Tuesday, 10 July 2007

New legal lawyer

Lorne Honickman, former Citytv newsman and legal specialist, is Sun Media's new legal adviser.

Sources say Lorne replaces Al Shanoff, who made his exit as legal adviser last week after 30 years at the post, but remains as a Sunday Sun columnist.

Lorne, a lawyer since 1997, knows his media, having spent years in the field as "a leading Canadian broadcaster, Citytv's legal specialist, weekly talk show host, a media communications consultant, professor and practising litigation lawyer."

One source said Lorne, who has a passion for constitutional law, has represented Sun Media in court during legal challenges.

He has also been a "skilled" story teller at hands-on media training sessions, says an online profile for his speaking engagement bookings.

Perhaps, Lorne would just like to forget the night he sang at Yuk Yuk's comedy club.

Another online profile says this of Lorne:

"With a knack for creating a really good legal argument, Lorne Honickman's brush with the law as a "CityPulse" reporter from 1981-92, prompted him to successfully pursue a law degree, while continuing to work part-time in the Citytv newsroom.

"He graduated in the top-10 percent of his class at Osgoode Hall Law School, with three Academic Awards and numerous Advocacy Awards.

"Since he was called to the Bar in 1997, he continues to practice civil litigation, while working full-time as "CityNews'" legal specialist. Lorne is one of Toronto's foremost media experts on the deaths of sick kids, the Canadian abortion controversy and the Guy Paul Morin case."

His education: H. Bsc., Specialist Degree, Psychology, University of Toronto, and Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School.

Overall, Lorne certainly has the experience and credentials to fill Al's shoes.

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