2011 Law Society Recipient,Roderic Graham Ferguson, Q.C., Midland
Called to the Ontario Bar in 1970
The team of Ontario personal injury lawyers at Ferguson Barristers LLP in Midland, Ontario wishes to congratulate senior partner, Rod Ferguson on being awarded the 2011 Law Society Medal. In a presentation ceremony held May 25, 2011, this account of Rod’s accomplishments was shared with attendees.
As a passionate pro bono and personal injury lawyer, Roderic Ferguson is esteemed among his colleagues for his generosity, collegiality, and commitment to excellence. He is credited with making justice available throughout rural Ontario for more than 35 years. Mr. Ferguson is senior partner at Ferguson Barristers LLP.
He is known for his willingness to travel to small communities to meet with clients and has also dedicated countless hours to community groups in the Midland, Ontario area. Described by some of his peers as a “true champion of the underdog,” Mr.Ferguson helped to found and continues to actively support the Canadian Paraplegic Association Pro-Bono Clinic.
Over the years he has pursued his interest in legal education through numerous contributions to continuing legal education programmes and publications and his pursuit of his LL.M. in Alternative Dispute Resolution, which he received from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002.
A former Law Society bencher (1987-1991), Mr.Ferguson chaired several committees and represented the interests and concerns of lawyers from smaller communities while in this role. He became a Certified Specialist in civil litigation in 1989 and was recognized for his contribution to public service in him community with the Law Society of Upper Canada Bicentennial Award of Merit (1997).
He was named one of Canada’s best Personal Injury Lawyers by the Financial Post (2007) and Martindale-Hubbel has granted him the highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards. He has been a member of the Ontario Bar Association Council for over 30 years and has served as the OBA’s Secretary and Chair of Professional Development. Mr. Ferguson has been a member of the Advocates’ Society since 1973, acting as a director from 1976 to 1979. He also served as a Superior Court deputy judge for 30 years (1976-2006).
Mr. Ferguson holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School (1968) where he graduated first in his class.