Reader’s letter: Strosberg’s skills have long been recognized nationally

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Re: Windsor’s mother reunited with her children after more than two years, by Dave Battagello, Nov 8.

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The story was well written while capturing the trauma and joy of a mother reuniting with her children and deserves congratulations.

However, I would like to make a clarification, although it is not the centerpiece of the story.

I am a practicing attorney for over 50 years and a past president of the Ottawa Carleton Law Association.

The description of Harvey Strosberg as a “local lawyer” I think did not do justice. He is a nationally, if not internationally acclaimed trial attorney.

Most of their cases involved nationwide problems, such as the hepatitis C-contaminated blood case, the defective seat belt case, the dangerous airbag case, and the water contamination case in Waterford, Ontario. As a result of his success, he has obtained compensation for hundreds of thousands of Canadians in the range of hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Harvey Strosberg is in fact one of the best class action attorneys in the country.

And there is more. Harvey Strosberg was elected treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. During his tenure as head of the legal profession, he made changes such as the renewal of the entire error and omission insurance scheme, as well as other changes that now exist for the improvement of the profession.

About eight years ago, Harvey Strosberg suffered a serious stroke. Fortunately, he survived with his powers completely intact.

He lost the ability to speak, but after two difficult years he regained speech after hundreds of hours of therapy.

While Harvey doesn’t speak in the fast lane, he’s certainly not on the shoulder of the road. His words are deliberate and each and every word is heard because many times they show his brilliance.

Arthur Cogan, Ottawa

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