Henein Hutchison LLP has been repeatedly recognized as one of Canada’s top litigation boutiques. We focus on criminal, regulatory, quasi-criminal litigation, and select civil cases. We act for individual and institutional clients. Our firm is frequently consulted by in-house counsel to provide advice on internal corporate matters and work with other firms on complex and cross-border litigation.
We have experience at all levels of court including dozens of appearances in the Supreme Court of Canada and hundreds of cases in the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
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Henein Hutchison represents individuals and corporations charged with fraud and related offences under the Criminal Code or regulatory statutes. With our varied expertise and experience in both criminal and civil litigation, the firm is ideally suited to advise clients in business crime matters. Our lawyers regularly achieve the best possible result in an effective, discreet, and efficient manner, no matter the complexity of the case. We assist companies and individuals who have been victims of fraud, or who are drawn into the justice system in relation to business crime investigations.
Henein Hutchison defends individuals and entities charged with criminal offences before all levels of court around the province and elsewhere in Canada. Our firm is built on decades of collective experience in criminal litigation, both as defence counsel and Crown prosecutors. Henein Hutchison’s lawyers have been involved in some of the most difficult and well known criminal cases in the country. We approach every case with the same uncompromising dedication to our client’s best interests. We pride ourselves on achieving the best possible result at the earliest stage of the proceedings.
Henein Hutchison is recognized as one of Canada’s pre-eminent appellate litigation firms. We maintain a large and varied appellate practice encompassing criminal, civil, and administrative appeals. Our team comprises experienced appellate lawyers recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada for Appellate Law and Criminal Defence.
Collectively, the members of the firm have litigated hundreds of cases in the Court of Appeal for Ontario and dozens in the Supreme Court of Canada. Our lawyers have successfully argued some of the most significant, precedent-setting cases in the country’s highest Court. We bring both intellectual depth and unparalleled practical know-how to our appellate work, and have earned the trust and respect of the courts at all levels.
Henein Hutchison regularly defends and prosecutes cases before various professional bodies, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, the Ontario College of Pharmacists, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Justices of the Peace Review Council, the Ontario Judicial Council, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the College of Veterinarians of Ontario, and the College of Nurses of Ontario. Many of the cases we have defended have been resolved following the submission of written responses and without the need for a discipline hearing. Many other cases have been successfully defended before the body’s hearing panel, and still others on appeal. Moreover, we have achieved an excellent reputation with these various professional bodies by investigating and prosecuting cases on their behalf, or by acting as presenting counsel before the hearing panel. We have reached remarkable resolutions through our mediation and advocacy skills, both written and oral. We have also been retained in the context of civil litigation as an expert in matters of professional conduct.
Henein Hutchison regularly advises individuals and entities dealing with compliance issues arising from the complex anti-money laundering regime created by the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act. We provide advice and representation to entities dealing with compliance review or responding to inquiries or notices of administrative monetary penalties issued by FINTRAC. When necessary we act in any ensuing reviews and litigation before the courts.
We conduct internal investigations and provide due diligence services where there have been allegations of breach of the statute or related regulations or guidelines. When necessary, we will present detailed submissions to FINTRAC to address administrative or regulatory proceedings. We have successfully defended substantial proposed penalties (ranging into the seven-digits) and avoided the need for in-court litigation.
Henein Hutchison advises a number of companies operating in a range of regulated industries. We offer compliance advice and representation regarding federal and provincial environmental, wildlife, health and safety, privacy, as well as industry-specific regulatory compliance regimes. We assist our clients in understanding the relevant legal framework, creating compliant policy and avoiding costly penalties or litigation.
In the event of litigation, Henein Hutchison has the trial experience and expertise to defend against the full gamut of regulatory charges. Business and reputational interests are front and centre as we strive to find a quick and cost-effective resolution and, if necessary, mount a tireless and effective defence at trial.
Henein Hutchison advises and represents corporate and individual clients on matters concerning domestic and international anti-corruption issues.
More than ever, law enforcement and prosecutors inside Canada and around the world are scrutinizing companies’ business activities abroad. The CFPOA has been given additional “teeth” and governments have provided authorities with the resources needed to provide a new enforcement vigour.
Henein Hutchison provides expert guidance to businesses operating abroad, reviewing existing practices and designing compliance strategies to avoid an breach and so that the chances of a costly enforcement proceeding are minimized. When an investigation or proceeding is initiated, Henein Hutchison provides knowledgeable and tenacious representation to work toward a favourable outcome. Recent work has included advising an American company on possible liability under the FCPA and CFPOA liability attached to its acquisition of a publicly traded corporation facing investigation under those acts.
Ms. Henein’s experience includes a wide range of criminal, quasi-criminal and regulatory litigation – as well as select civil litigation – representing individual, corporate and institutional clients both at the trial and appellate level. Ms. Henein has argued at all levels of court, frequently including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Ms. Henein has been counsel on numerous high profile cases.
Ms. Henein received her LL.B. in 1989 from Osgoode Hall Law School and her Masters in Law from Columbia University in 1991. She is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Law. Ms. Henein is the Past President of The Advocates’ Society (2010-2011). She is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Law Commission of Ontario. She is one of the founders of the Court of Appeal’s Appellate Duty Counsel Program.
Ms. Henein is a frequent lecturer. She was an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she was co-chair of the Masters of Law Program.
She frequently lectures at the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the National Judicial Institute in numerous areas including trial advocacy, evidence, appellate advocacy and substantive criminal law. Ms. Henein recently delivered the prestigious Bernard Cohn Memorial Lecture at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.
Ms. Henein is co-editor of Martin’s Criminal Code, Martin’s Annual Criminal Practice, and Martin’s Related Criminal Statutes. She is the Associate Editor of the Canadian Criminal Cases.
Ms. Henein has been selected by her peers to be included in the 2010 list of Best Lawyers in Canada with the specialty of Criminal Defence. Ms. Henein is the recipient of the 2013 Laura Legge Award and has repeatedly been named one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In 2017, Ms. Henein was the recipient of The Law Society Medal for outstanding service to the administration of justice.
Scott Hutchison is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. His practice includes complex civil, criminal, regulatory and constitutional litigation, with a particular interest in white collar crime and appellate advocacy. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute and has been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada for Appellate Law and Criminal Defence and for in Chambers Canada in Dispute Resolution. He was appointed by the Attorney General and the Law Foundation of Ontario to the province’s Class Proceedings Committee.
His recent practice has included advising in relation to the defence of complex class actions, advising clients caught up in business crime investigations, and representing individuals and entities in serious criminal cases at all levels of court. He has argued numerous criminal and civil appeals and trials, including hundreds of matters in the Ontario Court of Appeal and more than two dozen cases in the Supreme Court of Canada. He appears regularly before senior professional discipline tribunals, the Ontario Securities Commission and similar tribunals.
Prior to forming Henein Hutchison LLP, Scott was a partner at a top 10 litigation boutique in downtown Toronto, from 2005 to 2012.
From 1989 to 2005, Scott was counsel at the Crown Law Office-Criminal (Ontario) where he represented the Crown at all levels of court, including hundreds of appearances in the Court of Appeal and numerous appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada.
He is the author of a number of frequently cited legal texts, including Search and Seizure Law in Canada (Carswell); Hutchison’s Search Warrant Manual, 2015 (Carswell); Computer Crime in Canada (with Robert Davis); The Law of Traffic Offences (3d ed.) (2011, Carswell) and is a contributing author of McWilliams Canadian Criminal Evidence (4th) (Canada Law Book).
Scott is a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Law Program. He is one of the Co-Chairs of the Osgoode Professional Development Program National Symposium on Search and Seizure Law in Canada. He is a popular speaker on a variety of legal topics. Scott writes and teaches extensively and was a member of the adjunct faculty of Queen’s University Law School where he taught Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy from 2005 to 2013. From 2006 to 2008 he also taught Advanced Evidence at Osgoode Hall Law School. He is a member of the Advocates’ Society, the Criminal Lawyers Association, and the International Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law.
Ms. Robitaille is a partner at Henein Hutchison, where her practice focuses on criminal, regulatory and disciplinary litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Robitaille defends both individuals and corporations charged with regulatory or criminal offences. She has appeared before all levels of court and is an active member of the Inmate Appeal Duty Counsel Program for the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Ms. Robitaille has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University, where she won the Muriel Duckworth Award for “raising consciousness of women’s issues and feminism in the legal community.” Ms. Robitaille has lectured extensively including at The Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Professional Development, The Advocates’ Society, the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario and the Ontario Court of Justice. Additionally, Ms. Robitaille is an instructor for the University of Toronto’s Trial Advocacy course.
In April 2016, Ms. Robitaille was appointed senior counsel to the Honourable Justice Michael Tulloch on the Independent Police Oversight Review.
Ms. Robitaille was named a “Litigator to Watch” in Lexpert’s 2015 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross Border.
Matthew Gourlay is a partner at Henein Hutchison. He practises criminal and regulatory law, with a focus on appellate litigation and professional discipline. He appears regularly in the Ontario Court of Appeal and serves on the roster of pro bono duty counsel assisting unrepresented appellants in that court. He has argued a number of cases in the Supreme Court of Canada. His appellate work encompasses criminal, regulatory, and civil matters.
