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of his career he acted for almost every major law firm in Vancouver and for
scores of others in Vancouver and elsewhere in the province. He would
occasionally refer to himself as a true “lawyers’ lawyer”.
One of the most prolific authors that the legal profession in this province
has ever known, Gord contributed all or part of 30 chapters on costs and
what he termed “lawyers’ law” to CLEBC’s Annual Review of Law and Practice,
and 20 or so articles to the Advocate.2 He wrote large parts of CLEBC’s
practice manual, Practice Before the Registrar; he co-authored The Office of the
Sherriff, a book-length study paper for the Law Reform Commission of
British Columbia; he edited the Annotated British Columbia Legal Profession
Act for over 20 years; and he co-edited British Columbia Annual Practice for
over 30 years. He also contributed a number of case comments and book
reviews to scholarly legal journals and authored numerous papers for the
symposia and conferences at which he spoke.
In recognition of the high regard in which he was held for his many professional
achievements, he was honoured with his Queen’s Counsel
appointment3 in 2002.
It can be said that Gord really hit his stride after being elected a bencher
in that same year. For him, the work of a bencher quickly became a passion.
He served on or chaired over 22 committees, sub-committees and working
groups from 2002 to 2009. To each of these endeavours he brought his
expertise and experience as a practising lawyer, an incisive mind, vast
knowledge of the law and our legal system, personal integrity, a strong
work ethic, a firm commitment to the Law Society’s mandate to protect the
public interest, and, perhaps above all else, an extraordinary commitment
to the rule of law and the contribution made to that important concept by
the independence of the legal profession.
Those same qualities continued to serve him well when, on January 1,
2009, as the Law Society entered its 125th year, Gord assumed the mantle
as its 70th president. His preparation for that role can be said to have started
early in his life, with leadership positions throughout his student days in
high school in the 1960s and then again in the 1970s at university, including
his role as vice president of UBC’s Law Students Association. His commitment
to volunteerism within the legal profession began in 1979 with the
CBA, where he served as an elected member of its B.C. branch and national
councils. Over the course of his career, he held important leadership roles
in over five major legal organizations. He may have been the only person
ever to have been a member of the governing body of each of the CBABC,
CLEBC, B.C. Law Institute and Law Society of British Columbia.
Gord was a skilled, diligent and effective leader. Those who knew him
will know both that he held very strong views on many topics and that he