Eugene Meehan, Q.C.


French, English

Education & Bars

Called to the following Canadian provincial and territorial bars:

  • Ontario
  • Alberta
  • N.W.T.
  • Yukon
  • Nunavut
  • Saskatchewan (Hon.)

Called to the U.S. state bar of Arizona and SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States)

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

Professional Activities

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

Professional Associations

Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario
Ontario Bar Association
Canadian Bar Association
Advocates Society

Representative Work

  • Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University, et al., 2018 SCC 32
  • Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada, 2018 SCC 33
  • Ledcor Construction Ltd. v. Northbridge Indemnity Insurance Co., 2016 SCC 37
  • Conférence des juges de paix magistrats du Québec v.Québec (Attorney General), 2016 SCC 39
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green, 2015 SCC 60
  • Kahkewistahaw First Nation v. Taypotat, 2015 SCC 30
  • Zurich Insurance Company v. Chubb Insurance Company of Canada, 2015 SCC 19
  • Theratechnologies Inc., v. 121851 Canada Inc., 2015 SCC 18
  • Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 12
  • Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5
  • Bernard v. Canada (Attorney General), 2014 SCC 13
  • Saskatchewan (Human Rights Commission) v. Whatcott, 2013 SCC 11
  • Evans v. Teamsters Local Union No. 31, 2008 SCC 20
  • Canada (Attorney General) v. Lameman, 2008 SCC 14

Publications & Presentations


  • 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


  • Meehan & Sharpe on Appellate Advocacy (Canada Law Book, 2010) with Justice Robert J. Sharpe, Ontario Court of Appeal

Recent Presentations

  • Strategic Legal Writing – Nunavut Artic College, March 26, 2018
  • Strategic Legal Writing – Nunavut Bar Association, March 24, 2018
  • Developing An Appeal 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
  • Strategic Legal Writing: Preparing Persuasive Documents, Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Ottawa, April 13, 2016
  • Strategic Legal Writing: 10 Top Tips from a lawyer (who writes for a living) & 10 Top Tips from a Legal Affairs Journalist (who writes for a living), University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Ottawa, March 10, 2016 – Click Here for the speaking notes
  • Seeking & Obtaining Leave to Appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, The Tenth Annual Straight from the Bench Conference, May 27, 2015

Special Recognition

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


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.

My spouse Giovanna was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice, sitting in Ottawa, on April 11, 2003.