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Lawrence Gridin


Contact Information

tel: 416-306-5765
fax: 416-362-8410

Bar Admission


Areas of Expertise

Criminal Law
Regulatory Law


English, Russian

Lawrence Gridin is a partner at Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP. He practices criminal defence as well as administrative law, with a special emphasis on police disciplinary matters.

Lawrence received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto. He completed his law degree (criminal law concentration) at Western University in 2010, graduating on the Deanís Honour List. He was the recipient of a prestigious BLG Research Fellowship, the Justice C.D. Stewart Trophy, a Criminal Lawyers' Association Award, and the Genest Murray Award in Advocacy.

Lawrence joined Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP as an articling student under Peter Brauti and returned to the firm as counsel in the criminal law group after being called to the bar in 2011. He has since represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario in both trials and appeals. He also regularly appears before administrative and police discipline tribunals. He has been counsel in numerous homicide investigations for both private citizens and police officers, and has represented the only two Toronto police officers ever charged with murder in the line of duty. He has also been counsel in many high profile discipline cases, such as those arising out of the Toronto G20 Summit.

In addition to representing individuals, Lawrence also advises institutional clients on regulatory compliance and criminal law matters.

Lawrence has appeared in the media a number of times and has been an invited speaker at a number of conferences. He is also a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association.

In his spare time, Lawrence volunteers for Teen Legal Helpline, which is a free service that provides legal assistance to youths. He also enjoys travelling and is working towards an airplane pilot's licence.


In the Media

  • Feb 4, 2015

    'Fear overwhelmed his ability to do the right thing:' Gridin A teenage driver who fled the scene after fatally striking a pedestrian was immobilized by fear, says Toronto criminal lawyer Lawrence Gridin.

    "Fear overwhelmed his ability to do the right thing," he said. "He had a sense of paralysis."

    Gridin, of Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP, represented Tanvir Padda, who was 18 at the time the crash. Padda pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of the crash. Charges of impaired driving causing death and criminal negligence causing death were withdrawn.

    A Kitchener-Waterloo Record article, indicates that Padda, of Brampton, was sentenced to four months in jail and prohibited from driving for two years; the judge also imposed two years of probation in connection with the death of Jordan Gillis, 29. The Crown had been seeking a penalty of nine months in jail. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com

  • July 30, 2014

    Forcillo faces second charge in Yatim fatal shooting. A Toronto Police officer has been charged with attempted murder arising from the shooting death of Sammy Yatim, Toronto criminal lawyer Lawrence Gridin tells the Toronto Star.

    The new charge is on top of the second-degree murder charge laid by Ontario's Special Investigations Unit against Const. James Forcillo in relation to the death of the teenager last summer. Gridin is defending Forcillo with Peter Brauti, both with Brauti Thoring Zibarras LLP. Read the full article on AdvocateDaily.com