Biography

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Ernst Ashurov was born on September 4, 1969, in Baku, Azerbaijan. At the age of thirteen, he moved to Moscow, Russia where after graduating from high school, he attended the Moscow State University, Faculty of Law.

Mr. Ashurov came to Canada in the end of 1992 and initially settled in Montreal where he worked as a legal assistant for the law firm of Hussey, Fregeau.

In 1995, Mr. Ashurov was admitted to the Faculty of Law of Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario.

During the course of his law school studies, Mr. Ashurov worked as a research assistant for Professor Sheila M. Noonan conducting legal research on legislative treatment of natural medicines in foreign jurisdictions. He also provided case law research assistance for Professor Allan S. Manson’s text book on sentencing.

In 1997, Mr. Ashurov received Gowling, Strathy & Henderson Award for outstanding achievement in the Secured Transactions & Insolvency course and in 1998, he was granted David Sabbath Prize in Administrative Law for outstanding achievement in the Administrative Law course.

After graduating from Queen’s Law School in 1998, Mr. Ashurov articled for the prominent Toronto criminal law firm of Adler Bytensky.

In February 2000, Mr. Ashurov was admitted to Ontario and New York State Bar. Since his bar admission, Mr. Ashurov opened his own law firm and has been practising in a wide variety of areas with the main focus on criminal law.

In 2000, Mr. Ashurov conducted extensive legislation and case law survey on the topic of money laundering in securities industry for the Nathanson Centre of Organized Crime and Corruption of York University.

Mr. Ashurov appeared before all trial and appellate levels of Court in Ontario in numerous criminal and civil cases and before Superior and Ontario Courts of Justice in many family cases. He also appeared before the Ontario Labour Relations Board, Immigration and Refugee Board and Federal Court of Canada.

Mr. Ashurov developed a special interest and expertise in Charter advocacy and has conducted numerous successful defences based on violations of the accused’s constitutional rights excluding crucial evidence and staying proceedings against his clients.

Other activity

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Mr. Ashurov has been a frequent contributor to several Russian-language newspapers providing commentaries on various legal issues and often appeared as a guest on the popular Russian-language radio station Radio Plus answering questions from the public.

Mr. Ashurov combines his busy legal practice with his passion for study of martial arts. He is a proud holder of a third degree black belt in the ancient Samurai martial art of Aikido.

Mr. Ashurov brings the principles governing the practice of martial arts, i.e., honour, integrity, courage, honesty and respect for others into his legal practice.

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