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Mark Wright sets a new course

January 07, 2022

So long, but not goodbye, to Mark Wright

Photo of Mark WrightAs many in the labour bar and trade union movement may already know, our longtime friend and colleague, Mark Wright, has left the firm to become an arbitrator.

Mark joined GP as a summer student way back in 1988.  He articled with the firm the following year and, after a brief sojourn at another firm, returned to what was then Sack Goldblatt Mitchell. He quickly developed a litigation practice representing all kinds of trade unions in the private and public sectors.

In recent years, Mark’s practice focused primarily on grievance arbitration in the healthcare and fire sectors. Pre-pandemic, he constantly travelled to communities all over Ontario to represent his clients. A gifted story-teller, Mark knew how to weave the facts of each case into a compelling narrative that would help arbitrators see things from the union’s and employees’ perspective.

Always generous with his time and legal acumen, Mark would brainstorm issues with anyone looking for input into a case, and helped countless young lawyers develop their legal skills.

But it’s Mark’s joie de vivre and sense of humour we will miss the most, especially when we get back to working in the office. While we know this is not goodbye, we also know that Friday afternoons will not be the same without seeing Mark come bounding down the hall, just back from his latest case, with new stories to tell over a wee dram or pint.

We wish you all the best, Mark. See you at the Q&B!