Marshall A. Swadron

Marshall has served as counsel in all levels of Ontario courts, the Federal Court and in the Supreme Court of Canada, where he recently represented the winning party in G. v. Ontario. He also has considerable administrative law experience before tribunals, inquests and in applications for judicial review. His areas of practice include mental health and capacity law, guardianship and estate litigation, professional regulation, constitutional law and abuse of state power. He is also available to act as a mediator and has completed a semester-long course in Mediation and Conflict Management offered by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School.

Marshall has been appointed amicus curiae or “friend of the court” before the Superior Court of Justice and in the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He is frequently appointed by the Public Guardian and Trustee to represent alleged incapable persons in guardianship applications. Marshall’s approach is to seek to enhance the autonomy and participation of vulnerable persons in their own decision making. He works hard to resolve difficult cases in a manner that is consistent with his clients’ wishes.

Marshall’s teaching experience includes numerous speaking engagements as well as thirteen years as an instructor in the Public Law section of the Bar Admission Course and the Skills and Professional Responsibility Program of the Law Society’s lawyer licensing process. He served as co-chair of the Law Society's Administrative Law Practice Essentials Program from 2011 to 2017. He also contributes to the lawyer licensing process barrister reference material as author of three chapters on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and constitutional litigation.

Marshall is a member of the Advocates' Society and the Toronto Lawyers Association and is the Chair of the Mental Health Legal Committee. He sits on the Legal Aid Ontario Mental Health Law Advisory Committee, the Alliance for Sustainable Legal Aid and the Toronto Estates List Users Committee. He is a Public Guardian and Trustee client lawyer panel member. He is also Honorary Counsel to the Museum of Mental Health Services (Toronto) Inc.

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Marshall Swadron

LL.B. Osgoode Hall Law School 1987

Called to the Bar: 1989 Ontario

Memberships: Law Society of Ontario, Advocates’ Society, Toronto Lawyers Association, Mental Health Legal Committee

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