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Canada Guide

Dispute Resolution — Ontario

Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 19 partners

- 28 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Universally recognised as a leader in the Ontario litigation market. Based in Toronto, the firm demonstrates significant national reach and offers expertise across a wide range of industry sectors, including healthcare, financial services and transportation. Regularly handles securities litigation, breach of contract and employment disputes, as well as professional liability and medical malpractice defence.

Strengths 

"They are the top high-street litigation boutique with national capacity. They've got a number of really legendary people there."

"They are consistently strong in commercial litigation."

Work highlights Acted for Deloitte & Touche before the Court of Appeal of Ontario in connection with a claim brought by Livent in 2014 for auditor negligence.

Successfully represented six physicians in a medical negligence jury trial seated in Hamilton.

Significant clients Canadian Medical Protective Association, Ernst & Young, Google, The Canadian Wheat Board, BMO.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Griffin is "an absolute superstar lawyer" who is "an exceptional person to work with," sources agree. His main areas of focus include commercial, insolvency and securities-related litigation as well as professional liability. He also has notable experience of class action defence.

Tom Curry is an experienced practitioner who regularly acts for physicians and other professionals in medical malpractice and disciplinary cases. He is well respected as both trial and appellate counsel and has significant expertise in the areas of IP, business dispute resolution and arbitration.  

The distinguished Alan Lenczner QC has substantial experience handling securities, professional liability and construction litigation. He also works part-time as a commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission.

Ronald Slaght QC is an experienced practitioner with extensive expertise in the areas of commercial and securities litigation. He also acts as an arbitrator and mediator, and is described by sources as "an outstanding counsel."

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 30 partners

- 63 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong team firmly placed in the top echelons of the dispute resolution market in Ontario. Highly regarded for its capacity to advise on a broad range of disputes including securities, IP and constitutional law matters. The firm also offers experience of professional liability, product liability and class action defence. Expertise cuts across sectors, including telecommunications, financial services and healthcare.

Strengths 

"They have been very practical, seeking to understand our needs and objectives and developing litigation strategies and approaches in a way that reflects this."

"The whole team cares about us and about the industry, they keep us up to date and they co-ordinate internally about the work that's being done."

Work highlights Acted for the Ontario College of Teachers on more than 100 hearings involving claims of professional misconduct. 

Continues to represent Philip Morris in the healthcare cost recovery actions brought by Canadian provincial governments against tobacco manufacturers.

Significant clients TD Bank, CIBC, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Dollarama, Emco.

Notable practitioners  

Neil Finkelstein is recognised for his extensive experience of constitutional, competition and securities law and litigation. Sources say he is "very bright and very experienced." Finkelstein also stands out for his impressive track record before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Paul Steep "is a fantastic lawyer" who is a top choice for clients for commercial litigation, breach of contract disputes and professional liability matters. One source enthused: "Whenever I have Paul on a file I feel completely at ease."

Senior partner Paul Morrison handles commercial litigation, securities matters and competition disputes. He also has notable strength advising on professional and product liability as well as arbitration. One peer noted: "He is an aggressive litigator, which can be extremely effective."

Sarit Batner is a skilled trial lawyer who also operates a significant appellate practice. She regularly assists clients with issues relating to taxation, oppression and professional negligence as well as breach of contract cases. She is described by sources as "very sharp."

Senior statesman Niels Ortved provides strategic advice and guidance on litigation matters involving administrative law and medical malpractice as well as on general commercial disputes. 

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Band 1

第一等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 16 partners

- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Firm of choice for litigation in Toronto, with a deep bench and a strong reputation for handling complex files. Has a thriving securities litigation practice, as well as impressive capacity for IP, competition and energy-related cases. Also stands out for its focus on constitutional and appellate law, class actions and investor-state arbitration. 

Strengths 

"We like them because of their strategic, business-focused approach to dealing with legal issues. They really take the time to understand your business and find solutions that help you move forward."

"They have a good practical knowledge of the law and a solid approach to legal procedures."

Work highlights Defended Dundee Securities and Cormark Securities in a secondary market class action relating to the securities offerings of Allied Nevada Gold.

Significant clients CIBC, Manulife, Amgen, Bank of America, Rogers.

Notable practitioners  

Sheila Block is described as "excellent in every respect" by interviewees, who agree she is "one of the pre-eminent civil litigators in the country." Her expertise includes securities, IP and defamation litigation and she also offers notable experience of administrative law. One source enthused: "She is very well prepared and very tenacious." 

John Laskin has an impressive trial and appellate practice and routinely handles litigation in connection with competition, constitutional and administrative law. One source enthused: "I would say he is the best lawyer in Canada. He is an absolute professional: thorough, fair and intelligent, and he assembles a good team."

Patricia Jackson advises on a broad range of matters including securities litigation, professional negligence and defamation. She also handles class action defence and employment litigation. Clients say she is "very experienced - an excellent oral advocate with excellent judgement." 

Linda Plumpton is well known for her impressive competition litigation practice. She also has notable experience advising on corporate and commercial disputes as well as securities-related issues.

James Tory is held in high esteem by sources as a securities expert as well as a solid practitioner in the area of shareholder disputes. He is described as "an excellent lawyer with a brilliant mind." 

John Fabello is a prominent lawyer with significant experience advising clients on securities litigation. He also provides advice on regulatory compliance. One source said: "He is very knowledgeable and has a great understanding of how our business functions."

