Brian Gover is a partner in the Toronto law firm of Stockwoods LLP. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983. Between 1983 and 1991 and again from 1993 to 1994, Brian served as Crown Counsel at the Ministry of the Attorney General’s Crown Law Office – Criminal, representing the Crown in appeals to the Ontario Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as appearing as prosecutor in trial courts. From 1991 to 1993, Brian was the first Executive Legal Officer to what is now known as the Superior Court of Justice.
Since joining Stockwoods LLP in 1994, he has carried on a diverse litigation practice, which includes the fields of administrative law, criminal and regulatory law and commercial litigation.
Brian’s professional discipline practice includes prosecuting and defending. He also acts as independent legal counsel to the discipline committees of numerous professional regulators, both within and outside the health field.
Brian’s extensive experience in public inquiries includes serving as Commission Counsel to the Walkerton Inquiry (2000-2002) and Associate Commission Counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into the Actions of Canadian Officials in Relation to Maher Arar (the “Arar Commission”, 2004-2006). Brian was lead counsel for the Office of the Chief Coroner at the Inquiry into Pediatric Forensic Pathology in Ontario ( “Goudge Inquiry”, 2007-2008) and was Senior Counsel to the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182 (“Air India Inquiry”, 2006-2009). In addition, Brian represented the Commissioner of the Cornwall Public Inquiry in the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal.
In 2008, Brian was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and in 2012, he was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Brian has significant teaching experience. He has been a Bar Admission Course instructor and was an Adjunct Professor at Western’s Faculty of Law from 1998 to 2002, teaching a course in Professional Discipline Law. Between 2004 and 2008, he was an Instructor at the Trial Practice course at Osgoode Hall Law School, and since 2009 Brian has been an Adjunct Professor there, teaching Administrative Law. Together with Richard Steinecke, Brian is a faculty member of the Federation of Health Regulatory Colleges of Ontario’s Joint Discipline Orientation Program.
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