Along with his family and his firm, the pension industry is mourning the sudden passing of Stikeman Elliott partner Gary Nachshen. Nachshen died tragically late last week while on vacation with his wife and two young children in the Turks and Caicos.
Nachshen, the national head of Stikeman’s pensions and benefits practice group, was based in Toronto but began his career in Montreal and often worked on Montreal mandates.
He joined the Montreal office in 1986 as an articling student while earning his law degree at McGill University. Previously he earned an undergraduate degree specializing in East Asian studies from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
Nachshen developed an expertise in pensions law and related taxation issues and became a partner in the Montreal office in 1996. One year later, he moved to Toronto, where he became one of the most respected lawyers in Canada in his chosen field.
I had the pleasure of working closely with Gary on the OBA Pension & Benefits Executive and interviewing him many times. His legal acumen and sense of humour made him popular and successful among his clients and his peers.
Although funeral arrangements are still being confirmed, there are tentative plans for a service on Friday, April 1st at 11:30 am at Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel, . Gary’s friends can visit the Benjamin’s Park Memorial Chapel website for an on-line memorial book and to confirm final funeral arrangements.