Rich brings to LexLocom a broad array of experience spanning his career – as a Consultant, Lawyer, Investment Banker, CFO, CEO, and Advisor to various Boards of Directors. He started his career 25 years ago as an Information Technology Consultant with Nestle Canada, designing databases and reporting systems. Over the next ten years, Rich provided advice and guidance to hundreds of clients regarding corporate strategy, business development, marketing, information technology, and corporate development. Several of these consulting assignments involved turnaround situations, whereby Rich took control over his clients’ operations, sourced new capital, and refocused the companie's resources to generate revenue.
After a brief career as a Securities Lawyer with McMillan LLP – providing legal advice on corporate financings and M&A transactions – Rich moved to the world of high finance. He worked as a mid-level and senior investment banker for five years before becoming Head of Investment Banking at two prominent boutique Toronto dealers. During his banking career, Rich participated in billions of dollars in financings and advised clients on numerous mergers, acquisitions, and asset sales.
He then founded RSG Consulting, targeting corporations that required a boost to their executive team. He took on various roles as interim CFO, CEO and Advisor to the Board of Directors in many sectors: Technology, Real Estate, Recruiting, Venture Capital, and Manufacturing. Rich remains active as an advisor to several Boards of Directors.
Rich holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Western University, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), major in Economics, from York University. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Christopher Sweeney | Director & Co-Founder
In 2011, Christopher co-founded LexLocom in order to offer better value and flexibility to clients seeking to outsource legal projects or who required additional help on a temporary or intermittent basis.
Christopher obtained his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University. He was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 1990, and practised in Vancouver before moving to London, England. There he secured a Graduate Business Degree from the London School of Economics and a Masters in British Imperial History from London University. He practised law in London before becoming a legal recruiter there, and then co-founding ZSA in Toronto in 1997.
Christopher is well known in both the legal and philanthropic communities. He founded both the Canadian (CGCA) and Quebec General Counsel Awards (PCJQ). He has written and spoken widely on the topics of legal recruitment, firm development and career strategy. He has a passion for history and in 2002 initiated the “Re-Trial of Louis Riel.” He is a Chair of the Vimy Foundation, a charity dedicated toward ensuring Canadians remember and honour their First World War efforts and sacrifice, and is the initiator of the Vimy Pin campaign and the Vimy Ridge Pilgrimage Medal campaign. Christopher was awarded the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs Commendation and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for his efforts in raising awareness for the accomplishments of Canada’s Veterans.
Christopher is also a Board Member of the Shakespeare Globe Company of Canada, on the Advisory Committee of the Cundill Prize for History at McGill University, and is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Albany Club. He is married with four children, and enjoys travelling, skiing, spending time at his cottage in the Laurentians, cheering on the “Habs,” history, politics, and wine.
Warren co-founded LexLocom in 2011 in order to offer clients innovative solutions to their daily legal needs: Associates On Request, General Counsel For Hire & Document Review Teams.
Warren established his own legal search firm in 1996 before he co-founded ZSA Legal Recruitment in 1997. As President & Co-Founder of ZSA, Warren manages lawyer recruitment operations and focuses his practice on partner-level hires and special in-house assignments. He also has expertise in legal team moves and law firm mergers.
Prior to co-founding LexLocom, Warren practiced law for several years in the corporate finance department of Blaney McMurtry LLP. During his time there, Warren established a professional sports agency firm, specializing in the representation of NHL players.
Warren was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993 and obtained his law degree from the University of Western Ontario and his bachelor of arts from York University. He is currently sitting on the Board of Directors at The York School, an independent school in Toronto (“TYS”), for which he is Past-Chair, and the Western University Alumni Association. Warren is also a past President of Western Law Alumni Association, and a past President of the Entrepreneurs Organization, Toronto Chapter.
Warren’s considerable experience and track record make him a sought after speaker on the subject of legal recruitment, retention and law firm management.
Sojourner King | Special Advisor
Sojourner King is a Special Advisor in our Toronto office. Since 2008, her practice has focused on consulting and management of large and small files from an e-discovery perspective. She has significant experience in legal project management, class actions and large commercial litigation matters. Ms. King assists clients in matters relating to electronic document preservation, production and spoliation. She also counsels on e-discovery preparedness and preservation strategies.
Ms. King is also very involved in pro bono efforts. She was recognized for three consecutive years by the Legal Aid Society of New York for outstanding pro bono service.
Ms. King practised at two large New York City law firms until her return to Toronto in 2013.
Siobhan is a Partner who has been involved with LexLocom since its inception in 2011. She has extensive experience placing experienced lawyers in Project Counsel and Lawyers on Request roles at law firms and in-house, and staffing large, complex legal projects with qualified lawyers.
Siobhan obtained her law degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western University. She articled in Vancouver and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1999. After 4 years in private practice, Siobhan joined the Vancouver office of ZSA prior to transferring to the head office in Toronto. When LexLocom was created, Siobhan immediately became involved.
In her spare time, Siobhan likes to play tennis, cook, and spend time with her family.
Ryan Baker | HR Manager & Legal Counsel
As LexLocom's Legal Counsel, Ryan provides leadership and guidance on a broad range of legal, risk and business growth matters. He drafts and negotiates a wide variety of commercial agreements, assists with regulatory compliance and governance efforts, and participates in setting business strategy and operational goals for LexLocom. Specifically, Ryan advises the company on numerous commercial matters such as advertising, marketing, public relations, privacy, intellectual property, and employment.
Ryan also maintains and enhances LexLocom’s human resources by planning, implementing and evaluating employee relations and human resources policies, programs and practices.
Ryan graduated with a J.D. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University and was called to the Ontario bar in 2015. Ryan worked as a corporate associate at Bennett Jones for two years and joined LexLocom after searching for the right opportunity to combine challenging legal work with his interest in employee relations and recruitment. Prior to his legal career, Ryan earned his Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) from the University of King’s College in Halifax and worked in marketing.
In his spare time, Ryan enjoys reading, playing tennis, trying new restaurants and spending time with family and friends.