Our Team
Lawrence Gridin
Partner

Contact

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F: 416-362-8410  | 

Bar Admission

2011

Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law

Regulatory Law

Lawrence Gridin is a partner in the Criminal Law Group at BTZ. His practice is dedicated to criminal defence, professional regulation, and police discipline.

Lawrence's clients trust him as a loyal, knowledgeable, and strong advocate for their interests. He assists clients in navigating the often-stressful process of a criminal or misconduct investigation. If charges have been laid, Lawrence defends his clients at trial or on appeal. Lawrence represents victims and witnesses in the criminal justice system, as well as institutional clients with criminal law or regulatory compliance issues. He has also been entrusted with representing police officers when they are facing charges of their own, and routinely represents officers in criminal and disciplinary proceedings. Lawrence's clients leverage the rare perspective that he has developed in representing clients on all sides of the justice system.

Lawrence is just as comfortable handling private matters for clients requiring the utmost discretion as he is handling extremely high stakes cases under intense media scrutiny. He has acted on many high-profile matters including the only two cases in which Toronto Police officers have been charged with murder in the line of duty, both of which received international coverage.

In his down time, Lawrence enjoys travelling (especially on road trips in far away places), video gaming, cooking, and baking seriously good artisanal sourdough bread. Lawrence also volunteers his time with Teen Legal Helpline, a non-profit organization that provides summary legal advice and resources for teens with legal questions.

March 1, 2013
Murder charge thrown out against Toronto police officer. Article

November 1, 2016
Cop versus cop: Lawyer for Toronto officer accused of beating black teens accuses tribunal head of being biased. Article

March 2, 2016
Human Rights Commission seeks to intervene in 'Neptune Four' case. Article

November 5, 2015
Police accused of assault after violent arrest. Link and follow up article.

Jan 30, 2015
Driver gets four months for fatal Waterloo hit and run. Article

October 6, 2016
Why It's So Hard to Fire Bad Cops in Ontario. Article

January 20, 2016
Forcillo jury didn't hear theory Yatim sought 'suicide by cop'. Article

September 17, 2015
Did a Toronto Police officer really have to fire 14 shots into a car? Article

March 8, 2016
Hearing for Toronto police officer who shot car in Distillery District held over. Article

May 18, 2016
Christie Blatchford: Lawyers face long, hard road trying to keep officer who killed Sammy Yatim out of jail. Article

May 19, 2016
Mandatory minimum sentence not meant for cops: Forcillo lawyer. Article

May 19, 2016
Five-year mandatory minimum sentence too harsh for cop who shot Sammy Yatim: lawyer. Article

August 18, 2017
Complainant's memory challenged by officers' lawyers at Neptune 4 police hearing. Article

August 18, 2017
Toronto officer who allegedly Tasered, stomped on man appears at tribunal. Article

September 26, 2017
Cop who threatened tasing gets conditional discharge. Article

October 30, 2015
Const. James Forcillo trial hears from measurement expert, deputy police chief. Article

Presentations

2013 - Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police - Disciplinary Hearings as a Result of Major Incidents & Events

2014 - Annual Conference on Police Employment - PTSD and Discipline

2014 - Ontario Robbery Investigators' Conference - Testimony and Human Memory

2015 - Canadian Institute's Law of Policing Conference - The Officer on the Stand: An A to Z Guide to Being an Effective Witness

2016 - Blue Line Conference - Police powers

2016 - Centre for Forensic Sciences Forensic Firearms Symposium - Challenges with Admissibility of 3D Evidence

2016 - Emergency Task Force Basic Tactical Officers Course - Testifying in Court

2017 - Police Services Act Hearing Officers Training Course - Mock hearing

2017 - Meeting the Legal Challenges of Policing in Canada - Current Issues in Prosecuting and Defending Police in Criminal and/or Disciplinary Proceedings

2017 - Osgoode Professional LLM - Law of Police Oversight

Publications

  • Gridin, Lawrence, When the Blue Line Cracks: Dealing with PTSD in Police Discipline Hearings (2014)

  • Gridin, Lawrence, The “Rigged” System of Police Judging Police, Challenging the Lack of Independent Adjudication in Ontario Police Disciplinary Hearings (2017)