Norman MacDonald is a tenacious litigator with over twenty-five years of litigation and dispute resolution experience in a wide array of civil and criminal matters. He has zealously represented clients before all courts in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, the Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeal of Bermuda, in international arbitrations and mediations, and before various boards and administrative tribunals. Judges have described his litigation style as “skillful and persuasive”, “take no prisoners”, and a “very skillful cross-examiner”.
He has wide international experience, having worked in Finland, the Netherlands England, and Bermuda as an in-house counsel for the BBC Worldwide, Ericsson, and the Government of Bermuda.
He served as the acting Solicitor-General of Bermuda and Senior Crown Counsel where he successfully represented the Government of Bermuda on a number of high-profile and complex cases.
Prior to that, he was in private practice in Toronto where he had a successful practice in tax litigation/dispute resolution, employment law, and commercial litigation. As part of his tax resolution practice, he also developed expertise in advising private clients in offshore trusts, international business corporations, business/investment immigration in tax haven jurisdictions, and other asset protection vehicles.
He was also a professor of Employment Law, Human Rights, Canadian Business Law, and International Business Law at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology and George Brown College, both in Toronto.
He is an LL.M. graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science and holds a Juris Doctorate from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.