Charles Harnick

Principal

charnick@counselpa.com
416.920.0716 x 221

Expertise:

  • Justice
  • Natural Resources
  • Transportation
  • Indigenous Facilitation

Charlie

Charles Harnick, Q.C. has spent a career as a lawyer, negotiator, government relations specialist, mediator and arbitrator. The common element in each of these endeavors is that Charles solves problems that people bring to him. He fixes things.

Charles served as Attorney General of Ontario and Minister Responsible for Native Affairs from 1995-1999, and as MPP for the riding of Willowdale from 1990-1999. As Attorney General, he orchestrated the creation of the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program and Legal Aid Ontario, and as Minister Responsible for Native Affairs, oversaw the conclusion of five major land claims.

His broad network of relationships comes from years of experience working in the government and as a lawyer. Called to the Bar in 1977, Charles continues to be an active and successful civil litigator, specializing in alternative dispute resolution and engaging in stakeholder management, arbitration, and issues analysis and mitigation.

Charles has provided government relations services and strategic advice to a wide range of public and private sector clients, including Indigenous Affairs, land development, legal and regulatory affairs, municipal affairs, and environmental policy.

Charles received the distinction of Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1991, the designation of the Queen’s Counsel by the Government of Canada in 1992, and was awarded the Law Society Medal in 2005.

He is the right strategist with the right experience to resolve complex issues and provide sound, strategic communications counsel to clients.