Brian Greenspan

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Brian Greenspan, Toronto, Ontario, 2012

Brian H. Greenspan, (born March 14, 1947 in Niagara Falls, Ontario) is a Canadian lawyer. He is one of the most prominent and well-regarded defence lawyers in Canada.[1][2]


Greenspan received his B.A. from the University of Toronto in 1968 and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1971. He received his LL.M. from the London School of Economics in 1972. He was called to the Bar in 1974. He taught the Administration of Criminal Justice at Osgoode Hall Law School from 1977 to 1984 and was a special lecturer in Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto Law School from 1984 to 1998.

Greenspan is a senior partner in the Toronto firm Greenspan, Humphrey, Weinstein. He is the brother of the late Edward Greenspan,[3] also a well-known Canadian lawyer, and Rosann Greenspan, Executive Director of the Center for Law and Society at the University of California, Berkeley . Greenspan is married to Marla Berger and is the father of Jared and Jenna Greenspan.

Greenspan was President of the Criminal Lawyers' Association (Ontario) from 1989 to 1993[4] and was the founding Chair of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers from 1992 to 1996.[5][6] Greenspan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers.[7] He was awarded the Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for excellence in oral advocacy in 2002[8] and received the G. Arthur Martin Medal for contributions to criminal justice in Canada in 2010.[9] In 2012, he was recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.[10] In 2013, he was awarded the Alumni Gold Key for Achievement by Osgoode Hall; received the "Key to the City" of his hometown, Niagara Falls, Ontario; and was selected as an "Alumni of Influence" by University College of the University of Toronto.[11][12][13] Greenspan is a member of the Board of Directors of Innocence Canada.[14] Greenspan has been recognized in The International Who's Who of Business Crime Lawyers[15] and The Best Lawyers in Canada since their inception and is a Band 1 leading individual in White Collar Crime in Chambers Canada.[16][17] He has been named three times [18]as one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.[19][20]

Notable clients[edit]

Greenspan's clients include:


