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Albertos Polizogopoulos is a partner practicing in our litigation department. He practices primarily in the areas of constitutional, commercial and civil litigation. Mr. Polizogopoulos represents individuals, businesses and corporations, financial institutions, universities, churches and charities. He provides advice to his clients in all matters relating to litigation and liability.


As litigation counsel, Mr. Polizogopoulos is frequently called upon to address a variety of matters including contract, employment, insurance and human rights disputes, professional malpractice, defamation, tax litigation, debt recovery and enforcement. In his ecclesiastical law practice, Mr. Polizogopoulos advises Roman Catholic, Protestant and other churches, providing counsel on church policies, church discipline and church membership.

An advocate, Mr. Polizogopoulos has been counsel in many leading constitutional cases and high-profile matters and has appeared before various administrative tribunals and courts including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court of Ontario, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal and before the Supreme Court of Canada on multiple occasions. Mr. Polizogopoulos also sits or has sat on the boards of a number of local charities and organizations.

Mr. Polizogopoulos is regularly retained by other counsel, providing advice and agency services regarding motions and appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada as well as research and opinions on complex legal matters. Mr. Polizogopoulos is also frequently invited to comment or speak on constitutional and human rights law matters.

A number of his high profile cases have received widespread media coverage in publications such as the Globe and Mail, Maclean's Magazine, the Vancouver Sun, the Catholic Register and the Ottawa Citizen. Mr. Polizogopoulos has also had commentary featured in media outlets such as the Globe and Mail, CTV News, The Wall Street Journal, Faith Today and the National Post, among others.


Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional and Human Rights Law
  • Civil and Commercial Litigation
  • Appellate Advocacy and Supreme Court Agency Services
  • Ecclesiastical Law
  • Education Law
  • Employment and Labour Law for Employers
  • Complex Legal Research and Opinions
  • Personal Injury and Insurance Litigation

Representative Work

Supreme Court Representative Work:

  • Represented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Legal Fellowship in a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with a religious freedom claim on behalf of an Aboriginal group (Ktunaxa Nation Council et al. v. British Columbia et al., Decision reserved).
  • Represented the Catholic Health Alliance of Canada in a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with the proposed legalization of assisted suicide (Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5).
  • Represented the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians' Societies in a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with the proposed legalization of assisted suicide in which the Supreme Court quoted his Factum and accepted his clients’ argument that physicians should not be required to engage in physician-assisted suicide if doing so would violate their religious or moral beliefs (Carter v. Canada (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 5).
  • Represented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with the recitation of prayer before City Council meetings (Mouvement laïque québécois v. Saguenay (City), 2015 SCC 16).
  • Represented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with communal and associational freedom of religion (Loyola High School, et al. v. Attorney General of Quebec, 2015 SCC 12).
  • Represented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with end of life matters and freedom of religion and conscience (Cuthbertson v. Rasouli, [2013] SCC 53).
  • Represented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter dealing with parental rights in education (S.L., et al. v. Commission scolaire des Chênes, et al.,[2012] SCC 7).
  • Represented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Legal Fellowship before the Supreme Court of Canada on a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matter in which the Supreme Court accepted his clients’ arguments and clearly established that freedom of religion extends to religious groups and communities as to individuals (Alberta v. Hutterian Brethren of Wilson Colony, [2009] 2 S.C.R. 567).
  • Represented the Association for Reformed Political Action in a motion to intervene and acted as Supreme Court Agent for the Respondent in an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada dealing with freedom of expression (Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission v. William Whatcott, [2013] SCC 11).
Other Representative Work:
  • Representing the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians Societies, Canadian Physicians for Life and five individual physicians challenging the constitutionality of policies of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario which requires physicians to engage in activities which violate their conscience and religious beliefs, including assisting patients in ending their lives (Christian Medical and Dental Society et al. v. College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, Ongoing).
  • Represented the Association for Reformed Political Action  (ARPA) Canada and a blogger in a challenge to the constitutionality of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act which excludes from public access all information related to the provision of abortion services (Association for Reformed Political Action  (ARPA) Canada et al. v. Ontario, Decision reserved).
  • Representing E.T., a Christian father in an Application against the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. The school board refused to advise the father of certain lessons and activities dealing with sensitive subjects and refused to permit the father to withdraw his children from such lessons and activities (E.T. v. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, et al., 2016 ONSC 7313, appeal ongoing).
  • Represented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Higher Education Canada in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matters related to the proposed law school of Trinity Western University before the Divisional Court of Ontario (Trinity Western University et al. v. The Law Society of Upper Canada et al., 2015 ONSC 4250) and before the Court of Appeal for Ontario (Trinity Western University v. The Law Society of Upper Canada, 2016 ONCA 518).
  • Represented the Evangelical Fellowship of Canada and Christian Higher Education Canada in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms matters related to the proposed law school of Trinity Western University before the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Trinity Western University et al. v. Nova Scotia Barristers' Society et al., 2015 NSSC 25) and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal (Nova Scotia Barristers' Society et al. v. Trinity Western University et al., 2016 NSCA 59).
  • Represented an Applicant seeking information related to the number of specific types of abortions performed and the cost associated with them in a freedom of information appeal before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and the Divisional Court of Ontario (Maloney v. Ontario (Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care) et al.).
  • Represented an Applicant seeking a religious exemption to mandatory membership in a trade union and the mandatory payment of union dues before the Canada Industrial Relations Board and the Federal Court of Appeal of Canada (Bradford v. National Automobile, Aerospace, Transportation and General Workers Union of Canada, 2015 FCA 84).
  • Represented Carleton Lifeline, a pro-life campus club at Carleton University, in an action against the University dealing with right to freedom of expression by students on campus and the applicability of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to universities (Lobo et al. v. Carleton University et al.).
  • Represented Life Choice, a pro-life campus club at Guelph University in an administration appeal of the decision by the Guelph Students' Association to revoke Life Choice's club status on the grounds that the Guelph Students' Association was a pro-choice organization.

Policy and Legislative Representative Work:

  • Represented the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada, the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians Societies and Canadian Physicians for Life in submissions before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan regarding its policy Conscientious Refusals.
  • Represented the Christian Medical and Dental Society of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Catholic Physicians Societies in submissions before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario regarding its policy Professional Obligations and Human Rights.
  • Appeared before the Legislative Assembly of Ontario’s Standing Committee on Social Policy on behalf of the Coalition for Parental Rights in Education in relation to Bill 13: Accepting School Act.

Professional Affiliations

  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Christian Legal Fellowship
  • Canadian Canon Law Society
  • American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, Past Vice-President