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New York, USA, 2015
Adam Goldenberg is an associate in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group in Toronto. His practice encompasses trial and appellate advocacy in commercial disputes, class actions, and public law matters, as well as in criminal and regulatory proceedings. He also advises on a range of public policy issues at both the federal and provincial levels.
Adam maintains a focus on appeals. He has appeared before all levels of court, including in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He served as a Law Clerk to the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, in 2016-17, and to Justices James MacPherson, Janet Simmons, and Eleanore Cronk of the Court of Appeal for Ontario in 2014-15.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Adam received his law degree from Yale, where he was a Kirby Simon Human Rights Fellow. He holds an undergraduate degree with high honours from Harvard, where he was a John Harvard Scholar and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honour society. He was called to the Bars of Ontario and New York in 2015.
Adam serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, where he teaches appellate practice and procedure. His commentary on law and public affairs has appeared in the Yale Journal of International Law and the Michigan State International Law Review, as well as in the Globe and Mail, National Post, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen, Slate, Maclean’s, Policy Options, and on CBC News: The National and Toronto’s Newstalk 1010.
From 2008-2011, Adam was chief speechwriter to the Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of Canada. He subsequently served as a senior advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Research and Innovation.
Adam is a Co-Founder and Director of Teach For Canada, a non-profit organization that works with northern First Nations communities to recruit, prepare, and support outstanding teachers. He was selected to be an Action Canada Fellow in 2010 and has chaired Action Canada’s Board of Directors since 2016. He was named a “Leader To Be Proud Of” by Start Proud, a national LGBTQ organization, in 2014.
In 2017, the Governor General of Canada awarded Adam the Meritorious Service Medal in recognition of his contributions as a co-founder of Teach For Canada.
Adam joined McCarthy Tétrault after completing summer placements at the Nunavut Department of Justice in Iqaluit and at a leading civil litigation firm in Toronto. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, the New York State Bar Association, and the National LGBT Bar Association.
- Endean v. British Columbia, 2016 SCC 42,  2 S.C.R. 162
- Bell Canada v. Canada (Attorney General), 2016 FCA 217, 402 D.L.R. (4th) 551
- Bell Mobility Inc. v. Klass, 2016 FCA 185,  1 F.C.R. 451
- Fram Elgin Mills 90 Inc. v. Romandale Farms Limited, 2016 ONCA 404, 131 O.R. (3d) 455
- Bell Canada v. 7262591 Canada Ltd., 2016 FCA 123
- “A Lawyer’s Judge: Justice Marshall Rothstein and the Rule of Law” (2017), 74 S.C.L.R. (2d) 51 (with Neil Finkelstein, Brandon Kain, and Richard J. Lizius)
- “The end of medical marijuana” (July 2016), Policy Options
- “Northern Superior Appeals Dismissal of Aboriginal Consultation Claim Against Ontario” (July 2016), Canadian ERA Perspectives Blog
- “Canada announces unqualified support for UNDRIP” (May 11, 2016), Canadian ERA Perspectives Blog
- “Is Trudeau’s Pot Plan Constitutional?“ (November 2015), Policy Options
- “Closing the Citizenship Gap in Canada’s North: Indigenous Rights, Arctic Sovereignty, and Devolution in Nunavut” (2013), 22 Mich. St. Int’l L. Rev. 23 (with Tony Penikett)
Adam Goldenberg, a McCarthy Tétrault Litigation Lawyer, is awarded the Meritorious Service Medal