Matthew Gourlay


Matthew Gourlay is a partner, and Co-Chair of the Criminal Litigation Practice Group at Henein Hutchison Robitaille LLP. He practises primarily in criminal and regulatory law, at both the trial and appellate level. He appears regularly in the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada as well as trial courts in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada. His appellate work encompasses criminal, regulatory, and civil matters. He also prosecutes and defends cases before a variety of professional disciplinary tribunals. Additionally, Matthew has broad experience in extradition and national security law.


Matthew is vice-chair of the Pro Bono Inmate Appeal Program, a program that provides the assistance of experienced appellate counsel to unrepresented litigants in the Ontario Court of Appeal.


Matthew has written and published widely in the areas of criminal and evidence law. He is co-author of Modern Criminal Evidence (Emond, 2021) and Charter Remedies in Criminal Cases: A Practitioner’s Handbook (Emond, 2nd ed. 2023).  He is co-editor of Martin’s Annual Criminal Code, Martin’s Ontario Criminal Practice, and Martin’s Related Criminal Statutes, and legal editor of the Canadian Criminal Cases.


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 Robitaille LLP since 2010.


Matthew grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia and holds an M.A. in English and American literature from New York University.


He is a member of The Advocates’ Society and Criminal Lawyers’ Association (CLA). Matthew is also an active member of CLA’s Litigation Committee.


Called to the Ontario bar in 2009


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