Ryan TeschnerReview Counsel
Ryan Teschner’s public law practice emphasizes constitutional, administrative and regulatory matters, including appellate litigation and judicial review. He has participated in matters covering a broad range of legal areas, and has appeared as counsel in complex cases before various Ontario and federal courts. Mr. Teschner was part of the legal team that argued a case before the Supreme Court of Canada concerning public access to government information. As part of his practice, Mr. Teschner regularly advises clients concerning the regulatory environments in which they operate. Mr. Teschner currently acts as review counsel to the Honourable John W. Morden in the Independent Civilian Review Into Matters Relating to the G20 Summit.
A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School, Ryan was the recipient of the Borden Ladner Gervais Prize in Constitutional Law for the best paper in the subject (2005), and the J.S.D. Tory Research and Writing Award for an academic work of publishable quality (2005).
Mr. Teschner obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, focusing on criminology and political science. Through his academic and other work, Mr. Teschner has developed expertise in the areas of policing and police governance in Canada.
A recognized civic leader, Mr. Teschner was appointed to the Toronto Mayor’s Advisory Panel on Making a Safe City Safer, chaired by former Ontario chief justice Roy McMurtry. Mr. Teschner served on this panel for seven years. He is frequently featured at conferences From Montreal to Surrey and in the media on current issues involving community safety, citizen engagement and youth justice.
Mr. Teschner has combined his passion for public service with his legal practice by spearheading several pro bono initiatives at the firm, and has assisted in establishing the Partnership to Advance Youth Employment (PAYE), a program that provides Toronto youths from priority neighbourhoods with employment opportunities in the city’s corporate sector. Mr. Teschner is also the co-founder of Heenan Blaikie’s Pro Bono Legal Services Initiative, which provides an array of pro bono legal services to Toronto’s Kingston-Galloway Area. This initiative marked the first time that a Bay Street law firm committed to providing ongoing pro bono legal services to an entire Toronto community.
Mr. Teschner was called to the Ontario Bar in 2006.