“Law is a lot like painting. The first few strokes on a blank canvas might not make a lot of sense, but the more strokes you make—or actions you take as a lawyer—the more the painting emerges. Lawyers put an incredible amount of forethought into each stroke so the final painting is what the client envisioned.” - Zachary Pringle
Zachary Pringle Associate
A corporate and commercial litigator with an inquiring mind and practical mindset, Zachary Pringle would rather interpret a contract than write it himself. That’s why he appreciates being part of Scarfone Hawkins’s one-stop corporate and commercial law shop, where he’s reminded daily of the quality of work done by his fellow teams and proud to test it in the real world.
No shortcuts allowed
Zachary Pringle isn’t exactly the stereotype of a corporate litigator. But that’s what makes him such an effective addition to the Scarfone Hawkins team.
Zach would rather ask questions than talk about himself. He’d rather understand the context than simply know the facts. And he’d rather temper expectations than overpromise. “Clients are becoming very sophisticated,” he says. “Our standard has to be that much higher. That’s why I sit down with a matter and go from start to finish asking why. It’s a no-shortcuts approach.”
Corporate and commercial law appealed to Zach because the disputes are often very complex. “There are so many moving parts,” he says. “Something that might not seem important could be the piece of evidence that will help your side pull through.” He found his home in litigation because he enjoys arguing the merits of the documents that the Scarfone Hawkins teams have drafted. It’s like putting theory into practice.
Completed the Area of Concentration: Business Law within the JD program at the University of Western Ontario
" Q: Personal quality that’s served you well."− A: “I like to ask questions. I believe there’s something to learn from everyone you meet.”
" Q: Why law students like board games."− A: “Board games are about understanding, applying and interpreting rules. While I was in law school, a group of us would get together every couple of weeks to play. We’d take a break and argue the rules for 10 or 15 minutes, even with games we were familiar with.”
" Q: Favourite way to stay on top of changes in the profession."− A: “I look up the most recent decisions in the areas of law I’m going to be working in. Some people might say that the law didn’t change as a result, so why bother? But whether a case is decided in your favour or the principle applies to your case will depend on very minute facts. I look for those.”