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Blakes partner Schabas appointed to Ontario Superior Court of Justice

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 1:39 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice announced that Paul B. Schabas, partner at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto, is appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario and a judge ex officio of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Justice Schabas assumes one of four remaining positions authorized under Bill C-74.

Justice Schabas grew up in Toronto. He studied music and history as an undergraduate and played French horn professionally before obtaining a law degree from the University of Toronto in 1984.

Justice Schabas practised criminal law before joining Blakes in 1988. He has had a broad litigation practice with a focus on media and constitutional law. He has been counsel on many leading cases before Ontario’s appellate and trial courts and at the Supreme Court of Canada. Notable cases include Morgentaler (1988), Canadian Foundation for Children (2004), and Grant v. Torstar (2009).  

From 2016 to 2018 Justice Schabas was the treasurer (president) of the Law Society of Ontario where he championed diversity and inclusion, access to justice and reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. He was an elected bencher of the society from 2007 to 2016, where he chaired many committees.

He has been active in the legal profession and in his community.  Justice Schabas has led several other legal organizations, including The Law Foundation of Ontario, Pro Bono Ontario and the Canadian Media Lawyers Association. In the wider community, he has been on the boards of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, Canadian Journalism Foundation, Family Service Toronto and the National Youth Orchestra.

Justice Schabas writes and speaks frequently on media and constitutional issues in Canada and abroad. He teaches media law at the University of Toronto.  He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

“We are extremely proud of Paul and congratulate him on this tremendous achievement and career milestone,” said managing partner Rob Granatstein. “This well-deserved appointment recognizes Paul’s exceptional and influential work as one of Canada’s leading media, constitutional, business crimes and competition litigators.”

“Paul’s contributions to the profession, community and to Blakes are deep and wide-ranging. He has been an integral part of our firm since joining Blakes as a summer student in 1983 and we look forward to continuing his litigation tradition,” said Brad Berg, the practice group leader for litigation and dispute resolution in Toronto. “Paul’s leadership, talent, tenacity and compassion will serve him well on the bench.”