Distinguished family law scholar and former bencher, Philip M. Epstein, receives honorary LLD from Law Society of Ontario

Posted: 06/26/2020

Philip Epstein receives LLD (June 24, 2020)

Philip Epstein receives LLD (June 24, 2020)

At Convocation on Friday, June 26, Treasurer Malcolm Mercer announced that he had presented a degree of Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD), to Philip M. Epstein, OOnt., Q.C., on behalf of the Law Society of Ontario.

­One of Canada’s leading family law lawyers, Epstein has appeared as counsel before all levels of court including the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. Many of his reported decisions have had a significant impact on the advancement of family law in Canada.

As a lecturer at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School, Epstein generously shared his expertise with the next generation of lawyers, as well as with legal associations. He served as head of the Family Law Section of the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course and is a former chair of the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association.

Epstein is renowned for his leadership and progressive child-centred approach to mediating and arbitrating family law disputes. He was recently appointed as a member of the Order of Ontario and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He received the Family Law Excellence Award from the Family Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association in 1998 and the Law Society Medal in 1999.

Epstein was called to the Bar in 1970 and is the founding partner of Epstein Cole LLP. He also lectures and teaches in continuing education programs across Canada.

Epstein served as a bencher of the Law Society from 1985 to 1999.