The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, estate litigation, lawyer, Toronto

The Hon. R. Roy McMurtry OC, O.Ont, QC LSM

Senior Counsel

The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, OC, O. Ont, QC LSM, joined Hull & Hull as senior counsel in September 2014.

Mr. McMurtry was called to the bar in 1958 and practiced law as a trial counsel for 17 years before being elected to the Ontario Legislature in 1975. Upon election, he was immediately appointed to the cabinet of Premier William G. Davis as the Attorney General for Ontario, and served in that position until 1985. He was deeply involved in the patriation of the Canadian Constitution and the creation of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. During that period, he also served four years as the Solicitor General for Ontario.

In 1985, he was appointed Canada’s High Commissioner (Ambassador) to Great Britain, a post he held until late 1988. In 1991, he was appointed Associate Chief Justice of the Superior Court and then Chief Justice of that Court in 1994. In February 1996, he was appointed Chief Justice of Ontario, a position in which he served until May 30, 2007.

In 1977, as Attorney General, he founded the Osgoode Society for the writing of Canadian Legal History. By the end of the year 2016, the Society had published more than 100 books and many have received prestigious awards. His own memoirs were published by the Osgoode Society in 2013.

He also served as Chancellor of York University from 2008 to 2014.

Rankings and Recognition

Order of Ontario, 2007
Officer of the Order of Canada, 2009
University of Ottawa’s Distinguished Canadian Leadership Award, 2008
Officer, Order of Merit of France, 2004

LL.D., Ryerson University, 2014
LL.D., Humber College, 2013
DSL, Trinity Univeristy, 2010
LL.D., McMaster University, 2009
LL.D., Assumption University, 2008
LL.D., Acadia University, 2005
LL.D.,  University of Toronto, 1996
LL.D., York University, 1991
LL.D., Leeds University, England 1987
LL.D., Law Society of Upper Canada, 1984
LL.D., University of Ottawa 1983

Additional Awards

Law Foundation of Ontario Medal for contributions to the administration of justice
G. Arthur Martin Award from Criminal Lawyers Association of Ontario for contributions to the Criminal Justice System
Excellentia Award for contributions to governance in Canada from the Council of Canadian Governors
Lester B. (Mike) Pearson Award for excellence in University Athletics and public service
Ontario Bar Association Award for “exceptional leadership in promoting human rights and equality”
Churchill Society Award for “excellence in the cause of Parliamentary Democracy”
Canadian Bar Association Presidents Award for “outstanding service to the legal profession”