Defamation, Libel and Slander
Justin is a Precedent award-winning litigator, who is just at ease making arguments before the Supreme Court of Canada as he is conducting a case before administrative tribunals. His clients appreciate his clear thinking, sound judgment, practical advice and strong courtroom advocacy skills.
Justin’s practice focuses on administrative law, media/defamation law and commercial litigation.
In his administrative law practice, Justin represents clients in judicial reviews before the Divisional Court, as well as in hearings before tribunals, including the Ontario Securities Commission, sports law tribunals, academic discipline tribunals at Ontario universities and human rights tribunals. He also acts as independent legal counsel to a number of regulators.
Justin acts for both plaintiffs and defendants in defamation cases, as well as in related proceedings for extraordinary relief, including Norwich Pharmacal orders (e.g. to discover who is posting defamatory content), injunctions and de-indexing/“take-down” orders to remove defamatory content.
Justin has a particular interest in constitutional rights, and has represented parties in cases before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Ontario Court of Appeal that involve religious freedoms, freedom of speech, voting rights, and the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.
In his commercial law practice, Justin frequently acts in contract disputes, both at first instance and on appeal, and has published a number of articles relating to contract law. He has also taught courses on contract law and professional discipline at Wilfrid Laurier University’s business school, where he graduated with a BBA in 2006 (gold medalist).
Justin has developed a particular expertise in the area of civil forfeiture proceedings. In 2015, he was appointed by the Court to serve as amicus curiae in a case where the Crown was attempting to seize a sailboat. Since then, he has authored a primer on the Civil Remedies Act, and has been quoted on the subject in the Toronto Star, Law Times and CBA’s The National.
Justin holds a J.D. from the University of Toronto, where he received several academic awards. In 2009-2010, he served as law clerk to the Hon. Justices Laskin, Goudge and MacFarland of the Ontario Court of Appeal.