Eric V. Gottardi, QC, is an experienced trial and appellate counsel who practises primarily in the areas of criminal defence, constitutional law, and extradition law. He has worked on special prosecutions in British Columbia and Ontario. He regularly appears as counsel before the BC Court of Appeal and has argued cases for parties and interveners at the Supreme Court of Canada. Eric is a former chair of the CBA National Justice Section and acts as a founding co-chair for the National CBA Annual Criminal Law conference. He was awarded the CBABC’s President’s Medal in 2013 for his long-standing service to the profession. Eric is a planner and faculty member of the Federation of Law Societies’ National Criminal Law program. He is a faculty member with the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute and is currently an editor of the Charter of Rights Newsletter. He regularly speaks at continuing legal education seminars and often appears as a legal commentator for the CBC and other news outlets.