Candidates for the Office of the Treasurer

Posted: 05/28/2020

Notice Treasurer CandidatesMay 14, 2020 was the closing date for benchers to put their names forward as candidates for Treasurer for the 2020-21 term.

Current Treasurer Malcolm M. Mercer ends his second term on June 26. At Convocation that day, the first order of business will be the election of a new Treasurer.

The Law Society of Ontario’s Treasurer is elected every year to lead the organization. If more than one candidate is nominated, a poll for the election is launched mid-June and closes when Convocation convenes later that month.

This year, benchers Teresa Donnelly and Philip H. Horgan have been nominated.


Teresa DonnellyLaw Society of Ontario Appointments:

  • Chair: Audit & Finance Committee, Human Rights Monitoring Group (Equity), Program Review Task Force
  • Vice-Chair: Government and Public Affairs Committee, Litigation Committee, Priority Planning Committee
  • Member: Compensation Committee

External Appointments: Audit and Finance Committee, Federation of Law Societies of Canada

Teresa Donnelly was elected as a Law Society Bencher in 2015 and 2019. She has been appointed as a Hearing and Appeal Adjudicator at the Law Society Tribunal.

Teresa articled at Dyer Brown in London. Following her call to the bar in 1991, she clerked for the Ontario Court (General Division) and then worked at Siskinds in London.  Since 1994, Teresa has been employed by the Ministry of the Attorney General. She was an Assistant Crown Attorney in the Region of Waterloo from 1994 until 2007. From 2007-2011, she was an Assistant Crown Attorney in the County of Huron. In 2011, she became the Crown Attorney in Huron County. In October 2015, she became the West Region Sexual Violence Crown with the Sexual Violence Advisory Group, Ministry of the Attorney General.


Philip HorganLaw Society of Ontario Appointments:

  • Vice-Chair: Inter-jurisdictional Mobility Committee, Professional Development & Competence Committee
  • Member: Audit & Finance Committee, Government and Public Affairs Committee, Litigation Committee, Priority Planning Committee, Program Review Task Force, Treasurer’s Appointments Advisory Group

External Appointments: Past president/current executive member of the Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild of Toronto and former executive with the Catholic Civil Rights League.

Phil was elected as a Law Society Bencher in 2019. He is a Hearing Adjudicator at the Law Society Tribunal. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988.

Phil’s extensive practice includes contractual and commercial disputes in construction, employment law, estates, real estate, family, and other areas. Phil has appeared at all levels of trial courts and administrative tribunals, including provincial appellate courts and in over 20 engagements at the Supreme Court of Canada on constitutional matters in the areas of education, religious and conscientious freedom.

Phil has been an active participant for 24 years in minor hockey as a coach, referee and executive member in various organizations.

In December 2012, Phil was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada in advocating for freedom of conscience and religion, services to the legal profession and development of public policy. Phil also serves as a member of the Senate of the University of St. Michael’s College (University of Toronto).

The core of Phil’s practice remains acting for individuals and businesses seeking high level representation to secure the best result.