Brian practises commercial litigation, competition law, criminal and regulatory law, professional discipline, general civil litigation and administrative law. He acts on behalf of a number of private clients, as well as for numerous regulators and administrative agencies.
Brian has frequently acted as counsel on federal and provincial Commissions of Inquiry. In that role, he was Commission Counsel on the Walkerton Inquiry, Arar Inquiry and the Air India Inquiry. He was lead counsel for the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario at the Goudge Inquiry and represented the Commissioner of the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
Brian has also acted as counsel to parties with standing at coroners’ inquests, including most recently the Inquest into the Death of Dennis Melton; the Inquest into the Death of Jeffrey Baldwin; and the Joint Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youths. Presently, Brian is Court Counsel to the judges of the nine provincial and territorial superior courts that approved and continue to administer the historic Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, Canada’s largest class action settlement.
Brian speaks and writes broadly, and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs. He has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Western Ontario’s faculty of law and as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaching administrative law.
Brian is President of the Advocates’ Society for 2018-2019 and the Co-Chair of the Society’s Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice Group. He is a Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and more recently became an Honorary Overseas Member of the Commercial Bar Association (COMBAR), based in England.
Last updated: March 2019