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DDSB Appoints New General Legal Counsel

January 25, 2019

We would like to congratulate and welcome Patrick Cotter, to the Durham District School Board (DDSB) as our new General Legal Counsel. Patrick is a strategic thinker and communicator with exceptional negotiation and advocacy skills. This appointment is effective January 28, 2019.

Cotter joins the DDSB team with 20 years of experience as a high-performance lawyer, who recently worked with the Toronto District School Board as their Senior Litigation Counsel. In 1996 he attended Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and in 1998 he was Called to the Bar with The Law Society of Upper Canada in Ontario.  

In addition to working on education litigation, Cotter previously and successfully represented many high-profile clients including, Twentieth Century Fox, Disney, Kraft Canada and the Montreal General Hospital. 

"On behalf of the Board of Trustees I'm happy to welcome Patrick Cotter to join our dynamic team," said Michael Barrett, Chair of the Board. "His legal expertise and experience working in education makes him a perfect fit for the Durham District School Board."

"Patrick's experience will be an invaluable addition to the DDSB team," said Lisa Millar, Director of Education. "With over 20 years of experience, Patrick will help the DDSB to be successful as we serve our school communities."


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