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H.W. Roger Townshend

Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP

Roger Townshend, a founding partner of OKT, practises Aboriginal rights, Constitutional, human rights and administrative law. He primarily advises on and litigates land claims for First Nations. He has appeared in Court and advised on numerous cases relating to Aboriginal title and other Aboriginal rights and treaty rights, and cases relating to the duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal peoples. His court work has also included challenging the legality of municipal by-laws and of environmental assessment decisions, the constitutionality of the Ontario educational funding regime and the legality of drug testing programs in the workplace. Roger has appeared in the courts across Canada at all levels, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has provided commentary on a variety of proposed federal and provincial legislation on behalf of Aboriginal clients. Prior to his legal career, he worked in the area of land claims research and negotiations for eight years on behalf of Manitoba First Nations. Roger has been selected annually by his peers for inclusion in directories of leading lawyers in the area of Aboriginal law, including The Best Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory. Roger was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1993.

Year Called to the Bar:1993 (ON)
250 University Ave, Fl 8
Toronto, ON
Phone: (416) 981-9454
Fax: (416) 981-9350
E-mail: rtownshend@oktlaw.com

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