Ches Crosbie chose to bring his training in political science and law back home to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1983. At that time, he and his wife Lois Hoegg, who he met in law school, built a consumer law practice. He is proud of his work helping people with life-altering injuries, especially children, and is widely known for standing up for the rights of vulnerable people in class actions such as the Breast Cancer Testing, Moose Vehicle, Labrador Residential Schools, and Video Lottery Terminals. The theme of Ches’ legal career has been taking action to win solutions for people whose rights have been ignored. He is the recipient of numerous educational and professional honours and awards, including a Rhodes Scholarship, A Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.), Master of the Supreme Court and the Ontario-based Hillyer prize for courageous advocacy.
In his volunteer life, Ches recently helped to establish the Sealer’s Memorial and Interpretation Centre in Elliston. He also worked with the Placentia Historical Society and Town of Placentia to organize the successful August 2016 commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the historic 1941 meeting of Churchill and Roosevelt in Placentia Bay, where these leaders agreed on WWII war aims and the foundations for global peace set out in the Atlantic Charter.
On a pro bono (free) basis, Ches is helping former Marystown shipbreaking workers with long term health problems get their compensation claims accepted. Ches has given away thousands of bicycle helmets to young people across the province.
Among other interests, Ches is an avid hunter of the Newfoundland moose and a fly fisherman. He enjoys reading and spending time with his family.
Ches learned much about politics from his parents, Hon. John and Jane Crosbie, and about much else in life from his wife, Lois, and their three children, Charlotte, Catherine and Rachel.