Lawyer / Consultant
Fort Frances Councillor
Douglas W. Judson
BSocSc, BCom (Hon.), JD, MBA
Barrister & Solicitor
Douglas W. Judson maintains a law and consultancy practice. He currently serves on the municipal council of the Town of Fort Frances, in northwestern Ontario, Canada.
Doug began practicing law with a leading Canadian law firm. He has worked with the in-house legal teams of two financial institutions, has held posts in the federal public service in Ottawa, has served as a contract Crown Attorney, as CEO of Grand Council Treaty 3's investment group, and has experience in Indigenous justice programming. Doug started his professional career on Parliament Hill, as an aide to two former MPs. He has since worked on federal, provincial, and municipal election campaigns.
Doug maintains a busy volunteer presence in the community. He currently serves on the boards of the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and the Northwest Community Legal Clinic, as President of the Rainy River District Law Association, and as Co-Chair of the Borderland Pride festival. He is also recently concluded a term on both the executive of the Canadian Bar Association’s sexual orientation and gender identity section and the Law Society of Ontario’s Equity Advisory Group. He has previously served as President of the Law Students’ Society of Ontario and on the board of Start Proud, a non-profit serving LGBTQ2 students and young professionals.
Doug is a graduate of the JD/MBA program at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Schulich School of Business, and holds degrees in political science (BSocSc) and commerce (Hon. BCom) from the University of Ottawa. He has also studied at Lakehead University, the London School of Economics, Monash University (at Prato, Italy), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Doug was recognized as a 2014 “Newsmaker” by the Law Times. He has received the Canadian Bar Association’s Edward K. Rowan-Legg Award (2015), the Osgoode Dean’s Gold Key Award (2015), and the Borden Ladner Gervais Professional Excellence Award (2012). His writing has appeared in legal industry and other publications.
Doug lives in Fort Frances with his partner, Peter Howie, who practices criminal and family law.