Matthew prosecutes and defends cases before a variety of professional disciplinary tribunals in Ontario. He is a legal editor of the Canadian Criminal Cases, a regular columnist on criminal justice issues for the Law Times, and a frequent speaker at continuing professional education events.
Matthew graduated as gold medalist from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2008. He then served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada from 2008 to 2009. He has practised with Henein Hutchison since 2010.
Matthew grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and did his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto. Before attending law school, he pursued graduate studies at New York University, receiving an M.A. in English and American literature.
Christine Mainville is a partner at Henein Hutchison LLP. She represents clients in criminal, extradition and regulatory proceedings, in both English and French. Christine has appeared at all levels of court in both Ontario and Quebec, as well as in the Supreme Court of Canada. She serves as pro bono duty counsel in the Court of Appeal, and has represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association in interventions before the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. She has experience with Customs Act offences; Elections Act offences; Extradition Act proceedings; privilege issues; and search warrants and production orders. Christine was also co-counsel on the Nova Scotia Parsons Independent Review.
Prior to joining Henein Hutchison LLP in 2011, Christine practiced criminal law in Montreal and was a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Ian Binnie of the Supreme Court of Canada. She completed her law degree at McGill University where she was the recipient of a number of distinctions including the Brett Code Prize in Criminal Law and the Johnston Gold Medal, awarded for academic standing and contribution to the Faculty and the community. She also completed a master’s degree in Comparative Criminal Law at the Université de Paris I (Panthéon – Sorbonne), and a Bachelor’s in Criminology at the University of Ottawa.
Christine was called to the Québec Bar in 2007 and the bar of Ontario in 2011. She has lectured to Justices of the Peace in both Ontario and Quebec, as well as to police officers and fellow lawyers.
While practising in Montreal, she was a board member of the Québec Elizabeth Fry Society, and a member of the advisory board of Innocence McGill. She is currently a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, The Advocates’ Society and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. She is fluently bilingual.
Alex Smith is civil litigation partner at Henein Hutchison. His practice focuses on civil and regulatory proceedings in a variety of areas, including commercial, securities, energy, environmental, aboriginal, tax, estate, defamation and class action matters. Before joining Henein Hutchison in 2016, Alex practiced in the litigation group at Torys LLP in Toronto for seven years, where he frequently appeared for corporate and individual clients before various courts and administrative tribunals.
Alex is a contributing author to The Law of Climate Change in Canada, which was awarded the Walter Owen Book Prize from the Foundation for Legal Research. He has published on energy, environmental, defamation, civil procedure and civil liberties issues and lectures regularly at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and elsewhere.
Alex graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2008, where he was an editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Before law school, he completed an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, a Master’s degree from the University of Cambridge and a Ph. D. in English Literature from Columbia University.
A native of Toronto, Alex serves on the Senate of Trinity College at the University of Toronto and is a director of the Osgoode Society for Canadian Legal History.
Maya’s practice focuses on criminal and regulatory litigation. Prior to joining Henein Hutchison, Maya clerked for the Alberta Court of Appeal, and articled at a top labour and civil litigation firm in Toronto.
Maya received her JD from the University of Ottawa. She graduated second in the English Common Law class, and received a number of distinctions throughout law school including the Osgoode Society Prize for Canadian Legal History, and the BLG Professional Excellence Award. While at law school, Maya was a division leader in the Criminal Division of the University of Ottawa Community Legal Clinic, where she represented low income clients in a variety of matters. Maya received a BLG Research Fellowship, supporting the development of international guidelines about the exclusion of refugees for international criminal conduct, and has worked on a number of interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Prior to attending law school, Maya worked as a criminal law and victim services Policy Analyst at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General. She has a Bachelor of Arts and Science (Honours) from McMaster University, and Master of Arts in Political Science from York University.
Maya is from Toronto, and is a Regional Advocate with the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies.
Ken’s practice focuses on criminal, regulatory and related civil litigation. Prior to joining Henein Hutchison in 2016, he was a Litigation Associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP in New York City.
Prior to his call to the bar in New York, Ken served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Morris Fish of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Ken received his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he was the recipient of the Gold Medal (for standing first), the Harry R. Rose Criminal Law Prize, and several other academic awards. In addition, Ken holds a LL.M. from Harvard Law School, a M.A. in History from Queen’s University, and B.A. in Economics and History (with High Distinction) from the University of Toronto.
Ken grew up in Toronto and is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and The Advocates’ Society. In addition to being called to the bar in Ontario, he is a member in good standing of the New York State Bar Association.
