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George Avraam

Partner
Baker & McKenzie LLP

Biography

George Avraam was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1999 and has since practiced in the areas of labour, employment, and administrative law litigation. He has been designated by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. George has been ranked in Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, and has been recognized as a Star Lawyer by Acritas. He has also been recommended in Legal 500 Canada and Lexpert. George is also Chair of the North America Employment and Compensation Law Practice Group and a member of the Global Employment and Compensation Law Practice Group’s Steering Committee.

Practice Focus

George has a broad trial and appellate litigation practice, with a specific focus on labour and employment law, administrative and public law, pension law, privacy law, education law, professional discipline, class actions, trade secrets, restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties. He has expertise of general application to matters involving administrative tribunals, and judicial review of governmental and administrative action. He has acted as lead counsel on numerous complex matters, including trials, appeals, judicial reviews, class actions, and injunctions. He has been lead counsel before numerous administrative tribunals, as well as in every trial and appellate court in Ontario, the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Representative Legal Matters

  • Lead counsel for the intervener, the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada, in Travailleurs et Travailleuses de L'Alimentation et du Commerce, Section Locale 503 v. Wal-Mart Canada Corp.
  • Lead counsel for the intervener, the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada, at the Supreme Court of Canada in Plourde v. Wal-Mart Canada Corporation, 2009 SCC 54 and Desbiens et al. v. Wal-Mart Canada Corporation, 2009 SCC 55.
  • Lead counsel for the intervener, the Alliance of Manufacturers & Exporters Canada, at the Supreme Court of Canada in Honda Canada Inc. operating as Honda of Canada Mfg. v. Kevin Keays: 2008 SCC 39.
  • Lead counsel in Bart v. McMaster University 2016 ONSC 5747 (Can LII), in which he successfully represented McMaster University in one of the most significant judicial reviews involving internal university administrative tribunals.
  • Lead counsel for Sony of Canada Ltd. in Riskie v. Sony of Canada Ltd., in which he secured a complete dismissal of all claims in a motion for summary judgment.
  • Lead counsel in Holland v. Hostopia.com, 2015 ONCA 762 in which he successfully upheld the trial court's findings that the Plaintiff was not entitled to commissions arising out of a transaction.
  • Lead appellate counsel to a major US multinational company on contractual and commission based issues.
  • Lead counsel to a municipality on a case involving a CAD550,000 punitive damages award in a wrongful dismissal and malicious prosecution matter, which award was reduced by the Ontario Court of Appeal.
  • Lead counsel to major Ontario universities in a number of litigious matters, including matters before the trial and appellate courts.
  • Lead counsel for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. in a successful defence of a judicial review application before the Saskatchewan Queen’s Bench in UFCW, Local 1400 v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., et al., 2010 SKQB 61.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association - Executive Member, Labour Law Section 2004-2005
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Canadian Association of University Solicitors
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers

Admissions

  • Ontario~Canada (1999)

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.M. Administrative Law) (2002)
  • Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B.) (1997)
  • York University (B.A.) (1993)

Languages

  • English
  • Greek