Michael Spratt

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Michael Spratt

Ottawa
Partner, Abergel Goldstein & Partners LLP

Michael Spratt is a criminal litigator who has defended a wide array of criminal law cases before all levels of court and who is especially adept at winning over juries. Spratt goes out of his way to assist and to support his clients, many of whom are persons of diminished means, and frequently participates in litigation on a pro bono basis. He often appears before the House of Commons and before the Senate to offer expert evidence on criminal legislation and policy. He has received a Senate 150th Anniversary Medal for his assistance in drafting complex laws and policies. He previously served as director of the Criminal Lawyers’ Association. His commentary and criticism are well regarded in both the legal and political spheres, and his magazine articles have been quoted on the floor of the House of Commons. He co-hosts an award-winning legal and political podcast and is also an award-winning blogger. His posts on social media have sparked much discussion.

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