Cory Giordano

Cory provides strategic advice and assistance in the drafting of leave to appeal applications, responses, replies, factums, and motions in courts of appeal across Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. He holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Ottawa, and Political Studies degree (B.A. (Hons)) from Queen’s University.

During his articles, Cory participated in numerous criminal trials at the Ontario Court of Justice and Superior Court of Justice. He has conducted civil motions and negotiations for clients in both Ottawa and Toronto.

Cory has appeared as counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and co-counsel before both the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He is Ottawa agent and counsel/co-counsel in a number of Leave to Appeal Applications at the Supreme Court of Canada.

A well-played left-handed electric guitar can usually be found in Cory’s office.


Education & Bars

  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2015
  • University of Ottawa, Juris Doctor (J.D., Public Law Option), 2014
  • Queen’s University, Bachelor of Arts (B.A. (Hons.)), 2011 (with distinction)

Professional Associations

  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Criminal Defence Lawyer’s Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association

Representative Work

  • Rankin (Rankin’s Garage & Sales) v. J.J., 2018 SCC 19. Counsel for the appellant. Appeal allowed. Rankin’s Garage did not owe a duty of care. Claim against Rankin’s Garage dismissed with costs in the Supreme Court of Canada and in the courts below.
  • R. v. Purdy, 2016 ONSC 5522. Counsel for the appellant. Appeal allowed. Convictions were set aside on the basis of an inadequate W.(D.) analysis and insufficient reasons as per Sheppard.
  • Listed as Ottawa agent or counsel in the following Leave to Appeal Applications:
    • Andrew Massey, et al. v. Derek Fleming SCC #36905
    • Dean Leigh Bassett v. Erin Maureen Magee SCC #36884
    • Kevin Karl Morrill v. Nadine Nicole Morrill SCC #37095
    • James Chadwick Rankin, carrying on business as Rankin's Garage & Sales v. J.J. by his Litigation Guardian, J.A.J., et al. SCC #37323
    • Carrie Anne Tapak, et al. v. Non-Marine Underwriters, Members of Lloyd's of London also known as Lloyd's of London SCC #38070
    • Neloni Gunawardena v. Callum Bruff-Murphy and Hope Bruff-McArthur by their Litigation Guardian Liese Bruff-McArthur, et al. SCC #37742
    • Nylene Canada Inc. v. Corporation of the Town of Arnprior SCC #37837
    • Brenda Berge v. College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario, et al. SCC #37851
    • Arland Richard Bruce v. Mark Steven Cohon, et al. SCC #37696
    • Mark Mitchell, et al. v. Altaf Nazerali SCC #38113

Publications & Presentations

  • Secession Law in Canada, Author
  • Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings (Carswell, 3rd ed., 2016), Co-author
  • Supreme Court of Canada Manual (Canada Law Book, 2016), Co-author
  • The Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, Research Assistant
  • Fernandes v. Araujo: Vehicle Ownership, Possession and Vicarious Liability, The Advocates’ Quarterly, volume 45, number 2, March 2016 (Thomson Reuters Canada Limited Canada Law Book), Co-author
  • CanLII Connects, Contributor

Special Recognition

  • Public Law Option, 2014
  • Wallace Near Prize, 2009
  • Dean’s Special Award, 2008
  • Best First Year Speaker Award (Queen’s Model Parliament), 2008
  • City of Pickering Civic Award, 2007