Lauren’s practice focuses on criminal, regulatory, and appellate litigation. Prior to joining Henein Hutchison, Lauren served as a law clerk to the Honourable Justice Michael Moldaver of the Supreme Court of Canada. Before her call to the bar, she clerked for judges of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Lauren received her J.D. from the University of Toronto, where she won the McCarthy, Tétrault LLP prize for academic achievement. While at law school, Lauren was involved with the Criminal Division of Downtown Legal Services, and assisted low-income clients in a variety of matters. She also worked as a summer student for a leading national law firm, was a finalist in the Laskin Moot competition, and served as a senior editor for the Journal of Law and Equality.
Lauren is from Toronto. Before attending law school, she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) in Acting for Theatre from the University of Windsor.
Reem’s practice focuses on criminal, regulatory, and appellate litigation. Prior to joining Henein Hutchison, she attended the University of Toronto for her Master of Laws (LL.M.).
At the University of Toronto, Reem received the Nathan Strauss Q.C. Fellowship in Constitutional Law. Her LL.M. thesis, supervised by Dr. Kent Roach, concentrated on the domestic information-sharing framework in the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. Reem’s LL.M. scholarship focused on criminal, national security and constitutional law, particularly in the context of terrorism prosecutions. She published and co-published several articles in the Canadian Criminal Law Review, the Criminal Law Quarterly, the University of British Columbia Law Review, and the Marquette Sports Law Review.
Reem obtained her law degree from the University of Ottawa, graduating among the top ten students in her cohort. In law school, she was selected as Canada’s Best Overall Advocate by members of the Advocates’ Society and the American College of Trial Lawyers, after placing first in the national Sopinka Cup criminal law moot competition.
While in law school, Reem served as law clerk to the Ontario Court of Justice in Ottawa and the Honourable Justice Charles Vaillancourt. Prior to her call to the Ontario Bar, she articled at the Crown Attorney’s Office in Windsor, ON. Before entering the legal profession, Reem was a Parliamentary Assistant to two Members, including the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons.
Reem holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours), with a Specialization in Political Science and a Minor in Philosophy. She is a member of the Advocates’ Society, and a fellow of the Philippe Kirsch Institute. She grew up in Windsor, ON and is fluent in English, Arabic and French.
Mark Strychar-Bodnar is a civil litigation associate at Henein Hutchison. Before joining the firm Mark clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for Justice Rosalie Abella.
Mark obtained his J.D. from the University of Ottawa, magna cum laude, in 2015. While at law school he was a research assistant to Dean Bruce Feldthusen for three years, working on matters related to product liability, class actions, youth justice, and economic negligence. Mark was also a teaching assistant, a legal intern with the Department of Global Affairs, and represented uOttawa at the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot in Vienna. After law school Mark articled with a prominent Toronto civil litigation firm.
Previous to his legal career, Mark worked in Brussels with NATO’s Political Affairs and Security Policy Division focusing on relations with Russia and Ukraine. He has worked for various Members of Provincial Parliament and a Cabinet Minister in Ontario developing an understanding of domestic policy making. Mark has also spent time researching and working with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a non-partisan think tank, and the U.S. Senate (for the Chair of the Armed Services Committee – Senator Carl Levin) in Washington D.C.
Mark completed a B.A. (Hon.) at the University of Toronto, and was an SSHRC graduate student at the Munk School of Global Affairs’ Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies where he obtained an M.A. He is originally from Dundas, Ontario.
Gabriel’s practice focuses on criminal and regulatory litigation as well as civil litigation. Prior to joining Henein Hutchison, he summered and articled for a leading national law firm based in Toronto.
Gabriel received his J.D. from the University of Toronto. While at law school he took part in the Corporate-Securities Moot competition where his team placed first overall and he was ranked as the top oralist. Before attending law school, Gabriel received a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics and Philosophy from Queen’s University, earning a medal for highest standing.
Gabriel grew up in Ottawa and is a member of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association and The Advocates’ Society.
Ben’s practice focuses on criminal, regulatory, and related civil litigation. Prior to joining Henein Hutchison, Ben clerked for Justices Doherty, Gillese and MacFarland at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Ben holds B.C.L. and LL.B. degrees from McGill University, where he received the Toronto Alumni 150th Anniversary scholarship, the Allan Neil Ashe Award for business law, and the Director’s Award for Student Advocacy. At law school, Ben represented fellow students before disciplinary tribunals and was a supervisor with the Student Advocacy programme. He also worked for two summers at a large national law firm, represented McGill in the Gale Moot competition, and assisted a prominent media lawyer in defending a defamation action.
Ben grew up in Toronto. Before attending law school, he worked as a forest firefighter and incident commander in Ontario’s far north for eight fire seasons. He also holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Western Society and Culture from Concordia University’s Liberal Arts College.
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