Marie Henein LL.M., Partner, Henein Hutchison Robitaille LLP, October 29, 2024

An Evening with Marie Henein

Marie Henein has been a respected criminal defence lawyer for years, but she became a household name while defending former CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi during his sexual assault trial – a case that she won. In the aftermath of that victory, Henein was called anti-feminist, unethical, a traitor to her gender. The backlash also launched a discussion, especially in legal circles, about whether the public understands the role of the justice system and, in particular, criminal defence lawyers. (see A love letter to Marie Henein)

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Called to the Ontario Bar in 1992, Ms. Henein is a Senior Partner at Henein Hutchison Robitaille LLP. She is widely recognized as one of the most prominent litigators in Canada, with extensive experience as lead counsel on high-profile criminal, civil, and regulatory cases. In addition to her broad criminal law practice, Ms. Henein’s experience includes acting as lead counsel for plaintiffs and defendants in class actions and in respect of major civil and commercial disputes. Ms. Henein has argued at all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Henein is a frequent lecturer nationally. She was an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she was co-chair of the Masters of Law Program. She frequently lectures at the Law Society of Ontario, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, Criminal Lawyers’ Association and the National Judicial Institute in numerous areas including trial advocacy, evidence and appellate advocacy.

She is the author of her 2021 memoir, Nothing But The Truth and is co-editor of Martin’s Criminal Code. She is the Associate Editor of the Canadian Criminal Cases.

Ms. Henein was awarded in 2024 a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa (LLD) by the Law Society of Ontario. She is also the recipient of the 2023 Martin Medal Award, the 2013 Laura Legge Award and has repeatedly been named one of Canada’s 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In 2017, Ms. Henein was the recipient of The Law Society Medal for outstanding service to the administration of justice.

Join fellow Whiffers on Tuesday, Oct 29th to hear an unvarnished view on the ethical and practical implications of being a female criminal lawyer, and how the job is misunderstood and even demonized.
The reception at the RCYC begins at 6:00 pm.