Paul D. Milne

Partner Emeritus, Simpson Wigle LAW LLP

Paul Milne's educational background includes a BA and MBA from the University of Toronto, a LLB from Osgoode Law School and a Certificate in Family Business advising from the Family Firm Institute, an international organization of family business advisors. Paul's continuing education includes the Business Families Foundation Course in Montreal and succession planning programs at the Anderson School of Management at UCLA in Los Angeles and the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia.

He is a Partner Emeritus of Simpson Wigle.

Areas of practice include:

Acting as counsel to owners of private businesses with emphasis on corporate organizational planning from a legal perspective, corporate transactions and implementation of transition plans for businesses. This also includes working with other professionals in an interdisciplinary manner facilitating transition planning, values clarification, family retreats and design and development of governance systems such as advisory boards and boards of directors; and Estate planning and incapacity planning for owners of private businesses, their families and other individuals.

Paul is a Fellow of the Family Firm Institute, has been a member of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise and of the Attorneys for Family Held Enterprises, an international organization of lawyers for family business. Paul is also a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He has also served as a member of the Consulting Services Executive Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, has lectured to lawyers with the Law Society of Upper Canada, has lectured in the Society's Bar Admission Program, has been an editor of the Estates Trusts and Pensions Journal, a national publication in Canada and as well has served on numerous public boards. Paul's publications include "The Family Business History"; "A Catalyst to a Successful Succession Plan" co-authored with Phyllis M. Cowan  which was published in the Estates Trusts and Pensions Journal in Canada and The CPA Consultant which is the journal of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Paul also speaks regularly on transition planning to business organizations.

Paul has served on the Board of Directors of numerous community organizations including the Boards of Directors of The Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, the Canadian Centre for Studies of Children at Risk at McMaster University and the Idlewyld Home for Aged in Hamilton.