The Law Society of Manitoba honours Mickey Rosenberg’s 50-year career as a lawyer.
The Law Society of Manitoba celebrated its 140th Anniversary with a Gala Dinner at The Fort Garry Hotel on November 2, 2017. The evening also honoured nine lawyers who have been active members of the legal community for more than half a century, including Fillmore Riley LLP’s Mickey Rosenberg.
“The Law Society of Manitoba’s 140-year history is a rich tapestry woven by the many diverse and talented lawyers who practised law in this province over those years,” said James McLandress, the President of the Law Society of Manitoba. “We are especially fortunate to be honouring nine lawyers who have each been active members of the Law Society of Manitoba for more than half a century. This group of men individually and collectively represent a remarkable record of service to the public, their communities and their profession.”
Mickey did not grow up wanting to be a lawyer. In university, he planned to go into dentistry, but he was not enjoying his science courses. Even though he had not taken any law-related courses, he made a decision to pursue law school. Next to marrying Roslyn, his wife of 52 years, Mickey said going to law school was one of the best decisions he has ever made.
After completing his coursework, Mickey articled with the firm of Cantor, Matas, Simkin, Cantor and Goltsman and was called to the Bar on September 7, 1966. He continued practising with that firm and its successor firm, Simkin Gallagher, for almost 30 years and then joined Fillmore Riley where 24 years later he continues to enjoy the practice of law.
“I have practised with Mickey for 35 years,” said Cy Fien, a senior tax partner at Fillmore Riley LLP. “In the world of real estate law, he is the lawyer’s lawyer. His enthusiasm for practice has not waned one bit and I look forward to continue seeing him in the office every weekday and every Saturday as always!”
Mickey practises extensively in the areas of property development, real estate and condominium law as well as mortgage realization for mortgage lenders. He received his professional designation A.C.C.I. (Associate of the Canadian Condominium Institute) in 1991 and had conferred upon him the designation F.C.C.I. (Fellow of the Canadian Condominium Institute) in 2001 in recognition of his work in the condominium industry both on a provincial and national level.
“Working with Mickey as an articling student and young lawyer was critical to my development of expertise in the field of Condominium Law,” said Delaney Vun, a partner of Fillmore Riley LLP and Director of the Canadian Condominium Institute—Manitoba Chapter. “His background and knowledge in the area is immense and I am very fortunate to have learned from him.”
Mickey is particularly proud of the recognition he has received from his peers by having been included for many years in the publications Best Lawyers and Lexpert and having been named Lawyer of the Year in 2015 by Best Lawyers in the practice of Real Estate Law in Winnipeg.
Among other endeavours, Mickey was a sessional lecturer at the University of Manitoba – Faculty of Law, a seminar leader for the Law Society Bar Admission Course, a director and president of the Canadian Condominium Institute—Manitoba Chapter, and a director and co-chair of Chai Folk Ensemble. He is currently a director of Shalom Residences Foundation Inc., an organization that provides housing for intellectually disabled persons.
Mickey has no plans to retire in the near future. “The day I get up in the morning and don’t want to go to the office is when I’ll start thinking about it. So far that has not happened. I love what I am doing.”