George Avraam

Baker & McKenzie LLP


George Avraam was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1999 and has since practiced as a trial and appellate litigator. He is designated by the Law Society of Ontario 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 varied trial and appellate litigation practice. He has particular expertise in labour, employment, education, administrative, constitutional, and public law matters. He also has substantial experience litigating employment related class actions, commercial disputes, trade secrets, restrictive covenants and fiduciary duties. He has acted as lead counsel in arbitrations, administrative proceedings, trials, appeals, judicial reviews, class actions, and injunctions. He has also acted as lead counsel before 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 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 counsel to a municipality on a case involving a CAD 550,000 punitive damages award in a wrongful dismissal and malicious prosecution matter, which award was reduced by the Ontario Court of Appeal.
  • Lead counsel in Kirshnamoorthy v. Olympus Canada Inc. in which he persuaded the Ontario Court of Appeal that fresh consideration was not required for a termination clause that was secured as part of an offer of employment in an asset transaction.
  • 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 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 Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association - Executive Member, Labour Law Section 2004-2005
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Canadian Association of University Solicitors
  • Canadian Association of Counsel to Employers


  • Ontario~Canada (1999)


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


  • English
  • Greek