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.
"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.
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.