Norman J. Groot
Founder And Managing LawyerInvestigation Counsel PC offers a form of privatized policing. The firm was created to investigate and prosecute fraud cases. We do not defend fraudsters. As an ancillary service to our investigative networks, we defend police and private sector investigators in all forms of actions, and provide complementary litigation consulting to the police and private investigation communities. We welcome your inquiries. 416-637-3141 Ngroot@investigationcounsel.com 416-637-3445
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 practice also consists of representing police and private sector investigators in criminal, civil, and regulatory actions.
Norman is counsel to the Canadian Association of Special Investigation Units, the Canadian Independent Adjusters Association and the Canadian Association of Private Investigators on fraud and investigation matters, and on the board of directors of the Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada.
Professional and Business Affiliations
Canadian Bar Association, Bar Association of Ontario, Association of Certiﬁed Forensic Investigators, Association of Certiﬁed Fraud Examiners, Council of International Investigators, Council of Private Investigators, Canadian Association of Independent Adjusters, and the Canadian Association of Special Investigation Units.
Publications and Speeches
In 2001, Norman authored the ﬁrst text on Canadian law and private investigations, (Canadian Law and Private Investigations, Irwin Law Inc.). Norman is a sought after speaker who has provided numerous presentations and written numerous articles on fraud and investigation matters for various fraud and investigative associations, insurers, corporations and their service providers from coast to coast and internationally.
Norman was a police officer from 1985 to 1992. He graduated with distinction from Wilfrid Laurier University in Economics in 1995, and thereafter completed various programs with the Canadian Securities Commission. Norman completed his law degree at the University of Western Ontario Law School in 1998, articles at Fraser Beatty LLP in 1999 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2000. Norman obtained the Certiﬁed Fraud Examiner (CFE) designation in 2001 and the Certified Forensic Investigator (CFI) designation in 2012. From 2001 to 2006 Norman practiced law as an associate at McCague Peacock LLP. In 2007, Norman founded Investigation Counsel PC.