Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP is a disputes boutique based in Toronto which thrives on a broad array of proceedings; examples include breach of trust/contact, class actions, insolvencies, competition, product liability, pension fund and professional negligence claims. Odette Soriano leads the practice, having overseen many of the firm’s standout class actions, and is supported by Linda Rothstein who is often instructed in high-stakes internal partnership disputes. Chris Paliare is among the other standout names, boasting a long-running track record in defamation, employment law, judicial review and white collar-crime disputes, among others.
Dispute resolution: Ontario in Canada
Class of RRSP account holders, and holders of similar registered accounts, with BMO Nesbitt Burns, BMO InvestorLine, and BMO Trust Company.
Class of franchisees of Shoppers Drug Mart.
Class of users of the PayPal payment system in respect of transactions involving currency conversions.
Class of all persons who currently hold or held valid Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Access Passports (“ATRA Passports”) as of July 13, 2017.
Class of investors in Southern China Livestock. Representative plaintiff is Excalibur Special Opportunities LP.
Court-appointed to represent the interests of investors regarding the winding-up of PACE Securities Corporation, PACE Financial Limited and First Hamilton Holdings Inc.
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.
Other key lawyers:
Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd. and Kevin Donovan (Chief Investigative Reporter for Toronto Star)
BentallGreenOak (Canada) Limited Partnership
Ontario Power Generation
TELUS Communications Inc.
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
ADAG Corporation Canada Ltd.
Toronto Transit Commission
- Representing TELUS in an application for judicial review in Federal Court in respect of a decision by Industry, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED).
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
At Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, the Toronto office is a frequently involved in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada, Tax Court and all levels of the Federal Courts, among other venues. The practice is led by Kent Thomson who has overseen leading law of oppression, IP, tax, plans of arrangement, broadcasting and copyright cases and is also home to class action, competition, securities and cross-border litigation specialist, Sandra Forbes. Matthew Milne-Smith is a further standout, owing to his prowess in constitutional challenges, insolvency proceedings and novel tort claims, as is Derek Ricci, an expert in mining and fraud matters. As for the offering in Quebec, Louis-Martin O’Neill takes lead and is supported by William Brock, a go-to for both corporates and government entities, as well as Guy Du Pont whose key strengths include tax, corporate, criminal and environmental law disputes. Further star names include Jean-Philippe Groleau, one of the market’s foremost names in public law affairs, and class-action defence specialist, Julie Girard.
Other key lawyers:
‘The Davies litigation team is one of the top in the country. Their strength relies in unbeatable and flawless level of preparation. They know the details of their case inside out, and talk to it, with persuasion.’
‘Their mastering of their cases, the strategic advice and the ease with which they present their cases to the court.’
‘The team is smart, highly responsive and perhaps most importantly a group of very good listeners. This allows them to understand and react quickly. They are disciplined in their focus on advancing the litigation strategy. They do not get distracted by things that are unimportant and therefore become counter tactical.’
‘Chantelle Cseh is a standout partner at this firm. She is a strong team player who uses her considerable legal, practical and interpersonal expertise to lead complex multi-party litigation strategies.’
‘Best bet-the-farm litigation team in the country! Very strategic, very hard-working and at the same time they know how to listen, makes for brilliant advocacy.’
‘Luis Sarabia and Kent Thomson are brilliant strategists and fierce advocates. Derek Ricci has the hallmarks of a star litigator.’
‘Strong team, led by leading litigators, with strong up and comers.’
‘Chantelle Cseh has done a great job of transitioning from a second chair to Sandy Forbes and Kent Thompson to a leading lawyer in her own right, who can be trusted with the most complex commercial matters.’
‘Extremely smart, tenacious and business minded. Davies lawyers look for a path to the desired outcome, not all of the obstacles in the way. In terms of innovation, my sense is that Davies is not interested in doing things differently as a marketing exercise or as a performative measure. They do things differently and creatively when it can help advance the client’s position.’
‘Always available. Proactive. Open to constructive input. Think about the relationship beyond a single mandate. They are in it to win.’
‘They are stellar advocates, with superb written product and outstanding advocacy. They are the tops in the Canadian market.’
‘Kent Thomson and Luis Sarabia are both superstars. Tremendous client service and outstanding advocates.’
‘Diverse talent base capable of handling a variety of legal needs without changing firms. I have used them for bankruptcy issues, shareholder proxy battles, litigation and dispute resolution.’
