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George R. Wray

Associé

Toronto
GWray@blg.com
416.367.6354

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While principally a litigator, George also acts as counsel to numerous Canadian and multinational corporations and insurers and provides strategic advice to designers, manufacturers, importers and distributors of products across various industry sectors regarding risk management issues of products, including product warnings and safety issues. He has also defended engineers in various constructions related claims.  George has represented clients in a range of civil trials and has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario.

George has significant trial experience – jury and non-jury - and has appeared before all level of Courts in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal.  He advises and represents clients before investigations and proceedings by statutory bodies and administrative tribunals.  

Experience

  • Defended various automotive OEMs defending claims relating to airbags, timing chains, emissions systems, seatbelts and electrical and engine failures.
  • Defended a worldwide leading RV company.
  • Defending a world leading appliance and household good manufacture in various product related claims.
  • Defended 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 relating to building claims, including cold storage facilities.
  • Defense of various building related claims and parts manufacturer.
  • 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.
  • Defense power tool manufacturer 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, Université de Toronto, 2007
  • LLB, Queen’s University, 2005
  • MA, Queen’s University, 2001
  • BA (Hons.), Queen’s University, 2000