Crawford Smith is well known for his energy regulatory practice as well as for his skills as a general corporate and commercial litigator. He is described as "a very personable guy" and "very capable" by sources.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 22 partners

- 24 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Large Toronto-based litigation group with broad expertise encompassing securities, insolvency and breach of contract disputes. Other areas of expertise include media and defamation, class action defence and commercial arbitration. Acts for clients across various industries including telecommunications, healthcare and financial services.

Strengths 

"They are a fabulous firm and they have done a terrific job for us. I have been really impressed with the whole litigation team."

"Their work is excellent. They are very strategic yet very practical and very respectful of the needs of the client."

Work highlights Acted for U.S. Steel before the Ontario Superior Court on a CAD2 billion debt claim in connection with the restructuring proceedings of U.S. Steel Canada under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

Represented Toronto Transit Commission in a breach of contract claim brought against Bombardier.

Significant clients Syngenta Canada, Ericsson, J.D. Irving, Appleby Services, Bell Canada.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Barrack is acclaimed for his broad litigation practice, which includes notable strength in both commercial dispute resolution and insolvency. One client enthused: "He has a wonderful ability to analyse a very complex situation, develop the strategic path forward and then explain it to the court in very straightforward terms." 

Paul Schabas has a strong corporate and commercial litigation practice, with a particular focus on tax and media law. One source enthused: "I think he is outstanding. He is excellent at what he does and is a great litigator and communicator. He is incredibly good at keeping us informed."

Nigel Campbell is highly regarded for expertise in securities law and corporate and commercial litigation. One client commented: "Nothing ever ruffles his feathers - he has very measured responses and faces the ultimate outcome step by step. He is pleasant to deal with and has a lovely personality; I enjoy working with him and have total confidence in his advice and strategy."  

Brad Berg divides his practice between commercial litigation and arbitration. He regularly handles business disputes, class actions and litigation relating to real estate and taxation. He leads the litigation group in Toronto and is described by clients as "an excellent lawyer." 

Jeff Galway is well known for his experience of pensions litigation and also has notable strength in securities, competition and class action defence. One client noted: "He's amazing, very analytical and very strategic. He's a great litigator and gives sound advice."  

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 13 partners

- 9 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Strong team with an impressive capacity for handling large commercial disputes both at trial and before the appellate courts. Expertise encompasses securities litigation, shareholder disputes and insolvency as well as class action defence and competition law. The firm also has a notable ability in arbitration and mediation.

Strengths 

"They are very attentive and responsive to client issues. They are willing to learn and engage and entertain contrary views."

"They are a terrific operation and I have been very pleased with the work that has been done on our behalf."

Work highlights Successfully acted for General Motors of Canada in securing the dismissal of a class action brought by former GM dealers following the company's restructuring in 2008 and seeking more than CAD750 million in damages.

Defended Agnico Eagle Mines and a number of its directors and officers against a class action involving the alleged failure to disclose operational issues which resulted in the closure of a large underground gold mine.

Significant clients Rogers Communications, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, West Face Capital, Morgan Stanley, Newmont Mining.

Notable practitioners  

Kent Thomson offers clients a wealth of experience across a range of different matters including securities, tort law, competition and defamation litigation. His clients include mining giant Barrick Gold. One peer said: "If he is on your case then you know you're in safe hands." 

Sandra Forbes specialises in competition and antitrust and also defends clients against white-collar charges. Additional areas of expertise include securities and administrative litigation. One source commented: "She is really a fantastic lawyer and I think she does an excellent job for her clients."

James Doris advises on the contested aspects of M&A transactions, shareholder and oppression remedy actions and insolvency. He also has notable strength in competition and securities law.  

Andrea Burke is routinely involved in contested M&A cases, securities litigation, including class actions, and various mining-related matters.

Luis Sarabia concentrates his practice on civil litigation with a particular focus on class action defence and securities litigation. He also advises mining clients on litigation involving Spanish-speaking parties.

Matthew Milne-Smith assists clients with a broad range of litigation including securities, competition and defamation cases. He is described by one client as "methodical, and aggressive where appropriate." 

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 34 partners

- 19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Respected firm with an admirable litigation offering and a strong senior team. Maintains a strong focus on disputes relating to contested M&A transactions, securities and insolvency. Also highly regarded for its strength in class action defence, healthcare and product liability litigation.

Strengths 

"They are the type of firm that is very collaborative on issues. They bring a large team with diverse backgrounds and a lot of expertise."

"I was really comforted by the amount of intense involvement by the principals."

Work highlights Continues to represent former senior officers of CIBC in a class action alleging misrepresentation under the Ontario Securities Act. The case is currently under appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Represented Uber in an application brought by the City of Toronto for a permanent injunction restraining the company from providing taxi services without the necessary municipal licences.

Significant clients Ernst & Young, IPEX, Chevron Canada, Atlantic Power, Northland Resources.

Notable practitioners  

Benjamin Zarnett is unequivocally recognised as one of the "top litigators in Ontario" and is heavily involved in all manner of commercial litigation. Clients describe him as "extremely well prepared - a tremendous thinker," while peers say: "He is certainly one of the best lawyers that exists."

Jessica Kimmel is sought out for her counsel on matters involving securities and professional negligence. She routinely advises clients on class action defence. Sources say: "She is very organised and knows how to handle complex matters."

Alan Mark has significant experience advising clients on matters concerning electricity regulation, as well as general corporate and commercial litigation.  

David Conklin has a strong securities practice that includes defending clients against related class actions. He also frequently assists with corporate governance disputes. Sources praise his ability to "distil a very complicated argument" and praise him for being "very thorough and well prepared." 

