Brian practises commercial litigation, competition law, criminal and regulatory law, professional discipline, general civil litigation and administrative law. His clients include private sector entities and public officials, as well as for numerous regulators and administrative agencies.
Brian has frequently acted as counsel at federal and provincial commissions of inquiry and at coroners’ inquests, including most recently the Joint Inquest into the Deaths of Seven First Nations Youths in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Since his appointment to that role in 2013, Brian has served as 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 regularly represents federally appointed judges in connection with the Canadian Judicial Council.
Brian speaks and writes broadly, and is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs. He has served as adjunct faculty at Western University’s faculty of law and as an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, teaching administrative law.
Brian is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow and Director of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is also an Honorary Overseas Member of the (U.K.) Commercial Bar Association (ComBAR). From 2018-2019, Brian was president of The Advocates’ Society, an organization comprised of more than 6,000 members from across Canada.
Updated April 2021