Interview – Legal Expert – R. Douglas Elliott – Brief 2 of 2

Charter Project filmed and edited interviews with legal experts who can offer unique historical perspectives on The Charter, its inception, and how it affects the everyday lives of Canadians. This is our second of two brief videos with lawyer R. Douglas Elliott, known for among other work, his successful legal work for same sex marriages. He was counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada on the Reference Re Same Sex Marriage decision.



Mr. Elliott is a founding partner in Roy Elliott O’Connor LLP (, with a litigation practice that is increasingly focused on class actions. He is rated by his peers as one of the Best Class Action Lawyers in Canada through “The Best Lawyers in Canada”. His peers have also recognized him as an expert in public law through Lexpert. “Who’s Who in Canada”, published by the University of Toronto, has also recognized him. In 2010, the Law Society of Upper Canada awarded Mr. Elliott the Law Society Medal, granted each year by to a select group of lawyers whose careers “represent the highest level of achievement and commitment to serving society and the profession.”

Mr. Elliott has received numerous awards for his legal work and community service, including the Lawyer of the Year Award, presented by Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped, the Community Service Award of the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto, the Founders Award of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, the SOGIC Hero Award of the Canadian Bar Association, the Distinguished Service Award of the Association of Lesbian and Gay Psychiatrists, the Salah Bachir Award for Community Service, the Leadership Award of the Canadian AIDS Society and The Lifetime Achievement Award from Pride Toronto. The Canadian AIDS Society has also awarded Roy Elliott O’Connor LLP the Corporate Leadership Award, the first time a law firm has been so recognized.


Other legal expert interviewees include:

  • The Honourable Justice Ian Binnie (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada)
  • The Honourable Justice Frank Iacobucci (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada)
  • The Honourable Roy McMurtry (Former Chief Justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, and key participant in the drafting of The Charter)
  • Senator Jerry Grafstein (advisor to Prime Minister Trudeau when The Charter was drafted)
  • John Whyte   (Constitutional advisor in the Government of Saskatchewan during the years leading up to the patriation of the Constitution)
  • Jean Teillet (Aboriginal rights litigator)
  • André Marin (Ombudsman of Ontario)
  • Patrick Ducharme (Criminal Lawyer, Ducharme Fox LLP)
  • Jill D. Makepeace (Criminal Lawyer, Greenspan Humphrey Lavine Barristers)
  • Windsor Law Professors: W.A. Bogart, Emir Crowne, Bruce Elman, Laverne Jacobs, Jasminka Kalajdzic, Richard Moon and David Tanovich



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