‘Focus on client success be it through legal means or commercial resolution. Trustworthy. Integrity.’
‘Excellent advocates. Collaborative. Civil and respectful barrister.’
‘Chantelle Cseh and Luis Sarabia are both leading counsel, who are routinely involved in some of the most interesting and complex cases.’
Barrick Gold Corporation
Rogers Communications Inc.
RSM Canada LLP
Continental Casualty Company
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
West Face Capital Inc.
Morgan Stanley Canada
- Acting for OMERS Administration Corp and OMERS Private Equity Inc. in a $65-million lawsuit filed by a former employee, Tim Patterson, who is alleging, among other things, breach of a long-term compensation plan and related wrongful dismissal. The case is believed to be the largest claim for wrongful dismissal in Canadian history and is being closely watched by the private equity community.
- Acted as counsel to Gotham Green Partners, LLC, a U.S.-based private equity firm focused on global cannabis and cannabis-related enterprises, in a successful application concerning the interpretation by Gotham Green of a Restructuring Support Agreement providing for the recapitalization of iAnthus Capital Holdings, Inc., which owns, operates and partners with licensed cannabis operations throughout the United States.
- Acted for the Regional Municipality of Halton, the Town of Milton, the Halton Region Conservation Authority and other municipalities in a constitutional challenge concerning the enforcement of dozens of provincial and municipal laws in respect of a major industrial development that the Canadian National Railway Company intends to proceed with in Milton and Halton. The matter was heard by a Justice of the Superior Court of Ontario in May and June, 2022, and is currently under reserve.
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 knowhow 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.
‘Specific expertise in fraud and corporate crime. Jordan Deering has a strong command of the area of law that we require.’
A leading boutique based in Toronto, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP is a go-to for colossal class action, insolvency, administrative, health, franchise, commercial and securities litigation, among other affairs. Jonathan Lisus is extremely well-regarded for infrastructure and P3 disputes, oppression remedies and product liability claims; he serves as co-head alongside Matthew Gottlieb whose far-reaching expertise includes contentious corporate and commercial matters in addition to fraud. Paul Fruitman thrives on cases with construction or health law components, meanwhile Rahool Agarwal hones his focus on contractual and shareholder disputes, along with proxy fights and proceedings stemming from director and officer liability. Andrew Winton provides the group with formidable restructuring, insolvency and employment law capabilities, whereas Shaun Laubman is lauded for his expertise in litigious real estate, franchise and partnership issues.
Other key lawyers:
Rogers Communications Inc.
The Canadian Network of Operators Consortium (CNOC)
Ottawa Light Rail Transit (OLRT) Constructors, a consortium of Dragados Canada Inc., EllisDon Corporation, SNC-Lavalin Constructors (Pacific) Inc.
Approximately 7,000 current and former employees in a certified class action against Canada Cartage for unpaid or underpaid overtime.
Gospel for Asia, Inc.
Hudson’s Bay Company
Pace Credit Union
Wendy Sokoloff and Wendy Sokoloff Professional Corporation c.o.b. Sokoloff Lawyers
Purdue Pharma/The Sackler Families
Paramount Fine Foods and Mohamad Fakih
Grant Thornton Limited
ClubLink Corporation ULC
State of Israel
Sam Mizrahi – Mizrahi Developments Inc., et al.
Kandis Developments Limited and Kathy Di Silvestro
DentalCorp Health Services ULC
- Acted in Baroch v. Canada Cartage, in which LOLG represented more than 7,000 current and former employees in a lengthy and hard-fought class action against Canada Cartage over unpaid wages resulting in a settlement of $22.25 million.
- Appeared in Stronach v. Stronach, in which the firm represents Selena Stronach in one of the most high-profile ongoing litigation matters in Canada related to the management and ownership of The Stronach Group.
- The team beat out several large national firms to represent the Ottawa Light Rail Transit Constructors (OLRT-C) in multiple matters including: claims against its builders’ risk insurer for breach of contract; an action brought by the City of Ottawa for $131 million; and a counterclaim against the City of Ottawa for more than $200 million for changes instructed by the City that led to significant delays in construction.
Lenczner Slaght, one of the market’s standout boutiques, operates at the forefront of business-related disputes, routinely appearing at all levels of court and regularly acting on matters with a multijurisdictional element. Eli Lederman co-leads the team alongside Monique Jilesen, a specialist in class action, contract, shareholder and derivatives disputes; the pair are supported by corporate and commercial litigation star, Brian Kolenda, as well as managing partner Tom Curry who thrives on business, administrative proceeding, IP and professional liability disputes, in addition to judicial reviews. Brian Kolenda is a more junior partner who counts professional negligence, defamation and civil fraud proceedings among his core strengths.
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.
Other key lawyers:
R Paul Steep; Sarit Batner; Junior Sirivar; Eric Block; Geoff Hall; Christine Lonsdale; Christopher Hubbard; Eric Block; Brandon Kain; Moya Graham; Adam Goldenberg
‘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.’
Cineworld Group plc
Echelon Environmental Ltd.
Nigig Power Corporation
BMW of North America, BMW Canada Inc.
The Toronto-Dominion Bank
The Honourable Catherine McKenna
Hydro One Networks
Rothmans, Benson & Hedges
- Successfully represented The Toronto–Dominion Bank in a high-profile case surrounding the collapse of Stanford International Bank (SIB) and argued the appeal in April 2022.
- Counsel to First Nations in a historic class proceeding that resulted in an $8 billion settlement to address water infrastructure issues and long-term drinking water advisories on reserve.
- Representing Cineworld Group plc in a precedent-setting M&A litigation relating to the termination of a $2.8 billion bid to acquire Cineplex by way of arrangement agreement.
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:
Michael Eizenga; Robert Staley; Jeffrey Leon; Cheryl Woodin
Goodmans LLP’s disputes offering encompasses securities, corporate and commercial, real estate, technology, employment and IP disputes, among others, demonstrating a particularly formidable track record in shareholder dispute and hostile take-over bid litigation. Alan Mark directs emphasis towards corporate finance and governance, restructuring and insolvency, financial services and securities-related disputes, also boasting an extensive track record in product reliability and environmental-based class actions. Peter Kolla is a further standout, leveraging a first-rate reputation on director and officer liability and fiduciary obligation claims, technology-related disputes and professional responsibility proceedings. Elsewhere, Melanie Ouanounou whose strengths lie in electricity, trust/estate, contract and plans of arrangement litigation. Andrew Brodkin and Francy Kussner co-lead the department.
Andrew Brodkin; Francy Kussner
Other key lawyers:
Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.
Hudbay Minerals Inc
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
OrganiGram Holdings Inc.
Simon & Schuster
eOne Entertainment Group
Independent Electricity System Operator
British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (Pro bono)
Pietro Fiorentini S.p.A.
- Goodmans represented Cineplex Inc. in a five week trial in 2021 against Cineworld Group, plc, following which the trial judge held that Cineworld had wrongfully breached a merger agreement, and awarded Cineplex $1.2 billion in damages. That decision was awarded Commercial Litigation Case of the Year at the 2022 Canadian Law Awards.
- Goodmans represented CI Investments Inc. in its defence of a class action relating to market timing activity alleged to have occurred in mutual funds managed by the defendants. The trial began in February 2022 and is continuing.
- Goodmans represented Rogers Communications Inc. in litigation in 2021 before the Supreme Court of British Columbia concerning the ability of a controlling shareholder of Rogers to change the Board without convening a shareholder meeting. The Advocates’ Society included this case (along with Cineplex v. Cineworld) as the headline topic in its CLE on “Top Cases in Commercial Litigation” for 2021.
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.
Linda Fuerst; Tate McLeod
Other key lawyers:
Orestes Pasparakis; Linda Fuerst; Randy Sutton; Jennifer Teskey; Andrew McCoomb; James Renihan; Fahad Siddiqui; Anisha Visvanatha
‘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.’
Eaton Industries (Canada) Company
Innovative Medicines Canada + 16 Canadian pharmaceutical companies
Porter Airlines and Porter Aircraft Leasing Corp.
Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
Shell Canada Limited
Eugene Chayevsky, Adenilton Cezar Xavier, Finstar Financial Group LLC and Tilley International & Associates Inc.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Desjardins Securities Inc.
Zurich Insurance Company of Canada
General Motors Ventures LLC
Hexo Operations Inc.
FTI Capital Advisors – Canada ULC
West Face Long Term Opportunities Global Master LP
Rumble Inc. and Christopher Pavlovski
- Brought successful motions for summary judgment for Eaton Industries (Canada) Company that resulted in the dismissal of environmental contamination claims against it and made new law concerning the application of limitation periods to environmental claims in Canada.
