Upon experiencing varied and valuable life and professional experiences in France, London, Ontario, the Maritimes and Bay Street, Graham F. Sirman, Barrister & Solicitor has returned to Eastern Ontario to open a law office restricted to personal injury, insurance and corporate-commercial litigation.
Graham should be familiar to many in the Kingston, university and legal communities. He was raised in Napanee and much of his youth was spent competing in local arenas and playing fields. After high school in Napanee, Graham took his Bachelor of Arts in Economics at Queen’s, where many in his extended family, including his parents, sister and maternal grandparents, have attended. While at Queen’s, Graham played intercollegiate hockey, which created some symmetry in the family. Graham’s father, William G. (Bill), who practiced law in the area for three decades, starred as a wingback in Frank Tindall’s offence with the Football Gaels in the early ‘60s. After graduating from Queen’s, Graham continued his quest for competition and life experiences by playing semi-professional hockey in France and, thereafter, completing his Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
Armed with his MBA and some acquired business experience, Graham became attracted by the legal profession and civil litigation in particular because of the natural forum it provided for his competitive instincts and oratory skills. Graham studied law at The University of Western Ontario, obtaining his LL.B in 1997, and began his legal career with one of Ontario’s most prominent personal injury law firms spending considerable time in court passionately advocating for his clients.
Graham eventually transferred his practice to a national business and insurance law firm to gain exposure to corporate-commercial litigation matters, allowing him to better leverage his graduate business school skill set. Graham’s participation in complex commercial, personal injury and insurance litigation matters, including professional negligence cases, was intensified by this experience as he appeared in all levels of court in Ontario and conducted a variety of trials, with and without juries.
Graham then opened his own firm in Kingston in the fall of 2002. His practice concentrates on personal injury, insurance and corporate-commercial and general litigation matters. Graham’s personal injury practice will heavily involve motor vehicle accident, long-term disability and accident benefit claims, given his background and training in that area. The corporate-commercial portion of his litigation practice will include breach of contract, shareholder dispute and debt collection cases. A lifelong learner, Graham also holds a Master of Laws in Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, widely regarded as Ontario’s leading professional development program.