​Graeme Hamilton

Graeme A. Hamilton  

Partner

Executive Summary

Graeme Hamilton is the National Co-Chair of BLG's Investigations and White Collar Defence Group. Graeme maintains a trial and appellate practice encompassing commercial litigation, public law and white collar criminal defence. Graeme has been lead counsel in dozens of trials and contested hearings. He also has substantial appellate experience in both criminal and civil matters. 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.

Representative Work

  • Defending a Schedule I bank in a proceeding brought against it by a commercial customer pertaining to a multi-million dollar fraud perpetrated by the customer’s bookkeeper.
  • 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.
  • Acting for a travel insurance underwriter in a contract dispute with its claims administrator.
  • Represented an investment dealer in a regulatory prosecution under the Pension Benefits Act.
  • 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.
  • Represented the Canadian Investor Protection Fund (CIPF) in relation to customer claims brought as a result of the collapse of First Leaside Securities Inc.
  • Acted for the Canadian subsidiary of a multinational aluminum producer in an action to recover funds misappropriated by a former employee.
  • Acted for a commercial wind farm in a dispute with adjacent landowners.

Publications & Presentations

  • Speaker, “Extradition and Red Notices: The Long Arm of the Law is Getting Longer”, American Bar Association Third Global White Collar Crime Institute, June 2019.
  • Co-Author, “Civil Enforcement of Canada’s Foreign Corruption Law?”, FCPA Professor Blog, January 18, 2019.
  • Co-Author, “Canada” chapter, The Practitioner’s Guide to Global Investigations, Third Ed., Global Investigations Review, 2019.
  • Co-Author, "Supreme Court Clarifies Process for Challenging Production Orders," BLG Bulletin, December 2018.
  • Co-Author, “Deferred Prosecution Agreements are Coming to Canada,” BLG Bulletin, September 2018.
  • Speaker, “Addressing Human Trafficking in the Corporate Supply Chain”, International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law – The Scourge of Trafficking in the 21st Century, July 2018.
  • Speaker, “Self-Reporting and Legal Professional Privilege in the Context of Bribery Investigations”, 16th Annual IBA Anti-Corruption Conference, June 2018.
  • Speaker, "Orange is the New Pinstripe: The Increasing Spectre of Individual Criminal Liability for Officers and Directors", BLG In-House Counsel Seminar, November 2017.
  • Speaker, "When the Regulator Comes Knocking – Securities and Regulatory Risk", BLG Seminar on Litigation Risk Management for Financial Institutions, October 2017.
  • Speaker, "Mistake of Law as a Defence to Alleged Breaches of the Securities Act", Advocates' Society Seventh Annual Securities Symposium, September 2017.
  • Speaker, "Navigating Global Compliance Trends and Global Enforcement Priorities", American Bar Association Second Global White Collar Crime Institute, June 2017.
  • Moderator, "Enforcement Priorities for the Trump Administration", BLG Client Event, April 2017.
  • Speaker, "Using Internal Investigations to Mitigate Criminal, Regulatory and Reputational Risk", BLG In-House Counsel Seminar, November 2016.
  • Author, "White Collar Minimums: Some Mandatory Sentences have been Struck down but Stiff Financial Crime Penalties Here to Stay," The Lawyers Weekly, August, 2016.
  • Co-Author, "OSC Whistleblower Policy Comes Into Effect," The Exchange: Financial Institutions Litigation Blog, July, 2016.
  • Author, "New SCC decision on pre-trial delay likely to have a significant impact on white collar prosecutions," The Exchange: Financial Institutions Litigation Blog, July, 2016.
  • Author, "Are mandatory minimum sentences for white collar offences unconstitutional - hypothetically?," The Exchange: Financial Institutions Litigation Blog, April, 2016.
  • Author, "$1 Million Costs Award Protects Commercial Landlords and Mortgage Lenders," The Exchange: Financial Institutions Litigation Blog, April, 2016.
  • Speaker, "How to Approach Disclosure & Settlement After an International Internal Investigation," American Bar Association Global White Collar Crime Institute, November 2015.
  • Guest Lecturer, “The Law Society Discipline Process,” Osgoode Hall Law School, Criminal Law Intensive Program, January 2015.
  • Witness, Bill C-36, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (Bedford v. Canada) , Senate of Canada, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, September 2014 (Submissions on behalf of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers).
  • Witness, Bill C-217, An Act to amend the Criminal Code (mischief relating to war memorials), Senate of Canada, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee, February 2014 (Submissions on behalf of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers).
  • Guest Lecturer, “The Law Society Discipline Process,” Osgoode Hall Law School, Criminal Law Intensive Program, January 2014.
  • Speaker, “The Role of Psychiatric Opinion Evidence in Legal Proceedings: Lessons from Clark v. Arizona and the Goudge Inquiry,” Canadian Academy of Psychiatry and the Law Annual Conference, February 2011.
  • Co-Author, “The Goudge Inquiry and the Role of Medical Expert Witnesses” (2010). 182:1 Canadian Medical Association Journal 53-56 (with the Honourable Frank Iacobucci).
  • Co-Author, “Canadian Securities Regulation and Foreign Blocking Legislation” (2010). 5:1/2 International Journal of Business Governance and Ethics 87-97 (with Andrew Gray).

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2019 edition 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