A founding and senior partner of Houser Henry, Roger assists Canadian and international clients to grow and transfer ownership successfully and builds tremendous personal rapport with people. With a practice that includes Business Law, Financing and Business Succession Planning, Roger is known as a clear communicator. He acts as general counsel to many companies and often serves as a director on their boards.
In 2016 Roger was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers his longstanding work with the Geneva Centre for Autism. Roger has dedicated over 25 years to the Geneva Centre for Autism and its foundation. His leadership and commitment have helped establish services and support for families of persons affected by autism spectrum disorder.
How Roger serves our clients
Adept at taming the complexity that accompanies busy, affluent lives, Roger makes life easy for entrepreneurs by helping them to draw up shareholder agreements, access financing, succeed at strategic acquisitions and put the right succession plan in place. He’s an expert at employment law matters including employment agreements, terminations, employment standards and severance packages. Catering to his mission to streamline the specialized needs of high net worth families, Roger crafts wills and estate plans that safeguard the course of people’s wealth through estate freezes, powers of attorney and estate tax minimization strategies.
After completing his BA at the University of Toronto, Roger chose to attend law school at Queens University and survived the first-year attrition by scoring in the top 10%. He began his career at what was then called the Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations. Seeking a private sector opportunity, he was introduced to Bob Henry and soon joined our predecessor firm, Harries Houser Brown and McCallum. Roger has always loved the enormous variety of our work and its ever-changing challenges. He is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and the Law Society of Upper Canada.
A personal perspective
Roger is the Past President and a long-standing Director of the Geneva Centre for Autism, an international leader in developing and delivering clinical intervention services and training for children on the autism spectrum. He enjoys spending time with his wife, who practices municipal law, and his Cairn Terriers. He is also an avid golfer and wine collector.