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286 V O L . 7 5 P A R T 2 M A R C H 2 0 1 7 THE ADVOCATE In law school, Brian won several academic awards, including one offered by Russell & DuMoulin (as it was then known) that carried with it employment as a summer student between second and third year. On graduation, he articled with the same firm, and at the conclusion of his articles Brian joined the Silversides practice in Prince Rupert. Having been brought up in Port Alberni, Brian was not deterred by the prospect of Prince Rupert’s legendary annual rainfall. Too late he discovered that rain in Port Alberni falls down, but rain in Prince Rupert is driven sideways. In September 1989 Brian and his wife, Margaret, had had enough of eternally damp everything and came back to Vancouver Island to join the firm of Swift, Datoo, Doherty (as it then was), where he practised until his appointment, first as an associate and since 1992 as a partner. He and Margaret have raised two recent university graduates who also developed their parents’ love for the water and Vancouver Island. Brian’s practice over the years was based in litigation. At one time, Brian practised criminal law—from impaired driving cases to murder, and most things in between. His litigation prowess turned later to commercial litigation, family law and plaintiff’s side personal injury work. Brian is leaving behind a legacy of clients who know that, win or lose, no one is more hardworking or caring than Brian. Afflicted by a Dorian Grayish visage, Brian still looks pretty much the same age as when he joined Swift, Datoo, Doherty 27 years ago. That includes his trim figure and his distinctive (if not inspired) haircut. Despite his flaunted frugality, he is generous by nature, and allows himself two personal indulgences: first, his sailboat, the Bon Vivant (wind power, being free, makes it a particularly attractive refuge); second, he loves good (conservatively cut) clothes from Harry Rosen’s. His new job will no doubt provide him with more sailing time than he has had in the past, but donning judicial robes means his Italian suits will soon become delicacies for moths. Brian is an avid recreational runner and cyclist. Though he lacks an interest in cocktails, Brian likes good food. He loves cooking and taking advantage of the fresh produce of the Comox Valley. Brian thought about applying to join the bench for a number of years, but he was adamant that he would not consider any appointment that would mean leaving Vancouver Island. Good judicial appointments benefit all of us—the general public as well as the bar. With over 30 years of litigation practice, a change in Brian’s role in the legal process is going to keep him interested and vibrant. Brian is an excellent appointment. t t t t t


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