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Iris Fischer

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  • Conducting regulatory or international anti-corruption investigations for multinational clients

  • Represented coalition of major Canadian media in application to unseal search warrant material in the police investigations that led to charges against Bruce McArthur
  • Represented an access-to-information applicant at the Ontario Court of Appeal, where the court affirmed the right to access names of doctors billing the public health-care plan

  • Represented a media applicant in a successful constitutional challenge to laws restricting access to tribunal records

  • Co-counsel in class action defence involving several prescription medicines

  • Represented a coalition of U.S.-based media organizations and non-profits in Google Inc. v. Equustek Solutions Inc., where the Supreme Court of Canada upheld a worldwide injunction requiring Google Inc. to globally de-index certain websites

  • Represented the Toronto Star in John v. Ballingall, where the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed that an online newspaper is still a “newspaper” for the purposes of the notice and limitation provisions in the Libel and Slander Act

  • Counsel on a current constitutional challenge relating to federalism/aboriginal rights
  • Acted as lead counsel for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, A.B. v. Bragg Communications, involving social media, open courts and privacy rights

Awards & Recognition

Iris has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the following publications:

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2020 (Defamation and Media Law)

  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory - 2018-2019 (Repeatedly Recommended in Litigation - Defamation & Media)

  • Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List, Future Star – Canada, 2019

  • Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List – Canada, 2018

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys - 2018 Edition (Future Litigation Star - Litigation & Dispute Resolution)

Professional Activities

Iris is a member of The Advocates' Society, Ad Idem (Advocates in Defence of Free Expression)/Canadian Media Lawyers Association, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Civil Litigation, Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Sections of the Ontario Bar Association.

Publications
Professional Appearances
  • Panellist: International Communication and Law and Policy Divisions - Law, Policy and International Reporting: Issues of Jurisdiction
    The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), Toronto, Ontario, August 8, 2019.
  • Speaker: Privacy Interests in Administration Adjudication After Toronto Star
    IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019, Toronto, Ontario, May 24, 2019.
  • Speaker: Defences to Defamation: Where we are at in 2019
    Defamation Law 2019: Current Issues + Emerging Trends, Osgoode Professional Development, Toronto, Ontario, April 29, 2019.
  • Speaker: On Demand Primer: Anatomy of a Defamation Case
    Osgoode Professional Development, March 18, 2019.
  • Speaker: Managing Environmental Enterprise Risk
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, November 14, 2018.
  • Moderator: The Cutting Edge of Compliance
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, November 15, 2018.
  • Speaker: Defamation Law: Updates and Jurisdictional Challenges
    The Advocates’ Society Fall Convention, Laguna Beach, November 9, 2018.
  • Speaker: Openness of Administrative Tribunals
    Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association, Montreal, November 2, 2018.
  • Moderator and Speaker: Anti-Corruption Worldwide Update: Review of Regimes and Enforcement trends in Canada, China, Ecuador, Germany and Mexico
    Lex Mundi Live Webinar, June 19, 2018.
  • Speaker: Managing Litigation Risk in Foreign Acquisitions: What Every Buyer Should Know
    Blakes Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, March 7, 2018.
  • Speaker: Resolving Defamation Disputes Without Resorting to Litigation
    Ontario Bar Association's Institute, Toronto, Ontario, February 7, 2018.
  • Speaker: Cybersecurity for Directors, Officers and Transactional Lawyers
    Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, October 27, 2017.
  • Speaker: Dealing with Corruption and Regulatory Risks and Enforcement
    Benchmark Women in Litigation conference, Toronto, October 18, 2017.
Media Activities
  • Quoted: Driver remains nameless two days after fatal hit and run
    Article by Galen Simmons, The Beacon Herald, Stratford, Ontario, May 14, 2019.
  • Quoted: Project Houston officers investigated murders years before Bruce McArthur arrest: documents
    Article by Sumran Bhan and Rachael D'Amore, CP24.com, Toronto, Ontario, September 28, 2018.
  • Quoted: Ontario’s tribunals ‘fundamentally different’ from courts, province argues
    Article by Brendan Kennedy, Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario, April 5, 2018.
  • Quoted: Ontario Court of Appeal to decide if names of top-billing doctors will be made public
    Article by Theresa Boyle, Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario, November 8, 2017.
  • Interviewed: Pull Quotes Podcast – Episode 1: Free Press?
    Ryerson Review of Journalism, October 3, 2017.
  • Quoted: Doctors propose plan to reveal top OHIP billers
    Article by Theresa Boyle, Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario, August 15, 2017.
  • Quoted: Ontario doctors plan to appeal court decision to identify top-billers
    Article by Theresa Boyle, Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario, July 6, 2017.
  • Quoted: Doctors urge court not to allow 'naming and shaming' of top OHIP billers
    Article by Theresa Boyle, Toronto Star, Toronto, Ontario, June 21, 2017.
Education

Admitted to the Ontario Bar - 2006
LL.B., McGill University - 2005
B.C.L., McGill University - 2005

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