Dr. Brian Greenspan

(BA 1968 UC)

Renowned criminal lawyer Brian Greenspan is a partner in the Toronto firm Greenspan, Humphrey, Lavine.  He has taught the administration of criminal justice at Osgoode Hall Law School and was a special lecturer in criminal law at U of T’s Faculty of Law. He is a frequent speaker at law schools and continuing legal education programs throughout Canada.

Greenspan has served as president of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario) and as founding chair of the Canadian Council of Criminal Defence Lawyers. He was a member of the Ontario Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee, a director of the Advocates’ Society, and a member of the Ontario Securities Commission Enforcement Advisory Committee.

Currently, he is a member of the Ontario Regional Committee of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, a member of the board of directors of the Association in Defence of the Wrongly Convicted Foundation, a member of the board of directors of Book Clubs for Inmates, and a member of the Society for the Reform of the Criminal Law.

Among his many honours, Greenspan was awarded the Douglas K. Laidlaw Medal for excellence in oral advocacy in 2002 and received the G. Arthur Martin Medal for contributions to criminal justice in Canada in 2010. He holds an honorary doctor of laws from The Law Society of Upper Canada, and was awarded the Alumni Gold Key for Achievement by Osgoode Hall. He was also presented with the key to the city of his hometown, Niagara Falls, Ontario in 2013.

Greenspan has been recognized in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers in Business Crime and The Best Lawyers in Canada since their inception and has been twice named as one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyer Magazine.