Graeme A. Hamilton


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Graeme is a very experienced trial and appellate advocate whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defence, international trade and investment law, complex commercial disputes and public law.

Graeme is widely recognized as one of Canada's leading white collar criminal defence lawyers. He has been counsel in several of the most notable white collar and regulatory investigations and prosecutions in recent Canadian history, including the successful defence of one of the accused in the landmark bribery prosecution R. v. Barra, major domestic and international cartel investigations, and multiple high-profile Ontario Securities Commission investigations and enforcement actions. In addition, Graeme is frequently retained by companies to conduct internal investigations and instructed in related civil litigation.

Graeme is also very experienced providing representation and advice in international trade and investment matters, including with respect to economic sanctions, import and export controls, customs laws, national security measures and anti-corruption compliance.

Graeme taught Trial Advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law for several years. He also previously taught Evidence at Osgoode Hall Law School as an adjunct professor. In addition, Graeme has testified as an expert witness on criminal and constitutional law issues before the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs on multiple occasions.


Experience - White Collar Criminal Defence

  • Counsel to leading cryptocurrency exchange in Ontario Securities Commission investigation.
  • Counsel to leading cryptocurrency exchange in court application concerning seizure of alleged proceeds of crime.
  • Acted in several Competition Bureau investigations regarding alleged price-fixing and misleading advertising.
  • Successful defence of multinational aerospace company facing charges in relation to a workplace critical injury.
  • Counsel to audit committee of a public company in internal investigation into certain related-party transactions.
  • R. v. Barra – successful defence of an individual prosecuted under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act in landmark bribery prosecution.
  • Counsel to an individual in a high profile investigation for alleged tax evasion arising out of the Panama Papers.

Experience - International Trade and Investment Law

  • Counsel to multinational corporation in enforcement action under the Customs Act.
  • Successful defence of wholesale food distributor in prosecution under the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.
  • Represented individual founders of a technology company in internal investigation into alleged economic sanctions violations.
  • Advised numerous companies with respect to compliance with economic sanctions imposed by Canada pursuant to the Special Economic Measures Act and the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act.
  • Advised numerous companies on blocking measures in relation to Cuba.

Experience - Public Law

  • Counsel to a multinational company in an investigation by the Office of the Integrity Commissioner of Ontario into alleged violations of the Lobbyists Registration Act.
  • Ontario (Attorney General) v. Bogaerts - counsel to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as intervener in a section 7 challenge to animal welfare legislation.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Advocates' Society
  • Member, Criminal Lawyers' Association
  • Member, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section
  • Member, International Bar Association
  • Teaching Advisor, Trial Advocacy, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 2018-2021

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2020) of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations - Nationwide).
  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2021) of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Litigation Star.
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition (and since 2022) of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Business Crime Defence)
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition of Who's Who Legal: Global (Business Crime Defence)
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2018) of the Benchmark Canada 40 and Under Hotlist.
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2018) of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a Future Star.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2009
  • LLM, Harvard Law School, 2010
  • JD, University of Toronto, 2008
  • MA in Economics, University of Toronto, 2008
  • BSc in Mathematics and Engineering, Queen's University, 2003