Ombudsman Ontario

Ombudsman Ontario

August 06, 2013 13:22 ET

Ontario Ombudsman Andre Marin Named One of Canada's Top 25 Lawyers

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 6, 2013) - Ontario Ombudsman André Marin has been named one of the country's top lawyers in Canadian Lawyer magazine's annual "Top 25 Most Influential" list.

Compiled from votes by the public and among the legal profession, with input from the magazine's editors, "the Top 25 is about a level of respect, the ability to influence public opinion, and help shape the laws of this country," the magazine says.

Noting that Mr. Marin received more positive comments on his nomination than any other candidate in the top 25, the article states: "Many Ontarians have come to see Marin as an honest and tenacious advocate who has been effective in pushing the boundaries to ensure they are treated fairly and their tax dollars are not wasted.

"What voters had to say: "Holding those in power responsible and accountable, Marin is the voice of reason, logic, justice and of our society's most marginalized citizens. Courageous, tenacious, principled, innovative."

The Ombudsman was cited for, among other things, investigating closed municipal meetings, services for adults with developmental disabilities in crisis and excessive use of force by correctional officers against inmates.

In response, Mr. Marin said: "It is an honour to be named in a list that includes so many top legal minds, such as justices Rosalie Abella and France Charbonneau, Osgoode Hall dean Lorne Sossin and others. I am fortunate to have the backing of a talented team of professionals at the Ontario Ombudsman's office, and this is a recognition of their hard work as well."

This designation comes a year after Mr. Marin received the national Canadian Bar Association award for excellence in public sector law and the Ontario Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award.

Canadian Lawyer selects five top lawyers in five categories. Joining Mr. Marin in the "government and non-profits category" are: Quebec anti-corruption commission chair Justice France Charbonneau, CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais, B.C. Justice Reform Initiative chair Geoffrey Cowper, and Nova Scotia Task Force on Cyberbullying chair Wayne MacKay.

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Read the full "Top 25" story at www.canadianlawyermag.com

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