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Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Privacy and Data Security Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law Trusts and Estates
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Appellate Practice Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Natural Resources Law Energy Regulatory Law Administrative and Public Law Energy Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Health Care Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Environmental Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Advertising and Marketing Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2017
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Criminal Defence Appellate Practice Privacy and Data Security Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Real Estate Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Administrative and Public Law Securities Law Legal Malpractice Law Appellate Practice Class Action Litigation International Arbitration Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Administrative and Public Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law Appellate Practice Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2015
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Privacy and Data Security Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Administrative and Public Law Privacy and Data Security Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation International Arbitration Criminal Defence
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Administrative and Public Law Oil and Gas Law Energy Regulatory Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Education Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Health Care Law Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Director and Officer Liability Practice Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defence Health Care Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Administrative and Public Law Municipal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice International Arbitration Administrative and Public Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defence Aboriginal Law Administrative and Public Law Appellate Practice Privacy and Data Security Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2010
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Workers' Compensation Law Labour and Employment Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Class Action Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Medical Negligence Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Labour and Employment Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Professional Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2009
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2012
  • Location:
    Halifax, Nova Scotia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
  • Practice Areas:
    Family Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law Labour and Employment Law Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Securities Law Administrative and Public Law Corporate Governance Practice Criminal Defence Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Class Action Litigation International Arbitration Securities Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Aboriginal Law Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Aboriginal Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Natural Resources Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Labour and Employment Law Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Health Care Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2008
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Class Action Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2020
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2021
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Criminal Defence
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2011
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Insurance Law Legal Malpractice Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Medical Negligence Health Care Law
Lawyer
Gerald H. "Gerry" Stobo  was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Gerald H. "Gerry" Stobo

Cassidy Levy Kent LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law Administrative and Public Law Public Procurement Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Insurance Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Administrative and Public Law Medical Negligence
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2016
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2014
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    International Trade and Finance Law Defamation and Media Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
Donald J. Wilson QC was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Donald J. Wilson QC

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2019
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Administrative and Public Law

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Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. Our methodology is designed to capture, as accurately as possible, the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.

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Practice Area Definition

Administrative and Public Law Definition

The subject matter within the scope of administrative and public law is broad and diverse. Generally, “public law” refers to the areas of law that govern relationships between individuals and their governments, as well as those relationships between individuals that are of importance to society as a whole. It is an umbrella term encompassing such areas as constitutional law, competition law, professional discipline, aboriginal law, energy law, municipal law, health law, human rights law, immigration law, labour law, environmental law, information and privacy law, securities law, competition law, public inquiries, inquests, and professional regulation.

All of these fields have an administrative law component. “Administrative law” refers to the area of law that regulates the procedures and powers of administrative agencies, boards, and tribunals which exercise delegated authority in the various spheres of public law.  

Administrative and public law lawyers help clients navigate the complex web of legal institutions that regulate their personal and business activities. As a starting point, this includes helping clients understand how their activities are regulated, as well as how to navigate the bureaucracy created by statutes and regulations and how to comply with legislation as well as agency, board, and tribunal policies. This may involve compliance advice, obtaining a permit or license, representing clients at regulatory hearings, and providing strategic advice to achieve business objectives.

At the enforcement stage, administrative and public lawyers represent clients being investigated by public authorities, and defend clients in hearings involving allegations of non-compliance before adjudicative tribunals as well as in courts, inquests and inquiries. Lawyers also assist clients challenging decisions or actions taken by governments, agencies, and tribunals. Where a client is dissatisfied with an expert tribunal’s decision, administrative and public lawyers may assist clients in appeals and judicial reviews of the administrative body’s decision.

Some lawyers practicing administrative and public law have general experience navigating the legal institutions by which governments impose rules, provide policy and strategic advice, or represent clients in hearings and in courts. Others have very specialized expertise in specific regulated spheres.

Freya Kristjanson, Judge (Ontario Superior Court of Justice)
Wardle Daley Bernstein Bieber LLP

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The subject matter within the scope of administrative and public law is broad and diverse. Generally, “public law” refers to the areas of law that govern relationships between individuals and their governments, as well as those relationships between individuals that are of importance to society as a whole. It is an umbrella term encompassing such areas as constitutional law, competition law, professional discipline, aboriginal law, energy law, municipal law, health law, human rights law, immigration law, labour law, environmental law, information and privacy law, securities law, competition law, public inquiries, inquests, and professional regulation.

All of these fields have an administrative law component. “Administrative law” refers to the area of law that regulates the procedures and powers of administrative agencies, boards, and tribunals which exercise delegated authority in the various spheres of public law.  

Administrative and public law lawyers help clients navigate the complex web of legal institutions that regulate their personal and business activities. As a starting point, this includes helping clients understand how their activities are regulated, as well as how to navigate the bureaucracy created by statutes and regulations and how to comply with legislation as well as agency, board, and tribunal policies. This may involve compliance advice, obtaining a permit or license, representing clients at regulatory hearings, and providing strategic advice to achieve business objectives.

At the enforcement stage, administrative and public lawyers represent clients being investigated by public authorities, and defend clients in hearings involving allegations of non-compliance before adjudicative tribunals as well as in courts, inquests and inquiries. Lawyers also assist clients challenging decisions or actions taken by governments, agencies, and tribunals. Where a client is dissatisfied with an expert tribunal’s decision, administrative and public lawyers may assist clients in appeals and judicial reviews of the administrative body’s decision.

Some lawyers practicing administrative and public law have general experience navigating the legal institutions by which governments impose rules, provide policy and strategic advice, or represent clients in hearings and in courts. Others have very specialized expertise in specific regulated spheres.