Justin Safayeni practices mainly in the areas of administrative law, civil litigation and defamation/media law.
In his administrative law practice, Justin prosecutes and defends cases before various administrative tribunals, represents clients in judicial review proceedings and acts as independent legal counsel to a number of tribunals. He is an experienced litigator and has appeared several times before the Supreme Court of Canada, including as co-counsel for the appellants in the case of Hamlet of Clyde River v. Petroleum Geo-Services Inc., which raised issues at the intersection of administrative and Aboriginal law.
Justin has also acted for parties in judicial review proceedings challenging the Northern Gateway pipeline and represents Amnesty International in ongoing proceedings before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal involving discriminatory funding for First Nations children living on reserves.
Justin frequently acts in defamation matters, with a particular interest in matters involving online defamation. He also has experience in related proceedings for extraordinary relief, including Norwich Pharmacal orders, injunctions, and de-indexing or “take-down” orders. Justin was counsel to an intervener before the Supreme Court in the recent Google v. Equustek case, which addressed whether search engines could be required to de-index websites from their search results.
Justin writes frequently on a variety of topics in both legal and mainstream publications, including the op-ed pages of the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail and the Law Times. He is the co-editor of the Stockwoods LLP Administrative and Regulatory Law Case Review and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Advocates’ Society Regulatory and Administrative Law Practice Group. He holds a JD from the University of Toronto and a BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University (gold medalist). Following law school, he clerked for the Honourable Justices Laskin, Goudge and MacFarland at the Court of Appeal for Ontario.