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

Gerald H. 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:
    Insurance Law Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2006
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Personal Injury Litigation Corporate and Commercial 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:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2013
  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law International Trade and Finance 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:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Recognized Since: 2018
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Administrative and Public Law

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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.