Joseph Markson’s practice is directed to the defence of individual and corporate clients in criminal and regulatory litigation. His practice areas are criminal and regulatory litigation, tax evasion and white collar crime, and the law of policing and professional discipline. He has extensive experience successfully conducting criminal and quasi-criminal trials, regulatory and professional discipline hearings, appeals, advisory work, and witness representation.
Joseph is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, an organization of elite trial lawyers from the United States and more than 30 countries. Fellowship is by invitation and only after comprehensive screening by means of peer and judicial review. He is a Director of The Advocates’ Society and an Honorary Overseas Member of the Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales. Joseph is Secretary-Treasurer and a Past-Scholar of The Harold G. Fox Education Fund.
Joseph’s individual clients are professionals, first responders and other persons for whom a criminal or regulatory investigation, prosecution or conviction may jeopardize their employment, reputation, relationships, health, and ability to travel outside of Canada. He advises and represents major corporations, professional service firms, and their directors, officers, senior employees and partners. Joseph is frequently retained to direct internal investigations and to navigate interactions with the police and investigative agencies where there is possible criminal or regulatory law exposure. He works with teams of counsel to solve the complex challenges posed by local, national and cross-border criminal and regulatory investigations and prosecutions. Joseph frequently advises civil tax counsel and acts for clients under investigation for or charged with domestic and offshore tax evasion by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Joseph brings to the practice his expertise as a federal prosecutor. Appointed in 1995, he is an Agent of the Public Prosecution Service of Canada (formerly, the Department of Justice). He has extensive trial, jury trial, and search warrant and wiretap experience and has prosecuted numerous major complex cases involving organized crime, tax evasion, white collar crime, proceeds of crime, regulatory, cross-border and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act offences.
Joseph is counsel to the Ontario Provincial Police Association, the Police Association of Ontario and to police associations in the Greater Toronto Area and across Ontario. He is counsel to the Toronto Police Service Senior Officers’ Organization and has acted for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police.
Joseph Markson obtained his LL.M. from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University in 1991, his LL.B. from Queen’s University in 1989, and his B.A. (Hons.) from the University of Toronto in 1985. He articled in Toronto at Davies Ward & Beck (Davies Ward Philips & Vineberg LLP) and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1992.
Following his call to the Ontario Bar, Joseph received a Harold G. Fox Education Fund Scholarship. He trained for one year as a barrister in three leading commercial sets of Barristers’ Chambers of the Middle Temple, The Inns of Court, London. He served as marshal to Judges of the High Court at the Old Bailey and in Cardiff.
Awards and Related Experience
In law school, Joseph represented Canada and won the Brown-Mosten International Client Consultation Competition competing against the United States and England and Wales. He has worked as a Special Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and in the Crown Law Office - Criminal.
Joseph received a postgraduate scholarship from the University of Toronto School of Management and Woods Gordon Management Consultants (Ernst & Young).
Joseph is a frequent speaker in continuing legal education and professional association programs and serves as guest faculty at the University of Notre Dame Law School's Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshops.
Boards and Professional Associations
Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
Director (2014 - 2018), The Advocates’ Society
Honorary Overseas Member, The Commercial
Bar Association of England and Wales
Secretary-Treasurer, The Harold G. Fox
Criminal Lawyers’ Association
Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild
Robert Land Academy
Past-President, The National Club
Member and Past-Chair, Board of Governors, Robert Land Academy, Canada’s only not-for-profit military boarding school for at risk boys.
Member, Board of Governors, Road Hockey to Conquer Cancer benefitting The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation.
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