Bruce La Rochelle has been associated with Langevin Morris Smith since 2002. Bruce is a sole practitioner who works with Langevin Morris Smith LLP in its wills, estates, corporate and real estate practice. Bruce has also been involved with litigation files, particularly in the areas of family law and estate disputes, where Bruce prefers to act to facilitate early settlement. Bruce was called to the Ontario bar in 1978. Bruce is also a Chartered Accountant (Ontario, 1982) and Certified Management Accountant (Ontario, 1991), and uses these skills in advising clients. Bruce works exclusively with Langevin Morris Smith clients. Clients retaining Bruce personally do so through retaining the firm.
Due to his professional work for musicians, Bruce was accepted for admission to the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and, in that capacity, is a voting member for the JUNO Awards (www.junoawards.ca)
Since 2003, Bruce has been a regular judge of the written submissions, in English and French, of student counsel in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (www.jessupcanada.org). In 2006, when the competition was held in Ottawa, he was a panel judge of oral presentations, in English and French.
Bruce is a graduate in general arts from St. Michael's College, University of Toronto (1973) and a graduate in law (magna cum laude) from the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, University of Ottawa (1976). He holds an M.B.A. degree from the Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto (1981) and a doctorate in business administration from the Schulich School of Business, York University (1993). Bruce’s doctoral dissertation, Canadian Financial Institution Failures: The Pathologies of Regulatory Inaction, is a study of regulatory processes associated with the failures of the Canadian Commercial Bank, the Northland Bank and the Principal Group
Bruce spent ten years as a university professor in business faculties, primarily teaching Financial Accounting and Commercial Law, and researching in related areas. His full and part-time appointments have encompassed the University of Ottawa, Concordia University, Wilfrid Laurier University, Lakehead University, the University of Toronto and Algonquin College. His period as a university professor was followed by over a decade on Parliament Hill as a researcher and writer for Members of Parliament. During this period, Bruce commenced developing his law practice in association with Langevin Morris Smith LLP.
Since 1999, Bruce has been associated with the Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa, as a part-time instructor, teaching primarily in the areas of Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Accounting Theory and Commercial Law. He is also a part-time instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences, where he has taught Sociology of Organizations and Déontologie et Professions.
Bruce has volunteered at and remains a supporter of Clifford Bowey School, a publicly-funded Ottawa school for developmentally-challenged children, from which one of Bruce’s children graduated. Bruce provides ongoing pro bono legal services to challenged persons or their representatives through REACH Canada: Equality and Justice for Persons With Disabilities (www.reach.ca).