Leo McGrady K.C.


Background & Experience

Leo McGrady is counsel with Koskie Glavin Gordon in Vancouver, British Columbia. He received his degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba.

He represents unions, employees, NGOs, journalists and media on labour relations, class actions, human rights, as well as privacy, FOI and defamation issues.

He has retired from his 50+ years of litigation practice. He continues to teach law and to provide advice and opinions in the areas of defamation, copyright, and media law. He also continues to teach workshops and publish on the law of protest and civil disobedience.

Mr. McGrady has argued cases at all levels of Courts in British Columbia and the Yukon. He has also been counsel on a number of precedent setting Charter / labour law cases at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Mr. McGrady has taught at the Faculty of Law at the University of British Columbia, Capilano University and Simon Fraser University. He is also a Director for Lawyers Rights Watch.

He commutes from Nanaimo, where his wife Patricia is Dean of Health at the University. They spend much of their free time with their six grandchildren, and share with them their love of soccer, cross-country skiing, and poetry.


University of Toronto – English

University of Manitoba – Law


Law Society of British Columbia

American Trial Lawyers Association

Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers

Canadian Bar Association

Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia

U.S. National Lawyers Guild