Ross F. Earnshaw
Ross Earnshaw is a partner in the Waterloo Region and Hamilton offices of Gowling WLG, and is widely recognized as one of Ontario’s leading litigators. Acting for a diverse clientele, Ross brings extensive litigation expertise in a range of areas, including real estate, construction, insurance, employment, banking, estates, mortgage enforcement, priorities, collections and legal malpractice defence.
Each year since 2015, Ross has been featured in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as one of Canada’s top corporate commercial litigators. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation, bet-the-company litigation and legal malpractice law, and was named Best Lawyers’ 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” for Corporate and Commercial Litigation in Hamilton Region.
Beyond the courtroom, Ross has been involved in legislation and policy development issues. He assisted with the development of the Ontario Petroleum Price Freezelegislation during the OPEC crisis, and worked with the Ontario Ministry of Energy during the establishment of the Ontario Energy Corporation.
Ross has served as a Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2012, and is a member of several committees and groups, chairing the Real Estate Liaison Group as well as the Task Force on Compliance-Based Entity Regulation. He also serves on the board of LibraryCo, which oversees the Ontario county courthouse library system, and recently completed a three-year term on the board of the Law Foundation of Ontario, a non-profit organization that improves access to justice for people across the province. In November 2016, Ross was appointed by the Law Society of Upper Canada as the Ontario representative to the Council of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, becoming a member of the Executive Committee in November 2017 and president in November 2018.
Ross has actively served on various community boards and committees, including the Glen Morris Friends of the Library, the Glen Morris United Church, the Cambridge Public Library Board and the First United Church.
He has been a long-time trustee for the Waterloo Law Association, holding the office of president for a two-year term, which ended in March 2005.