The Honourable Gloria Epstein practised general civil litigation at two large Toronto law firms before starting her own firm, Gloria J. Epstein & Associates in 1985. She was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 1993, to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2007, and became a supernumerary judge in 2015. In 2018, she retired from the Court of Appeal to accept an appointment from the Toronto Police Services Board to lead the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Persons Investigations. In July of 2021, Gloria received her Mediator Accreditation from the London School of Mediation, recognized by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Ms. Epstein has now joined Arbitration Place as an arbitrator and mediator.
Ms. Gloria Epstein graduated from Queen’s University in 1972 with a Bachelor of Commerce and obtained her L.L.B. from the University of Toronto in 1977. She practiced law for 14 years in the area of general civil litigation. In 1985, she opened her own law firm, Gloria J. Epstein & Associates, specializing in general civil litigation and administrative law. Her firm was one of the first Toronto based law firms to be led and owned by a woman.
She was appointed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 1993 and to the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2007. While a trial judge, she was appointed by the Premier of Ontario to review the government’s involvement in the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets. She became a supernumerary judge in 2015 before retiring from the Court of Appeal in 2018 to accept an appointment from the Toronto Police Services Board to lead the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Persons Investigations. The Report Judge Epstein released on April 20 2021 was received with universal acclaim and the Chief of the Toronto Police Service has publicly committed to ensuring every one of the 151 recommendations contained in the Report are met.
Justice Epstein founded the McMurtry Gardens of Justice, was Co-Chair of the Ontario Justice Education Network and Director of the Canadian Women’s Foundation. She is currently a member of the Pathways National Board of Directors, the Sinai Health Foundation Board of Directors and the Smith School of Business Advisory Board.
In 2007, Judge Epstein received a University of Toronto Arbor Award for volunteerism, and in 2013 she received a YWCA Women of Distinction Award. In 2019, the Law Society of Ontario honoured Judge Epstein by bestowing upon her an Honorary Doctorate of Laws.
Ms. Epstein has now joined Arbitration Place as an arbitrator and mediator.