Iris is a media lawyer and Litigation Partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Toronto. Iris regularly acts for media organizations on free expression and court openness matters, including opposing publication bans and getting access to court documents. She has extensive experience defending defamation claims, including at trial, and was co-counsel at the Supreme Court of Canada in Grant v. Torstar, the case that established the defence of responsible communication in Canada. Iris also provides pre-publication advice to various media organizations. She has been counsel for the media in many high-profile cases, including most recently to unseal search warrants materials related to the Bruce McArthur criminal investigation. Iris also advises clients on freedom of information and privacy issues, as well as representing clients on quasi-criminal matters such as cartel and corruption investigations and charges.
Iris has appeared as counsel in every level of court in Ontario, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before a variety of administrative tribunals and inquests.
Contributions by Iris Fischer
Privacy Interests in Administrative Adjudication After Toronto Star
Speaker at IAPP Canada Privacy Symposium 2019