Back in those days, there was no franchise legislation in Ontario. Franchise law was based on franchise agreements and common law, and there were few lawyers working in this area.
Getting into franchise law was hard. As a litigator, the stakes were always high for both franchisors and franchisees. It took me a long time and a lot of hard work to start to really understand the ins and outs and the unwritten nuances of franchise disputes.
Over the first decade of my practice, I held many litigation and franchise leadership positions within the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), including as chair of Professional Development.