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Porter Heffernan

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Porter Heffernan

Porter graduated with an LL.B and an LL.M from Dalhousie Law School, with a specialization in Labour Law. He was the recipient of several major scholarships and prizes during his undergraduate and graduate work, including among others a Law Foundation of Nova Scotia scholarship, a Killam Foundation graduate scholarship, and an award for the top mark in Labour Law.

Porter is a committed advocate in the courts and before administrative adjudicators. He has appeared on behalf of numerous clients before labour arbitrators, the OLRB, and other tribunals. He has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal, in respect of both employment litigation and administrative law matters. He has appeared before the Federal Courts as well, assisting with and participating in multiple applications before the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal.

Porter is also the head of the firm’s Privacy and Information Management group. He leads this group in providing strategic advice to private and public sector organizations to make sure that they stay on top of their privacy obligations, and helps them respond appropriately and responsibly when mistakes happen. He also assists numerous federal and provincial public sector clients in meeting their obligations under access to information/freedom of information legislation. He is particularly adept at helping institutions manage the most challenging requests. When their decisions are challenged, he makes sure their interests are protected in appeals and complaints before the provincial and federal commissioners.

Porter is a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, the Advocates’ Society, the County of Carleton Law Association, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).