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Ottawa announces appointment to Tax Court of Canada

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 @ 1:29 PM | By John Chunn

The federal Department of Justice on April 17 announced that David E. Spiro, a sole practitioner, has been appointed as a judge of the Tax Court of Canada.

Justice Spiro replaced Justice Brent Paris, who elected to resign effective April 3, 2019.

According to the government’s press release, Justice Spiro was born and raised in Toronto. He received a bachelor of arts (with distinction) from York University in 1984 and a law degree from the University of Toronto in 1987 where he was awarded the CCH Canada Ltd. Prize in Tax Policy.

Justice Spiro was called to the Ontario bar in 1989 and practised with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (1989-1991) before joining the tax litigation section of the Department of Justice (1991-2004). He continued his tax litigation practice at Blakes (2004-2009) and Dentons LLP (2009-2014) before becoming a sole practitioner.

Justice Spiro has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada and has served as a member of the Tax Court of Canada Bench and Bar Committee and the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Tax Court of Canada.

Justice Spiro has spoken and written for the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association and The Advocates’ Society where he established the Tax Litigation Skills Certificate Program to provide hands-on skills training to young advocates.

Along with Pro Bono Students Canada and Dentons, Justice Spiro developed the Tax Advocacy Program as a pro bono initiative to train and prepare law students to represent low-income taxpayers before the Tax Court of Canada.

Justice Spiro has held a number of significant volunteer leadership responsibilities within the Jewish community. He has also been active in the arts community where he served on the boards of the Canadian Opera Foundation and the Canadian Opera Company.