GIBSON BENNETT GROOM & SZORENYI
The firm has a long and distinguished history.
It began in 1885 when William C. Dowler began his legal practice in the Town of Tillsonburg. He was joined by Victor Sinclair in the early 1890s. Mr. Dowler continued to practice until approximately 1910. Mr. Sinclair continued to practice alone until 1925 when he was joined by Donald F. Gibson, upon the latter's graduation from Osgoode Hall Law School. They practiced together until the late 1920s when Mr. Sinclair moved to Toronto and became the first chairman of what is now known as the Workplace Safety And Insurance Board.
Donald F. Gibson continued to practice alone for many years. During that time he was the Mayor of the Town of Tillsonburg and actively involved in the community. In the mid 1930s he was joined by Robert Glenn Groom who became the Provincial Magistrate for the County of Oxford shortly after World War II. Mr. Groom was in partnership with various lawyers over the years including Bill Weir, Olie Mandryk and Michael Szorenyi. Donald F. Gibson continued to practice alone until 1954 when his son, Donald M. Gibson joined him in practice. Unfortunately, Donald F. Gibson died in 1955.
In 1956 Ian R. Linton joined the firm and they practiced together until 1963 when Bernard Toth amalgamated his sole practice with the Gibson, Linton partnership. Ian Linton passed away in 2001. Scott K. Campbell joined the firm in 1978. Scott Campbell was appointed a Superior Court Justice in July, 2009. Donald M. Gibson retired from practice in 1993. D. Bradley Bennett began to practice with the firm in 1995. In 2009, Gibson, Linton, Toth, Campbell and Bennett merged with Groom and Szorenyi to create the firm Gibson Bennett Groom and Szorenyi. Tony Lados has since joined the practice in 2016.
Brad Bennett was called to the Bar for the Province of Ontario in April of 1985. Brad received his elementary and secondary school education in Tillsonburg and attended the University of Western Ontario where he obtained his Bachelor of Arts-Honours History (1980) as well as his Bachelor of Law Degree (1983). Following his call to the Bar, Brad practised for 10 years in Woodstock with White, Coad, Patience, Bennett & Oliver. In 1995 he joined Gibson, Linton, Toth, Campbell & Bennett.
His areas of practice emphasize solicitors work including Real Estate, Wills and Estate Planning and Corporate/Commercial Law.
Brad has been involved in a wide variety of community activities including the Woodstock Rotary Club, the Woodstock Rowing Club, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Cancer Society - Oxford County Unit (Past President) as well as the Church Council of St. Paul's United Church in Tillsonburg. Brad also sat on the Board of Directors for the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital and was Chair of the Board from 2008 to 2010. In recognition of his record of Public Service, Brad was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal. Brad has many interests in addition to his work, most notably his family and golfing.
Michael Szorenyi was called to the Bar for the Province of Ontario in April of 1983. Michael was born in Tillsonburg and received his elementary and secondary school education in Tillsonburg and attended the University of Western Ontario where he obtained his B.Sc. (Hons). He then attended the MBA program there for one year followed by law school, obtaining his Bachelor of Laws Degree in 1983.
Following his call to the Bar, Michael practiced with Judge R. G. Groom until 1990 and then as a sole practitioner practicing under the firm name Groom and Szorenyi. In 2009, the law firms of Gibson, Linton, Toth, Campbell and Bennett and Groom and Szorenyi merged to form the new partnership of Gibson Bennett Groom & Szorenyi. Michael’s areas of practice include Real Estate, Wills and Estate Planning/Administration and Corporate/Commercial Law.
Michael is married to Elaine, an Associate Professor of Radiology at The University of Western Ontario Medical school, and has four children: Jessica, Michael, Cian and Declan. Michael has many interests in addition to his work, most notably his family and his farm.
Tony Lados was born in Tillsonburg and raised on a tobacco farm in Norfolk County. After graduating from high school in Delhi and completing his post-secondary education in London, he returned to marry Angela and to raise their daughters in Norfolk.
Tony graduated with his Law degree from the University of Western Ontario and subsequently practiced for almost forty years with Sheppard, MacIntosh, Lados & Nunn LLP. When that former firm merged with another in Simcoe, he was delighted to accept the invitation of D. Bradley Bennett and Michael G. Szorenyi to continue his family law practice in Tillsonburg.
Tony is a past President of the Norfolk Law Association and has been presiding as a Deputy Judge of The Small Claims Court for more than twenty years. Tony’s practice is restricted to civil litigation with a focus on family law. He prides himself on the delivery of thorough, cost-effective and compassionate service that produces the results that his clients seek. Tony believes that negotiated settlements provide the best result in most cases but he will not hesitate to initiate court proceedings if the other spouse or his or her lawyer behaves unreasonably.
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