It really comes down to the fact that my Queen’s experience set me on a rewarding path in my career and personal life. I was able to acquire knowledge, skills and experience that assisted me in building my career as a lawyer. I am originally from London, Ontario but a job offer right after law school took me out to British Columbia. With continued support from Queen’s alumni/ae in the Vancouver area, I was successful in building a successful law practice and a very happy life.”
Last year you started your own law firm – Overholt Law. Why did you make the change?
“I really enjoyed my experience in big firms. I was an equity partner in a large national law firm for many years. I knew my firm was going to become a part of an international merger and I wanted to do something different at this stage in my life. After some careful thought, I established Overholt Law. We now have three lawyers and are growing. I have found the experience to be liberating and it has renewed my love of the practice of law.”
What has been the highlight of your legal career?
“I have had many great experiences in my practice including acting as legal counsel in many matters before the Courts. However, I am most proud of my contribution to creating Pro Bono Law of B.C. I’ll trace it back to Queen’s. When I was a student, I had the opportunity to be the Director of the Queen’s Legal Aid Society that operated clinics in Kingston and other communities in the area. More than 100 law students were involved in the program. I remember being involved in establishing the Montreal Street Clinic. I was touched by the needs of the Kingston community including the families of inmates at the various correctional facilities located in the Kingston area. The Queen’s Legal Aid Society made me excited about the practice of law and that experience has always stayed with me. Many young lawyers want to give back and there really was a need to structure and to formalize the delivery of pro bono legal services in B.C. We embarked on establishing Pro Bono Law of BC in the late 1990s and it took about three to four years before it happened. You hope your initiatives will stand the test of time and I am proud and happy to see its continued success.”