Zachary maintains a broad practice that includes civil and criminal litigation, national security law, administrative/regulatory law, media and defamation law, constitutional litigation, and advising members of the legal profession.
He has appeared as counsel or co-counsel at every level of court in Ontario, the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before various tribunals.
Zachary joined Stockwoods as an associate in 2019 after clerking for Justice Rosalie Abella at the Supreme Court of Canada. He was called to the bar in 2018 after articling at the Court of Appeal for Alberta. He previously summered at a global full-service firm, where he gained experience and insight assisting on a broad range of corporate, commercial and regulatory files.
Zachary received his J.D. (Hons) from the University of Toronto, where he was the recipient of the Dean’s Key and Stephanie Fleur Couzin Mooting Medal, as well as a number of academic prizes. He was a member of student government and sat on the school’s admissions committee, and also represented clients at both of the school’s legal clinics (Advocates for Injured Workers and Downtown Legal Services). During his years in law school he worked as a research assistant for Professors Arthur Ripstein, Brian Langille, Stephen Waddams, and Justice Robert Sharpe of the Ontario Court of Appeal – though not all at once. Prior to studying law, Zachary completed a B.A. in History and English from the University of Alberta, and a degree in classical Arabic and Islamic studies in Damascus, Syria.
- Karygiannis v. Toronto (City), 2020 ONCA 411
Successfully acted for a concerned citizen in bringing legal proceedings to remove a City Councillor from office for campaign finance violations.
- Gaya v. Canada (Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness), 2020 FC 731
Counsel on one of the first appeals under No-Fly List legislation (the Secure Air Travel Act). Successfully argued a novel motion regarding the scope of amicus in No-Fly List appeals (The Court held that amicus’s role was “representing the interests of the Appellant before the Court during the ex parte and in camera portions of the appeals”).
- R v XC, 2020 ONSC 410
Argued one of the first motions to interpret the new sexual assault provisions brought about by Bill C-51, and obtained an acquittal on all charges.
- Skymark Finance Corporation v Toraman, 2020 CanLII 51091 (ON SCSM)
Completely successful in having a client’s water-purifier contract declared void for violating numerous provisions of the Consumer Protection Act, resulting in a full refund of all money paid by the client.
Toronto Lawyers Association
Canadian Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society
Criminal Lawyers’ Association