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Graeme A. Hamilton

Associé

Toronto
GHamilton@blg.com
416.367.6746

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Graeme is the National Co-Chair of BLG's Investigations and White Collar Defence Group. He is an experienced trial and appellate counsel lauded for his judgment and poise while navigating clients through complex, multi-faceted legal problems and crises.

Recognized as a leading practitioner in the area of White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations by Chambers Canada, Graeme is adept at defending individuals and corporations in criminal investigations and prosecutions, including under the Criminal Code, the Competition Act, the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, the Income Tax Act, the Ontario Securities Act, and occupational health and safety legislation. He also represents individuals in extradition proceedings, and advises individuals and corporations in cross-border and multijurisdictional matters.

Graeme also acts for public and private companies, banks, public sector organizations and directors and officers in a wide range of civil litigation, as well as in administrative proceedings and judicial reviews. In addition, Graeme is frequently engaged to conduct corporate internal investigations in response to allegations of corporate or employee misfeasance.

Graeme teaches Trial Advocacy at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and previously taught Evidence at Osgoode Hall Law School as an adjunct professor. He 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

  • Criminal Defence
    • Acted in several Competition Bureau investigations regarding alleged price-fixing and misleading advertising.
    • Counsel to large public company in investigation for alleged contraventions of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act.
    • Counsel to an individual in a high profile investigation for alleged tax evasion arising out of the Panama Papers.
    • R. v. Barra and Govindia - acting for an individual charged under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act.
    • Represented an investment dealer in a regulatory prosecution under the Pension Benefits Act.
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law
    • Counsel to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association as intervener in section 7 challenge to animal welfare legislation.
    • Counsel to individual in investigation by Ontario Integrity Commissioner.
    • Counsel to various professionals in professional discipline and licensing proceedings.
  • Civil Disputes
    • Counsel to a Schedule I bank in an action arising out of a fraud by a customer’s bookkeeper.
    • In the Matter of Home Capital Group Inc. et al. - acted for the former CFO of Home Capital Group in Ontario Securities Commission enforcement proceedings and related class action proceedings.
    • Counsel to a travel insurance underwriter in an arbitration pertaining to a contractual dispute with its claims administrator.

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, 2018-2019

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations).
  • Recognized in the 2020 and 2019 editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys (Future Star).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Benchmark Canada 40 and Under Hotlist
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Canada - The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Future Star: Ontario"
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Canada 40 and Under Hotlist

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 2009
  • LLM, Faculté de droit de Harvard, 2010
  • JD, Université de Toronto, 2008
  • MA in Economics, Université de Toronto, 2008
  • BSc in Mathematics and Engineering, Queen’s University, 2003