Lawyer for Immigration Law, Indigenous & Environmental Law, Civil Appeals & Trials, Tax & Trade Law, Criminal & Professional Misconduct Defence, Animal Law and Family Law
Gordon is the Senior Barrister and Managing Lawyer of Aubry Campbell MacLean. Now in his third decade of legal practice, he's successfully conducted hundreds of trials and appeals up to the level of the Supreme Court of Canada. He offers clients creative and effective solutions to their contentious legal challenges, both in and out of court, and advises on public law matters including immigration, Indigenous, environmental, tax and trade law.
He's author of three law books: The Investigator’s Legal Handbook (Thomson Carswell: 2006; 2nd ed. 2014) and Le manuel juridique de l’enquêteur (Les éditions Yvon Blais: 2010), and co-editor of RegQuest: Regulatory Offences and Compliance Newsletter (Thomson Carswell). He also writes the law blog The Barrister Brief.
The Immigration, Citizenship, Refugee & Trade Practice
Gordon provides his clients with sound and timely advocacy to enter, work, study and live in Canada, drawing on his years of experience inside the Government of Canada advising the Department of Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Department of Global Affairs Canada (DGAC), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), APEC, OECD and UN on immigration and trade issues.
He especially assists clients with the more complex aspects of immigration law, including Immigration Appeals (sponsorships, residency obligations, removal orders), Admissibility Hearings, Detention Reviews, Refugee Claims & Refugee Appeals at the Immigration & Refugee Board, and judicial reviews & appeals of IRB and Ministerial decisions before the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal & Supreme Court of Canada. He also prepares complex immigration applications, including Labour Market Impact Assessments & responds to Inadmissibility challenges such as through applications for criminal rehabilitation.
See www.compleximmigration.ca for the firm's focussed immigration law practice website.
On trade issues Gordon deals with: tariff classification and preferences • origin determination • valuation for duty • free trade agreements • duty relief • security programs • regulatory compliance • audits, seizures, forfeitures and penalties • foreign corruption laws • voluntary disclosures • export & import permit controls, including permit and licence exemptions under Export and Import Permits Act and its Export Control List, Import Control List & Area Control List • economic sanctions under the Special Economic Measures Act and United Nations Act • customs appeals • advocacy before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.
The Family Law Practice
Gordon acts for clients experiencing family change on separation, divorce, support and custody issues. He offers "No Fear" family law, where all possible outcomes will be explained, and you can be confident you'll have a strong ally in your family lawyer throughout any negotiation, trial court or appeal process. He receives referrals from trial family counsel to act for their clients on appeals of interlocutory orders to the Ontario Divisional Court and final orders to the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
He especially practices in the area of children's law involving child protection, guardianship and adoption applications before the courts.
See www.nofearfamilylaw.com for the firm's focussed family law practice website.
The Civil Commercial & Administrative Litigation Practice
Gordon regularly represents clients in civil litigation trial and appeal proceedings, including for Ontario Superior Court of Justice commercial, estates, real property, contracts, bankruptcy, labour & employment, and Small Claims Court disputes. He's results-oriented in achieving for clients optimal outcomes at expenditures proportionate to the value of civil claims.
The Appeals Practice
Gordon's extensive civil, administrative and criminal appeals practice has included the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, Newfoundland and Labrador Court of Appeal, Ontario Divisional Court and Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court & Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition to accepting appeal mandates from client's directly, he's called upon by trial counsel to assist their clients at appellate levels, and respects all referrals.
See www.appealscanada.com for the firm's focussed appeals law practice website.
The Indigenous & Environmental Law Practice
Gordon conducts an Indigenous law practice throughout Canada focusing on First Nations litigation and negotiations issues, including s. 35 Constitution Act, 1982 Aboriginal and treaty rights cases, Comprehensive, Specific and Special claims, and consultation & accommodation involving development projects. His precedent-setting Indigenous rights cases and negotiations have attracted national attention. He's served as a negotiator with Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada, and counsel with Justice Canada.
Gordon's environmental law practice deals with federal and provincial land, water and air regulatory issues throughout Ontario, focusing on negotiation and litigation solutions to government regulation. He’s served as legal counsel to Environment & Climate Change Canada, Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Parks Canada and litigated environmental cases up to the level of the Supreme Court of Canada.
See www.indigenouslawcanada.com for the firms's focussed Indigenous & environmental practice website.
The Criminal & Professional Misconduct Defence Practice
Gordon has acted on cases from first degree murder, to drug importation conspiracies, to complex frauds. He built his criminal and regulatory courtroom experience serving as a Federal Crown Prosecutor in five provinces and one territory, and as Criminal-Constitutional Issues Coordinator for Justice Canada's Ontario Regional Office. He is author of the leading The Investigator's Legal Handbook serious of books, and has spent many years training criminal and regulatory investigators on the legal requirements of their jobs.
A significant portion of his defence practice involves representing professionals facing administrative misconduct & civil negligence proceedings. In addition to appearing before professional conduct panels for diverse professions, he has served as a Member Representative to the RCMP defending police officers and civilians on disciplinary, competence, health & administrative proceedings throughout Canada, and as legal counsel and a director of investigations at the Military Police Complaints Commission.
The Tax Practice
Gordon has served as a Federal Crown tax prosecutor and legal advisor to the Canada Revenue Agency. His tax litigation practice involves firm and effective representation before the Canada Revenue Agency, Tax Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, and provincial courts for Income Tax Act, Excise Tax Act (HST/GST), Excise Act, and provincial tax matters. He actively engages with tax authorities to arrive at negotiated solutions regardless of whether you have rejected deductions, non-filing, or unreported income problems, while not hesitating to place disputes before the courts when a negotiated solution is not possible.
See www.taxappealscanada.com for the firm's focussed tax and trade appeal practice website.
The Animal Law Practice
Gordon represents veterinarians, animal breeders & trainers, animal custodians/owners, farmers, animal-related businesses, and animal welfare organizations on contract, property, liability, government regulation, business law & dispute resolution issues. He's acted as legal counsel on animal issues to the Government of Canada, served as a federal & provincial prosecutor for animal-related prosecutions, and provided enforcement training to animal welfare organizations.
Gordon's Support Team
Yael Benyair, Law Clerk - All New Client Intake • Immigration Law • Trade & Customs Law • Indigenous Law • Environmental Law - extension "0"
Nancy Hamelin, Law Clerk - Civil, Administrative, Business, Estates & Small Claims Dispute Resolution and Litigation • Appeals & Judicial Reviews • Tax Law • Professional Conduct • Criminal Defence • Animal Law - extension "2"
Julie St. Pierre - Family Law - extension "0"
Marthe Diguer, Director of Operations for Firm - extension "6"