Thursday, April 18, 2019
Justice David E. Spiro

Alumnus David E. Spiro, LLB 1987, has been appointed a judge of the Tax Court of Canada. Justice Spiro replaces Justice B. Paris, who elected to resign effective April 3, 2019.

A native of Toronto and a sole practitioner, Justice Spiro was awarded the CCH Canada Ltd. Prize in Tax Policy while at the Faculty of Law. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1989 and practiced with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (1989-1991) before joining the tax litigation section of the Department of Justice (1991-2004). He continued his tax litigation practice at Blakes (2004-2009) and Dentons LLP (2009-2014).

Together with Pro Bono Students Canada, which is headquartered at the Faculty of Law, and Dentons, Justice Spiro developed the Tax Advocacy Program as a pro bono initiative to teach law students to represent low-income taxpayers before the Tax Court of Canada.

He has spoken and written for the Canadian Tax Foundation, the Canadian Bar Association and The Advocates’ Society, where he established the Tax Litigation Skills Certificate Program to provide practical training to young advocates.

A long time volunteer with U of T and an Arbor Awardee in 2011, the university's highest honour for volunteers, Justice Spiro has held a number of significant volunteer leadership responsibilities within the Jewish community and the arts community.

Justice Spiro has appeared before the Tax Court of Canada, Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada and has served as a member of the Tax Court of Canada Bench and Bar Committee and the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Tax Court of Canada.

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