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Table of Early and Exceptional Ontario Male Lawyers of Diverse Communities


In the table below, the names of early and exceptional male lawyers of diverse communities are arranged in chronological order by year of call to the bar in Ontario. The entry for each lawyer includes name; year of birth if known (and in the case of living lawyers, if permitted); year of death where applicable; and the name of the diverse community or heritage to which he belongs (more than one community or heritage is possible).
 
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Name Birth - Death Year Called
to the Bar *
Heritage or
Community
Hagerman, Nicholas 1761 - 1819  1797 Dutch
Macdonell, Angus ? - 1804 1797 Roman Catholic
Baby, Charles 1806 - 1871 1828 Francophone;
Roman Catholic
O’Reilly, James 1823 - 1875 1847 Irish Catholic
O’Connor, John, Jr. 1824 - 1887 1854 Persons with
Disabilities;
Irish Catholic
Sutherland, Robert 1830 - 1878 1855 Black
MacLellan, Archibald L. 1832 - 1902 1860 Persons with 
Disabilities
Kerr, William Simcoe 1840 - 1875 1862 Aboriginal
MacLellan, Duncan 1836 - 1920 1865 Persons with 
Disabilities
Murphy, Nicholas c. 1842 - 1907 1865 Irish Catholic
White, Solomon 1836 - 1911 1865 Aboriginal
Lapierre, Horace c. 1846 - 1882 1869 Francophone
O’Donohoe, John 1824 - 1902 1869 Irish Catholic
Taillon, George 1847 - 1885 1869 Francophone
Barry, John c. 1825 - 1887 1870 Irish Catholic
Foy, James J. 1847 - 1916 1871 Irish Catholic
Klein, Alphonse Basil 1851 - ? 1874 German
Hellmuth, Isidore F. 1854 - 1944 1877 Jewish
Olivier, Louis A. 1850 - 1888 1879 Francophone
Bitzer, Conrad 1853 - 1903 1881 German
Belcourt, Napoleon A. 1860 - 1932 1884 Francophone
Valin, Joseph A. 1856 - 1945 1884 Francophone
Davis, Delos R. 1846 - 1915 1886 Black
Wissler, Henry 1860 - 1953 1886 German
Ludwig, Michael H. 1867 - 1937 1889 German
Rohleder, Frederick 1863 - ? 1889 German
King, Samuel 1867 - 1963 1891 Jewish
Stewart, William ? - ? 1891 Persons with 
Disabilities
O’Connor, Michael 1862 - 1945 1892 Persons with
Disabilities
Caron, Jean Baptiste T. 1869 - 1944 1898 Francophone
Dignan, Ralph H. 1863 - 1935 1898 Roman Catholic
Levy, Gabriel H. 1874 - 1941 1898 Jewish; German
Davis, Frederick H. 1871 - 1926 1900 Black
Cohen, Arthur c. 1882 - 1975 1906 Jewish
Singer, Louis M. 1885 - 1959 1908 Jewish; Polish
Davis, Lionel 1884 - 1943 1909 Jewish
King, Oscar H. 1886 - 1962 1910 Jewish
Singer, Joseph 1890 - 1967 1911 Jewish; Polish
Chevrier, Edgar R. 1887 - 1956 1912 Francophone
Mehr, Samuel M. 1885 - 1968 1912 Jewish; Russian
Singer, Abraham 1887 - 1966 1912 Jewish
Singer, Ephraim F. 1889 - 1953 1912 Jewish
Herlick, Carl M. 1891 - 1966 1913 Jewish
Phillips, Nathan 1892 - 1976 1913 Jewish
Carruthers, Charles W. 1886 - 1976 1914 Persons with
Disabilities
Factor, Samuel 1891 - 1962 1915 Jewish
Shulman, Percy c. 1893 - 1968 1916 Jewish
Finkle, Henry M. 1893 - 1962 1917 Jewish
Goodman, David B. c. 1894 - 1969 1917 Jewish
Cohen, Jacob L. c. 1902 - 1950 1918 Jewish
Rotenberg, Meyer 1894 - 1958 1918 Jewish; Polish
Goldfield, Benjamin 1891 - 1944 1919 Jewish
Pearlstein, Jacob D. 1894 - 1983 1919 Jewish
Plouffe, Joseph A. 1893 - 1964 1919 Francophone
Ryan, John A. c. 1894 - 1931 1919 Persons with 
