According to the foundation’s announcement, Chan is a Law Society of Ontario bencher (Toronto) and partner at Stockwoods LLP Barristers.
He practises criminal, administrative and civil litigation, with a special focus on white collar criminal and regulatory defence. His diverse practice includes regulatory offences, criminal prosecutions, cybercrimes and professional disciplinary proceedings.
“We’re extremely pleased to welcome Gerald as a trustee,” Linda Rothstein, the board’s chair, said in a news release. “Gerald is a highly accomplished lawyer, author and teacher, who brings extensive litigation experience, including as pro bono counsel for vulnerable and equity-deserving community members.”
In addition to his trial practice, Chan acts for clients on appeals and judicial reviews. He has appeared as counsel in over 20 appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada, including cases on data privacy, foreign corruption, insider trading and medical marijuana. He is a longtime member of the Probono Inmate Appeal Program (PIAP), through which he argues appeals for marginalized inmates in the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
He is a prolific writer and teacher. He has published numerous books on sentencing, digital evidence and digital privacy and teaches on the faculty of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada’s National Criminal Law Program and the adjunct faculty of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.