Bernard Morrow, principal of Morrow Mediation in Toronto, offers mediation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution services.
Mr. Morrow graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1982 and a Bachelor of Laws in 1985, both from the University of Western Ontario. He earned his Master of Laws from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1988 in the areas of labour, employment law and human rights. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1988.
Originally practising as a litigator, Mr. Morrow went on to train in mediation and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) consulting both in Canada and the U.S. In 2013, Mr. Morrow was awarded the Chartered Mediator designation by the ADR Institute of Canada.
Since 1994, Mr. Morrow has offered mediation and arbitration services, focusing on commercial breach of contract cases, human rights, property insurance appraisal disputes, partnership dissolutions, construction disputes, personal injury cases, and employment and labour disputes including wrongful dismissals.
He has developed systems for both public and private organizations and programs to handle matters involving family business succession, corporate and partnership divorces, resident reintegration processes in group homes, and roll-out of mediation processes for public sector agencies.
In addition to his ADR practice, Mr. Morrow was appointed the Complaints Resolution Commissioner for the Law Society of Ontario for a two-year term in 2014. He was re-appointed for a second term in 2016. The Commissioner performs an ombuds role, independently reviewing complaints against lawyers and paralegals. Having completed his time as Commissioner, Mr. Morrow now offers coaching and training to lawyers and paralegals who have an interest in avoiding professional conduct complaints.
He has been legal counsel and senior facilitator with Ontario's Dispute Resolution Office where he developed and delivered ADR-focused training programs, facilitated workplace interventions, and designed consulting projects involving public and private sectors.
Mr. Morrow has developed training programs, including an advanced negotiation course for the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and a certificate program in ADR for the Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.
Mr. Morrow served as Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s ADR Section Executive and is a member of the ADR Institute of Ontario, the Human Resources Professionals Association and the Forum of Canadian Ombudsman.