Disabilities
Glass, John Judah 1895 - 1973 1920 Jewish
Kert, Lawrence 1896 - 1976 1920 Jewish
Luxenberg, Benjamin 1897 - 1993 1920 Jewish
Levinter, Isadore 1898 - 1980 1921 Jewish; Austrian
Roebuck, Joseph 1898 - 1968 1921 Jewish
Schott, Maxwell 1895 - 1982 1921 Jewish
Desmarais, Jean-Noel 1897 - 1983 1922 Francophone
Fox, Benjamin 1897 - ? 1922 Jewish
Mercier, Raoul 1897 - 1961 1922 Francophone
Denberg, Dan S. 1895 - 1982 1923 Jewish
Humeniuk, Theodore 1891 - 1978 1923 Ukrainian
Croll, David A. 1900 - 1991 1924 Jewish; Russian
Cross, E. Lionel 1890 - ? 1924 Black
Goldstick, David c. 1896 - 1944 1924 Jewish
Keyfetz, Murray 1900 - 1985 1924 Jewish
Roebuck, Manning H. 1901 - 1997 1924 Jewish
Grudeff, John 1894 - 1985 1926 Bulgarian
Lieff, Abraham H. 1903 - 2007 1926 Jewish; Polish
Pitt, Bertrand Joseph 1892 - 1961 1928 Black
Catzman, Frederick M. 1907 - 2003 1929 Jewish
Borins, Norman 1906 - 1991 1930 Jewish; Russian
Finkelman, Jacob 1907 - 2003 1930 Jewish; Russian
Gotfrid, Samuel 1907 - 2007 1932 Jewish; Polish
Tuchtie, Walter 1906 - 1980 1932 Ukrainian
St. Aubin, Alibert 1902 - 1993 1933 Francophone
Yatchew, John 1895 - 1958 1933 Ukrainian
Topping, Victor 1896 - 1937 1934 Persons with 
Disabilities
Cosentino, Joseph A. 1908 - 1981 1935 Italian
Laskin, Bora 1912 - 1984 1936 Jewish; Russian
Agro, Angelo J. 1911 - 1999 1937 Italian
Watson, James E. 1911 - 1998 1937 Black
Himel, Irving 1915 - 2001 1938 Jewish
Lickers, Norman 1913 - 1987 1938 Aboriginal
Maki, Kauko E. 1914 - 1989 1940 Finnish
Vannini, I. Anthony 1915 - 1998 1943 Italian
Dubin, Charles L. 1921 - 2008 1944 Jewish
Yaremko, John 1918 - 2010 1944 Ukrainian
Yip, Kew Dock 1906 - 2001 1945 Chinese
Bassel, John P. 1921 - 2000 1947 Greek
Goodman, Edwin A. 1918 - 2006 1947 Jewish
Robins, Sydney L. 1923 - 2014 1947 Jewish
Okuloski, John E. 1922 - 1965 1948 Polish
Vass, Ferenc 1914 - c 1990 1948 Hungarian
Agro, John L. 1919 - 1998 1949 Italian
Campbell, C. George 1915 - 2003 1949 Greek
Carter, George E. 1921 - 2018 1949 Black
Perry, Lloyd W. 1919 - 1997 1950 Black
Floras, Frederick 1924 - 1951 Greek
Vorvis, William 1927 - 1951 Greek
Alexander, Lincoln 1922 - 2012 1953 Black
Petrone, Alfred 1925 - 2009 1953 Italian
Zalev, Carl 1928 - 1953 Jewish
Oiye, Kazuo G. 1926 - 1954 Japanese
Beaulne, Jean-Pierre 1925 - 2009 1955 Francophone
Fouriezos, Charles T. 1930 - 1955 Greek
Geller, John A. 1930 - 2015 1955 Jewish
Kovacs, Francis 1930 - 1999 1955 Hungarian
Coros, George W. 1930 - 1956 Greek
Ebers, Cornell G. 1917 - 1994 1956 Hungarian
Manjuris, George 1928 - 2000 1956 Greek
Toth, Bernard 1930 - 2010 1956 Hungarian
Loukidelis, Spyros D. 1930 - 2001 1957 Greek
Allan, A. Steven 1925 - 2009 1958 Greek
Braithwaite, Leonard A. 1923 - 2012 1958 Black
Meyer, Willem J. 1931 - 2010 1958 Dutch
Poolman, Willem G. 1923 - 2009 1958 Dutch
Speal, George N. 1932 - 2008 1958 Greek
Wang, Kechin 1919 - 2000 1958 Chinese
Kokonis, James D. 1932 - 1959 Greek
Loukidelis, Ernest 1934 - 1959 Greek
McCormack, Charles S. 1929 - 1992 1959 Persons with 
Disabilities
Scott, Ian 1934 - 2006 1959 LGBTQ2+
Friedland, Martin L. 1932 - 1960 Jewish
Isaac, Julius A. 1928 - 2011 1960 Black
Paul, Nicholas P. 1935 - 1960 Greek
Shamess, Alfred E. 1932 - 1960 Lebanese;
