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one-mile swim (42 to 44 minutes), a bike commute to the office, work until
6 p.m. (even on Fridays before long weekends and even in the face of
“found time” following adjournments) and a bike commute home. Much of
this routine often took place in the rain and was altered only by heavy snow
(in which case, insert “bus” for “bike” above).
The law was an inevitable path for Geoffrey. He graduated from the University
of Toronto in 1983 and found his way to what was then Davis & Company
as an articling student. He was Stephen Schachter’s first and only
articling student—you are free to speculate why—and was called to the bar
After a few years at Davis, Geoffrey decided, in 1989, to take a year off to
travel. He began that year in China. The time away focused his thinking on
the future, and he ended that year of travel by moving to NST where he
quickly became the firm’s fourth partner. From that point on, Geoffrey was
involved in almost every major case the firm tried and we think that opposing
counsel viewed him, although they were kind enough not to say it out
loud most of the time, as the genesis of the arguments that often prevailed.
Geoffrey remained a beloved partner at NST until his second desertion4 and
the sad day when he and a couple of the firm’s lawyers carefully schlepped
his grandfather’s desk 200 feet or so across Howe Street and into the courthouse
and his new chambers.
Geoffrey’s love of the law might make you think that it is the great love
of his life. It isn’t. Within the same 10 or 20 minutes at the end of every day
at NST, there would be a distinctive pinging sound on Geoffrey’s cell phone.
That ping was either Louise, his wife, or one of his two sons, Sasha and
Rupert. They were calling to confirm what time he would be (1) getting
changed into his bike gear for his commute home and (2) arriving home for
dinner. The ping was never left unanswered. Geoffrey describes Louise and
his sons as the lights of his life. It is obviously so.
Geoffrey met Louise at The Comicshop on 4th Avenue (they are both
nerds) and they were married at Cecil Green House at UBC. Louise is an
accomplished artist, whose work has adorned the walls of NST for many
Geoffrey and Louise sought to foster in their boys the same curiosity and
engagement with the world that they share as a couple. Sometimes it
worked (the family dinner table is the site of lively debate where participants
do not always play fair). And sometimes it did not. For example, when
the boys were young, Geoffrey and Louise decided they would each take
music lessons with one of the kids. Geoffrey began learning the violin with
Rupert, Louise the piano with Sasha. Twelve years later, Geoffrey is the only