The following is a sample of the many comments received upon my announcement that I was running for bencher again.

“Sid has been one of the most passionate, thoughtful and articulate Benchers during my 16 years as a lawyer. His common sense and attention to detail when evaluating the issues that our profession encounters is invaluable, as is his commitment to keeping us all informed. I proudly support Sid in his re-election for Bencher and encourage every one of my colleagues to do the same."  James McAskill, Oakville

"Sid offers a strong voice and clear direction on issues that are of critical importance to the bar.  You can always count on Sid to move forward with a practical practitioner's approach."   David Slan, Toronto

"Over the course of my practice, I have had the opportunity to observe and evaluate the perspectives and agendas of various Bencher candidates.  Sid has consistently demonstrated his abilities as a responsive and engaged Bencher.  He backs innovative policies and is not all talk.  Sid is honest, pragmatic and he provides a hopeful insight into our legal profession's needs and its challenges.  Sid examines the issues and listens closely to questions and concerns.  So I am writing to express my support to Sid's campaign and encourage members to vote for him in the upcoming elections."   Michael Brown, Ottawa

"The Law Society needs more people like you with solid practical judgment."  Chris Bredt, retiring bencher, Toronto.

"As you cast your ballot in this year's Benchers' Election, please give careful thought to Sid Troister.  Sid not only understands the Planning Act, he understands the issues facing practising solicitors.   Sid is the driving force behind the Real Estate Summit.  Practical, topical and helpful-just like Sid. Throughout the year, Sid sends regular Bulletins on important topics and warns us about traps to avoid.  He understands the challenges faced by lawyers "In the trenches" and he is a tremendous teacher and advocate.  As Solicitors practicing Real Estate law, we need Sid Troister's voice at the Benchers' table."  Peter McCabe, Belleville

“Great to see quality running for Bencher again.”  Allan Sternberg,  Toronto

"The Law Society needs Benchers who bring a solicitor's perspective in this changing environment to represent solicitors' interests with the Law Society.  Sidney is generous in sharing his time and knowledge on various CPD courses  and consultations with individual solicitors when they particularly face a challenging Planning Act issue.  Sidney has a broad knowledge of the issues that many solicitors face on a daily basis.  I feel that his combination of knowledge and experience will benefit the Society and the public. "  John McKercher, Seaforth

"You have that rare combination of knowing and caring."   Joseph Kappy, Toronto  

“Sid is an excellent choice for Bencher. He is thoughtful, intelligent and is exactly who we need”  Nancy Johnson, Ottawa

"You have my vote!  You are a tireless supporter of the solicitor in Ontario. Please continue your advocacy on our behalf."    Brian Hanna, Oakville

"Sid has sound, sensible convictions and the courage to fight for them. It's great for the profession, especially real estate lawyers, that Sid is going for another round for bencher. Sid's no nonsense and plain speaking is needed now more than ever. Sid's long term focus on competence and education--and spending his own time and effort on it--is impressive and valuable."   Ted Perlmutter, Toronto

“I appreciate the work and effort Sid Troister does for the legal community, especially for those of us practising real estate law. He regularly attends the Carleton County Law Association Solicitor conference to provide the local lawyers with important information. More importantly, as a bencher, he provides a valuable and needed solicitor voice at the table. I wish we had more benchers like Sid.”  Babette Turner, Ottawa

"Sidney is not only a thought leader in his area of practice, but has a long track record of advancing the dialogue on the direction that the practice of law needs to go in. Sid marries a longstanding excellence in practice with an appetite for seeing the legal profession keep pace with its ever-changing environment. I would consider us fortunate to have his service as a Bencher." Simon P. Crawford, Toronto


"Sid Troister has been a leading light in the real estate bar. He has shared his wisdom and scholarship for many years without expectation of reward. His service to the profession has been outstanding and he deserves to serve us as a Bencher.  Gerry Ross, Toronto


"The hallmark of a successful bencher is a commitment to the profession as a whole.  This includes substantive professional experience, an understanding of the regulatory issues that face us, and a history of giving time to the profession without the expectation of getting anything in return.  Sid is all of these things.  Tannis Waugh, Toronto

"Sid Troister is exactly the kind of lawyer that should be a Bencher.  He is prepared to ask the tough questions that are needed to protect the profession and the public."  Arthur Cockfield, Kingston

"It is my pleasure to offer my support for Sid Troister’s re election for Bencher. I have known Sid for many years and recently have co chaired the annual Real Estate Summit with him. I am a sole practitioner who practices almost exclusively real estate. We solicitors and particularly real estate lawyers need our interests represented at convocation. Sid provides that for us. Sid tirelessly answers our calls and emails and has always helped when he could. He has spent his career trying to make life better for practitioners and keep us out of all kinds of trouble. Please vote for him."  Joel Kadish, Toronto

