Julian H. Porter, QC
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Julian H. Porter Q.C., Barrister & Solicitor

100 King St W, Suite 1600 , 1 First Canadian Place
Toronto, ON M5X 1G5
Phone: (416) 862-4297
Fax: (416) 862-7661
E-mail: julian.porter@julianporterqc.com
 
 
 

Sr. trial and appellate counsel. Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation. Specialist in libel. Has appeared before all levels of court in every kind of civil & criminal proceeding. Acts for plaintiffs and defendants in libel, copyright and freedom of speech matters. Practises as independent counsel, has few conflicts of interest and has sued, on behalf of clients most major news, TV and radio networks. Acts for insurance companies, magazines, newspapers and TV stations defending libel actions. Enjoys trial work and loves juries. Successfully defended Maclean’s in three human rights freedom of speech prosecutions. Was involved in a long libel jury trial that changed the law in Canada and a jury trial in which the award was the highest possible for a slander case. Appeared in a criminal libel jury trial in Nfld and in Nov. 2016 acted for a defendant in an interesting slander trial – decision to come – if he wins you’ll hear more, if he loses not so much. Has a leave application pending in the SCC. Co-author of Canadian Libel Practice. Occupied the Mulvain Chair in Advocacy (1992), U. of Calgary Law School. Fellow, ACTL. Member of a House of Commons committee approving appts. to the SCC. Was invited to lunch by the Chief Justice of the SCC to talk to the SCC justices about art.


Year Called to the Bar:1964 (ON)
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