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Canada guide

What the team is known for Large Toronto firm which services clients from a range of industries in connection with all aspects of litigation. Areas of expertise include commercial litigation, franchise disputes, restructuring and insolvency and employment law. Also handles class action work, acting for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Strengths 

"They were very organised and the associates on the files were very strong. I have nothing but positive things to say. I think they did a great job both strategically and in terms of execution."

"They were proactive, they were strategic and they explained things in very simple terms."

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Lisus is renowned for involvement in high-end business litigation. He also has significant strength in the areas of product liability, franchising and class actions. Sources unanimously praise him as "one of the best litigators in the country."  

Matthew Gottlieb practices extensively in corporate litigation and insolvency. He is praised by clients for being "very personable, very down to earth and practical." 

Rocco Di Pucchio maintains a strong focus on the automotive industry, as well as advising on litigation in other areas including construction and competition. One source enthused: "He is great: very strategic and very good in court."

Eric Hoaken is widely recognised for his proficiency in class action defence and health law. He also has a strong corporate and commercial litigation practice. One client commented: "He is efficient, organised and very well prepared. He meets all our timelines. He is also a very pleasant gentleman, humble and very firm with the other side."

Paul Michell is an experienced lawyer who regularly assists clients with commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is described as "incredibly smart" and "a solid lawyer" by sources.

Senior statesman Clifford Lax QC is revered for his long-standing litigation practice and experience of mediation and arbitration. He is acknowledged as a valuable resource to the firm.

Firm founding partner Terrence O'Sullivan "is a solid and well-respected lawyer" who has built an impressive civil litigation practice. Widely viewed as a "major name" in Toronto, he is also recognised for his focus on ADR.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 40 partners

- 62 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Impressive litigation team in Toronto, regularly defending clients against multi-jurisdictional class actions as well as advising on commercial and securities litigation. Has a strong profile in the financial services sector and benefits from the support of the firm's integrated national litigation platform.

Strengths 

"They really understand the business and they are extremely responsive. They don't try and over-lawyer files and their answers are always practical."

"They are a very well-respected group." 

Work highlights Provides ongoing advice to Boston Scientific in connection with a series of individual and class proceedings across multiple provinces relating to pelvic mesh.

Assisted Chevron in preventing the enforcement of a USD9.51 billion Ecuadorian judgment made in relation to allegations of environmental pollution in the Lago Agrio region of Ecuador.

Significant clients Bank of Montreal, Parsons & Whittemore, Imperial Tobacco Canada, Kinross, BP.

Notable practitioners  

Larry Lowenstein is highly regarded for his securities litigation practice, and represents a raft of high-profile clients including the Royal Bank of Canada and Valeant Pharmaceuticals. He is described by peers as "a terrific guy and a very good litigator."

Mahmud Jamal has a broad practice which encompasses regulatory litigation, class action defence and taxation. He also has notable experience handling appellate advocacy and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on numerous occasions. He is described by sources as "a strong lawyer who has a lot to offer."

Sonia Bjorkquist specialises in class actions, with a particular emphasis on product liability. One client enthused: "She is always responsive and good at keeping us informed. I have been completely happy with everything she has done."

Mark Gelowitz enjoys a solid reputation for securities and M&A-related work. He is also recognised for his experience of appellate law.

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Band 2

第二等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

-15 partners

-20 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for A strong presence in Ontario, with offices in both Toronto and Ottawa. Routinely assists clients with a range of disputes involving professional negligence, securities, insolvency and contested corporate transactions. The firm also enjoys a significant reputation for energy regulatory and appellate law.

Strengths 

"I think they are one of the best for litigation. I really rely on them for the work they do and their areas of expertise."

"I have the highest regard for the firm and its lawyers. I think they are outstanding."

Work highlights Advised Sprott on litigation in relation to its hostile takeover bid for Central Gold Trust.

Acted for the special receiver of Livent in connection with the appeal by Deloitte of a decision rendered against it for auditor negligence.

Significant clients Air Canada, Apotex, Ernst & Young, BAT, UBS.

Notable practitioners  

David Byers wins praise from sources, who regard him as a "good strategist" and a "very strong commercial and insolvency litigator." He also has notable expertise of product liability, insurance litigation and arbitration.

Peter Howard is a seasoned practitioner who has a stellar reputation for his work in commercial litigation. He routinely assists clients with matters involving securities, contracts and oppression remedies. One source noted: "He is a very good strategic lawyer and he can plot a litigation strategy from beginning to end."

Eliot Kolers has extensive experience acting for clients on corporate commercial litigation as well as an in-depth knowledge of competition and securities law. One source said: "He is very responsive and has a good measure about him when it comes to how aggressive or diplomatic we want to appear."

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 15 partners

- 18 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Represents a number of high-profile clients from across a range of industries in corporate and commercial disputes. Particular areas of strength include securities, breach of contract and shareholder disputes. The department also regularly assists with litigation relating to competition, insolvency and IP.

Strengths 

"They have a very good litigation team." 

"Their efforts were Herculean, their skills monumental."

Work highlights Continues to represent the Commissioner of Competition in a range of litigation including trial work relating to the Toronto Real Estate Board.

Acted for Irving Oil on an action brought by a former executive relating to his alleged wrongful dismissal and unpaid equity incentives.

Significant clients Nortel Noteholders Committee, BMO, Kraft Heinz, Grant Thornton BVI, Central Fund of Canada.

Notable practitioners  

Jeffrey Leon QC has a broad litigation practice which includes a focus on securities, competition and class actions. He is also often involved in arbitration and is described by sources as a "high-quality lawyer."

Robert Staley offers notable strength in securities and regulatory litigation, and frequently appears before various levels of court and securities commissions. Interviewees say he is "a really bright and impressive guy." 

