Joseph Griffiths, Corporate Secretary
Joseph is a litigator with law firm Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy. His practice focuses primarily on insurance defence and personal injury litigation.
Beyond his insurance and personal injury practice, Joseph is routinely retained by corporations, non-profits, individuals and government to represent their interests in simple and complex litigation. Joseph has also made a point of voluntarily representing clients who might not otherwise be able to afford legal representation and has consistently provided self-help advice to individuals and small businesses in an effort to reduce their cost and increase their access to the judicial system.
His clients' engagements have allowed Joseph to litigate disputes in a variety of legal fields including privacy law and access to information issues, technology law, intellectual property, government procurement, government expropriation, shareholder rights, corporate and commercial law, environmental law, estates and elder abuse law, contract law, medical negligence and professional malpractice law.
Joseph has a proven track record of protecting or advancing his clients' interests, appropriately managing their risk and containing their legal costs so that they can achieve the maximum possible advantage, regardless of whether they are engaged in litigation voluntarily or not.
Joseph actively promotes legal education and the training of the next generation of lawyers, paralegals and law clerks in Ontario. Joseph teaches trial advocacy at the University of Ottawa Law School and also teaches Civil Procedure to law clerks and Tribunals and Advocacy to the paralegals at Algonquin College.
Joseph has also written a number of articles for various legal and non-legal publications including lawyers' weekly and 55+ magazine. Joseph has been a frequent guest on the weekly Ottawa radio show Legal Talk and has had the privilege speaking on air on behalf of his clients to several local and national media organizations including CBC television and CTV news. In addition, Joseph has provided legal interviews and commentary to several print and trade publications including the National Post and the Globe and Mail.
Joseph is a graduate of the University of Ottawa law school and Carleton University and presently sits on the Board of Directors for Third Wall Theatre. He is a member of the Advocates Society, the Canadian Defence Lawyers, the County of Carleton Law Association and the Canadian Bar Association. He regularly volunteers his time through the Law Help Centre at the Ottawa Courthouse and actively participates in municipal, provincial and federal politics.