Get to Know Our Lawyers: Meet Colin McKinnon!

Sep 27, 2023

Get to Know Our Lawyers: Meet Colin McKinnon!

We have a team of dedicated and compassionate lawyers who work hard to help our clients get the compensation they deserve. Today, we are featuring Colin, one of our senior personal injury lawyers who has been with Litco Law since 2015. He is devoted to assisting those injured and their families navigate the complexities of injury claims. Colin is not only a skilled and experienced lawyer, but also a caring and empathetic person who always puts his clients’ interests first.

We sat down with Colin to learn more about his personal and professional background, hobbies, and more…

  • What are your hobbies? Playing with his two young boys, which seems to be another full-time (albeit fun) position.
  • Who inspires you? People that take very difficult positions on things, seeing obstacles as perhaps even insurmountable, and still overcoming them and affecting change where no one else could. These are people like Mahatma Gandhi with the satyagraha movement in India, Martin Luther King with the civil rights movement or Mohammed Ali with his conscientious objections. Those are people that inspire me.
  • Why do you work in personal injury law? For the first twelve years of my career, I worked for insurance companies, and I ultimately decided that wasn’t what I wanted to do for the remainder of my career. I enjoyed the work and the people I was working with, but I wanted to get back to helping people. I decided to make a change and join Litco Law because I saw an opportunity to use my skills and experience for a different purpose: to help injured individuals and their families get the best possible outcome for their claims. I especially enjoy working with my clients on a personal level, understanding their needs and goals, and advocating for their rights. I find it very rewarding to see my clients recover from their injuries and move on with their lives.
  • Tell us something that isn’t on your resume. I was in the academic study of Buddhism, and I have a Masters in South Asian studies from the University of Toronto.
  • What do you love about the Litco Law team? We have a tremendously caring team that’s focused exclusively on our clients. We don’t miss their calls or emails, and we always get back to the clients. These are important and critical things for all of our clients, particularly when an individual is going through one of the hardest times in their life.
  • Where did you grow up? I grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, a city on the shores of Lake Superior. It’s a beautiful place with a lot of nature and culture.
  • What’s your go-to Starbucks order? An Americano with a splash of plain milk to balance the bitterness of the espresso.
  • What is one thing on your bucket list? One of my new goals in life is to travel with my two sons and my wife. My wife and I had travelled quite a bit before they were born, and we love exploring new places and learning about different cultures, histories, and cuisines. I think traveling is a great way to broaden your horizons and challenge yourself. I would like to start doing this with the two boys and see their experience.
  • What is your favourite place that you’ve travelled to? My favourite place that I’ve travelled to is New Orleans. It’s such a vibrant and authentic city with a rich musical and culinary heritage. I had a blast listening to the incredible music, particularly jazz and blues.
  • What music do you like to listen to? I have a broad range of music I listen to, from the old country blues of Son House, Skip James and Charlie Patton to the jazz of Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith and Thelonious Monk, to the music of the 60’s and 70’s with the Beatles, the Kinks, the Stones, Bowie and Led Zeppelin through the grunge and garage bands. I also like punk and bluegrass, and Radiohead is an absolute favourite. Of course, the pinnacle is Bob Dylan. It’s probably easiest to identify music to which I’m not particularly inclined.
  • What’s your favourite book? My favourite book is “Ulysses” by James Joyce. It’s a masterpiece of modern literature that depicts the lives and thoughts of various characters in Dublin on a single day in 1904. It’s a challenging but rewarding read that explores themes such as identity, memory, art, and religion. I admire Joyce’s understanding of the human condition, and the “Molly” chapter was one of my favourite literary experiences.

Professional Background

Colin graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy in 1995 and then obtained a Master of Arts degree from the University of Toronto in 1998. He received his Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Manitoba in 2003. Colin was called to the Ontario bar by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 2004 and practiced with two leading litigation firms in Thunder Bay, Ontario before relocating to Calgary in 2007. He was called to the Alberta bar by the Law Society of Alberta in 2007 and practiced with a leading litigation boutique firm in Calgary for over 8 years before joining Litco Law in 2015.

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