Ken Douglas

Background

Ken Douglas grew up in Toronto and discovered Niagara while attending Brock University. He earned his law degree in 1971 at which time he moved to St. Catharines. Following which, he was called to the Bar in 1973.

Initially practicing in Niagara Falls in various legal associations then moved his practice to St. Catharines in 1980 to become a partner in the law firm of “Bench Keogh”. When this venerable firm ultimately dissolved, he and two partners restructured as “Douglas, Stewart & Morningstar”, which then became “Douglas Legal Services” and is now “Douglas, Morningstar & Bonin LLP.”

Legal Role

Ken’s primary areas of specialization are Family Law, Residential and Commercial Real Estate, Commercial and Business Law, and Wills and Estates. He has been both a litigator and a practitioner of Alternate Dispute Resolution as a Mediator and practitioner of Collaborative Law.

Experience

After 48 years. Ken has been involved in numerous trials at all court levels from the Provincial Family Court through the Superior Courts, up to and including the Court of Appeal. However, his underlying philosophy is to attempt to find “interest based” solutions and assist his clients in the least costly way possible

Clients

Ken prides himself on developing and maintaining close professional relationships with his client base, some of whom he has actively represented since coming to the area in 1971.

He is an empathetic listener, who will always first try to negotiate a fair and equitable resolution of whatever issue needs to be addressed on a client’s behalf. He tries to look for win/win scenarios, which hopefully will leave everyone satisfied with the result achieved.

While he aims to resolve matters as promptly as possible, in some unfortunate circumstances where a matter cannot be resolved through reasonable negotiation, Ken will not hesitate to aggressively litigate on your behalf.

Ken continues to keep in close contact with his clients. realizing the importance of returning phone calls and emails and tries to do so within 24 hours. In transparency, he also promptly forwards all letters and documents to his clients so that they have a complete record of the legal work done on their behalf.

Community Service

Ken Douglas has been involved in the community on various boards and committees, including but not limited to Family and Children’s Services, Brock University, the local museums and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Heritage Committee (Chair).

He has also been very involved in the advancement of the Ontario wine industry and has been involved with the VQA from its inception, initially as counsel and subsequently as a board member and, most recently, as its Chair and President. He is also the current Chair of the Niagara Regional Waste Management Committee.

Ken has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Niagara Wine Industry and has been inducted into the Brock University Athletic Hall of Fame. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Lincoln County Law Association.

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