The Attorney General office has faced an unexpectedly well-prepared and aggressive defence from the lawyers representing the 18 pro-life defendants.

David Brown, a civil litigation lawyer with Stikeman, Elliott in Toronto, is an expert in injunction and constitutional law.  Brown has been involved in a number of high-profile cases and, along with John Sopinka, now a Supreme Court Justice, represented Susan Nelles, a nurse who was wrongly charged following a series of baby deaths at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

He was also involved in the court case concerning Bill 30, which dealt with separate school funding.  A native of Montreal, he attended law school at the University of Toronto and now teaches a course in trail advocacy at Queen’s Law School in Kingston.  He is married, with three children.

Peter Jervis has been a lawyer with Lerner and Associates for two yeas.  Previous to that he worked with Strikeman, Elliott and was a colleague of Brown’s.  He is a graduate of Queen’s Law School and has a MA in Theology and Philosophy from Cambridge University in England.  He also has a Master’s degree in constitutional law from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.  Jervis has argued constitutional and civil liberties cases in numerous courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.  He is past chair of the constitutional law and civil liberties section of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario).