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Four judicial appointments announced for Ontario

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 12:35 PM | By John Chunn


The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Feb. 3 announced four judicial appointments in Ontario. 

According to the DOJ’s press release, Suzanne Stevenson, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, is appointed senior judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, Family Court branch. Justice Stevenson replaces Justice George Czutrin who elected to become a supernumerary judge effective Jan. 28, 2020.

Stephen E. Firestone, a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario, is appointed regional senior judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario for the Toronto Region. Justice Firestone fills position vacated by Justice Geoffrey Morawetz (Toronto), who was elevated to the position of chief justice effective July 1, 2019.

Andrew Pinto, partner at Pinto James LLP in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Justice Pinto replaces Chief Justice Morawetz.

Kathleen Erin Cullin, counsel at Wallbridge, Wallbridge in Timmins, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Justice Cullin fills one of three remaining positions authorized under the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 1.

Justice Stevenson was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in 2011.

She received a BA from McMaster University in 1988 and a bachelor of laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1991, and she was admitted to the bar of Ontario in 1993.

Justice Stevenson practised with Robert Martin (now Martin & Hillyer Associates) from 1993 to 2004 and was self-employed, practising in association at Martin & Hillyer, from 2004 to 2011. Her main area of practice was family law and wills.

Justice Firestone was appointed judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario in 2013.

He received a BA from York University in 1983 and a bachelor of law from the University of Windsor Law School in 1986. He was admitted to the bar of Ontario in 1988.

Justice Firestone was a partner with Lackman, Firestone Law Offices from 1995 to 2013. He was a lawyer with Iacono, Brown, Barristers & Solicitors from 1990 to 1995 and with Sommers & Roth from 1988 to 1990. His practice focused on civil litigation with an emphasis on personal injury, accident benefits and professional negligence.

Justice Firestone was a course instructor at Sheridan College and a guest lecturer at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School. 

Justice Pinto practised civil litigation, workplace law and administrative law. He obtained an electrical engineering degree from Queen’s University and an LL.B. from the University of Windsor in 1993.

Called to the bar in 1995, Justice Pinto practised with Scott & Aylen before opening his own practice in 1998. He was a partner with Eberts Symes Street Pinto & Jull LLP and Pinto James (formerly Pinto Wray James LLP). He has appeared before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada and before numerous administrative tribunals. He taught administrative law as an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and guest lectured at several other Canadian universities. Since 2007, he has been co-chair of the University of Toronto’s Academic Integrity Tribunal.

In 2011, Justice Pinto was appointed by the Attorney General of Ontario to conduct a major review of the changes to Ontario’s human rights system. In 2018, he was appointed chair of the board of governors of the Law Commission of Ontario after serving on the commission’s board since 2012.

Justice Cullin was born and raised in Timmins, Ont. She studied at Western University, where she completed an honours bachelor of arts in psychology in 1992 and an LL.B. in 1995. While at Western Law, she was awarded the Newton Rowell Scholarship.

Justice Cullin was called to the bar in 1997 and began her career at Evans, Bragagnolo & Sullivan LLP in Timmins and became a partner of the firm in 1998. Her practice consisted of family, criminal and civil litigation and included work as a Crown agent conducting prosecutions on behalf of the Attorney General of Canada.

In 2002, Justice Cullin joined Wallbridge, Wallbridge, where her practice was restricted to plaintiff’s civil litigation, including medical malpractice. While her practice was based in the firm’s offices in northeastern Ontario and Ottawa, it brought her to various locations across Ontario.