Donald Bayne


Don Bayne is a partner with Bayne Sellar Ertel Macrae. He received his LL.B. from Queen’s University, an L.L.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an M.B.A. and an LL.D (Hon.) from Queen’s University.

Mr. Bayne has practiced criminal law exclusively for more than 50 years. He has been designated a specialist in criminal litigation by the Law Society and has conducted trial and appellate advocacy at all levels of courts in Canada and at public inquiries (Somalia, Arar, Iacobucci). He has defended all manner of criminal charges including murder, complicated conspiracies, war crimes cases (in Canada, the Soviet Union, Ukraine) and charges against corporations.

Mr. Bayne was the 2006 recipient of the G. Arthur Martin award for the 2011 Ottawa Advocate Honoree awarded by the Advocates Society of Ontario, the 2016 Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility and the 2016 William Carroll Award for Case of the Year.  “an individual in Canada who has made a significant contribution to criminal justice.” 

Areas of Practice

Criminal Law

Certified Legal Specialties

Criminal Litigation, Law Society

Bar Admissions



Queen’s University, Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ontario, Canada

London School of Economics Law School, London, England

Queen’s University

Classes / Seminars

Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Queen’s University 
Lecturer, Supreme Court of Canada education program for visiting Judges
Lecturer, Ontario Court of Appeal appellate advocacy program
Lecturer, Criminal Lawyers Association programs
Lecturer, Defence Counsel Association of Ottawa-Carleton programs
Lecturer, Canadian Bar Association programs
Lecturer, Ontario Provincial Judges’ education programs
Lecturer, Law Society of Upper Canada continuing education programs
Lecturer, Ontario Center for Advocacy Training programs (Advocates Society)
Lecturer, Bar Admissions Course, Law Society of Upper Canada

Professional Associations and Memberships

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow 
Advocates Society, Member
Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Past Director
University of Ottawa Heart Institute Foundation, Director
Board of Trustees of Queen’s University, Past Member

Honors and Awards

G. Arthur Martin award for “an individual in Canada who has made a significant contribution to criminal justice”, 2006 – Present

Your Rights And Freedom Are Our Top Priority

If you or someone you know has been arrested or is facing a criminal trial, contact our firm, Bayne Sellar Ertel Macrae, by calling 613-236-0535 locally or 1-877-786-4479 toll free. The firm acts for clients in Ottawa and the surrounding region.