Look for new faces on the bench starting Wed., April 16, on Ontario Courts of Justice across the province.
Chief Justice Annemarie E. Bonkalo made the appointments, which were announced recently and include:
Justice John F. Adamson
Justice Adamson was called to the bar in 1990 and has practised criminal law for 22 years. Justice Adamson has also handled legal aid, pro bono and mental health cases, and conducted trials in the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. He has participated as a committee member for the Durham Drug Treatment and Mental Health Court, the Durham Criminal Bar committee, and the local Ontario Court of Justice Bench and Bar committee. Justice Adamson will preside in Oshawa.
Justice Pamela Borghesan
Justice Borghesan has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney since 1993. Justice Borghesan conducted bail hearings, judicial pre-trials, jury and non-jury trials and summary conviction appeals in the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. She has been actively involved with the Wellington County mental health diversion program and acted as counsel to the coroner at a number of inquests. She has been a guest speaker at Connestoga College in Kitchener. Justice Borghesan is assigned to Kitchener.
Justice John Paul Condon
Justice Condon has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney since 2001. He has worked as a municipal prosecutor and defence counsel, and managed his own private practice. Justice Condon has been a member of the Prosecutors’ Association of Ontario, and a board member for L’Arche North Bay — an organization that creates homes and day programs for adults with intellectual disabilities. Justice Condon will preside in Sault Ste. Marie.
Justice Marquis Sefton Verity Felix
Justice Felix has held various positions at the Ministry of the Attorney General for the past 16 years, including most recently as Crown Attorney for Niagara North Region. In 2011-12, he led the Justice on Target strategy in Hamilton. Justice Felix has taught at Osgoode Hall law school. Justice Felix will preside in Oshawa.
Justice Richard Todd Knott
Justice Knott has worked as a partner at Howard Ryan Kelford Knott & Dixon since 1996, focusing on civil and criminal law. Justice Knott has also appeared before a broad range of administrative tribunals and has been the prosecutor for the Township of Rideau Lakes and the Town of Smiths Falls. He also conducted trials in Small Claims Court and the Superior Court of Justice. Justice Knott will preside in Brockville.
Justice Catherine Mathias McDonald
Justice McDonald has worked as an associate lawyer at Colvin & Newman and Dennis W. Fenton Law Office, where she practised family and criminal law. For the past nine years, she has managed her own private practice, and more recently has represented the Children’s Aid Society for the districts of Nipissing and Parry Sound in child protection proceedings. Justice Mathias McDonald has also worked for the Family Responsibility Office, been a panel member with the Office of the Children’s Lawyer, and a panel lawyer for Legal Aid Ontario. Justice Mathias McDonald is a band Member of the Temagami First Nation. Justice Mathias McDonald will preside in Parry Sound.
Justice Larry Bernard O’Brien
Justice O’Brien has practised criminal law and been a partner at Barr and O’Brien since 1995. Justice O’Brien has represented clients in courts across eastern Ontario and at the Ontario Review Board. Justice O’Brien has been a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Leeds and Grenville Law Association, and the Association in Defense of the Wrongfully Convicted. Justice O’Brien will preside in Kingston.
Justice Sarah Suzanne Trach
Justice Trach has worked at McAuley & Partners, focusing on family law and acting as managing partner for the past three years. Justice Trach has also practised general litigation, including Small Claims Court matters, employment, criminal and civil litigation in both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. She has been a member of the legal panel of the Office of the Children’s Lawyer and the Family Responsibility Office. Justice Trach has been a member of the board of the Ontario Association for Family Mediation, and Hoshizaki House, a shelter for abused women and their children. Justice Trach will preside in Kenora.
Justice Robert Wadden
For the past 20 years, Justice Wadden has worked as an Assistant Crown Attorney. He has extensive experience dealing with witnesses and victims of crime, and has specialized in issues related to mental health and criminal law. Earlier in his career, Justice Wadden worked as an associate at Fasken Campbell Godfrey, and taught at the University of Ottawa law school. Justice Wadden will preside in Ottawa.
Justice Matthew C. Webber
Justice Webber managed his own private practice and then worked as a partner at Pinkofsky Lockyer. For the past 10 years, he has worked as a senior partner at Webber Schroeder Goldstein Abergel, focusing on criminal law. Justice Webber represented clients in the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice, Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Justice Webber has been a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa. Justice Webber will preside in Ottawa.