Woody focuses primarily on Administrative and Labour Relations matters in conjunction with his work for public and private sector clients.
Woody has practiced in St. Catharines since his call to the bar in 1976. He has extensive past experience in civil and criminal litigation matters, and was a part- time Assistant Crown Attorney and Federal Prosecutor from the late 1970’s through to the late 1980’s.
He is counsel to the Regional Municipality of Niagara Police Services Board. His relationship with the Board began in 1983 when he was retained to deal with civil litigation and licensing matters. He was retained as general counsel in 1993, and since that time has provided legal and strategic advice on a variety of matters, including Labour Relations, Collective Agreement Negotiations, Interest and Rights Arbitrations, Ontario Human Rights cases, Policing Issues, Licensing and Administrative Law matters. During his tenure as Board counsel, he has developed a close and ongoing working relationship with Board members and staff, as well as senior police personnel.
In the late 1990’s, he was retained by the former Regional Municipality of Haldimand- Norfolk to deal with the disbandment of its Regional Police Service in favour of the Ontario Provincial Police. He was then retained by the Haldimand- Norfolk Transition Board to in 2000 in respect of all Labour and Employment issues arising out of the municipal re-structuring of the former Region. That in turn led to him being retained by the newly formed Haldimand County in 2001.
He represented the County in an arbitration to divide the assets and liabilities of the former Region, and in a subsequent arbitration to determine the appropriate apportionment of Social Service costs between the County and Norfolk County.
He continues to act as Counsel to Haldimand County, and has provided ongoing advice to the County on Labour Relations, First Nations issues, and other municipal matters since 2001.
He has recently been retained as counsel to the Peterborough Police Services Board and has developed a good working relationship with Board members and staff. He provides advice on matters and issues similar to those in Niagara.
He represents a small handful of other Private and Public sector clients in the Niagara Region. His work for those clients focuses on Labour and Employment matters, Collective Agreement negotiations and representation at both interest and rights arbitrations.
When not practicing law, Woody is an avid golfer who has competed in Senior Amateur tournaments throughout Southwestern Ontario.
Admitted to Ontario Bar – 1976
B.A. – University of Windsor – 1971
LL.B – University of Windsor – 1974
Member – Law Society of Upper Canada
Member – Ontario Bar Association, a branch of the Canadian Bar Association
Member and former Secretary of the Lincoln County Law Association
Former Member of Board of Directors of Hospice Niagara
Member – Golf Association of Ontario