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
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:

  • Tony Samaroo, et al. v. Canada Revenue Agency (38645) – Tax Law, evasion
  • Deborah Lee Doonanco v. Her Majesty the Queen (38577) – Criminal law, expert evidence
  • Arati Rani Das, et al. v. George Weston Limited, et al., (38529) – Torts, negligence
  • Atlantic Lottery Corporation Inc., et al. v. Douglas Babstock, et al. (38521) – Class actions, disgorgement of profits
  • Ontario Medical Association, et al. v. Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, et al. (38343) – Access to information, exemption

  • Conférence des juges de paix magistrats du Québec v. Québec (Attorney General), 2016 SCC 39 – Constitutional law, judicial independence
  • Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5 – Constitutional law, physician assisted dying
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green, 2015 SCC 60 – Class actions, securities
  • Theratechnologies Inc., v. 121851 Canada Inc., 2015 SCC 18 – Civil procedure, securities
  • Loyola High School v. Québec (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 12 – Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
  • Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott, 2013 SCC 11 – Constitutional law, freedom of religion

As Counsel:

  • Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, et al., 2018 SCC 32 – Administrative law, freedom of religion – co-counsel for two interveners
  • Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33 – Administrative law, freedom of religion – co-counsel for two interveners
  • Ledcor Construction Ltd. v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co., 2016 SCC 37 – Insurance, property, liability – co-counsel for the appellant
  • Kahkewistahaw First Nation v. Taypotat, 2015 SCC 30, Constitutional law, Charter of Rights – co-counsel for the appellant
  • Zurich Insurance Company v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, 2015 SCC 19 – Insurance – co-counsel for the respondent
  • Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 12 – Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – co-counsel for an intervener
  • Bernard v. Canada (Attorney General), 2014 SCC 13 – Administrative law, standards of review – co-counsel for an intervener
  • Evans v. Teamsters Local Union No. 31, 2008 SCC 20 – Employment law, wrongful dismissal – counsel for the appellant
  • Canada (Attorney General) v. Lameman, 2008 SCC 14 – Limitation of actions, action by aboriginal people – co-counsel for the respondents

Recent Appellate Work:

  • John Doe v. The Roman Catholic Episcopal Corporation of St. John’s, (Newfoundland & Labrador C.A. – judgment pending)
  • Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada et al. v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – 2019 ONCA 393 – dismissed May 15, 2019
  • Satyam Patel v. Dr. George Carson (Regina Qu’Appelle Regional Health Authority Senior Medical Officer), 2018 SKCA 98

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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
  • 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

  • Injunctions Practice Guide (Carswell, 1996) Lead co-author
  • Creditors’ Remedies in Alberta (Carswell, 2nd ed. 1996) Co-author
  • Charter of Rights Annotated (Carswell 1995 & 1996) Lead co-author

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  • Strategic Legal Writing for Students with Writing Assignment – 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 Saadati v. Moorhead – Will 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 Saadati v. Moorhead – Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, Ying & 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

  • Civility as a Strategy in Litigation – Lakehead University, Nov 20, 2018
  • Expert Evidence Saadati v. Moorhead – Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, May 25, 2018
  • Civility as a Strategy in Litigation – Federal Court of Canada, April 30, 2018
  • Strategic Legal Writing – Nunavut Artic College, March 26, 2018
  • Strategic Legal Writing – Nunavut Bar Association, March 24, 2018
  • Developing An Appealing Personality – Lenczner Slaght, January 12, 2018
  • Strategic Legal Writing – McGill University – “Legal Writing and the Self”, November 16, 2017
  • Strategic Legal Writing – AMR LLP, November 10, 2017
  • S.C.C. Cases of Interest to the Personal Injury Bar – the Last 18 Months, Diversified Litigation Series Seminar, Will Davidson LLP, Toronto, September 22, 2017 – Click Here for the 21-page Paper
  • “Charter” Damages – What Future in Personal Injury Litigation? The Basics – So Far, Diversified Litigation Series Seminar, Will Davidson LLP, Toronto, September 22, 2017 – Click Here for the 4-page Paper
  • Supreme Court of Canada Review, American Association of Justice Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, July 24, 2016 – Click Here for the speaking notes

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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