Frank Marrocco, K.C. is Senior Counsel to the firm.
During a distinguished thirty-three career as leading counsel acting in many prominent cases across Canada, he was elected a Bencher of the Law Society of Ontario and later served in its highest elected position as Treasurer in 2003. He was appointed a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in 2005, and elevated to Associate Chief Justice in 2013. He served in that role until his retirement in 2021, when he returned to the private bar and joined Stockwoods LLP.
In his judicial career, Frank heard and decided significant matters across the full range of the Court’s work and as part of the Divisional Court. In 2018, he was appointed Commissioner of the Town of Collingwood Judicial Inquiry, resulting in a major report released in 2020 concerning the use of public funds arising from the sale of a municipal public utility and containing a series of recommendations for legislative and administrative reforms. He was also appointed by the Province of Ontario to lead the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission in 2020, which released its final report in April, 2021.
Frank’s return to practice as Senior Counsel focuses on mediation, arbitration and advisory mandates.
Prior to his judicial career, Frank’s notable mandates included:
- Defending Lawrencia Bembenek, whose efforts to avoid extradition or deportation to the United States attracted much media interest
- Lead counsel to the Province of Ontario in the Walkerton public inquiry into the contamination of a municipal water supply
- Lead counsel in the Bre-X securities prosecution
- Annotated Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of Canada (Thomson, 2003-)
- Annotated Citizenship Act of Canada (Thomson, 1992-)
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers