Of Counsel – Senior Litigation Lawyer
After being called to the Bar in 1996, Brian bravely started his own general practice, earning the building blocks to understanding a wide range of legal issues. Over time, he began specializing in advocacy in the criminal, civil and administrative tribunals. He has appeared in all levels of Court in Ontario and numerous Tribunals.
Prior to Brian becoming a lawyer, he earned his business degree (BBA hons. Wilfrid Laurier U.) and started on the ground floor in a unionized environment, working his way up to management and then strategic and operations planning. He earned his MBA at the University of Toronto along the way.
This business background allowed Brian to accept new challenges in the entertainment and entrepreneurial space becoming a successful CEO of several companies. Brian is still very interested in helping entrepreneurs start up or scale up. He has been involved in start-ups in film & television production, aggregates, cannabis licencing, and high-tech speech equipment.
Brian has earned further credentials in Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is of the belief that litigation should be the last resort and only in the clearest of cases. Brian can provide facilitative and evaluative mediation services, across a broad spectrum of matters, assisting parties to come to the best decision between themselves, and for themselves, in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Brian is further trained in Workplace Investigations. Workplaces should be respectful and positive. Allegations of discrimination, harassment, violence and statutory breaches do occur. As a workplace investigator, combined with his litigation experience, Brian provides fair and thorough investigations into such matters.
Brian’s legal and business experiences have earned him substantial career capital. He has a reputation of approachability, empathy, and creativity. He can transform challenging multidimensional problems into solutions for you.
At Protomanni & Associates, Brian maintains a civil litigation and mediation practice.
When not advocating for his clients, Brian volunteers a great deal of his time giving back to the community by serving on Boards and volunteering with various organizations.