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Martin Ross, LL.B., LL.M.

Martin Ross, LL.B.My formative business experience, digging in construction site footings, began after I prematurely departed high school in the late spring of 1969. Over the next fifteen years I worked for a prominent Toronto residential/commercial/office property developer and made my way from labourer, to construction supervisor, construction manager, and then property manager. In the midst of this I also established and operated landscape/snow removal and renovation businesses.

In 1984 at the age of 34 I decided it was time for a career change and entered Osgoode Hall Law School. On graduation I joined Strathy, Archibald & Seagram a venerable banking and commercial law firm of about 50 lawyers. As Strathy, Archibald & Seagram morphed into Gowling Strathy & Henderson LLP and finally into Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP - an international law firm with over 700 lawyers - I moved from associate to partner eventually co-managing the firm's highly profitable mortgage enforcement department of 7 lawyers and 25 clerks.

In 2001 I made the decision to leave Gowlings in favour of the greater flexibility of managing my own practice and focusing on a variety of investments and private business interests. My initial intention was to restrict my legal practice to serving a few select clients as independent general counsel and strategic advisor. My business interests included an investment in a franchised retail chain, commercial and residential property management, a construction equipment vendor, and a business in the United Kingdom which fills and sells bottled water, water coolers, and for a short time, vodka. However, my legal practice grew to demand much of my time and attention and led me to form Ross Rumbell with one of my closest friends, Glenn Rumbell, who I met within a few days of starting classes at Osgoode Hall Law School. In addition to practicing law I continue to maintain private business interests including the business in the U.K., the equipment vendor and several angel investments in start-ups.

From September 2009 through June 2011 I attended Osgoode Hall Law School part time to earn a Masters of Law with a concentration in intellectual property. I am married (to a lawyer/R&B and jazz singer) and have 4 bright and accomplished children. Apart from business and law my interests include running, yoga and cycling.

I can be reached at:
Telephone: 416-800-1785
Fax: 416-907-3320