ADR, Mediation

Gossin starts new chapter at Devry Smith Frank

By AdvocateDaily.com Staff

The latest chapter in the storied career of Toronto mediator Eric Gossin begins today when he joins Devry Smith Frank LLP.

After 23 years in operation, Stancer Gossin Rose LLP, the firm he co-founded, closed its doors on June 30. But for its former partners and staff, Gossin tells AdvocateDaily.com the event is better described as a new beginning than an ending.

“It’s an exciting time for all of us,” he says.

Gossin says Devry Smith Frank’s formidable dispute resolution group was a big draw for him as he continues to build the alternative dispute resolution (ADR) side of his practice, which has become his main focus in recent years.

“I’m in the process of transitioning to a full-time mediation and arbitration practice, and this was an opportunity to join a firm where we can enjoy the benefits of having experienced colleagues working in the same field,” he says. “It will also provide a level of resources that would not have been possible by remaining at a smaller firm.”

Still, the new firm may take some getting used to, Gossin says.

“I’ve never worked in a firm with more than five lawyers, so there might be a bit of culture shock,” he jokes.

Gossin co-founded Stancer Gossin Rose in 1996, almost two decades after his call to the bar in 1977, after becoming disillusioned with a litigation process he regarded as wasteful.

He trained with legendary mediator Alan Stitt and began accepting retainers to act as a mediator with Stancer Gossin Rose, which became well-known during its operation for its commitment to ADR.

Gossin mediates a wide variety of legal disputes, including real estate, estates, and corporate and commercial law. When working as a mediator in estate law, he draws upon his experience as a family law lawyer and mediator.

He is also the past chair of the ADR section of the Ontario Bar Association, a fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, and a member of the Dispute Resolution section of the American Bar Association.

Easing the transition for Gossin is the number of Stancer Gossin Rose colleagues who followed him to his new environs. Associate Ashley Doidge will continue her combined estate-planning and administration practice with Devry Smith Frank, while senior corporate clerk Karen Hunt, who has worked alongside Gossin for more than three decades, has also made the move. They will be joined by their estate clerk Alanna Gong-Waugh.

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