Meet Our Team

Norman J. Groot

Principal and Founder

Based on his police experience and his experience thereafter as a litigator, Norman has joined forces with other lawyers with police experience and created the law firm Investigation Counsel Professional Corporation.

Norman’s practice is focused on fraud recovery litigation for retailers, insurers, private companies and individuals who have incurred losses to rogue employees, officers or directors, or due to failed investments or contractual arrangements with ill intentioned third party service providers or others.  Norman also provides Independent Supervising Solicitor (ISS) services for other law firms that obtain Anton Piller orders (civil search warrants).  Norman’s practice also consists of representing police and private sector investigators in criminal, civil, and regulatory actions.

John Archibald


Investor rights deserve to be strongly protected and enforced. John acts for individual retail and institutional investors seeking to recover financial losses resulting from securities fraud, market manipulation, and the misrepresentation or non-disclosure of material information by public companies, their officers and directors, and their professional advisors. If you have suffered such losses and want to know more about pursuing an investor class action, or a group or individual suit, please contact John.


Erin Stoik

Associate Lawyer

Erin’s interest in legal issues related to investigations and privacy started during her internship on the Ipperwash Inquiry involving the OPP. Subsequent to the Inquiry, Erin has been a lawyer working with Investigation Counsel PC since its inception in 2007. Erin’s practice has been focused on defending police officers and private sector investigators in all matters of civil, criminal and administrative litigation, as well as Investigation Counsel PC’s representation of industry associations.

An academic at heart, Erin has written theses at both the undergrad and graduate level as well was working towards a PhD in Philosophy of Education before deciding to pursue a career in law. With an extensive background in analytical research and writing, Erin brings her research skills to bear on a wide variety of areas of law including torts, civil procedure and criminal law.

Ashley Ferguson

Associate Lawyer

Ashley joined Investigation Counsel PC as an Articling Student in 2016 and completed her Articles with the firm before being called to the Bar in Ontario in June 2017. Ashley regularly represents clients in the Ontario Superior Court and has represented clients at other levels including Small Claims and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Ashley completed her Juris Doctor at Bond University in the Gold Coast, Australia. Ashley previously obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from the University of Western Ontario. While at law school, Ashley was placed on the Deans List for Academic Excellence and received various academic awards including the LexisNexis award for First n Class – Australian Constitutional Law and scored First in Class for Canadian Constitution Law. During her final semesters at law school, Ashley was a mentor to incoming law students through the Canadian Law Student Association.

Geoff Keeble

Associate Lawyer

Geoff joined Investigation Counsel PC as a law student in 2016. His interest in fraud investigations and advocacy for victims of financial crime brought him back to the firm throughout his time in law school. In June 2019, Geoff completed his Articles with Investigation Counsel PC and was called to the Bar. Geoff represents clients in the Ontario Superior Court and has appeared before the Small Claims Court and Human Rights Tribunal as well.