Marie Henein

For women, engagement on every front is the only answer.

One of Canada’s Most Distinguished Lawyers | Sr. Partner at Henein Hutchison LLP

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Marie Henein | One of Canada’s Most Distinguished Lawyers | Sr. Partner at Henein Hutchison LLP
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Marie Henein is one of Canada’s most distinguished, smartest, and toughest defence lawyers; in fact, the National Post named her the “most high-profile criminal defence lawyer in the country.” She’s also a commanding keynote speaker—a fascinating commentator on law and justice and social change, and on finding success as a woman in a (still) male-dominated industry. 

“She defies the real-life sexist messaging given women—that they should take up as little space as possible ... that they not control the conversation, and that they not have the last word.”


Marie Henein is a senior partner at Henein Hutchison LLP, recognized in Canadian Lawyer as one of the country’s Top Ten Litigation Boutiques. She has been interviewed on CBC’s The National, written for The Globe and Mail, and spoken widely on her career. Named Toronto’s 15th Most Powerful Person by Toronto Life, she has been repeatedly recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine and was a recipient of a Medal from the Law Society of Upper Canada as well as the Laura Legge Award.


Henein has been counsel on numerous high profile cases with experience in a wide range of criminal, regulatory, quasi-criminal, and cross-border litigation, and represents individual, corporate, and institutional clients both at the trial and appellate level. She acts in an advisory capacity in a range of complex internal investigations. She has argued at all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. She received her LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and her Masters in Law from Columbia University. She is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Criminal Law. Henein is the Past President of The Advocates’ Society, a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute. She is also a founder of the Ontario Court of Appeal’s Appellate Duty Counsel Program, which provides free Appellate services to unrepresented Appellants at the Court of Appeal.


Speech Topics

Social Change
A Legal Powerhouse Reflections on Law, Justice, Change and Leadership

What are the major ideas, lessons, and philosophies that have driven Marie Henein’s inspiring success in a tough industry? How have her formative years as a newcomer to Canada—from Cairo to Vancouver, Lebanon to Toronto—shaped who she is today? And what were the pivotal turning points in her profession, from her early days in law school to her work at the helm of her own renowned firm? Here, in this stirring account of her career as one of Canada’s most decorated lawyers, Henein offers an informative, wide-ranging talk—and one enlivened by a razor-sharp wit and deadpan humour. With rare insight, Henein can also take aim at discrimination and sexism, in her own field, and in society at large. By encouraging women to have confidence, to not be disheartened, and to take their rightful places as leaders in all industries, Henein combats cynicism and champions the need for female professionals to be seen, counted, and heard. For leaders in any profession, Marie Henein’s keynotes will leave you both inspired and renewed.