Joseph Groia is a principal of Groia & Company Professional Corporation. He practises corporate and securities litigation, acting as counsel in a wide range of civil, quasi-criminal, criminal and administrative cases including broker claims and defences, defending Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) prosecutions and proceedings and representing directors' and officers' of public companies. Mr. Groia received his BA and JD from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1981. In 1985, he joined the OSC as Associate General Counsel. From October 1987 until March 1990, he was the OSC’s Director of Enforcement. In 1990, he joined Heenan Blaikie, where he practised corporate and securities litigation as a partner until he started Groia & Company on January 1, 2000. Mr. Groia has been ranked in The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the 500 Leading Lawyers in Canada since 2000. In 2007, Mr. Groia and Pamela Hardie published Canada’s only textbook on securities litigation, Securities Litigation and Enforcement. One of Mr. Groia’s most noteworthy professional accomplishments was his leadership of the team that successfully defended Mr. John Felderhof in the 10-year OSC prosecution of charges arising out of the collapse of Bre-X Minerals Ltd.