A proud Italian, Romano reflects the values of his community – hard work, family, tradition, and integrity. After receiving his law degree from the University of British Columbia in 1967, Romano was called to the bar in 1968. He articled with the legendary Harry Rankin (renowned for taking on the hardest underdog cases and winning) where he became a partner in the firm of Rankin, Robertson, Giusti, Chamberlain, and Donald. Initially, Romano focused on criminal law which prepared him for the cut and thrust of courtroom work.
Early in his career, Romano recognized that many persons injured in accidents were not being treated fairly. He focused his career to the help these people. In 1981 he launched his own firm (now the present day GiustiNairne) and restricted his practice to personal injury claims.
Throughout his career Romano has appeared in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada where in 1994, he successfully argued the landmark case of Galaske v. O’Donnell. This case ruled that drivers must always ensure any children in their car wear seatbelts. Resolving thousands of cases through trials, negotiations and mediations, Romano’s judgments have resulted in millions of dollars for his clients. In addition to earning his clients’ gratitude, Romano also distinguished himself in the eyes of his colleagues and was awarded a Queen’s Counsel designation in 2003 for his outstanding contributions to the legal community.
Romano was a founding member and former president of the Selva Del Montello Society who were instrumental to the establishment of the Italian Cultural Centre. Also, as a founding member of the Italian Cultural Centre, Romano served on its Board of Directors for two years.
Law degree: University of British Columbia (1967)
Called to the Bar: 1968
Professional affiliations: Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia