Fraser Litigation Group is a commercial disputes boutique adept in litigation, mediation, arbitration and negotiated settlements. The firm has litigated through the Court of Appeal, administrative tribunals, Federal Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia and is led by managing partner Barry Fraser, a lawyer with an illustrious forty-year track record in professional negligence, real estate, shareholder oppression, IP and breach of contract disputes, among others.
Dispute resolution: British Columbia in Canada
Fraser Litigation Group
Other key lawyers:
Seva Batkin; Michelle Tribe; Thomas Clifford
A.R Thomson Group
Axion Ventures Inc.
Concord Pacific Developments
Can-Am West Carriers Inc.
I4 Property Group
Island Aggregates Ltd.
Isle of Mann Group
Henson Developments Ltd.
Hinkkala & Associates Financial Services Inc.
Key-West Asphalt Products Ltd.
Megatech Engineering Ltd.
Nexe Innovations Inc.
PreveCeutical Medical Inc.
Regency Silver Corp.
Regent Holdings Ltd.
Vedder Transport Ltd.
Victoria Specialty Hardware & Plumbing
- Defended the first application to proceed to a hearing in British Columbia for leave to commence a secondary market liability claim for PreveCeutical Medical Inc. and its officers Stephen Van Deventer and Shabira Ragan in Tietz and others v. Cryptobloc Technologies Corp. and others.
- Successfully defended claims of trust brought in a 70-day trial in Mayer v. Mayer. The clients Richard Mayer, Rita Webb, Gina Mayer, and their companies were close relatives of the plaintiff Mhinder Mayer.
- Defended shareholder oppression proceedings brought by the former CEO of Axion Ventures Inc. against the respondent/clients Grant Kim, Stephen Wiley and Yasuyo Yamazki. The proceedings included an application for the appointment of an independent chair of the company’s AGM. Obtained an award of special costs for all matters preceding the hearing of the Petition in Bonner v. Axion Ventures Inc.
Robert Fleming Lawyers is a Vancouver-focused business disputes boutique with a prominent track record in multijurisdictional disputes, fraud matters, shareholder oppression claim and general commercial litigation. The practice is led by the firm’s namesake, Robbie Fleming, who notably provided counsel in the highly publicised case of on Google v. Equustek.
Other key lawyers:
BC Notaries Captive Insurance Fund
Moodle Pty Ltd.
- Acting for Equustek Solutions Inc. in ongoing proceedings related to the Supreme Court of Canada ruling in Google v. Equustek (2017 SCC 34). The trial judgment was increased to $11 million in October 2021 (2021 BCSC 2126), and we are now scheduling the hearing for the application to determine whether the global take-down orders against Google should be made permanent, expected in late 2022.
- Acting for multiple parties of Chinese origin where there is an issue related to the source of the funds – coming from China – related to the Canadian property in dispute, and the difficulty in obtaining records of the source of those funds in an environment where persons of Chinese origin may face restrictions getting lawful assets out of China.
At its Toronto office, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is co-led by Catherine Beagan Flood and Iris Fischer; the former hones her focus on privacy, antitrust, product liability, consumer protection and insurance disputes, boasting an extensive track record before the SCC, while the latter is a leading name in the media/defamation space. Gordon McKee is also a standout figure within the Ontario market and possesses over three decades in class action defence litigation. The firm is likewise a major player in Alberta where the group places a wealth of emphasis on contentious oil and gas, construction, infrastructure, banking, construction and power disputes. Renee Reichelt co-heads the offering, serving as a go-to for multinational technology companies faced with class actions, meanwhile David Tupper counts securities, environmental, reinsurance losses and property matters among the keystone of his practice. Michael Dixon is the other co-lead and supplements his extensive knowledge of energy and natural resources disputes with know-how in anti-corruption and anti-bribery affairs. Over in Vancouver, Sean Boyle co-fronts the team with Joseph McArthur whose capability for mining, infrastructure, financial services and utilities proceedings renders him a household name. Roy Millen is also a figure of prominence in the local market, demonstrating particular accomplishment in matters which intersect public and administrative law. The team in Montreal provides extensive healthcare, retail, consumer product, software and computer services abilities and is home to restructuring, real estate, construction and reinsurance litigator, Matthew Liben.
Immaculate Confection, Ltd
Royal Bank of Canada
Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc.
Ovintiv Inc. (formerly known as Encana Corporation)
Mowi Canada West Inc.
NexGen Energy Ltd
KGHM Ajax Mining Inc
HSBC Global Asset Management Limited
- Acting as lead Canadian counsel to Immaculate Confection in connection with disputes in proceedings in the United States and Canada involving the US public company, an international franchiser, confectionary manufacturer and retail operator in the United States and internationally.
- Acting as counsel to Noramco LLC, a leading producer of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients, in its defense of the National Opioid Class Action in the British Columbia Supreme Court.
- Acting for NexGen Energy Ltd. in litigation relating to its Rook I uranium project in Northern Saskatchewan.
A leader in the British Columbia market, Fasken’s Vancouver office thrives on the full gamut of disputes. Tracey Cohen KC excels on class actions, derivatives actions, professional negligence, shareholder disputes and hostile take-over bids, jointly overseeing the practice with Andrew Nathanson KC, an expert in both commercial and white-collar crime proceedings; they are supported by Geoffrey Cowper KC, a seasoned veteran with dozens of significant human rights, public law and commercial dispute cases under his belt, as well as Alexandra Mitretodis who often acts on disputes with a multijurisdictional element. In Alberta, Calgary-based Darren Reed focuses on construction, product liability, class action and securities matters with the wider team also excelling in terms of energy, technology, mining, aviation, health and life sciences litigation. Elsewhere, Sarah Armstrong, a star name for commercial dispute, professional liability and administrative law matters, leads the Ontario practice which life sciences, transport, construction and employment among its key sectors of activity. Marc-André Fabien serves as co-chair of the Montreal office, earning a wealth of recognition for his work on shareholder disputes, penal proceedings and securities litigation.
Tracey Cohen KC; Andrew Nathanson KC
‘A very diversified and specialised group of litigators including ultra-specialised areas such as constitutional and IP.’
‘Marc-André Fabien and Vincent Cérat Lagana are totally invested in our cases. They know us and have well understood the political and policy implications of our litigation.’
‘This was a complex situation because of the nature of the dispute and because of the elapsed time between the events occurring and the actual dispute. When deciding which firm to engage, we felt that the Fasken team would be best equipped to understand and address the technical and legal issues involved. The Fasken team was very collaborative and made excellent use of technology in communicating with their clients.’
‘The entire team has been outstanding. Tracey Cohen in particular has been exceptional and I cannot commend her highly enough. It’s been several years since this action was commenced and Tracey always maintained her interest in us and the case. Tracey grasps issues very quickly and distills them down into the key points and speaks in plain language. She is proactive, always thinking ahead about how a situation may play out. She is very collaborative and consults her clients as needed. She always has a recommendation but is open to discussion and leaves the decision to the client (I trust her judgement completely and have never not followed her advice). She is always well prepared and is very articulate, concise and persuasive.
Kendal Paul has also been excellent to work with. She, too, is quick to grasp the salient points and provide valuable advice. She and Tracey are an excellent team and use each other as sounding boards. Like Tracey, Kendal is a consummate professional, very proactive, extremely capable and a pleasure to work with.’
‘Vincent Cerat-Lagana always goes above and beyond for all my files. He treats it as if it was his own file and makes sure we get the best possible outcome for my business. During some hard times in the pandemic, he was able to put enough pressure on the other party and save us a lot of headaches and money.’
‘Sébastien Richemont is a great litigator. He just gets it. Too many litigators get tied up in complicated schemes that don’t lead anywhere, that’s not Sébastien. He flags the real issues and just focuses on that. A wonderful litigator in Court as well – keeps thing simple and punchy.
Vincent Cérat-Lagana is a future star. Also very straight to the point. Excellent in Court – keeps thing simple and punchy.’
‘Very strong team. Deep legal thinkers. Meaningfully adapt to client’s business needs rather than going “on cruise control” as so many large firm litigators tend to do.’
‘David Rosenbaum is a brilliant legal mind, with great depth. The kind of lawyer you want on a complicated legal file or appeal. Has a thoughtful, practical and cerebral approach that we too rarely see nowadays. Sarah Armstrong is a great class action lawyer. Gets her points across quickly and clearly. Excellent communicator. Jesse Harper is an up and coming star. No-nonsense, very smart, great reflexes. He just gets it done. A real pleasure to deal with. The kind of litigator you want on every file.’
‘Darren Reed and Vhari Storwick are very responsive, patient, focus was in resolving the issues, not generating fees.’
‘Associates were all responsive and helpful’
‘Broadly resourced but with ability to help with niche issues.’
‘Practical, think outside the box, solution-oriented, provide work in formats easy to digest for in-house use.’
British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority
BC Liberal Party
Mount Polley Mining Corporation & Imperial Metals Corporation
Cambie Surgeries Corporation
Greenstar Plant Products Inc.
Verathon Medical (Canada) ULC
Nextus Development Ltd. and Hun Bae Kim
Trustees of the BC Credit Union Employee’s Pension
Plan (CU Trust)
Parkland Fuel Corporation
Daimler AG and ShareNow
- Represented Google LLC in multiple privacy class action proceedings, seeking to extend the scope of privacy rights and to obtain class-wide damages in circumstances where no individual harm to class members could be established.
- Acted for the BC Liberal Party and certain party officials in connection with a claim brought by the petitioner, a party member, which included the petitioner seeking an interlocutory injunction restraining the Party from announcing the results of the Party’s ongoing leadership election until a membership audit was conducted.
- Acting for British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) in court challenges to the Site C project, including an ongoing treaty infringement action brought in 2018 and scheduled for a lengthy trial in 2022. The team also acts for BC Hydro to negotiate and draft multiple agreements with Indigenous groups, including successfully concluding a number of Impact and Benefits Agreements with Treaty 8 First Nations in relation to the project. In addition, advice is ongoing to BC Hydro on Indigenous and regulatory issues related to Site C.
At Lawson Lundell LLP, the Calgary office is headed by Shannon Hayes, a litigator regularly involved in regulatory and administrative law matters within the energy, electricity and oil and gas sectors; her team is also highly acclaimed for its shareholder dispute, insolvency, indigenous law, employment, property, tax and commercial litigation knowhow, often handling proceedings of national and international significance. The firm is also a prominent player within the British Columbia market where Laura Bevan’s department runs a caseload spread across contentious constitutional and public law, climate change, construction, defamation, insurance, product liability and natural resources affairs. Craig Ferris KC is a star at the Vancouver office, often receiving instructions from household names within the mining, financial services, retail, communications and manufacturing fields.
Other key lawyers:
Craig Ferris KC; Marko Vesely; Peter Roberts KC; Kinji Bourchier; Thomas Boyd
Imperial Distributors Canada Inc.
Teck Metals Ltd.
Goldcorp Inc. and Newmont Corp.
Grieg Seafood B.C. Ltd.
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment Limited
Skookum Creek Power Partnership (owned by Concord Pacific)
At McCarthy Tétrault, the Calgary disputes team combines IP, construction, insurance, oil and gas, securities and insolvency expertise and is home to Sean Smyth KC, famed for his prowess in class action, commercial contract, shareholder’s rights and directors liabilities claims. Kara Smyth is likewise integral to the offering, owing to her experience in fiduciary duty, product liability, agro-science and technology-related disputes, while, at the more junior end, associate Sandra Aigbinode Lange is a name to watch for litigious energy, power, project and infrastructure matters. Elsewhere, at the Vancouver office, the practice demonstrates routine involvement in high-end environmental, aboriginal, retail, healthcare and financial service matters, playing home to Michael Feder KC who represents leading names within the mining, energy, forestry sectors; he is based alongside Aidan Cameron, uniquely well-placed to support on disputes pertaining to residential and commercial property schemes, in addition to P3 projects, as well as associate Patrick Williams, a litigator focused on product liability and contractual disputes. The firm is a particularly formidable player in the Ontario market, where its litigation department houses over 100 lawyers, who thrive on ADR, competition, tax and franchise disputes, professional and product liability and white-collar defence. Paul Steep, a lawyer well-versed before the Supreme Court of Canada, serves as an authority on securities disputes whereas Sarit Batner disperses specialist knowledge of breach of contract, patent, professional negligence and shareholder disputes. Junior Sirivar co-chairs the firm’s international arbitration group from Toronto, enjoying particular accomplishment within the banking, mining, telecoms and healthcare sectors, meanwhile Eric Block is active on the trade secret, cannabis, and defamation disputes fronts. In Quebec, Montreal-based duo Mason Poplaw and Isabelle Vendette are especially recommended, the former due to his manufacturing, retail, financial services and property expertise and the latter due to her exceptional knowledge within consumer law, unfair competition and false advertising affairs.
Jill Yates; Caroline Zayid
Other key lawyers:
Michael Feder KC; Aidan Cameron; Patrick Williams; Alexandra Cocks; Katherine Booth; Connor Bildfell
‘Doug Yoshida’s team did an incredible with a challenging multi-party matter in which potential exposure exceeded 100 million. The team executed a strategy that shifted liability to other parties and secured a favorable settlement. Great rapport with opposing counsel and the mediator.’
‘The Firm has incredible depth; subject matter experts are readily available within the firm when the client is engaged in complex litigation. The firm is diligent in monitoring billable hours, ensuring tasks are assigned to the appropriate staff level.’
‘Kara Smyth is diligent in her preparation, responsive to client needs and fully engaged in the task at hand when representing her client.’
‘I believe the practice has an excellent depth of coverage, and in my case, particularly relating to energy matters. They have top notch partners with a budding team of associates. They are able to leverage expertise and experience from across their different offices to ensure service delivery. I have some experience of their disclosure product which i believe is a useful and productive tool to assist clients in their dispute resolution affairs.’
‘i really enjoy working with Tim Ellam, and he would be my first port of call for any Canadian related matters.’
‘Hugo Babos Marchand: very pragmatic and result oriented. Nicolas CLoutier: Thinks outside the box.’
‘The team that is provided to my organization is top notch. When specialists are required for particularly intricate matters McCarthy’s always seem to bring the right people into the mix.’
‘Suzanne Murphy and Moya Graham have been especially helpful to us. They provide excellent advice and are available whenever we need them.’
‘Christopher McHardy; Katherine Booth. These two have made us feel as if we are their only clients, with personalized attention, knowledge and preparation. In addition, they respond promptly to inquiries, provide regular updates and ensure all aspects of the case are considered. They know the facts snd the law,, and conduct themselves in a professional manner that provided confidence that we are getting the best representation .’
‘McCarthy’s has a top-notch commercial insurance practice with a dedication to policyholder-side work, which is unusual in a firm of this scale. Their knowledge and bench strength are deep, and they draw upon strong litigation resources. The attorneys are expert in the area, creative, and flexible. The firm has strong discovery resources and a collaborative culture.’
‘Emmanuelle Poupart — expertise in Quebec and Canadian insurance coverage law; a thoughtful and creative strategist with a strong grasp of procedure.’
‘Chris Hubbard — excellent litigator with a refined sense of what will be persuasive and the best way to position claims in court.’
‘Atrisha Lewis — a well-spoken advocate, acute questioner, and strong litigation manager.’
‘Tremendous depth and breadth in the subject matter areas that are relevant for our businesses. When needed, there is enough grey hair and gravitas at the top, but also sufficient coverage at more junior levels so that matters can be appropriately staffed.’
‘In addition to being smart and talented lawyers, the people we work with at McCarthys have all made considerable efforts to understand our various businesses – how they operate and our appetite for risk beyond simply legal risk.’
‘I am regularly impressed with this team – they are diverse in many ways – from a gender perspective, racially, and in terms of years of experience. Put together this makes them a terrific team – they also appear to operate on a very democratic model and I like that the more junior lawyers are being developed to understand us as a client and our needs. The team is led by Jill Yates who is outstanding.’
‘Jill Yates is the outstanding leader – she is calm and cool under pressure, and not afraid to be definitive when she needs to be. I describe her as courageous -I appreciate her advice and her willingness to tell me what I need to know and the fact that she is not afraid to give clear advice and stand by it.
‘Shane D’Souza is terrific and has a keen interest in proactively assessing our needs and learning our business. He is a subject matter expert who is advanced beyond his year of call.’
‘Kevan Hanowski is also advanced beyond his years and has a wise maturity. I appreciate his candour and the precision of his communications.’
‘One of the leading law firms with strong international links. Very strong in energy and international arbitration.’
‘Timothy Ellam KC. Qualified to act both in Canada and England (where the firm has an office). Hard working. Diligent. Effective. Committed to his client. Strong strategic advice.’
Goldcorp Inc. (now Newmont)
Council for Canadians with Disabilities
British Columbia’s Provincial Health Services Authority
Sea to Sky Gondola Limited Partnership
China Minsheng Investment Group and CM (Canada) Asset Management Co. Ltd.
TD Asset Management Inc. (“TDAM”)
Newcrest Mining and Imperial Metals
Members of the Pirani family
TimberWest Forest Corp.
Mr. Ian Rozier
- Acted as Pro bono counsel to the Council for Canadians with Disabilities in a challenge to the constitutionality of certain provisions of B.C.’s mental health legislation that permit forced psychiatric treatment of people of mental disabilities without their consent, on the basis that the impugned provisions infringe Sections 7 and 15 of the Charter.
- Defended CM (Canada) Asset Management Co. Ltd. in litigation related to its sale of Grouse Mountain Resort.
- Represented TimberWest, Western Canada’s largest private timberland company, to total victory through a nine-week trial, result affirmed on appeal, and on the related precedent-setting costs award, all in respect of a claim filed by Ted LeRoy Trucking.
Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson, a Vancouver-based litigation boutique, is routinely involved in cases of local and national significance including shareholder and oppression, human rights, administrative and contractual disputes. Irwin Nathanson KC and Stephen Schachter KC both enjoy stellar reputations for property, class action, hostile take-over, pension, professional negligence and securities proceedings meanwhile Peter Senkpiel, a more junior partner, continues to make extraordinary strides within the defamation, trust, shareholder and business dispute fields. At associate level, Caitlin Ohama-Darcus is a high-flier who has already garnered exposure to cases at the British Columbia Supreme Court, Federal Court and Supreme Court of Canada.
Other key lawyers:
Spirit Bay Developments Ltd.
Hong Leong Oei, Hong Kong Expo Holdings Ltd. and Canadian Metropolitan Properties Corporation
Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (Metro Vancouver)
Ming Sun Benevolent Society
Caixuan Qin, Silver International Investments Ltd. and The Style Travel Inc.
College of Veterinarians of BC
Raicon Developments Inc.
LTS Infrastructure Services Limited Partnership
Complete Utility Contractors Ltd. and principal
Chewters Chocolates (1992) Inc.
Turbolyft Aerospace Corporation and NAS Aerospace Ltd.
R.C. Morris & Company Special Opportunities Fund III Limited Partnership
Monty Qureshi and Ascendo Financial Solutions Inc.
Xingfu Zhao and Rentao Li
PacNet Services Ltd
Ernie Klassen obo White Rock Pride Society
Janice Raffin and others re Long Term Care
GMC Properties Inc.
In Calgary, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP thrives on a number of litigious fronts including pipeline, construction, electricity, insolvency and securities-related litigation. Local practice head Patricia Morrison KC was appointed to KC in April 2022, a recognition of her routine involvement in colossal infrastructure, industrial and commercial project disputes, and the team is also bolstered by the presence of Randall Block KC, widely considered a market leader for all-manner of energy and oil and gas litigation. As for the Ontario practice, David Di Paolo, Nadia Effendi and Kathleen McDormand take lead with their team garnering particular recognition for its performance in class action defence, investigations, commercial fraud and white-collar crime proceedings in addition to financial institution, securities and banking-related matters. Guy Pratte is a particular standout at the Toronto office, largely due to his first-rate track record in commercial litigation, class action, constitutional law and administrative law proceedings. Mathieu Piché-Messier and Gabriel Lefebvre jointly spearhead the Quebec practice which provides the firm with cybersecurity, privacy, IP, arbitration and ADR proficiency, meanwhile in Vancouver, Robert Deane and Sarah McEachern co-lead a team with significant fraud, insurance, cybersecurity, banking and aboriginal right capabilities.
Robert Deane; Sarah McEachern
Other key lawyers:
Brad Dixon; Michelle Maniago
The Bank of Nova Scotia
Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
HSBC Bank Canada
British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro)
Cactus World Holdings Ltd.
Globe General Trading
Pan American Silver Corp.
Surespan Structures Ltd.
United Mexican States
Loblaw Companies Limited
Mitsubishi Materials Corporation
Norton Rose Fulbright, a firm with an expansive international network, is extremely well-versed at all levels of court in Alberta, operating across an array of industries including government, construction, property, insurance, banking and finance, transport and manufacturing. Ray Chartier heads up the team, honing his focus on energy and infrastructure-related disputes, meanwhile, Clarke Hunter KC runs a broad caseload which encompasses litigious joint venture, contractual, product liability, IP and professional negligence matters; the pair are based alongside Lara Mason, a class action specialist with a distinct level of expertise in aboriginal law and electricity regulation, and also Kaitlin Long , noted for her tenacity in energy, environmental compliance and indigenous law. Elsewhere, the Montreal office is home to competition, international trade, transport and energy specialist, Jean Bertrand, in addition to Sophie Melchers who serves as a key port of call in respect of securities litigation. Over in Vancouver, the team demonstrates a track record in forestry, healthcare, mining, insolvency and corporate governance disputes, among other forms of litigation, and hosts Daniel Bennett KC, a standout for commercial, natural resource and real estate proceedings. Orestes Pasparakis , one of the market’s foremost names for proxy disputes, is found at the Ontario office which garners particular acclaim for its management of financial institution, pharma, life science and insurance-related litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Daniel Bennett KC; James Goulden KC; Kieran Siddall; Thomas Moran; Scott Boucher
‘The practice is dependent upon the lawyers skills, personality, service and professionalism. the partners we work with are superior professionals and remarkable people.’
‘Personable, professional, and superior legal skills. Several partners of NRF started as professional acquaintances and became dear friends.’
‘Norton Rose acts on complex class action litigation matters for our firm. They are organized, creative and forward thinking in their strategic approach to defending these high cost, high exposure matters.’
‘Great client service. Very responsive. Sensitive to the business client needs and perspectives in the context of high exposure litigation. Linda Fuerst in particular has been a standout partner in terms of her expertise, and her ability to distill complex concepts into a digestible narrative for an inhouse/business audience.’
‘Linda Fuerst – excellent communicator and always available for her clients. Skilled negotiator and strong advocate for client’s rights.’
‘The team is very professional and they work with you to ensure they have all the facts of the case to determine their strategy going forward. They set up weekly meetings to ensure progress on the engagement.’
‘All the individuals I worked with (Fahad Siddiqui, Orestes Pasparakis, Virginie Gauthier, Evan Cobb) were calm, collected, demonstrated excellent communication and organizational skills and were very easy to get along with. They were willing to put in the long hours to get the job done while maintaining a positive attitude at all times.’
‘Knowledge, reputation, concern, availability,’
‘High quality work and excellent understanding of the industry and client’s priorities. Strategic thinking.’
‘Fahad Siddiqui – great team player, strategic thinker, communicator, available and delivering high quality work.’
Liberty International Underwriters
Pt. Ellice Properties Ltd.
Harry Sargeant III
Fraser Health Authority
National Forest Products Ltd.
Horizon Capital Holdings Inc
Vanrx Pharmasystems Inc.
Power Corporation du Canada
City of North Vancouver
Township of Langley
Vancouver Airport Authority
- Acted in a case which was the first of its kind to proceed to trial: an action by First Nations against private industry, in common law torts based on aboriginal title. The litigation seeks to enjoin Rio Tinto’s hydroelectric generation facility from continued operation on the basis that it restricts the flow of water in the river in a manner that interferes with the plaintiffs’ aboriginal rights and title.
- Acting for for two of three directors in a corporate dispute involving a closely-held family company which holds assets of approximately $100 million. The Petitioner was removed from management and as a director of the company and alleges, among other things, oppression and unfair prejudicial conduct. The matter engages complex legal issues including the availability of equitable remedies under the Business Corporations Act, quasi-partnerships and deadlock.
- Represent London Drugs Limited in various class actions arising out of their sale of products that the plaintiff classes allege were defective, mislabelled, or otherwise harmful to them. In each case the product was manufactured by others who are named as co-defendants in the matters.
At Bennett Jones LLP, the Ontario team is famed for its prowess in restructuring, fraud, class-action, insolvency, energy, mining, technology and M&A disputes, often acting on proceedings with a cross-border element. Richard Swan leads the local offering, having appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts, and serves as a go-to name for disputes within the corporate, commercial and public law fields; he is supported by commercial litigation and class proceedings specialist, Michael Eizenga , who counts product liability, securities, competition, privacy and data breach cases among his core strengths, as well as Robert Staley , an authority in disputes pertaining to take-over and control bids. Over in Alberta, the team is well-regarded for its capacity within the mining, energy, technology and constructing sectors and is headed by Kenneth Lenz KC. The office is also home to Blair Yorke-Slader KC, a household name for contract, shareholder, securities and trust disputes, in addition to Munaf Mohamed KC who serves as co-lead of the firm’s economic and financial crimes department. At the more junior-end of the partnership spectrum, Michael Mysak leverages a track record in precedent-setting fraud recovery case meanwhile Laura Gill is routinely involved in energy-related disputes, particularly those pertaining to royalties, ownership stakes and industry agreements. As for the Vancouver offering, David Gruber oversees a team with significant real estate, construction, pharmaceutical, transport, oil and gas, retail and hospitality capabilities, which often operates in collaboration with the firm’s other offices on matters of national significance.
Other key lawyers:
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP is a contender within the Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta markets where it leverages a track record before all local Courts of Appeal, in addition to the Supreme Court of Canada. The practice thrives on a broad array of disputes, from contractual, negligence, class action and IP litigation through to contentious aboriginal law, defamation, administrative law and tax affairs. John Birch leads the practice from Toronto and is famed for his tenacity for restructuring and insolvency proceedings; his team caters to a broad array of parties including government, retail, education, financial institution and insurance entities.
Other key lawyers:
Morgan Burris; Mary Buttery KC; Jordanna Cytrynbaum; Carey Veinotte
Doman Group of Companies
Pace Credit Union
Costco Wholesale Canada
Jean Coutu (PJC) Ltd
Dentons, one of the largest firms globally, enjoys an active presence across Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, operating across a varied spectrum of corporate, white-collar, financial services, banking, insurance and healthcare disputes, among many others. Gordon Tarnowsky is one of the market’s most seasoned energy and oil and gas specialists and works from the Calgary office alongside co-head of the national practice, Rachel Howie, who is principally active within the mining, natural resources and energy sectors. In Toronto, Matthew Fleming has forged a prominent reputation for class action, professional and product liability, regulatory and securities-related disputes meanwhile Vancouver-based Emma Irving, an up-and-coming partner, is acclaimed for her work on contract and transactional litigation, class actions and personal injury defence. At the Montreal office, local practice head Margaret Weltrowska holds distinct expertise in franchising litigation and is supported by Erica Shadeed, a senior associate with notable experience in insurance, general commercial, consumer protection and regulatory disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Emma Irving; Mélanie Power
National Dental Examining Board
Primary Poultry Processors Association of British Columbia
Well Health Technologies
Dell Technologies Inc.
AIG Insurance Company of Canada
HSBC Securities Canada
- Niantic publishes the video games Pokemon Go and Harry Potter. It has been named in class actions in Quebec and British Columbia, along with the publishers of other of the most popular and recognizable video games such as EA Sports (FIFA and Madden NFL), Activision (Heartherstone and Overwatch) and Take Two Interactive (Grand Theft Auto) alleging that certain elements of their games (loot boxes) constitute games of chance and infringe the Competition Act. Consumer Protection legislation across Canada and the Criminal Code of Canada. These are the first Canadian cases attempting to attack loot boxes (and among the first globally) which are a very significant way in which video game publishers generate revenues across the globe. This issue is starting to attract attention in numerous other jurisdictions, including the US, UK, EU and China among others.
- SITA stores customer and passenger data for airlines. In or about May 2021, Air India announced a data breach in relation to customer data stored with SITA. This matter is a proposed class action brought on behalf of affected customers. This matter will raise issues related to the standard of care imposed on data holders and the assessment of damages where little to no actual damage has occurred.
- Acting in a class action against Facebook, Microsoft and numerous other device manufacturers commenced in the Supreme Court of British Columbia. It relates to alleged privacy breaches by Facebook and the device manufacturers in respect of Facebook allegedly providing device manufacturers with access to Facebook users personal information without consent.
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
Fielding over 1800 lawyers globally, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s Canadian disputes practice is co-headed by Vancouver-based John Landry KC alongside David Foulds, who operates from Toronto. Within the Alberta market, the team operates from both the Calgary and Edmonton offices and is active on environmental, aboriginal, product liability, tort and class action disputes in addition its distinct know-how in oilfield services, power electrical issues and surface rights. Elsewhere, in Vancouver, the group thrives in respect of professional liability, contractual issue, negligence, fraud, consumer protection and competition disputes, strengths complemented by the Ontario office’s considerable track record in shareholder, commercial fraud, infrastructure project and class action litigation. Calgary-based counsel Katrina Edgerton-McGhan is an up-and-comer with exposure to education, utilities, tech and procurement disputes.
John Landry KC; David Neave
Other key lawyers:
Rebecca von Rüti
‘Specific expertise in fraud and corporate crime. Jordan Deering has a strong command of the area of law that we require.’
British Airways PLC
Radar Labs, Inc.
ELNA Co. Ltd.
Match Group LLC
Fiserv (acquired First Data in 2019)
Allianz Global Risks
Tolko Industries Ltd. and Weyerhaeuser Company
McGraw-Hill LLC and McGraw-Hill Ryerson Limited
City of Delta / Metro Vancouver
- Defending 8 class actions brought with respect to opioids. These cases will be the most significant pharmaceutical litigation cases in Canada for the next 5 to 10 years.
- Defending McGraw-Hill in a BC class action involving various consumer and anti-trust claims.
- Defending Ford Motors in BC and Québec in two class proceedings alleging various misrepresentation claims with respect to fuel efficiency and mileage.
Gowling WLG is an international law firm headquartered in Ontario, a market where it plays an active role in aviation, insolvency and restructuring, banking, procurement, white-collar crime and competition-related disputes. Sahil Shoor is among the standout names locally, namely due to his proficiency in construction, infrastructure and real estate disputes. Over in Calgary, David Bishop and Ricki Johnston co-lead the team, both demonstrating a tenacity for product and professional liability, environmental and class action disputes; they are also supported by Warren Foley, a leading name for shareholder and oil and gas claims in addition to those relating to director and office liability. Guy Poitras heads the Montreal office and is particularly knowledgeable of class actions for damages relating to defective motor vehicle, pharmaceutical, electronic appliance products, meanwhile the Vancouver practice counts insurance, administrative, employment, IP and indigenous law disputes among its key pillars of expertise.
Other key lawyers:
Paul Seaman; Scott Smith; Max Faille; Aaron Christoff; Keith Brown
‘Gowling Ontario appear to have an extensive experience in resolving disputes both in and outside the courts. In our ongoing (third year) class action case, concerning a very complicated industry, the project management is critical, and the team selection is essential. The right people have been involved at the right time in the process. Our experience is that Gowling take neither shortcuts nor any detours, and they have been delivering to our expectations all the way. Given that this is a class action we also have the information about what the other defendants are being charged from their counsel, which is noticeable more than what Gowling has been charging our client.’
‘The individuals shall of course have most of the credit for the performance and impression of the team, as described in the previous section. In short the individuals have been very competent, expedient, service minded, and flexible (also given the time difference of 6 hours). As a bonus they have also been very polite and forthcoming in every way, which in turn have made us look forward to every team meetings.’
Partner Scott Kugler, and associate Emily Hayes, are the major contributors at the individual level, taking the impression from great to exceptional.’
‘Our team is pragmatic and operates with a business first focus.’
‘Warren Foley has been considered a key member of our team since our first year of operations. Warren is professional, knowledgeable, and always looking out for the best outcome for our company. Warren has surrounded himself with high performing associates that compliment his expertise.’
‘The dispute resolution team at Gowling WLG is very responsive, and provides personalized service. They take the time to learn their clients, and are also quite conscious about minimizing legal costs.’
‘I have worked with Sahil Shoor for years at Gowling WLG, and I highly recommend him. He takes the time to get to know his clients, and truly cares about their wellbeing. He knows Gowling WLG well and can refer us to other lawyers within the firm for matters outside his expertise. Sahil also does is best to minimize the legal fees he charges.’
‘Expertise in corporate litigation and class actions.’
Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nation
First Nations Health Authority
- Counsel to the Province of Alberta with respect to multiparty litigation involving some $100 million in claimed damages and remediation of contamination at a large residential subdivision
- Counsel to Siemens Canada before the Supreme Court of British Columbia defending a $50 million claim for damages arising from a 2008 pulp and paper mill fire and the alleged failure of the fire protection system installed by Siemens.
- Counsel to the Sumas First Nation in negotiations with the Province of British Columbia, and in litigation against the Province and the City of Abbotsford, in connection with a high-profile and complex dispute concerning an Indigenous sacred site and burial ground, the fee simple title which was purchased by a third party in foreclosure, and later had a road right of way expropriated through it by the City.
Stikeman Elliott LLP
A market leader in the Quebec market, Stikeman Elliott LLP is able to demonstrate consistent involvement in definitive administrative and public law matters, as well as high-stakes security litigation, namely those pertaining to law violations, alleged corruption and fraudulent conduct. In addition, practice head Éric Mongeau serves as a star name for litigious energy, transport, telecommunications and construction affairs meanwhile Yves Martineau has carved out an extremely prominent position for class action defence within the telecommunications, banking and manufacturing sectors. Over in Ontario, Eliot Kolers leads the Toronto practice and comes highly recommended for competition, takeover bid, proxy contest, corporate governance and shareholder disputes; he is supported by product liability, insolvency and insurance specialist, David Byers, along with Sinziana Hennig, acclaimed for her work on contractual, class action, competition, consumer protection and franchise law disputes. As for the Vancouver office, it handles a wealth of matters within the technology, government, financial services, real estate and natural resources sectors and is led by David Brown.
Other key lawyers:
Jonathan McLean; Jonathan Buysen; Angela Crimeni; Darlene Crimeni; Madison Vonk
Allen McMillan Litigation Counsel
Operating since 2018, Allen McMillan Litigation Counsel has quickly expanded beyond its two founders to now encompass a 12-lawyer team. The litigation boutique is especially well-versed in real estate, shareholder, municipal law and administrative disputes though also acts on an array of construction, defamation and contract litigation, among other proceedings. Greg Allen and Wes McMillan co-lead the firm.
Greg Allen; Wes McMillan
- Represented the City of Nelson in what is now the leading case on the principles governing when public authorities will be immune from tort liability for bona fide policy decisions.
- Represented John Short in a 9-day hearing of an oppression claim under the Business Corporations Act dealing with complex valuation issues and the termination of a 50 year business relationship with mutual allegations of fraud. The court ruled in favour of Mr. Short, finding that the opposing party’s conduct was oppressive and that his estate should purchase Mr. Short’s shares in the business for $1.45 million.
- Acting for the plaintiffs, Luminary Holding Corp. and Kevin Dunn, in a leading case concerning the obligations of a realtor to a purchaser of property and implied agency. The plaintiffs purchased a property in British Columbia on which to build and operate a luxury executive retreat. The defendant was the listing agent for the property.
Specialist firm Murphy Battista dedicates its practice to plaintiff-side representation across class action, medical malpractice, insurance law and personal injury cases. The practice is led by Scott Stanley, reputed for representing accident victims, and is home to founders Joe Murphy KC and Joe Battista KC, both of whom bring over 30 years of experience in dispute work to the table.
Robert Marcus Hirschfield
Shirley Meguinis-Martin and Edie Joseph
- Proposed class action on 1 June 2020, on behalf of a class of First Nation, Metis, and Inuit children who were apprehended from their homes off reserve and placed in the care of individuals who were not part of the Indigenous community, group, or people to whom they belonged.
- Class proceeding seeking damages for alleged underpayments that occurred because of errors in the calculation of annual adjustments under section 75 of the Pension Act. The Federal Court certified the action as a class proceeding on 23 December 2020. A summary trial is set for January 9-11, 2023.
- Class Counsel is calling on VAC to promptly resolve the miscalculation and compensate disabled veterans and their surviving family members for the past two decades of what Class Counsel believe are underpayments of benefits.