It is with mixed emotions that we announce the retirement of our good friend and much valued partner, Gord Conley from the practice of law. For the past ten years, Gord has been an invaluable, outstanding addition to Riopelle Group and a true inspiration for all of us. We are happy to continue offering you the same very best service Gord provided his clients for over thirty years.
Highly respected lawyer, mentor and friend, Gordon Conley, is taking a well-earned retirement from the practice of law. Gordon’s enviable reputation for the quality of his work and his unending compassion earned respect from not only his co-workers but also his clients.
Gord began his career in 1984 working with a local sole practitioner, then went out on his own in October 1985. In 1993, he joined the firm of Evans Bragagnolo & Sullivan LLP as a partner. Gord was the standing agent for the Federal Government pursuant to which he oversaw the prosecution of all federal offences in the Districts of Cochrane and Temiskaming and personally prosecuted many of the larger and more complicated matters. He joined the law firm of Riopelle Group in 2007.
Gord has had great success over the years in litigating both civil and criminal matters. In 1996 he was counsel of record in a very large and complicated personal injury claim, which resulted in a multimillion dollar jury award to his client.
In 1997-98 he prosecuted a major case under the Fisheries Act, which resulted in convictions and significant sentences against an engineering firm, a contractor and the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. A conviction against a department of the Federal Government was, certainly at that time, almost unheard of.
Gord has acted for small and large companies and businesses including a major contractor in successfully defending them with respect to charges under the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
Gord and wife Joanna believe they have a responsibility to take an active role in helping those in need and to make the community a better place to live and work. He has served as a trustee with the Timmins Board of Education, was a member of the board of directors with the Timmins Chamber of Commerce, sat as a member of the Spruce Hill Lodge Retirement Home board of directors and the Schumacher Revitalization Committee (a community project for the revitalization of part of the City of Timmins).
He proudly served as a volunteer firefighter for 19 years and has been involved with minor hockey as a coach, executive member and referee for more than 25 years. Gord was a member of the organizing committee of the 1999 Ontario Special Olympics Winter Games, held in Timmins.
He is currently the chairman of the Board of directors for the Canadian Mental health Association Cochrane – Temiskaming branch.
An avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and fishing, we want to remind Gord that a bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at the office. Good luck and best wishes, Gord.