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After 36 years with Giffen Lawyers, Phil is retiring and stepping down as Managing Partner and will be Counsel to the firm starting January 1, 2023.


Phil joined the firm as an associate in 1987 and became a partner in 1991.  He invested over 36 years into building his practice and contributing to the growth of the firm and the local community.  He spent considerable time over the years involved with numerous local arts and minor sports organizations and played a key role in the creation of RIM Park and the Grey Silo golf course in Waterloo.  In addition, he devoted many years to leading the firm’s administration.  He oversaw the construction and planning for the firm’s relocation to new offices in Waterloo, accomplishing a seamless move in November of 2020. 


If you consider your career as a novel, Phil is grateful to have had so many wonderful chapters. Phil has had the privilege of practicing in many areas of law – from extensive personal injury and complex insurance litigation to family, corporate, commercial and criminal law.  Phil is thankful to have had the opportunity to represent many wonderful clients and to work with other legal professionals whose guidance, collegiality and humour made practicing law a rich and rewarding career.  Finally, Phil is grateful to his partners and team, both past and present, for their support, kindness and counsel along the way.  


As many of you already know, Phil has been providing services as a mediator for over 15 years. In this next chapter, he looks forward to focusing his time to his growing mediation and arbitration practice through his company, Peaceworks ADR.  Your choices for mediator are many.  Phil hopes you consider him as one of your choices for your mediation needs going forward.

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