hamilton Law Association

    Learn about all of our upcoming events and CPD programs through our Education and Events page. 

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  • 34th Annual Joint Insurance Seminar

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Live Streamed

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  • Corporate Commercial Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 8th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    Available Live Streamed

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  • Family Law Seminar

    Thursday, October 29th, 2020
    1:00 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Available Remotely

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  • Emerging Issues in Real Estate Seminar

    Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
    9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Employment Law Seminar

    Thursday, November 12th, 2020
    2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Live Zoom Webinar

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  • Hamilton Law Association Operations re. COVID-19 and Related Notices to the Profession

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History of The Hamilton Law Association 

For a full history of The Hamilton Law Association, please click OUR HISTORY.

The Hamilton Law Association is one of the oldest county and district law associations in the Province. It was created by the hard work and inspiration of Britton Bath Osler with the purpose to support a law library in the Court House, the general interests of the profession, and the good feeling and harmony of its members...

Osler presided at the first meeting of the Association on January 22, 1879 which elected Emilius Irving as President. Members were to pay a fee of $5.00 ( which continued for half a century) and a membership of 60 was established. The members gave books from their personal and modest libraries to create the library in the space allowed by the Municipal Council in the Court House. By the end of the year, the Hamilton Law Association was incorporated and seeking a grant of $432 from the Law Society to assist in building and maintaining a law library.

In addition to private practice, B. B. Osler was a Crown Attorney. He joined his brother Featherstone Osler in Toronto and continued as Counsel in the courts of this Province until the turn of the century. His brother became a Chief Justice and was knighted. Another brother was prominent in finance. A third brother, Sir William Osler, became the idol of the medical profession internationally.

AEmilius Irving became Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1893 at the age of seventy. He served as Treasurer for twenty years, the longest-serving treasurer in Law Society history. He became Sir AEmilius Irving, Knight Bachelor, during the reign of King Edward VII in 1906.

Source: The Hamilton Law Association would like to acknowledge the kind efforts and assistance provided by Mr. John D. Ayre, Crown Attorney.


Distinguished Members

  • Britton Bath Osler

  • Edward John Orzel

  • Francis "Gibby" Malloch Gibson

  • Francis Edwin Kilvert

  • Geoffrey Lynch-Staunton

  • Henry Duncan Graham Crerar

  • Jean Morris Cairns

  • John Douglas Bowlby

  • John Louis Agro

  • John Muir

  • Lincoln MacCauley Alexander

  • Nick Borkovich, The Honourable

  • Peter Issacs, Mr. Justice

  • Robert Russell Gage

  • Roy Warren Biggar

  • Sydney Chilton Mewburn

  • Theresa Frances Cherrier

  • Thomas Baker McQuesten

  • Thomas Henry Stinson

  • Thomas Robertson

  • William Alexander Hamilton Duff

Past Presidents

  • AEmilius Irving

  • Anthony Michael Pepe

  • Charles William Bell

  • Charles William Reid Bowlby

  • David Goldberg

  • Edward Martin

  • Grant Howell

  • Stephen Franklin Lazier

  • Thomas C. Haslett

In Memoriam

History of Hamilton Firms


Interviews with Esteemed Members

1. The Honourable Mr. Justice Michael Emery READ HERE | By Lou Frapporti
2. Michael Lamont
READ HERE | By Lou Frapporti
3. The Honourable Mr. Justice John Takach
READ HERE | By Lou Frapporti
4. Steven Howarth READ HERE  | By Peter Boushy
5. David Thompson READ HERE | By John Loukidelis
6. Nicholas Richter READ HERE | By John Loukidelis
7. Hussein Hamdani READ MORE | By John Loukidelis 

Contribute to the History Committee
 Do you have biographical information, photos, archived materials or anecdotes about past and current Hamilton Law Association members? 

Why not contribute to the Hamilton Law Association History Committee?
 If you have any digital copies of photographs, newspaper clippings, videos, or any other material which you would like to contribute to our digital archive and webpage, please email them to history@hamiltonlaw.on.ca

View our Donation Policy HERE.

Please contact John Loukidelis john@jltax.ca or Marica Piedigrossi at 
for more information.