Co-chair of the firm's litigation group Richard Swan operates a broad commercial disputes practice. His expertise ranges from shareholder disputes and oppression remedies to IP and restructuring litigation. One client enthused: "He quite simply possesses a superior intellect." 

Since publication, Derek J Bell has joined DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

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Band 3

第三等

From the Chambers Canada guide

What the team is known for Highly regarded litigation boutique with a strong bench and a broad spectrum of expertise. Well equipped to handle disputes relating to public and administrative law, defamation, labour and employment and product liability. Also has a specialised class action group offering assistance to both plaintiffs and defendants.

Strengths 

"They are top-notch, from top to bottom - they are filled with absolutely outstanding lawyers."  

Notable practitioners  

Co-founding partner Chris Paliare is acknowledged as a leader in the Ontario litigation market and has extensive experience of securities, administrative law and employment litigation. He is described by peers as "an absolutely go-to guy."

Linda Rothstein has a stellar reputation for class action, product liability and employment litigation. She also routinely advises clients on partnership disputes and professional liability cases. Sources describe her as "an outstanding advocate" and a "real leader" in the field.

Gordon Capern "is a very solid trial lawyer" who enjoys an excellent reputation for commercial dispute resolution. His expertise covers contested M&A deals, shareholder disputes and professional liability. One source enthused: "He is an incredible lawyer who is very focused and dedicated."

Firm managing partner Robert Centa has broad expertise covering insolvency, employment, shareholder disputes and restrictive covenants. He also handles cases involving public law as well as arbitration. One peer commented: "He is incredibly smart, incredibly hard-working and he exudes integrity."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 34 partners

- 21 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Solid offering in the Ontario litigation market with notable expertise in securities litigation, class actions and product liability. Other areas of expertise include construction and health law litigation. Represents clients from a range of industries including financial services, automotive and communications. The firm has offices in Toronto and Ottawa.

Strengths 

"They have a very deep expertise in a range of issues that affect our industry. They are very helpful and very well informed and I can always rely on their opinion."

Work highlights Continues to defend AIC in class action litigation involving issues of market timing activity.

Successfully represented the Law Society of Upper Canada in litigation concerning its decision not to accredit the law school proposed by Trinity Western University.

Significant clients Scotiabank, CIBC, Bell, Loblaws, Canadian National Railway.

Notable practitioners  

Guy Pratte is regarded as "a leader in the profession" by peers and has experience practising in both Ontario and Québec. His areas of expertise include public and constitutional law and he has appeared on numerous occasions before the Supreme and federal courts.

James Douglas is the national leader of the firm's securities litigation group and is praised by sources for being "very experienced, down to earth and a pleasure to deal with." One client enthused: "He knows our file inside out, upside down and backwards and forwards. The amount of time he has put in is incredible."

Christopher Bredt concentrates his practice on general commercial litigation, administrative law and appellate law.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 22 partners

- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Toronto team with a significant international client roster. Notable experience of matters arising within the financial services sector, as well as advising on professional liability and construction litigation and a wide range of commercial disputes. Also offers strength in arbitration and mediation.  

Strengths 

"The entire team is very pleasant to work with and is transparent and honest with its billings."

"The quality of the work is excellent and the service is top notch." 

Significant clients BMO, KPMG, HSBC, Equifax Canada, Canadian National Railway.

Notable practitioners  

Michael Schafler regularly advises clients on commercial litigation and class action defence. He also has experience in securities litigation, professional liability and ADR.

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 34 partners

- 22 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Assists clients from the transportation, pharmaceuticals and financial services sectors with a range of different matters including commercial disputes, securities and defamation litigation and class action defence, as well as commercial arbitration. The firm operates an active Ottawa litigation practice with significant experience of competition and procurement matters.

Strengths 

"They are extremely responsive, very diligent and provide excellent service to my company."

"They're cautious, smart and strategic. They know their work and they know what they are doing and they are always one step ahead."

Work highlights Represented Canadian Pacific Railway in a claim brought by Canadian National Railway alleging that CP, along with four former CN employees, misused confidential information relating to CN's domestic intermodal business.

Continues to act for PwC in defence of a CAD5 billion claim issued by the liquidator of the Fairfield Sentry Fund in connection with the Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Significant clients Toshiba, Rogers Communications, Nordion, BNP Paribas, Novartis.

Notable practitioners  

Robert Harrison has a well-established reputation for securities litigation, shareholder disputes and professional negligence. He also offers experience of insolvency and class action defence. One client commented: "He is a master of his trade and extremely skilled at the art of cross-examination."

Gerald Ranking is highly regarded for his strength in commercial litigation, with a focus on professional negligence, insurance, pensions and product liability. One source noted: "He is not a 'sit back and let's see what happens' kind of guy. He is very proactive and very smart."

Samuel Rickett has substantial experience acting for clients on securities litigation. He also has a notable international arbitration practice. One source enthused: "He is fabulous; a really talented lawyer."

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

-16 partners

-19 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Regularly advises on matters involving product and professional liability, IP, employment and construction litigation, as well as advising on securities litigation and shareholder disputes. Expertise cuts across sectors, including energy, financial services and life sciences. Offers services out of Toronto and Ottawa.

Strengths 

"Very experienced and very deep team that covers all the areas you might need."

New developments Linda Fuerst joined the firm in July 2015 from Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin.

Work highlights Continues to act for SNC-Lavalin in defending a class action brought under the Ontario Securities Act involving allegations of unlawful conduct.

Represented the University of Ottawa in a class action brought by members of the university's varsity hockey team claiming damages resulting from the suspension of the hockey programme.