  1. ^ a b Pagliaro, Jennifer (January 30, 2014). "Mayor Rob Ford's friend accused of extortion and the pop star now charged with assault turn to the same man for legal help". The Toronto Star. ISSN 0319-0781. Retrieved October 8, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Westfield, Heidi (October 15, 2015). "Chambers Canada: Brian Greenspan makes short list of elite white-collar crime practitioners". Financial Post.
  3. ^ Jaques, Gallant (December 24, 2014). "Top criminal lawyer Eddie Greenspan dies at 70". The Toronto Star.
  4. ^ "Criminal Lawyers Association History". The Criminal Lawyers Association.
  5. ^ "CCCDL - CCAD, Executive, Brian H. Greenspan, Founding Chair". The Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers.
  6. ^ "CCCDL - CCAD, Executive". The Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers.
  7. ^ Cohen, Gail J. (August 3, 2010). "The Top 25 Most Influential". Canadian Lawyer.
  8. ^ "Feb. 25, 2002: Brian Greenspan receives 2002 Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal". University of Toronto, Faculty of Law. February 25, 2002.
  9. ^ "Criminal Lawyers' Association, Awards, G. Arthur Martin Criminal Justice Medal". The Criminal Lawyers' Association.
  10. ^ "Renowned defence lawyer Brian Greenspan receives LLD". The Law Society Gazette. June 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "Dr. Brian Greenspan". The University of Toronto. 2013.
  12. ^ Spiteri, Ray (July 10, 2013). "Greenspan brothers receive key to Niagara Falls". Sun Media Community Newspapers.
  13. ^ "Eight distinguished lawyers honoured at Osgoode's annual alumni reception". York University. May 25, 2013.
  14. ^ "AIDWYC - The Association for the Wrongly Convicted, Governance". AIDWYC. 2015.
  15. ^ "Home, Practice Areas, Business Crime Defence". Law Business Research Ltd. 1998-2016. 2016.
  16. ^ Westfield, Heidi (October 15, 2015). "Chambers Canada: Brian Greenspan makes short list of elite white-collar crime practitioners". The National Post.
  17. ^ "Chambers And Partners, Canada Guide, Brian Greenspan". Chambers and Partners.
  18. ^ {{cite news |last: Wilbur |first: Tim | title=The Top 25 Most Influential of 2018 |url=
  19. ^ Cohen, Gail J. (August 3, 2010). "The Top 25 Most Influential: Canadian Lawyer's picks of this country's most powerful lawyers". Thomson Reuters Canada Ltd.
  20. ^ Cohen, Gail J. (August 5, 2013). "The Top 25 Most Influential - Criminal Law/Human Rights". Thompson Reuters Canada Ltd. Archived from the original on October 26, 2013.
  21. ^ a b c d e f "White-collar clients rely on specialists". National Post. October 18, 2006. Archived from the original on March 5, 2016.
  22. ^ "Eagleson Asks To Go Free". Philadelphia Daily News. April 17, 1998. Archived from the original on December 22, 2015.
  23. ^ "Supermodel Naomi admits assault". BBC News. February 3, 2000.
  24. ^ Holley, David (January 20, 1985). "Belushi Death Suspect to Return to L.A. : Cathy Smith Expected to Drop Extradition Appeal in Canada". Los Angeles Times.
  25. ^ Makin, Kirk (October 25–26, 2010). "Serving time in Canada would give Omar Khadr a better chance of parole". The Globe and Mail.
  26. ^ Small, Peter; Huffman, Tracy (October 2, 2007). "Accused in tainted blood trial exonerated". Toronto Star.
  27. ^ "Securities Regulator sets date for Rankin retrial". The Toronto Star. June 8, 2007.
  28. ^ "Court upholds ruling ordering new Rankin trial". The Toronto Star. February 27, 2007.
  29. ^ McFarland, Janet (August 23, 2012) [December 10, 2010]. "Royal Group defendants found not guilty". The Globe and Mail.
  30. ^ Hasham, Alyshah (September 3, 2013). "Dr. George Doodnaught: Defence argues sex assaults during surgery are physically impossible". Toronto Star.
  31. ^ "R. v. Morrison, 1998 2075 (NS SC)". Case Law Canada. Globe 24h. November 19, 1998. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  32. ^ "Narwhal tusk smuggler faces extradition hearing". CBC News. January 21, 2014.
  33. ^ Miller, Adam; Morales, Steve (January 6, 2016). "Marco Muzzo, charged in crash that killed 4, to plead guilty on Feb. 4". Global News.
  34. ^ "Marco Muzzo argues for reduction in $25M lawsuit for drunk-driving case that killed 4". CBC News. Toronto. January 9, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  35. ^ Donovan, Kevin (May 2, 2003). "Lawyer acquitted of all charges". Toronto Star.
  36. ^ Choi, Paul (October 1, 2005). "Man acquitted in Melo killing eager for normalcy". The Globe and Mail.
  37. ^ Arnold, Steve (April 3, 2014). "Hamilton businessman`s exotic lifestyle ends as he goes to jail". The Hamilton Spectator.
  38. ^ Acharya-Tom Yew, Madhavi (May 26, 2011). "Failed hedge fund co-founder gets four years in jail". The Toronto Star.
  39. ^ Brigstock-Barron, Rory (January 26, 2016). "Chelsea star Lucas Piazon had reputation 'unfairly tarnished' say lawyers after Toronto Police drop sexual assault charges". The Daily Mail.
  40. ^ Fakiha Bail (December 20, 2017). "Lawyer Brian Greenspan to help Sherman family conduct own investigation". Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  41. ^ {{cite web|url= |title=Hobbs to stand trial on all charges | |author=Doug Diaczuk |date=August 30, 2018 |accessdate=October 16, 2018
  42. ^ {{cite web|url= |title=Crown seeks 10 years for former executives behind Knowledge House collapse |work=financial post |author=Bruce Bundale |date=May 22, 2018 |accessdate=October 16, 2018

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