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Lorne Honickman


Defamation Law Expert

Lorne is one of Canada’s top legal experts in Defamation Law.  While acting for both Plaintiff’s and Defendants in the complicated world of Libel Law,  Lorne is consulted regularly to assist his clients to have defamatory information removed from social media and other internet sites. He has acted in breach of privacy issues and misappropriation of personality cases.

Lorne received his Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 1977 and his LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1995. Prior to practising law on a full time basis, Lorne was the legal specialist for City TV in Toronto for more than 20 years. With thousands of stories filed, he was considered one of Canada's most experienced broadcast journalists.

In addition to defamation law, Lorne's litigation practice is both extensive and wide ranging including, corporate, civil, regulatory, product liability and criminal.

Lorne was an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto where he taught a course on defamation from the litigation perspective. Lorne's teaching and consulting services expand beyond the Court and Classroom. He provides reputation management consulting to executives in the fields of pharmaceuticals, insurance, entertainment and health sciences. Lorne's extensive experience in both the media and the law allow him to work with clients to create and manage their crisis communication strategies.

In addition to all of the above, Lorne continues to provide legal education to the public through his many appearances on radio and television.  For more than 10 years appeared on a weekly talk show he hosted called Legal Briefs which was broadcast across Canada on Cable Pulse 24 and Court TV Canada.


Jan 16, 2015

Judge dismisses defamation action against hotel, employee over comments in night log An Ontario Superior Court justice has dismissed an action for defamation after a woman sought damages for defamation against Fairmont Hotels Inc. and one of its employees.

Toronto defamation lawyer Lorne Honickman represented the hotel and its employee in the matter. Read the full article on

Dec 17, 2014

The way unnamed media sources are used becoming 'potentially harmful' The increasingly common use of unnamed sources as the basis for allegations against individuals in media stories is a significant shift in journalism that needs to be addressed, says Toronto defamation lawyer and civil litigator Lorne Honickman.

"I believe it is a dangerous trend in journalism because of the inherent unfairness to the subject of the anonymous allegations and the resulting potential harm that could be done," he tells Read the full article on

Oct 10, 2014

Magnotta case a battle of the experts. The first-degree murder trial of Luka Rocco Magnotta will likely come down to a battle of the experts who will present key evidence on whether he is criminally responsible for killing Montreal student Jun Lin, Toronto criminal lawyer Lorne Honickman tells Global News. Read the full article on

Sept 30, 2014

Lorne Honickman on Luka Magnotta trial (Global News). See the full video on

Sept 16, 2014

Jury selection challenges in Magnotta trial not unusual. As the jury selection process continues for the murder trial of Luka Magnotta, Toronto criminal lawyer Lorne Honickman tells Global News that it's not uncommon for potential jurors to ask to be excused. Read the full article on

Sept 12, 2014

Lorne Honickman talks about the Luka Magnotta trial on Global News. Tue, Sep 9: Our legal analyst talks about the high-profile Luka Magnotta trial. See the full video on

Aug 20, 2014

Honickman focuses practice on defamation law. Before making his name as a defamation lawyer and civil and criminal litigator, Lorne Honickman was a well-known legal specialist for CityTV Toronto for more than 20 years. Read the full article on

July 30, 2014

Honickman recognized as leading defamation expert. Toronto civil litigator Lorne Honickman has been recognized in the 2014 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory for his expertise in defamation and media.

Honickman, partner at Brauti Thorning LLP, was called to Bar 1997 and began practicing law full time, after a distinguished 20-year career as a television broadcaster. His practice is extensive and wide ranging, covering several areas of corporate, civil, regulatory and criminal litigation. He has appeared in all levels of court in Ontario, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada and has acted for clients in many high profile civil and criminal trials. Read the full article on

July 28, 2014

Judge turns down bid for blanket ban on Magnotta trial evidence . MONTREAL - The judge overseeing the trial of alleged murderer Luka Rocco Magnotta has denied a defence motion to limit what media can report on the criminal proceedings.

Magnotta's lawyer was seeking a publication ban on the reporting of any evidence presented at his client's murder trial, which begins in September. Read the full article on

July 11, 2014

Is baseball fan's $10M lawsuit a hit?. Toronto civil litigator Lorne Honickman questions whether there is cause of action in a $10-million defamation lawsuit that a man has filed against ESPN and its announcers, among others, for "mental anguish" after he was mocked for sleeping in his seat during a national baseball telecast at Yankee Stadium. Read the full article on