Significant clients Bank of Montreal, Canadian Oil Sands, Bombardier, Chevron, GlaxoSmithKline.

Notable practitioners  

Orestes Pasparakis is recognised for his strength in securities, restructuring and class action litigation. He also has substantial experience assisting clients with proxy contests. Sources note: "He has a rare combination of exceptional judgement coupled with incredibly strong advocacy skills." 

James Hodgson comes highly recommended by clients for his experience of construction litigation. He is also regularly involved in shareholders' right and a wide range of other commercial disputes.

Linda Fuerst practices broadly in the area of commercial litigation with a particular focus on securities. One source commented: "She is very level-headed and has a very good working relationship with the regulators. She brings a lot of seniority and comfort when standing before them." 

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Band 4

第四等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 10 partners

- 10 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Toronto boutique firm with extensive experience of civil, criminal and regulatory litigation. Routinely represents clients in relation to both commercial and public law disputes. The team also acts for clients involved in white-collar criminal matters and municipal litigation.

Strengths 

"They are results-oriented and they listen to their clients. They are collaborative, collegial and professional and very well regarded."

Work highlights Continues to act for the City of Windsor in defence of a class action relating to fees charged for bingo licences.

Significant clients Uber driver-partners, Royal Bank of Canada, Precise Parklink, Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, National Bank Financial.

Notable practitioners  

Brian Gover is a public law specialist who is singled out by market sources for his involvement in high-profile cases. His experience encompasses competition law and commercial litigation as well as criminal proceedings.

Paul Le Vay is highly regarded for his securities practice. He also has notable expertise assisting clients with files involving professional negligence and employment issues.

Brendan Van Niejenhuis advises on securities regulation as well as IP and First Nations litigation. Other areas of expertise include class action defence and commercial arbitration. One client commented: "He is smart, business-savvy and a good communicator."

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Canada guide

What the team is known for A strong presence for dispute resolution in Ontario, with offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Waterloo. Well known for its work in insolvency, IP and insurance as well as professional and product liability litigation.

Strengths 

"They have a strong litigation offering." 

Notable practitioners  

Robert Armstrong is the leader of the firm's commercial litigation group.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 14 partners

- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Ontario litigation firm with offices in London and Toronto. Offers notable experience of personal injury, insurance defence and health law. Other areas of expertise include insolvency and bankruptcy, commercial litigation and ADR.

Strengths 

"They just have an excellent crew." 

Work highlights Provides ongoing advice to various Schedule I and II banks on proceedings brought under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act, the Canada Business Corporations Act and the Business Corporations Act (Ontario).

Notable practitioners  

William Pepall is the head of the litigation group in Toronto. Key contacts in London include Michael Lerner and Carolyn Brandow. Arbitrator and mediator Earl Cherniak QC is another well-known name at the firm.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 30 partners

- 30 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Wins recognition for its expertise in product liability, securities law and competition litigation. The firm also handles consumer protection and privacy matters. Industry expertise covers energy and natural resources, automotive and pharmaceuticals, among other areas.

Strengths 

"The attorneys I have worked with are very professional. They deliver a very high quality of legal analysis, they're very sharp and I think you get very good value for money."

Work highlights Continues to represent MasterCard in defending class action proceedings involving credit card interchange fees.

Significant clients Boehringer Ingelheim, Mercedes-Benz, Google, Suncor, Bosch.

Notable practitioners  

David Kent is particularly highly regarded for his experience of competition class actions. One source noted: "I like him and I think he is a very good lawyer. He has good common sense."

Markus Koehnen has notable experience advising on corporate governance and shareholder disputes. He also has a strong focus on international law and has been involved in a number of multi-jurisdictional cases.

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Band 5

第五等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 4 partners

- 5 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Litigation boutique that is highly regarded for its strength in appellate work. The firm also operates an active trial practice and is often sought after for its experience of class action litigation. Notable areas of expertise include commercial litigation, professional liability and constitutional law.

Strengths 

"They are timely, professional, well respected by the courts, practical and to the point."

"The analysis they do is very sound and they do a thorough job in anything they take on."

Notable practitioners  

Founding partner Paul Pape is renowned for his skills in appellate advocacy. He is described by sources as "a huge name" who is "legendary and very well respected." Pape is widely acknowledged as "one of the go-to appeals lawyers in the city."

Associate Shantona Chaudhury is building an impressive reputation for herself in the appellate litigation space. One peer noted: "She is fantastic. She is one of the smartest lawyers out there right now. Her written work is outstanding." Clients describe her as a "brilliant advocate." 

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第五等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 6 partners

- 4 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Litigation boutique known for its strength in class action defence, securities litigation and directors and officers' liability. The firm also advises on a wide range of business disputes.

Work highlights Represented former SNC-Lavalin officer Riadh Ben Aissa in litigation involving allegations of bribery and corruption in connection with construction contracts around the world.

Acted for Howard Miller on an insider trading case brought by the Ontario Securities Commission.

Significant clients Lawyers' Professional Indemnity Corporation, The Herjavec Group, Bank of Montreal, All Vision, Chubb Insurance.

Notable practitioners  

Peter Wardle is recognised for his experience of professional liability and securities litigation. Sources say: "He is very well regarded and very good in court."

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第五等

From the Chambers Canada guide

Basic facts about the department

- 27 partners

- 26 other qualified lawyers

What the team is known for Operates a broad practice which encompasses a wide range of business and public law litigation matters. Expertise covers securities, product liability and class action defence as well as municipal liability and defamation law.  

Strengths 

"The performance by the firm was excellent. They're honest and have a high level of analytical ability and doggedness."

