We came home to London, Ontario, where I became a partner at Siskinds LLP, one of Canada’s leading class action law firms. I built the firm’s biggest team of lawyers, and fought dozens of environmental, securities, and human rights class action lawsuits. By 2012, Canadian Lawyer Magazine would name me one of the 25 most influential lawyers in the country and, the following year, Canadian Business Magazine would include me in their list of 50 most influential persons in Canadian business. I became a frequent media commentator on legal issues and international capital markets, and a guest lecturer at universities and legal conferences.
When the financial crisis hit in 2007, I saw millions of people around the world plunged into poverty by the fraudulent actions of bankers—the same bankers on whose behalf I had once advocated. I was appalled.
A friend suggested I read Manufacturing Consent by Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman. From the moment that I finished the book, I felt a deep indignation as I realized that most of what I had seen in the corporate media and heard from politicians was a lie.