Leighton Grey

Leighton Grey
Grey Wowk Spencer LLP
Senior Partner
Civil Litigation, Criminal Law

Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey is a senior partner with the firm Grey Wowk Spencer LLP and based in Bonnyville and Cold Lake, Alta. Mr. Grey focuses on criminal law, child welfare proceedings, personal injury and other forms of civil litigation.

He attended the University of Alberta where he graduated with distinction with his Bachelor of Arts in English literature and history in 1989 and earned his Bachelor of Laws in 1992. Mr. Grey was admitted to the Bar of Alberta in 1993, the Bar of Saskatchewan in 2004 and the Bar of British Columbia in 2014.

A Status Indian, Mr. Grey was the recipient of the Government of Canada Legal Studies for Aboriginal People Scholarship from 1989 to 1992. He articled with the Federal Department of Justice in 1993 and began his law career practising with Vital Ouellette, who was appointed Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench in 2002.

In addition, Mr. Grey received his certification in the Harvard University Model of Interest-Based Mediation through the University of Windsor School of Law in 2011.

A member of the Queen's Counsel since 2010, Mr. Grey handles criminal law, civil litigation and child protection cases, serves as an adjudicator in Law Society of Alberta disciplinary hearings and has been involved in the prosecution of residential school claims.

A hockey skills coach and mentor, Mr. Grey is the founder and president of the Lakeland Sports and Learning Academy, a non-profit organization that creates and delivers athletic programs to youth in Cold Lake and surrounding area.

He was a recipient of the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award in 2013 and the Access to Justice Award for his work with the Legal Aid Society of Alberta in 2015.

Leighton Grey Posts

Indigenous communities ill-served by ‘colonial policing’

It will take more than money to solve the problem of “colonial policing” in Indigenous communities, says Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

CBSA’s search of lawyer’s cellphone, laptop troubling: Grey

The Canadian Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) ability to search electronic devices belonging to lawyers returning to Canada raises serious questions around both solicitor-client privilege and other areas of personal information that are open to government intervention, says Alberta civil litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

Lawsuit seeks justice for residential day school victims

A class action could bring some measure of justice to victims of a residential day school, says Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

‘Another step:’ Federal Court judge releases ruling in Cree and Dene

EDMONTON — The Federal Court of Canada says it has issued a ruling in Cree and Dene — the first time it’s done so in an Indigenous language. Read more

SCC ruling a call to action for the Crown: Grey

A recent Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruling is a call to action for the Crown to reconsider how well the justice system balances people's rights with the goal of prosecuting those who violate the law, Alberta criminal lawyer Leighton Grey tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Revised impaired driving law likely to trigger appeals: Grey

New legislation granting police more discretion during roadside checks could soon face court challenges, Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Question of solicitor-client privilege comes to fore in SNC Lavalin controversy

OTTAWA — The time-honoured tenet of solicitor-client privilege — usually discussed in courtrooms and law-school textbooks — has become a central point of debate in a political controversy over whether the prime minister's aides put undue pressure on a former attorney general. Read more

Indian Hospital class action: the origins

In part one of a three-part series exploring the Indian Hospital class action, Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey discusses some of the instances of medical mistreatment that led to the lawsuit, including medical experiments and children who were switched at birth. Read more

Dad furious, PM rapped over transfer of girl's killer to healing lodge

The father of a raped and murdered eight-year-old girl said on Wednesday the transfer of one of her killers to a prison ``healing lodge'' has sparked widespread anger and needs to be reversed, while the federal government said it would review the decision. Read more

Chief justice's remarks about Aboriginal incarceration rates welcomed

Intervention by the nation's top judge in the debate over rates of Aborginal incarceration is welcome news to Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey. Read more

More allegations of racism linked to Manitoba Hydro site

WINNIPEG — A report into working conditions at a Manitoba Hydro site details allegations of racism, sexual harassment and prison-like living conditions. Read more

Grey Wowk Spencer LLP welcomes new partner

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey and Lawren Wowk are pleased to welcome Hart Spencer into the firm’s new partnership of Grey Wowk Spencer LLP. Read more

Grey spreads the word about 'Indian hospital' class action

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey is spreading the word across Alberta about new residential school and “Indian Hospital” claims against the Canadian government. Read more

Indigenous women overrepresented in Vancouver police checks: rights advocates

VANCOUVER — Indigenous and civil rights activists seeking an investigation of the Vancouver Police Department's use of random street checks want to amend their complaint based on new data showing Aboriginal women are checked more often than other groups. Read more

Indigenous rights litigator Grey fights for underdogs

Alberta Indigenous rights litigator Leighton Grey's wide-ranging practice provides him with an extremely varied client base. Read more