Work highlights Represented Midland Resources Holding in a dispute relating to a Russian oil and gas venture and involving allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation and breach of fiduciary duty.

Provides ongoing advice to Canadian Solar in defending a class action brought by a global class of shareholders involving secondary market misrepresentation claims.

Significant clients Rakuten KOBO, Stargrove Entertainment, City of Brampton, University of Guelph, Sears.

Notable practitioners  

Bryan Finlay QC is "a pre-eminent advocate" who has advised on a broad range of issues throughout his long-standing career including spoliation, fraud, tort law and corporate espionage. One client enthused: "He presents very ably and has a very effective and straightforward courtroom manner. He is a great adviser and is not afraid to tell you what he really thinks.

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Senior Statesmen

Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior statesman Clifford Lax QC is revered for his long-standing litigation practice and experience of mediation and arbitration. He is acknowledged as a valuable resource to the firm.

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Senior Statesmen

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

The distinguished Alan Lenczner QC has substantial experience handling securities, professional liability and construction litigation. He also works part-time as a commissioner of the Ontario Securities Commission.

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Senior Statesmen

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior statesman Niels Ortved provides strategic advice and guidance on litigation matters involving administrative law and medical malpractice as well as on general commercial disputes. 

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Senior Statesmen

Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Firm founding partner Terrence O'Sullivan "is a solid and well-respected lawyer" who has built an impressive civil litigation practice. Widely viewed as a "major name" in Toronto, he is also recognised for his focus on ADR.

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Senior Statesmen

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Ronald Slaght QC is an experienced practitioner with extensive expertise in the areas of commercial and securities litigation. He also acts as an arbitrator and mediator, and is described by sources as "an outstanding counsel."

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Star Individuals

Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sheila Block is described as "excellent in every respect" by interviewees, who agree she is "one of the pre-eminent civil litigators in the country." Her expertise includes securities, IP and defamation litigation and she also offers notable experience of administrative law. One source enthused: "She is very well prepared and very tenacious." 

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Star Individuals

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peter Griffin is "an absolute superstar lawyer" who is "an exceptional person to work with," sources agree. His main areas of focus include commercial, insolvency and securities-related litigation as well as professional liability. He also has notable experience of class action defence.

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Star Individuals

Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Benjamin Zarnett is unequivocally recognised as one of the "top litigators in Ontario" and is heavily involved in all manner of commercial litigation. Clients describe him as "extremely well prepared - a tremendous thinker," while peers say: "He is certainly one of the best lawyers that exists."

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Michael Barrack is acclaimed for his broad litigation practice, which includes notable strength in both commercial dispute resolution and insolvency. One client enthused: "He has a wonderful ability to analyse a very complex situation, develop the strategic path forward and then explain it to the court in very straightforward terms." 

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Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Tom Curry is an experienced practitioner who regularly acts for physicians and other professionals in medical malpractice and disciplinary cases. He is well respected as both trial and appellate counsel and has significant expertise in the areas of IP, business dispute resolution and arbitration.  

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Neil Finkelstein is recognised for his extensive experience of constitutional, competition and securities law and litigation. Sources say he is "very bright and very experienced." Finkelstein also stands out for his impressive track record before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Patricia Jackson advises on a broad range of matters including securities litigation, professional negligence and defamation. She also handles class action defence and employment litigation. Clients say she is "very experienced - an excellent oral advocate with excellent judgement." 

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Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

John Laskin has an impressive trial and appellate practice and routinely handles litigation in connection with competition, constitutional and administrative law. One source enthused: "I would say he is the best lawyer in Canada. He is an absolute professional: thorough, fair and intelligent, and he assembles a good team."

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Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jonathan Lisus is renowned for involvement in high-end business litigation. He also has significant strength in the areas of product liability, franchising and class actions. Sources unanimously praise him as "one of the best litigators in the country."  

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Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Co-founding partner Chris Paliare is acknowledged as a leader in the Ontario litigation market and has extensive experience of securities, administrative law and employment litigation. He is described by peers as "an absolutely go-to guy."

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Pape Barristers

From the Chambers Canada guide

Founding partner Paul Pape is renowned for his skills in appellate advocacy. He is described by sources as "a huge name" who is "legendary and very well respected." Pape is widely acknowledged as "one of the go-to appeals lawyers in the city."

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Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Linda Rothstein has a stellar reputation for class action, product liability and employment litigation. She also routinely advises clients on partnership disputes and professional liability cases. Sources describe her as "an outstanding advocate" and a "real leader" in the field.

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Paul Steep "is a fantastic lawyer" who is a top choice for clients for commercial litigation, breach of contract disputes and professional liability matters. One source enthused: "Whenever I have Paul on a file I feel completely at ease."

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Kent Thomson offers clients a wealth of experience across a range of different matters including securities, tort law, competition and defamation litigation. His clients include mining giant Barrick Gold. One peer said: "If he is on your case then you know you're in safe hands." 

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

David Byers wins praise from sources, who regard him as a "good strategist" and a "very strong commercial and insolvency litigator." He also has notable expertise of product liability, insurance litigation and arbitration.

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WeirFoulds LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Bryan Finlay QC is "a pre-eminent advocate" who has advised on a broad range of issues throughout his long-standing career including spoliation, fraud, tort law and corporate espionage. One client enthused: "He presents very ably and has a very effective and straightforward courtroom manner. He is a great adviser and is not afraid to tell you what he really thinks.

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Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Matthew Gottlieb practices extensively in corporate litigation and insolvency. He is praised by clients for being "very personable, very down to earth and practical." 

