George Avraam practices trial and appellate litigation. George is a certified specialist in civil litigation, is ranked in Benchmark Litigation, Chambers, Legal 500, Lexpert, and is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. George also holds several leadership positions at the Firm.
George practices trial and appellate litigation. He is lead counsel on trials, appeals, judicial reviews, class actions, arbitrations, and administrative proceedings. While George handles trials and appeals in a variety of substantive legal areas, he has particular expertise in administrative and constitutional law, post-secondary education law, fiduciary duties, and labour and employment law.
George has been lead counsel on significant judicial reviews and appeals, including cases at the Supreme Court of Canada involving Wal-Mart's decision to close a store in Jonquiere, Quebec, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada's seminal case of Honda v Keays.
George has also been lead counsel on several precedent setting matters. These cases include whether an employer must provide an employee consideration for a termination clause in an asset transaction (Olympus, leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada denied), the scope and purpose of punitive damages (Pate), the jurisdiction of the court to entertain a wrongful dismissal after a union has been certified but before a collective agreement has been finalized (Cintas), the enforceability of termination clauses in employment contracts (Holland and Andros), the authority and powers of a university administrative tribunal (Bart), and the jurisdiction of a labour board over a foreign entity (Wal-Mart Stores Inc).George also has a robust trial practice. He has acted as lead counsel on complex litigation matters, including partnership disputes at professional service firms, fraud, class actions, and high-value labour and employment matters.