Antiochian Orthodox
Sopinka, John 1933 - 1997 1960 Ukrainian
Stortini, Ray 1929 - 1960 Italian
Thomas, Bruce A. 1933 - 1960 Lebanese
Ali, Syed M. 1926 - 2009 1962 Muslim; South Asian
Tokiwa, Paul Y. 1927 - 1994 1962 Japanese
Ianni, Ronald W. 1935 - 1997 1963 Italian
Roach, Charles 1933 - 2012 1963 Black African
Stayshyn, Walter 1934 - 1963 Roman Catholic;
Ukrainian
Salhany, Roger 1937 - 1964 Arab
Verbeek, Leonard 1915 - 2000 1964 Dutch
De Sommer, Joseph A. 1928 - 1965 Hungarian
Pitt, Romain W. 1935 - 2020 1965 Black
Couto, Ayres V. 1930 - 1966 South Asian
Isaacs, Peter 1938 - 1966 Aboriginal
Staats, Howard E. 1940 - 1966 Aboriginal
Yachetti, Roger D. 1940 - 2018 1966 Italian
Vasilaros, Leslie 1932 - 1967 Greek
Beaulieu, Lucien 1933 - 1968 Francophone
Khoorshed, Minoo F. 1938 - 1968 South Asian
Le Dain, Gerald Eric 1924 - 2007 1968 Francophone
Gerretsen, John 1942 - 1969 Dutch
Lampkin, Vibert A. 1933 - 1969 Black
Felkai, Frank 1942 - 1970 Hungarian
Gottlieb, Gary L. 1943 - 1970 Orthodox Jewish
Iacobucci, Frank 1937 - 1970 Italian
Poon, Sidney S. 1936 - 1970 Chinese
Binavince, Emilio 1935 - 1971 Filipino
Norton, Keith 1941 - 2010 1971 LGBTQ2+
Rosemay, Vibert T. 1935 - 1971 African Canadian
Lofchik, Thomas R. 1943 - 1972 Hungarian
Marrocco, Frank N. 1945 - 1972 Italian
Takach, Gabor 1944 - 1973 Hungarian
Coomaraswamy, Ari 1932 - 1988 1974 Tamil
Juriansz, Russell 1946 - 1974 South Asian
Morten, Marvin 1944 - 1974 Black
Tsampalieros, Gabriel 1947 - 2009 1975 Greek
Willemse, Conrad A. 1947 - 1975 Dutch
Amerasinghe, Christopher 1940 - 1976 South Asian
Wappel, Tom 1950 - 1976 Hungarian
Czutrin, George 1950 - 1978 Hungarian
Palmay, Frank 1949 - 1978 Hungarian
Fraser, Hugh 1952 - 1979 Black
Anand, Raj 1955 - 1980 South Asian
Imai, Shin 1950 - 1980 Japanese
Preobrazenski, Christophe 1951 - 1981 Polish
Nahwegahbow, David 1956 - 1982 Aboriginal;
Anishnabe /
Ojibway
Krishna, Vern 1943 - 1983 South Asian
Lynk, Michael 1952 - 1984 Arab
Whitehall, Ivan G. 1942 - 1985 Hungarian
Yee, Gary 1959 - 1985 Chinese
Wong, Chi- Wah (Tony) 1948 - 2009 1987 Chinese
Case, Patrick 1950 - 1988 Black
Ducharme, Todd 1959 - 1988 Aboriginal; Métis
Lévesque, Gérard   1988 Francophone
Nakatsuru, Shaun 1960 -  1988 Japanese
Andal, Ramon 1955 - 1989 Filipino
Kissoon, Dhaman P. 1956 - 1991 South Asian
Lal, Stindar K. 1942 - 1991 South Asian
Turnbull, Brian 1944 - 2006 1991 Persons with 
Disabilities
Persaud, Mark M. 1961 - 1993 Indo-Guyanese
LeVasseur, Gilles   1994 Francophone
Watkins, Christopher C. 1959 - 1995 Persons with 
Disabilities
Assaf, Dany H. 1969 - 1996 Arab
Chandhoke, Inderpaul S. 1952 - 1996 Sikh; South Asian
Shannon, David W. 1963 - 1996 Persons with
Disabilities
Detlor, Aaron 1967 - 1998 Kanienkehaka /
Haudenosaunee
van der Steen, Ronald H. 1959 - 1998 Dutch
Naqvi, Yasir 1973 - 2001 Muslim
* Date is year called to the bar in Ontario; however, if the date given is before 1889, and if the lawyer was a solicitor and not a barrister, this date is the year admitted to the courts as a solicitor. Before 1889, lawyers could be solicitors without being barristers; from 1889, all
lawyers admitted to practice were admitted as both barristers and solicitors, and all were called to the bar.
 
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