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Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Harrison has a well-established reputation for securities litigation, shareholder disputes and professional negligence. He also offers experience of insolvency and class action defence. One client commented: "He is a master of his trade and extremely skilled at the art of cross-examination."

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peter Howard is a seasoned practitioner who has a stellar reputation for his work in commercial litigation. He routinely assists clients with matters involving securities, contracts and oppression remedies. One source noted: "He is a very good strategic lawyer and he can plot a litigation strategy from beginning to end."

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Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jeffrey Leon QC has a broad litigation practice which includes a focus on securities, competition and class actions. He is also often involved in arbitration and is described by sources as a "high-quality lawyer."

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Larry Lowenstein is highly regarded for his securities litigation practice, and represents a raft of high-profile clients including the Royal Bank of Canada and Valeant Pharmaceuticals. He is described by peers as "a terrific guy and a very good litigator."

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Senior partner Paul Morrison handles commercial litigation, securities matters and competition disputes. He also has notable strength advising on professional and product liability as well as arbitration. One peer noted: "He is an aggressive litigator, which can be extremely effective."

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Guy Pratte is regarded as "a leader in the profession" by peers and has experience practising in both Ontario and Québec. His areas of expertise include public and constitutional law and he has appeared on numerous occasions before the Supreme and federal courts.

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Paul Schabas has a strong corporate and commercial litigation practice, with a particular focus on tax and media law. One source enthused: "I think he is outstanding. He is excellent at what he does and is a great litigator and communicator. He is incredibly good at keeping us informed."

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Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Robert Staley offers notable strength in securities and regulatory litigation, and frequently appears before various levels of court and securities commissions. Interviewees say he is "a really bright and impressive guy." 

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Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Wendy Berman of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is recognised for her securities litigation practice and is described by her peers as "sensible, resourceful and relentless." One client said: "She is just fantastic. She is one of a kind and understands everything. She is a wonderful person who is very personable."

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Nigel Campbell is highly regarded for expertise in securities law and corporate and commercial litigation. One client commented: "Nothing ever ruffles his feathers - he has very measured responses and faces the ultimate outcome step by step. He is pleasant to deal with and has a lovely personality; I enjoy working with him and have total confidence in his advice and strategy."  

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Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Gordon Capern "is a very solid trial lawyer" who enjoys an excellent reputation for commercial dispute resolution. His expertise covers contested M&A deals, shareholder disputes and professional liability. One source enthused: "He is an incredible lawyer who is very focused and dedicated."

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Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Firm managing partner Robert Centa has broad expertise covering insolvency, employment, shareholder disputes and restrictive covenants. He also handles cases involving public law as well as arbitration. One peer commented: "He is incredibly smart, incredibly hard-working and he exudes integrity."

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

James Douglas is the national leader of the firm's securities litigation group and is praised by sources for being "very experienced, down to earth and a pleasure to deal with." One client enthused: "He knows our file inside out, upside down and backwards and forwards. The amount of time he has put in is incredible."

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sandra Forbes specialises in competition and antitrust and also defends clients against white-collar charges. Additional areas of expertise include securities and administrative litigation. One source commented: "She is really a fantastic lawyer and I think she does an excellent job for her clients."

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Stockwoods LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brian Gover is a public law specialist who is singled out by market sources for his involvement in high-profile cases. His experience encompasses competition law and commercial litigation as well as criminal proceedings.

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mahmud Jamal has a broad practice which encompasses regulatory litigation, class action defence and taxation. He also has notable experience handling appellate advocacy and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada on numerous occasions. He is described by sources as "a strong lawyer who has a lot to offer."

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McMillan LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

David Kent is particularly highly regarded for his experience of competition class actions. One source noted: "I like him and I think he is a very good lawyer. He has good common sense."

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Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jessica Kimmel is sought out for her counsel on matters involving securities and professional negligence. She routinely advises clients on class action defence. Sources say: "She is very organised and knows how to handle complex matters."

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McMillan LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Markus Koehnen has notable experience advising on corporate governance and shareholder disputes. He also has a strong focus on international law and has been involved in a number of multi-jurisdictional cases.

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Stockwoods LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Paul Le Vay is highly regarded for his securities practice. He also has notable expertise assisting clients with files involving professional negligence and employment issues.

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Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Alan Mark has significant experience advising clients on matters concerning electricity regulation, as well as general corporate and commercial litigation.  

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Orestes Pasparakis is recognised for his strength in securities, restructuring and class action litigation. He also has substantial experience assisting clients with proxy contests. Sources note: "He has a rare combination of exceptional judgement coupled with incredibly strong advocacy skills." 

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Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Linda Plumpton is well known for her impressive competition litigation practice. She also has notable experience advising on corporate and commercial disputes as well as securities-related issues.

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Gerald (“Gerry”) L.R. Ranking

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Gerald Ranking is highly regarded for his strength in commercial litigation, with a focus on professional negligence, insurance, pensions and product liability. One source noted: "He is not a 'sit back and let's see what happens' kind of guy. He is very proactive and very smart."

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Charles F Scott, Barrister Arbitrator

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sole practitioner Charles Scott has a notable practice in commercial dispute resolution and maintains an impressive profile for mediation and arbitration. He is described by sources as a "highly thought-of barrister." 

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Bennett Jones LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Co-chair of the firm's litigation group Richard Swan operates a broad commercial disputes practice. His expertise ranges from shareholder disputes and oppression remedies to IP and restructuring litigation. One client enthused: "He quite simply possesses a superior intellect." 

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Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

James Tory is held in high esteem by sources as a securities expert as well as a solid practitioner in the area of shareholder disputes. He is described as "an excellent lawyer with a brilliant mind." 

