Ot­ten­heimer joins C.B.N. law firm

The Compass - - Front page - BY AN­DREW ROBIN­SON ed­i­tor@cb­n­com­pass.ca

John Ot­ten­heimer is set to join a law firm in the Con­cep­tion Bay North area early in the New Year.

A for­mer Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive cab­i­net min­is­ter who came close to lead­ing the pro­vin­cial party will soon re­turn to work as a prac­tic­ing lawyer.

John Ot­ten­heimer is join­ing Mor­row, Mor­row & Cros­bie Law Of­fice. He was ap­pointed CEO of the New­found­land and Labrador Hous­ing Cor­po­ra­tion in July of 2015 by for­mer premier Paul Davis and fired with­out cause a year later, only a few months after a new Lib­eral ma­jor­ity gov­ern­ment was formed.

Ot­ten­heimer told The Com­pass the de­ci­sion to re­sume his law ca­reer took some time to make.

“I’ve given some thought as to what I would get in­volved in, and I made a de­ci­sion a num­ber of weeks ago that I would like to re­turn to the prac­tice of law,” he said. “I’ve prac­ticed now for be­tween 25 and 30 years, and it’s a pro­fes­sion that I’ve en­joyed very much.”

As for the de­ci­sion to join the Mor­row, Mor­row & Cros­bie firm, Ot­ten­heimer lives in Marys­vale, which is only a short drive from the Bay Roberts of­fice.

“And they ap­pear to be a very young and dy­namic law firm, and the na­ture of their prac­tice is some­thing that in­ter­ests me very much,” he said. “I’m look­ing for­ward to it.”

Ot­ten­heimer served as a cab­i­net min­is­ter for sev­eral years un­der Danny Wil­liams and came ex­tremely close to lead­ing the PCs fol­low­ing a tight lead­er­ship race in 2014 he ul­ti­mately lost to Davis. He’s now join­ing a firm fea­tur­ing two prom­i­nent Lib­eral party sup­port­ers. Bill Mor­row ran fed­er­ally for the Lib­er­als in 2006, and Judy Mor­row has been heav­ily in­volved with the pro­vin­cial party ex­ec­u­tive.

“This is not about pol­i­tics,” Ot­ten­heimer pointed out. “We are pro­fes­sion­als, we are lawyers and we want to service the needs of res­i­dents of the area.”

Ot­ten­heimer ex­pects to work out of the firm’s two of­fices, lo­cated in Bay Roberts and Car­bon­ear. He an­tic­i­pates deal­ing with plenty of per­sonal in­jury cases, real es­tate agree­ments and wills.

“Col­lec­tively, I’m sure I’ll be busy, and I’m look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.”

SALTWIRE NET­WORK FILE PHOTO

For­mer Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive cab­i­net min­is­ter and lead­er­ship hope­ful John Ot­ten­heimer is re­turn­ing to the law pro­fes­sion with Mor­row, Mor­row & Cros­bie Law Of­fice.

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