“Some files require big bold strokes. Others require a subtle touch of shade or tone. The art is being able to distinguish between the two in order to achieve a result that the client is satisfied with.” - Brent Marshall
BRENT MARSHALL Associate
An experienced litigator with more than a decade of experience working as in-house counsel for a company, Brent Marshall knows what it’s like to sit on the client’s side of the table. He brings a calm and deliberate approach to his practice, helping clients take a step back and objectively assess risk and reward when emotions are running high.
Striking the right balance
Brent may be one of the newer members of the Scarfone Hawkins team, but don’t mistake that for being green. He’s got almost three decades of legal experience, both as a partner in a boutique law firm and in-house counsel for an Ontario company, that he uses every day to help clients make tough business choices.
“Legal disputes are primarily about money,” Brent says. “Either we’re seeking it from the other party or defending against paying it. In order to do that we need to balance legal and business realities to find the right solution. We’ve got to know when to give and take.”
The congruence between Brent’s philosophy and the culture at the firm is no mistake. “What attracted me to Scarfone Hawkins was the sensible, measured, honest approach the firm takes to its cases,” he says. “People care about getting results that make sense for clients. And no one comes here because ‘it’s a job.’”
Brent is happy to share his wealth of experience with the team, but he’s clear he’s not done learning. In the end, it’s all to benefit the client. “We have a set of skills. When clients entrust their affairs to us because they need those skills, that’s all the motivation I need.”
" Q: Favourite way to stay on top of changes in the profession."− A: “When the Law Society introduced continuing professional development it was the best thing that’s happened to the practice of law since I was called to the bar. Law requires an agility of mind and intellect. Taking courses keeps you focused and shows you new and different ways of doing things.”
" Q: Words to live by. "− A: “It’s important to listen to people. I hope it doesn’t sound trite, but there really is no such thing as a stupid question.'”
" Q: Life lessons from sports."− A: “I play golf and curl. Golf is an individualistic sport—the outcome is all on your shoulders. When I curl, I’m part of a four-man team. We work together, cooperate and compromise. Both satisfy different parts of me.”