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Wardle Daley Bernstein Bieber LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Peter Wardle is recognised for his experience of professional liability and securities litigation. Sources say: "He is very well regarded and very good in court."

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McCarthy Tétrault LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sarit Batner is a skilled trial lawyer who also operates a significant appellate practice. She regularly assists clients with issues relating to taxation, oppression and professional negligence as well as breach of contract cases. She is described by sources as "very sharp."

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DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Derek Bell of DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is well regarded for his M&A and insolvency litigation expertise. He acts for a range of clients including securities dealers, banks and investment funds.

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brad Berg divides his practice between commercial litigation and arbitration. He regularly handles business disputes, class actions and litigation relating to real estate and taxation. He leads the litigation group in Toronto and is described by clients as "an excellent lawyer." 

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Sonia Bjorkquist specialises in class actions, with a particular emphasis on product liability. One client enthused: "She is always responsive and good at keeping us informed. I have been completely happy with everything she has done."

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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Christopher Bredt concentrates his practice on general commercial litigation, administrative law and appellate law.

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Andrea Burke is routinely involved in contested M&A cases, securities litigation, including class actions, and various mining-related matters.

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Chernos Flaherty Svonkin

From the Chambers Canada guide

David Chernos is the founding partner of Chernos Flaherty Svonkin. He has a significant focus on shareholder disputes, insolvency, insurance coverage and professional liability matters. Sources say he is "very strategic and bright."

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Goodmans LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

David Conklin has a strong securities practice that includes defending clients against related class actions. He also frequently assists with corporate governance disputes. Sources praise his ability to "distil a very complicated argument" and praise him for being "very thorough and well prepared." 

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Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Rocco Di Pucchio maintains a strong focus on the automotive industry, as well as advising on litigation in other areas including construction and competition. One source enthused: "He is great: very strategic and very good in court."

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

James Doris advises on the contested aspects of M&A transactions, shareholder and oppression remedy actions and insolvency. He also has notable strength in competition and securities law.  

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Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

John Fabello is a prominent lawyer with significant experience advising clients on securities litigation. He also provides advice on regulatory compliance. One source said: "He is very knowledgeable and has a great understanding of how our business functions."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

Linda Fuerst practices broadly in the area of commercial litigation with a particular focus on securities. One source commented: "She is very level-headed and has a very good working relationship with the regulators. She brings a lot of seniority and comfort when standing before them." 

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Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Jeff Galway is well known for his experience of pensions litigation and also has notable strength in securities, competition and class action defence. One client noted: "He's amazing, very analytical and very strategic. He's a great litigator and gives sound advice."  

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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Mark Gelowitz enjoys a solid reputation for securities and M&A-related work. He is also recognised for his experience of appellate law.

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Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Eric Hoaken is widely recognised for his proficiency in class action defence and health law. He also has a strong corporate and commercial litigation practice. One client commented: "He is efficient, organised and very well prepared. He meets all our timelines. He is also a very pleasant gentleman, humble and very firm with the other side."

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Norton Rose Fulbright

From the Chambers Canada guide

James Hodgson comes highly recommended by clients for his experience of construction litigation. He is also regularly involved in shareholders' right and a wide range of other commercial disputes.

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Henein Hutchison LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Scott Hutchison of Henein Hutchison LLP is regularly involved in civil, criminal and regulatory litigation. Interviewees are also quick to highlight his "incredible reputation as an appellate advocate."

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Stikeman Elliott LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Eliot Kolers has extensive experience acting for clients on corporate commercial litigation as well as an in-depth knowledge of competition and securities law. One source said: "He is very responsive and has a good measure about him when it comes to how aggressive or diplomatic we want to appear."

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Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Paul Michell is an experienced lawyer who regularly assists clients with commercial litigation and international arbitration. He is described as "incredibly smart" and "a solid lawyer" by sources.

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Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Samuel Rickett has substantial experience acting for clients on securities litigation. He also has a notable international arbitration practice. One source enthused: "He is fabulous; a really talented lawyer."

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Luis Sarabia concentrates his practice on civil litigation with a particular focus on class action defence and securities litigation. He also advises mining clients on litigation involving Spanish-speaking parties.

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Dentons Canada LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Michael Schafler regularly advises clients on commercial litigation and class action defence. He also has experience in securities litigation, professional liability and ADR.

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Torys LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Crawford Smith is well known for his energy regulatory practice as well as for his skills as a general corporate and commercial litigator. He is described as "a very personable guy" and "very capable" by sources.

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Stockwoods LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Brendan Van Niejenhuis advises on securities regulation as well as IP and First Nations litigation. Other areas of expertise include class action defence and commercial arbitration. One client commented: "He is smart, business-savvy and a good communicator."

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Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Glenn Zakaib of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is well known in the product liability sphere; his expertise cuts across sectors including pharmaceuticals, aviation and automotive products.

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Up and Coming

Adair Barristers LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

The up-and-coming John Adair of Adair Barristers LLP is growing his practice in the areas of professional negligence, partnership disputes and estates litigation. He is described as "a terrific young lawyer" by market sources.

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Up and Coming

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

From the Chambers Canada guide

Matthew Milne-Smith assists clients with a broad range of litigation including securities, competition and defamation cases. He is described by one client as "methodical, and aggressive where appropriate." 

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Associates to watch

Pape Barristers

From the Chambers Canada guide

Associate Shantona Chaudhury is building an impressive reputation for herself in the appellate litigation space. One peer noted: "She is fantastic. She is one of the smartest lawyers out there right now. Her written work is outstanding." Clients describe her as a "brilliant advocate." 

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