Iris Fischer

Partner, Blakes

Iris has a broad-based litigation practice, with experience ranging from complex commercial disputes to white-collar crime, class actions, constitutional, competition and regulatory matters. She also has extensive experience in the areas of media, defamation, privacy and access to information.

Media organizations frequently rely on Iris’s expertise in free expression and court openness matters, including defending libel claims, opposing publication bans and getting access to court documents. More generally, Iris specializes in cases in which online speech intersects with commercial, privacy or other interests, and regularly deals with evolving laws around social media, technology, and online information.

Iris represents multinational clients on government and internal investigations, including in fraud, anti-corruption and Competition Act matters, as well as in matters involving public sector laws (conflict of interest/lobbying/elections finance legislation). She also advises clients in a range of industries on domestic and international anti-corruption legislation and related compliance programs, and assists clients with anti-corruption due diligence for commercial transactions.

Iris has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts in Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Canada, as well as before administrative tribunals, arbitration panels and inquests.

Iris is the co-Practice Group Leader of the Toronto Litigation Group and also leads Blakes’ media & defamation practice.