Ian attended the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto and obtained his Bachelor of Laws in 1992. While at law school he worked at one of the legal clinics associated with the school, eventually holding the position of co-director. As well, while at law school Ian was employed on contract for the Legal Department of the Ontario Information and Privacy Commission.
Ian is a partner with Ursel Phillips Fellows Hopkinson LLP. He commenced his articles with the firm in 1992 and returned to the firm as an associate once he was called to the Bar. His practice involves acting on behalf of unions and employees in all areas of labour and administrative law. This includes working on matters such as labour arbitrations, Labour Board hearings, human rights, unemployment insurance, and employment standards. Ian's practice includes appearing in court on matters such as labour injunctions, applications for judicial review, and in respect of criminal matters which are related to the workplace. Ian has also conducted numerous educational seminars for clients on current issues of interest to unions.
Ian is a member of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers and the Canadian Bar Association. His professional activities have included appearing as a panelist for the Canadian Bar Association Labour Relations Section and contributing to the Education and Law journal.