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Norman MacDonald is a tenacious litigator with over twenty-five years of litigation and dispute resolution experience in a wide array of civil and criminal matters. He has zealously represented clients before all courts in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal of Bermuda, in international arbitrations and mediations, and before various boards and administrative tribunals. Judges have described his litigation style as “skillful and persuasive”, “take no prisoners”, and a “very skillful cross-examiner”.
He was wide international experience, having worked in Finland, the Netherlands, England and Bermuda as an in-house counsel for the BBC Worldwide, Ericsson, and the Government of Bermuda.
He served as the acting Solicitor-General of Bermuda and Senior Crown Counsel, where he successfully represented the Government of Bermuda on a number of high profile and complex cases.
Prior to that he was in private practice in Toronto where he had a successful practice in tax litigation / dispute resolution, employment law and commercial litigation. As part of his tax resolution practice, he also developed an expertise in advising private clients in offshore trusts, international business corporations, business / investment immigration in tax haven jurisdictions, and other asset protection vehicles.
He was also a professor of employment law, human rights, Canadian business law and international business.
Norman volunteers as a board member with a variety of organizations including the Ontario Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee, The Ontario College of Pharmacists’ Disciplinary Committee and The Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee’s Board of Directors.
He is an LL.M. graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a Juris Doctorate from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Media and Publications
- Converting Your Home to a Rental Property: Don’t Forget to Make This Election
- TFSAs: Whether to Designate a Beneficiary or a Successor Holder
- Court of Appeal Upholds CRA’s Assessment that Profit From a Quick Sale of Lots Was Business Income not Capital Gains
- Loblaws Wins Tax Appeal in Barbados Subsidiary Case
- Jail Time For False Child Benefits Claims
- What a Tax Litigator Thinks About the Pandora Papers
- Apple Clones Infringe Copyright in Canada: A Case Comment on Apple Computer Inc. v. Mackintosh Computers Ltd. (1990), Computer Law and Practice Journal (U.K.) volume 7(No.2) 55;
- Anton Pillar v. John and Jane Doe (1990), 7 Canadian Computer Law Reporter 7 at 77 and 8 at 99;
- Electronic Surveillance in Crime Detection: An Analysis of Canadian Wiretapping Law (1986), 10 Dalhousie Law Journal (No.3) 141