MORRISBURG – Dedication to his community and advocating for the legal profession have earned Morrisburg lawyer Eldon Horner the respect of his peers.
Horner is one of seven recipients this year of The Law Society Medal.
The medal, awarded by the Law Society of Ontario, honours the contributions made by lawyers and identifies them as role models in the legal community.
Horner was called to the bar in 1995 and is a member of the SD&G Law Association and the Federation of Ontario Law Associations.
He has previously chaired both organizations.
Horner has primarily focused on real estate matters in his legal practice.
One of the issues he has advocated for was improvements in legal practices for real estate sales, and he has helped work towards creating one set standard for closing documents for real estate.
“Before that, there was no standard,” he said.
Horner’s advocacy for improving the legal profession, especially for those in rural and smaller communities has taken him across the province. But that has not kept him from being involved in the community where he grew up.
Giving back to the community is important to Horner.
“It’s something [law firm partner] Eric Pietersma and I both think is important – to give back, whether its minor sports or the arts, the hospice, Dundas Manor or the hospital.”
He said that growing up in Brinston, there were two things that got him interested in the legal profession: the academic side, and how the law affects people.
“The law is an interesting and complicated thing and I always enjoy trying to sort out complicated things.” he explained.
“People don’t always realize that the law impacts everybody, every day, in one way or another. I started out with that idealistic view that I can probably help people with problems and try to make things better for them.”
Nearly 26 years later, he said that helping people is one of the most rewarding aspects of his career.
“I can say I have had thousands of people over 25 years that I am happy to say I have helped them,” Horner said. “Lawyers have a great impact on people’s lives.”
Horner said that the award is an honour to receive, but the credit is not just to him.
“There is no way I would be getting this award if I didn’t have all kinds of tremendous supports from both at home and at work. I have tremendous people in my office and tremendous people at home looking after everything.”
The LSO awards were announced March 10th and will be formally awarded in a virtual ceremony held May 26th.
Horner is a partner at the firm of Horner and Pietersma, located in the Morrisburg Village Plaza.
Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader