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A tough, tenacious lawyer

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Jack King talks on the phone prior to giving testimony in the 2012 judiciary hearing of his wife, Justice Lori Douglas.

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Re: Lawyer at centre of wife's troubles (April 30). It was with sadness (and some disgust) that I read the coverage in the Free Press of the death of Jack King. The newspaper noted that he had died, and then launched immediately into a retelling of the prurient and salacious details of his personal and private life.

King was so much more. He was a tenacious lawyer who took difficult, unpopular cases that many lawyers would not touch because he understood the role of counsel in society, and believed justice required that every litigant had the right to be represented by counsel.

Despite his seniority, experience and excellent professional reputation, King charged fees well below his market value or those of his peers. He was aware that access to the legal system had become too expensive for most litigants, and deliberately placed access to justice for them above his personal gain.

Prior to his notoriety, King was a frequent guest lecturer and contributor to the educational endeavours of the Law Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba Bar Association. He saw doing so as his professional and ethical obligation -- a way to "give back."

I litigated several cases against Jack King. He was tough in his negotiations, but honest and straightforward. One can ask no more of an honourable adversary in an adversarial system.

 

MARTIN G. TADMAN

Levene Tadman Golub Law Corporation

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 3, 2014 A14

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