"Sid has all of the characteristics that should be expected of an elected Bencher. He is thoughtful, independent, experienced and hard working. Those traits are essential qualities for an effective representative and leader of the legal profession. Sid’s expertise and wisdom rises above any narrow area of the practice of law. Voting lawyers should seek others like him,  rather than narrow focused, single issue candidates who will not have the depth, interest or capacity to address the numerous complex and competing issues to face Convocation in the next 4 years. We are fortunate to have Sid offering to continue as a Bencher for a further term."  Larry Banack, retiring Life Bencher, Toronto

"Sid Troister has been a well-respected member of the real estate bar for many years.  He is knowledgeable, practical and has the best interests of the profession at heart, whilst always balancing public concerns.  He is a pleasure to deal with and always fair and forthright."  Leor Margulies, Toronto

There is no person I would rather have representing me and our profession than you.  Barry Rotenberg, Toronto

"I heartily support Sid's campaign for reelection as bencher of the LSO; we need more solicitor benchers to ensure that the voices of those of us practising in this area of law are adequately heard by Convocation.  Sid's common sense approach to issues facing the profession benefit us all, so I urge you to vote for him to ensure we continue to benefit from his knowledge experience and commitment to the profession." Karen Lewis, Huntsville

"In April 2019, I shall have practiced for 57 years.  A substantial portion of that time having been spent as a Real Estate Practitioner.   There  is no better person to represent the real estate bar.  I endorse Sid's candidacy for Bencher and urge all real estate practitioners to vote for him."  Geraldine Tepper, Kingston. 

"You bring a strong voice of reason and understanding to the table when it comes to lawyer regulation, especially when it comes to life in the trenches for a solicitor, and we never seem to have enough of that."  Jordan Cohen, Toronto

“We need more benchers like Sidney who are passionate about our profession and believe that we really do good things for our society.”  Allan Kaplan, Toronto

"Once again, I am going to support Sidney Troister's candidacy as bencher.  I supported Sid on his first run because of his willingness to devote enormous amount of time annually to the Real Estate Law Summit and how he required the various speakers to address very practical "in the trenches" solutions to the problems facing practitioners attending the summit.  Over the years, i have called Sid on several occasions to discuss Planning Act issue that I have faced in my practice and he has always taken the time to chat, even though he does not know me personally.  i know Sid has provided this support to innumerable lawyers.  After his election as bencher, I witnessed Sid working very hard to protect lawyers and come up with practical solutions for those of us who run our own businesses. (I saw the tapes!).   As I expected, Sid's concern for and generosity to other lawyers carried over into his role as bencher.  If you want someone to truly represent your interest, I encourage you to support Sid as well."  Bev Chapin, Toronto

"Sid Troister has represented the profession well as a bencher and though his commitment to educating the real estate bar.  We need his practical no nonsense approach at Convocation so please vote for him again!"  Michael Lamb, London 

“I personally think that Sid Troister is the Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Joe Montana of real estate lawyers, who has never forgotten his roots and what it’s like to be in the trenches, practising real estate law day-to-day. He is a consummate professional! “  Harry Herskowitz, Toronto

"Sid is the consummate champion of the real estate bar as an advocate for the issues at hand.  More importantly, he is accessible and always willing to assist no matter the legal question you may ask him.  Thank for all your hard work and continued commitment to represent our profession as a Bencher."  Judith Wilcox, Alexandria

"Sid is an approachable and down to earth lawyer.  He generously shares his time and knowledge with the legal community--both on a one to one basis and also as a regular CPD speaker. His views are always thoughtful and well considered.  I strongly urge all solicitors to vote for Sid in the upcoming election."   Mary Foss, Perth.

Sid has a way of finding common sense solutions to complicated problems and almost invariably those solutions are acceptable to all who are involved.   John Tracy, Oakville

“I strongly endorse Sidney Troister for election as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario.  I have known Sid for many years and consider him to be among the strongest of candidates.  Sid has given his time unreservedly to the solicitors community, for whom he advocates at the Law Society.  When casting your ballot for the election of benchers, I consider it to be extremely important that you vote for Sid."  Bram Potechin, Ottawa

"The insight, wisdom and common sense that you brought to Convocation has been invaluable. In my view, however, just as important, has been the class and decorum that you have shown in supporting your position on some of the  “heated” matters that came before Convocation in the past 4 years."  Odysseas Papadimitriou, Toronto

"Fantastic - you have made my day! I would be pleased and honoured to support and endorse your candidacy for Bencher.  I can think of no finer a candidate. Not only a leader in his area(s) of practice, but, and more importantly, a great person.  You will be a true asset as a Bencher. A strong and practical mind!"  David Smith, Barrie

"There is no other lawyer that I have met in the last 30 years that cares more about lawyers than you do."  Bill Lang, Huntsville

"Whether you practice in a large firm or work as a sole practitioner, Sid will communicate your concerns with honesty, integrity and credibility."  Domenic Tudino, Mississauga