Clients are Doris's top priority
By AdvocateDaily.com Staff
Client service is the number one priority for Ottawa personal injury lawyer Joseph Doris.
Along with his years of legal training, Doris, associate with Howard Yegendorf & Associates LLP, tells AdvocateDaily.com it’s his softer skills that have the biggest impact on the people he helps through the often-challenging aftermath of a serious accident.
“I hope clients find me pretty personable, and I think they enjoy talking with me because I give them the space they need to tell their story,” he says. “I try to be as open and welcoming as I can, and I’m very sympathetic to their situations, which for many of the people we represent, are quite traumatic.”
Doris got an insight into what life might be like in the legal profession at a younger age than most, thanks to his mother’s job as an assistant to a criminal lawyer in his hometown of Peterborough, Ont.
“I was in and out of that law office all the time as I was growing up, and through high school, which gave me an opportunity to see what was going on behind the scenes,” he explains.
And Doris liked what he saw.
“It was a fit with my skills, and people were always telling me I should be a lawyer,” he adds.
After completing his undergraduate degree in public administration and political science at the University of Ottawa, where he graduated magna cum laude, Doris stayed on to attend the school’s faculty of law, where he took a broad approach to his legal education.
“I kept an open mind and took as many courses as I could to get a complete view of the law, rather than focusing on one particular area,” he explains.
Doris also landed a place on the university’s prestigious clerkship program, which allows a select few students each year to gain law school credits under the supervision of judges at the Ontario Court of Justice. As a judicial law clerk, Doris assisted judges with criminal, regulatory and appellate proceedings.
“It involved a large amount of research, but it was a great experience to work directly with judges,” says Doris, who was ultimately recognized on the dean’s honour list when he graduated cum laude from law school in 2017, before articling with Yegendorf.
Since his call to the bar in 2018, Doris has frequently appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, dealing with pre-trial conferences and arguing motions on behalf of clients in a variety of matters.
The majority of his cases arise out of motor vehicle accidents, but Doris has also gained first-hand experience and knowledge in tort litigation, statutory accident benefits, occupier’s liability, Canada Pension Plan disability benefits, product liability, OHIP appeals, and long-term disability claims.