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Gerald Chan

Bencher Candidate

Gerald Chan is a Partner at Stockwoods Barristers in Toronto, where he practices criminal, constitutional, and administrative law as well as select civil and commercial litigation. He defends clients in all manner of cases, including white collar crime, cyber crimes, sexual offences, professional discipline/liability, and regulatory matters. He has argued before every level of court including numerous cases at the Supreme Court of Canada, where he has been involved in several landmark cases on data privacy. He also volunteers as duty counsel with the Ontario Court of Appeal’s inmate appeals program. Prior to joining Stockwoods, he was a partner with Clayton Ruby at a criminal and constitutional law firm, practiced commercial litigation, and clerked for Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada.

A prolific writer, Gerald is the author of several texts on sentencing and digital evidence issues. He teaches at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Criminal Law Program. In 2019, Canadian Lawyer named him one of the Top 25 Most Influential lawyers in Canada. Gerald has been recognized as a leading practitioner by Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Litigation, Chambers Canada, and Lexpert. He is a member of the Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee and the Case Review Committee of Innocence Canada. He is a past President of the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Ontario).

Gerald holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School (where he graduated as co-gold medallist).

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Gerald Chan

Gerald Chan

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