The verdict: Lawyer well paid at $8 million
March 30, 2012
Canada’s highest paid lawyer in 2010 earned more than $8 million, according to government data that for the first time revealed the confidential earnings of some 20,000 self-employed lawyers across the country.
The Canada Revenue data, included in a report commissioned by the Department of Justice to gauge judicial compensation rates, had lawyer names stripped from their annual incomes — but the report did note that the top lawyer earned $8,072,545, was at least 64 years old and lived outside a major metropolitan area.
Many believe it’s Windsor lawyer Harvey Strosberg.
“It’s the country’s worst kept secret. I can almost guarantee it’s him,” said Warren Bongard, president of legal headhunting firm ZSA Legal.
A Goliath in the realm of class-action lawsuits, Strosberg’s name is attached to some of Canada’s most high profile cases, including the infamous hepatitis C class-action lawsuit in the early 1990s, where he recovered more than $1 billion for his clients.
Strosberg, now 67, has become the foremost class-action lawyer in the country, his pockets well-padded along the way. He suffered a debilitating stroke in 2010, but rebounded and has since returned to his Windsor-based firm.
He was out of the country Friday and could not be reached for comment. A partner at his Sutts, Strosberg LLP refused comment.
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Congratulations to Mr. Strosberg for his recovery from a stroke in 2010.