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June 2020

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Page 26 of 51 25 The value of experience. The strength of teamwork. 15 Bedford Road Toronto, Ontario M5R 2J7 T (416) 868-1755 F (416) 868-1990 TORMIS2000010_GHW_CanadianLawyer_QuarterPage Docket Number TORMIS2000010 Client GHW Campaign Brand Element Magazine 1/4 page Scale 100% DPI 300dpi Final Size 8.25"w x 2.6875"h Inks Vendor Canadian Lawyer Build Size 8.25"w x 2.6875"h VO N/A Live 0.25" Margins Bleed 0.25" Bleed who go to court every day, it is difficult to keep track of all the significant files of the last two years, says Brian Greenspan, a recent recip- ient of the Toronto Lawyers Association award of distinction. But top of mind was acting for Volkswagen Canada in the Environmental Protection Act prosecution against the car company for the diesel emissions scandal. The company admitted to installing software that tricked emissions-testing equipment, was charged with 60 counts of breaching the Environmental Protection Act and reached a plea deal with the Canadian government last December. "It is the largest single environ- mental case in the history of Canada," says Greenspan. The firm also acted for the former mayor of Thunder Bay, Ont., Keith Hobbs, who was charged along with his wife and another Thunder Bay resident with extortion. All three were acquitted. Greenspan Partners LLP Toronto Every year, the Greenspan clan takes a prominent place on Canadian Lawyer's Top Criminal Boutiques list. Alongside Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein is the firm legendary Winnipeg criminal defence lawyer Harry Walsh. Called to the bar in 1937, Walsh practised until his death in 2011 and is known for playing a central role in the abolition of the death penalty. "He was one of the top criminal lawyers in Canada," says Gindin. Among them, the three founders have 135 years of experience practising exclusively criminal law, says Gindin, who's been in the profession for 49 of them. The firm is active in continuing legal education for the Law Society of Manitoba. Gindin is currently teaching a course examining the prevention of wrongful conviction in Canada. The firm has also participated in various commissions of inquiry over the years, on wrongful convic- tions, baby deaths and other matters. Wolson was counsel for the commission into former prime minister Brian Mulroney regarding Karlheinz Schreiber and the Airbus affair. The firm has three partners, seven associates, two articling students "and a lot of experi- ence all around," says Gindin. Greenspan Humphrey Weinstein LLP Toronto As a firm of seven (soon to be eight) litigators with extensive experience defending charges of white-collar crime, homicide, drug and sexual assault cases. The firm's founder was the late Austin Cooper, recipient of the G. Arthur Martin Medal, which is awarded by the Criminal Lawyers' Association for significant contributions to criminal justice. That award was also given to senior partner Mark Sandler — who is a three-time elected bencher for the Law Society of Ontario and a leading appellate and trial criminal litigator. Sandler is currently lead counsel to the Independent Civilian Review into Missing Person Investigations in Toronto, established in the aftermath of the crimes of serial killer Bruce McArthur. Partner Scott Bergman is external counsel for the independent review of the violent inci- dents, which took place at the 2019 Hamilton Pride Parade. Megan Schwartzentruber — along with Sandler — acted as counsel for the Ontario College of Nurses at the Wettlaufer Inquiry into long-term care homes. Gindin Wolson Simmonds Roitenberg Winnipeg Partners Jeffrey Gindin, Richard Wolson and Saul Simmonds were each mentored by

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