In the photo above from right to left: Paul J. Fournier, Trea B. Tuck, Neville C. Johnston – Submitted Photo
Brockville – A combined century of service is set to retire from Brockville’s oldest and most prestigious law firm.
Henderson Johnston Fournier’s senior partners Neville C. Johnston and Paul J. Fournier will retire from active legal practice by the end of 2017. Both Brockville lawyers were called to the Ontario Bar in 1966, and marked 50 years in the legal profession in 2016.
Neville C. Johnston joined Henderson Johnston Fournier in early 1966, becoming partner in 1969. He is also member of the Bar of New York State, licensed to appear in all courts in the State of New York. His principal areas of practice are civil litigation, wills and estates, and real estate.
Paul J. Fournier joined the firm in 1969, becoming partner that same year. Starting with a broad-based practice, Fournier has focused in later years on corporations, commercial transactions, wills and trusts, and real estate.
Change at the helm is nothing new for Henderson Johnston Fournier. Leeds and Grenville’s oldest law firm opened its doors in 1886. The intervening 131 years have seen many different partners’ names on the doors, including the late John Ross Matheson—former MP for Leeds and one of the fathers of the Canadian Flag. The firm took its current name in 1995, with then partner John E. Henderson. Henderson retired in 2000, passing away in 2016.
Both Johnston and Fournier know that the firm will be in good hands. The new name at the helm is Trea B. Tuck, Barrister and Solicitor. She is a member of both the State Bar of Texas and the Law Society of Upper Canada. Tuck joined the firm in 2012, becoming Managing Partner in 2014.
“I have enjoyed working with both Neville and Paul,” says Tuck. “Their mentorship and support have been, and will continue to be, invaluable.
“I am also very excited,” she adds, “about the future for the firm.”