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Gerry McGeachy, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B, CFCS, CAMS, CFE

Tel: (647) 264-1448

Cell: (613) 885-7045

Email: Gerry@gmlegal.ca


BIOGRAPHY

 

Gerry has a track record of winning cases, even where the standard of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt.”

 

Most recently a senior litigation counsel with the Ontario Securities Commission – Enforcement Branch, Gerry has extensive experience dealing with high stakes investigations and litigation. He was called to the bar in 2000 and the Law Society of Ontario recognizes him as a Certified Specialist in Criminal Law. He has argued and won cases at all levels of court in Ontario and before a variety of administrative tribunals. 

 

He started as a prosecutor over 20 years ago representing the province of Ontario in provincial offences matters.  Since then he has handled cases of all sorts, ranging from property crime to murder, proceeds of crime, fraud and conspiracy. He brings a wealth of trial and appellate experience to his practice. 

 

During his time as Crown Counsel, Gerry received specialized training in search and seizure law, becoming  a designated Wiretap Agent for the purpose of Part VI of the Criminal Code from 2015 until his departure from the Ministry of the Attorney General in 2018.  Over the years he has addressed a wide variety of search warrant issues such as Charter applications to exclude evidence or other legal remedies.

 

He achieved a CAMS designation in 2015 from the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists, a CFCS designation from the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists in 2016. Gerry sees the growth of regulation and associated investigations, enforcement actions, and sanctions as key business concerns, reflected domestically in, for example, securities legislation, the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act and the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, and internationally in legislation such as the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act, and the European General Data Protection Regulation. 

 

His skill and knowledge in e-Discovery has been recognized by the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists through the CEDS designation. He regularly provides advice and speaks to groups about the management of electronically stored information and its use in litigation (including prevention of mismanagement or misuse). 

 

His experiences dealing with complex production order issues, search warrants and related privacy issues led Gerry to study both the European and Canadian privacy regimes, earning the CIPP/Europe, CIPP/Canada and the CIPM (Certified Information Privacy Manager) designations, leading to Gerry being named as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals in 2018. 

 

Gerry received the prestigious Prix Excelsior Award in 2014 from the Ministry of the Attorney General in the category of Innovation. He is a founding director of the 5 day course, Technology in Litigation, which continues to run annually for crown prosecutors in Ontario. He is regularly invited to speak to industry groups who value his expertise on conducting electronic case management, preparation and the conduct of hearings which leverage technology for success. 

 

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