LLD Honoree: Julian Porter, QC

Posted: 06/12/2015

Julian Porter

Julian Porter, QC, was called to the Bar in 1964 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1976. He will receive an Honorary LLD from the Law Society of Upper Canada on June 23, 2015, in Toronto.

He has practised litigation exclusively since his call and is a specialist in civil litigation. He was counsel to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario for 20 years and he has appeared as counsel in numerous Royal Commissions. He now practises as independent counsel.

Porter has appeared as counsel before all levels of Court in every kind of civil, commercial and criminal proceeding. He has defended many of Canada’s leading writers, publishers and magazines in libel matters and has acted for a large number of plaintiffs suing newspapers and television stations. His litigation has included: the Toronto Sun’s official secret prosecution in respect to Peter Worthington, he defended the Ontario Provincial Police in a seven week libel jury trial in Ottawa known as the Cusson case and he successfully represented Maclean’s magazine in highly publicized Human Rights prosecutions.

Lexpert has recognized him as “most frequently recommended” in the law of defamation and he has been selected by his peers to be included in The Best Lawyers® in Canada in the speciality of defamation and media law. Porter is co-author of the law text entitled Canadian Libel Practice (Butterworths, 1986).

Elected as a bencher of the Law Society in 1999, Porter has served on many committees of Convocation. He headed the Litigation Committee, the Government Relations and Public Affairs Committee, the Ontario Lawyers Gazette Advisory Board and the Proceedings Authorization Committee.

Porter was appointed to the Ontario Judicial Council and the Committee that reviews judicial appointments to the Superior Court of Justice. He was also appointed to the Interim Ad Hoc House of Commons Parliamentary Committee on the Appointment of Supreme Court Judges (2004).

His 2013 book, 149 Paintings You Really Need to See in Europe (So You Can Ignore the Others) is now in its second printing. On February 9, 2015, he was the guest of honour at a luncheon given by the judges of the Supreme Court of Canada who invited him to talk about his book and some of the paintings in it.