Eugene Meehan, Q.C.

Having been both a professor and Executive Legal Officer to Chief Justice Lamer, Eugene serves his clients with a unique blend of legal knowledge and practical experience. He’s most at ease strategizing for an appeal or on his feet arguing before multiple judges. Eugene is recognized for both his appellate law expertise and advocating the wearing of kilts.

Bar admissions.

Ontario
Alberta
N.W.T.
Yukon
Nunavut
Saskatchewan (Hon.)
Arizona
District of Columbia
Supreme Court of the United States

 

Education.

McGill University, D.C.L. (Doctor of Civil Law), 1984
University of Ottawa, LL.B., 1978
McGill University, LL.M., 1976
University of Edinburgh, LL.B., 1975

Contact.

Tel: 613-695-8855
Fax: 613-695-8580
emeehan@supremeadvocacy.ca

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Languages.

English
French

Details.

After graduating from the University of Edinburgh (LL.B.), I was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue an LL.M. at McGill University. In the Québec milieu, I (mis)treated Montréalers to French spoken with a Celtic accent. People thought I was from northern Québec … way north (some actually figured I came from Abitibi Temiscamingue). I did a second LL.B. at the University of Ottawa, and then a Doctorate in Civil Law back at McGill.

A teaching opportunity drew me to Edmonton where I was a Law Professor at the University of Alberta. During eight years in Western Canada, I also articled and practised law in Edmonton (Parlee McLaws LLP, as it now is). After that, Law Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa, when Chief Justice Lamer asked me to be his (first) Executive Legal Officer. Following my time at the Supreme Court, I left academia and joined a national law firm. For over 25 years I have practised appellate law and since 2012 I have had the pleasure to do so at a boutique law firm.

As SCC Agent:

  • ViiV Healthcare Company, et al. v. Gilead Sciences Canada, inc., 39823 – Intellectual property, summary judgments
  • Fitter International Inc. v. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of British Columbia, 39633 – Courts, jurisdiction
  • McKenzie v. R., 39630 – Criminal Law, sentences
  • R. v. Ochrym, 39623 – Criminal Law, offences
  • Samborski Environmental Ltd. v. Government of Manitoba, et al., 39609 – Environmental law, permits and licences
  • Susan Riddell Rose, et al. v. PricewaterhouseCoopers Inc., et al., 39597 – Bankruptcy and insolvency, trustees
  • City of Saskatoon v. Brandt Properties Ltd., 39593 – Municipal law, taxation
  • Stevan Utah v. Attorney General of Canada, et al., 39582 – Limitation of actions, summary judgments
  • Zoe Onley, et al. v. Corporation of the Town of Whitby, 39538 – Torts, duty of care
  • Co-operators General Insurance Company v. Le Treport Wedding & Convention Centre Ltd., 39358 – Insurance
  • Raymond Peppler, Litigation Representative of the Estate of Douglas Peppler, Deceased v. John Lee, 39329 – Torts, negligence
  • Germaine Anderson on her own behalf and on behalf of all other Beaver Lake Cree Nation beneficiaries of Treaty No. 6 and Beaver Lake Cree Nation v. Her Majesty the Queen in Right of the Province of Alberta, et al., 39323 – Civil procedure, costs
  • Caroline Martin, et al. v. Danielle Mailhot, 39318 – Property, commercial tenancies
  • Karen Stirrett v. Bradley Strauss, 39268 – Fiduciary duty, causation
  • Mazen Geliedan v. Abir Rawdah, 39221 – Family law, custody
  • Corporation of the City of Markham, et al. v. AIG Insurance Company of Canada, 39192 – Insurance, municipal law
  • Trico Developments Corporation v. El Condor Development Ltd, et al., 39191 – Contracts, interpretation
  • Wilma Shane v. B2B Bank/B2B Banque, 39174 – Standard of Review, restitution
  • Doriane Laura Farsi v. Pedro Rafael Pereira Da Rocha, 39120 – Family law, Hague Convention
  • R. v. Chouhan, 39062 – Canadian charter (criminal), right to trial by jury
  • Sabino Steven Anthony Petrone v. Renee Lyne Aubin, 39038 – Family law, assets
  • Bradley Clayton Hunt v. Peel Mutual Insurance Company, 38856 – Insurance, automobile insurance
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  • Board of Governors, University of St. Paul, Ottawa, 1994-2007
  • Appointed Queen’s Counsel, 1999
  • National President, Canadian Bar Association, 1999-2000
  • Executive Legal Officer, Supreme Court of Canada, 1990-1992
  • Board of Governors, University of Ottawa, 1988-1992

 

  • Director of Graduate Studies, University of Ottawa, 1988-1990
  • Professor of Law, University of Ottawa, 1986-1990
  • Professor of Law, University of Alberta, 1978-1986
  • Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Advocates Society
  • “Getting In, Getting Heard, Getting Practical: Intervening in Appellate Courts Across Canada” Advocates Quarterly (2017) 46 Advocates’ Q 3, co-author
  • The Law of Criminal Attempt in Canada (Carswell, 3rd ed. 2015) Lead co-author
  • Canada’s Constitutional Law in a Nutshell (Carswell, 4th ed., 2013) Co-author
  • Supreme Court of Canada Manual (Canada Law Book, 2011) Lead co-author
  • Creditors’ Remedies in Ontario (Lexis Nexis, 2nd ed., 2009) Lead co-author
  • Canadian Constitutional Documents Consolidated (Carswell, 2nd ed., 2007) Co-author
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      • Legal Writing & Strategy, 50 Do’s & Don’ts – Lakehead University, Nov 15, 2021
      • Strategic Legal Writing for Students with Writing Assignments – Lakehead University, Oct 9, 2019
      • SCC Cases of Interest to the Personal Injury Bar – the last 18 months – Will Davidson LLP – Experts at Trial: How to Maximize (or Minimize) Their Effectiveness, Sept 25, 2019
      • Expert Evidence Post: Saadati v. MoorheadWill Davidson LLP – Experts at Trial: How to Maximize (or Minimize) Their Effectiveness, Sept 25, 2019
      • SCC Cases of Interest to the Personal Injury Bar – the Last 18 Months – AAJ Annual Convention, July 29, 2019
      • Expert Evidence Post: Saadati v. Moorhead – Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, The Yin & Yang of Personal Injury Practice Conference 2019, June 8, 2019
      • Strategic Legal Writing for Students – Christian Legal Fellowship 2019 National Student Conference, March 9, 2019
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      Selected to be in Lexpert Special Edition: Energy 2020

      Selected by peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in Canada for Public Law, Administrative Law, and Aboriginal Law

      Achieved AV® Pre-eminent, TM Peer Review Rating as Top Rated Lawyer in Canada by Corporate Counsel magazine and Martindale-Hubbell

      OBA Award for Distinguished Service