30 Years A Lawyer

"If you ask any lawyer at The Ross Firm "who's the best lawyer in the shop," the answer is Heather Joy Ross."

The Ross Firm doffs its collective cap to the firm's General Counsel, Heather Ross, who has been practicing law for 30 years. Congratulations Heather. Quite a milestone.

Over those 30 years Heather represented men, women and children in all courts, including criminal court. Her hallmark as a practicing lawyer has been a combination of ultra-preparedness, a prodigious memory, and the ability to articulate her client's position or wither an opponent on cross examination.

As a trailblazer for women entering the profession, Heather founded The Southwest Region Women's Law Association in 1993 and served as its President from 1993 to 2003.

Some of Heather's other pursuits have included teaching law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Ontario, as well as mentoring students-at-law and young lawyers.

What else Heather? How about ...President of the Huron Law Association; Part-time Crown Attorney; Counsel to The Women's Shelter and Counselling Services of Huron; Provincial Council Member, Canadian Bar Association; and Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a position she was elected to in 1995. She is currently a Life Bencher.

If all of that wasn't enough (and that's not the half of it), Heather is currently a Superior Court of Justice Small Claims Court Judge and an Adjudicator, hearing lawyer and paralegal disciplinary proceedings at the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Asked what her favorite role has been over the past 30 years, Heather is quick to answer.

Hands down? Being a grandmother.