Congratulations to Helen Pelton of Pelton Law for receiving The Hamilton Law Association 2016 Ed Orzel Award! The purpose of this award is to honour a member of The Hamilton Law Association who has demonstrated excellence in trial advocacy for a single outstanding trial effort, or for a career in trial advocacy in any area of the law.
The award was presented to Helen by Vice-President Robert Hooper at the 16th Annual Advocacy Conference on December 1st, 2016 at the Hamilton Convention Centre.
Helen was born and raised in England, graduating with a B.Sc. in chemistry and physiology from the University of London. She emigrated to Canada and earned an M.Sc. in organic chemistry from the University of Guelph. As a chemist, Helen then worked in Montreal and New York, largely in industry, but with some research and teaching thrown in for good measure.
Moving to Hamilton in 1987, she returned to school to study law at Western University and was called to the bar in 1993. Since then she has practiced as a trial lawyer, focusing on personal injury and employment law, while also representing professionals at discipline hearings. She is certified by the Law Society as a specialist in civil litigation.
Helen has been a board member of the Advocates Society, the Ontario Lawyers Assistance Program, Helen Zurbrigg Homes, and The Hamilton Law Association, where she also served as President.
She is currently a member of the Hamilton Integrated Research Ethics Board, and the board of gritLit.
Helen is married to Bob Pelton, a professor of chemical engineering at McMaster. She is the mother of Kate Pelton, who after being exposed to law school at a young age, wisely chose a career in banking.