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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 19 has always been his family and nothing has ever intruded into that absolute and uncompromising devotion. Any discussion throughout the years has always come back to that: Clara’s horseback riding, Dirk’s baseball and gymnastics and Barb’s accomplishments. The kids have turned out okay. I predict Dirk will end up practising law like his parents, and Clara is well on her way to becoming a doctor. Along the way, Herman has indeed become a highly successful commercial litigator. He is equally at home in our trial courts, an arbitration panel or the Court of Appeal. He exhibits all of the characteristics of top counsel. He is incisive, articulate and unfailingly gracious. Peer reviews in Martindale Hubbell uniformly attest to these qualities. In addition to his very busy practice, from April 2012 to April 2015 he took on the daunting responsibility of serving as regional managing partner of his national law firm. He is a prodigious contributor to the education of our young lawyers through his contributions to PLTC, CLE and the Allan McEachern course in trial advocacy. His mentorship of young lawyers over the years is remarkable and has been an invaluable contribution to his firm and the profession. Of course Herman has served the public and the profession with dedication and distinction for the last many years as a bencher of the Law Society. Throughout his time at the Law Society he has chaired the Discipline Committee, the Governance Committee, the Ethics Committee and the Access to Legal Services Advisory Committee. He has volunteered thousands of hours of his time in aid of the public good in the context of the administration of justice. His dedication to family and profession has also translated to the community over the many years his family has lived in Delta, British Columbia. He has sat on the board of the Delta Gymnastics Society and one year co-chaired the Organization Committee of the Western Canada Pee Wee Baseball Championships. He has volunteered on many occasions with Operation Red Nose as a driver in his community and he currently sits on the board of directors of the United Way of the Lower Mainland. He is a prodigious reader and one of the few lawyers I know that actually has useful skills outside of the practice of law. I can attest to the fact that he is a true craftsman in his woodworking shop. He refurbishes antique pieces that he and Barb buy at auction and his home, and the homes of his friends, contain a wealth of his work product from dining room tables, armoires and coffee tables to bedroom suites. He also purports to have some cooking skills, although personally I have never seen any evidence of that, and frankly I find that claim somewhat dubious. In many ways Herman has travelled a long way from the 15-year-old working the logging roads of British Columbia. In some ways, he has not. It


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