George R. Wray

Partner

Toronto
GWray@blg.com
416.367.6354

While principally a litigator, George also acts as counsel to Canadian and multinational corporations and insurers and provides strategic advice to designers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of products across various industry sectors.

His expertise defending product liability claims includes providing advice regarding risk management issues of products, including product warnings and safety issues as well as investigations and proceedings by statutory bodies.

At the intersection of technology, innovation, business and law – think autonomous and AI systems, the Internet of Things – is where George's expertise and practical advice gives his clients an edge. His "what's next" approach to the law allows him to provide sound, practical and forward-thinking advice and guidance.

George has also defended architects and engineers in various construction related claims. He also regularly defends municipalities in infrastructure related claims, including roadway design and maintenance. George has significant trial experience – jury and non-jury – and has appeared before all level of Courts in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal.

Experience

  • Defending various automotive OEMs defending claims relating to airbags, timing chains, emissions systems, seatbelts and electrical and engine failures.
  • Defending worldwide leading RV companies.
  • Defending a world leading appliance and household good manufacture in various product related claims.
  • Defending a sport wear and product company against the unauthorized sale of its products.
  • Counsel to an international tobacco manufacturer regarding the deployment of various vapor and e-cigarette products and providing strategic advice concerning warnings and labelling.
  • Defending a home products company regarding water coolers.
  • Defending engineers and architects relating to building claims, including cold storage facilities.
  • Defending municipalities in infrastructure and construction related claims.
  • Defending boiler manufacturers for claims arising from property damage and personal injury.
  • Defense of recreational vehicle manufacturer for claims arising from use of all-terrain vehicles.
  • Defending power tool manufacturers for claims arising from the use of various products and tools.
  • Defense of an international bottle manufacturer regarding wine bottles.
  • Successfully defended a work boot manufacturer against design and manufacturing claims, including a successful application before the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeal Tribunal.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Member, Canadian Defense Lawyers
  • Member, The Advocates' Society

Community Involvement

  • Hockey Helps the Homeless

Awards & Recognitions

  • Mildred K. Walters Academic Award, Queen’s University, 2005
  • Reuben Wells Leonard Prize in Aboriginal Law, Queen’s University, 2005
  • R.W. Leonard Prize in Immigration and Refugee Law, Queen’s University, 2005
  • Fraser Milner Casgrain Award, Queen’s University, 2005
  • J.S.D. Tory Writing Award, Queen’s University, 2005
  • George M. Hood (SC'43) Award, Queen’s University, 2005
  • Elwin and Beverly Derbyshire Academic Achievement Award, Queen’s University, 2005
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell Award in Constitutional Law and Human Rights, Queen’s University, 2005
  • Sabbath Prize in Comparative Constitutional Law, Queen’s University, 2005
  • Chief Justice McRuer Essay Prize, Queen’s University, 2005

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2006
  • LLM, University of Toronto, 2007
  • LLB, Queen's University, 2005
  • MA, Queen's University, 2001
  • BA (Hons.), Queen's University, 2000