- On behalf of Innovative Medicines Canada and a consortium of pharmaceutical companies, the team brought successful applications to strike down regulations that would have cost the Canadian pharmaceutical industry billions of dollars over the next 10 years.
- Successfully defended Shell Canada Limited in class action alleging that it and other petroleum companies engaged in price-fixing in the wholesale gasoline market in British Columbia. The claim was worth approximately $2 billion.
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national practice is headed nationally by Sonia Bjorkquist , a Toronto-based lawyer with significant experience in class action defence, commercial agreement, construction, shareholder remedy and director duty proceedings; she operates alongside Mark Gelowitz, noted for his prowess in M&A, office liability, corporate governance, libel, slander and real estate disputes, as well as restructuring, insolvency and private equity litigator, Shawn Irving. Deborah Glendinning is a further star name in the Ontario market, owing to her 20 years of experience in ground-breaking product liability disputes. Over in Calgary, Maureen Killoran KC serves as Bjorkquist’s co-chair, enjoying a stellar reputation for resource-related disputes, meanwhile Melanie Gaston has carved out a prominent reputation for energy, construction, bankruptcy and insolvency-related disputes. The Vancouver team is predominantly acclaimed for its work on contentious project, environmental, constitutional and resource matters, routinely appearing in judicial reviews and appeals. As for the Quebec practice, it thrives on a number of fronts including corporate governance, franchise, IP, pensions, professional negligence and tax disputes.
Other key lawyers:
Mark Gelowitz; Shawn Irving; Deborah Glendinning; Adam Hirsh; Kevin O’Brien; Lauren Tomasich
Dundee Kilmer Developments LP
Economical Mutual Insurance Company
Toronto Transit Commission
Nuclear Waste Management Organization
KingSett Capital Inc.
DREAM Office LP and DREAM Asset Management
Maple Leaf Foods
Belgravia Hartford Capital Inc.
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:
David Byers; Sinziana Hennig; Peter Howard; Aaron Kreaden; Daniel Murdoch; Alexander Rose
Torys, a market leading firm in the Ontario market, is frequently engaged by prominent companies, both domestic and international, when faced with business-critical, multi-faceted litigation. Linda Plumpton is widely regarded as a leading figure within the corporate and commercial, competition, class action defence and securities disputes field, serving as practice co-head alongside Gillian Dingle, a lawyer who routinely supports leading capital market players in professional liability claims, securities class actions and regulatory investigations. Further standouts include Sheila Block, a provider of first-rate IP, defamation and administrative law dispute capabilities, as well as Sarah Whitmore whose strengths lie in employment, media and public law affairs. Over in Montreal, Sylvie Rodrigue fronts the local offering, leveraging a broad breadth of knowledge in civil and product liability, privacy, consumer protection, tort, gaming, banking and negligence claims; she is supported by Christopher Richter, a frequent advisor on the contentious elements of corporate deals, in addition to Marie-Ève Gingras, considered a rising star for product liability, consumer complaint, public law and price-fixing litigation.
Linda Plumpton; Gillian Dingle
Other key lawyers:
‘Very pleased with their analysis of risk/reward after they reviewed full files for an appeal of a decision against us. In advance of this, I wasn’t sure I wanted to appeal, but they were though, strong, and confident. Took their advice all the way through and glad to say we were successful.’
‘It was a clear team effort, with a senior partner who deferred to the partner (with a junior lawyer) on the file to lead, but always supported by the senior lawyer; but you could tell the senior was always in the loop. Notwithstanding great confidence in the lead partner as had great command of the file, his analysis was easy to follow (verbally and in writing), and he was firm in his confidence.’
‘The team is very responsive, are very engaged with the issues and care deeply for me as a person as well as the situation at hand. Very conscious on the billing, want to ensure value added when time is spent. Have shown great flexibility.’
‘The individuals have shown compassion and great care to the situation and me personally. One feels that they have your back.’
Anson Group Canada, Anson Investments LP, Anson Capital LP, Anson Investments Master Fund LP, Anson Advisors Inc., Anson Catalyst Master Fund LP
Justice Donald McLeod
Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law
Mandy Bujold and the Canadian Olympic Committee
Antorisa Investments Ltd. and Active Tire & Auto Centre Inc.
CannaPiece Group Inc.
Porter Hughes Gardner Inc.
- Acting for Anson, a Toronto-based hedge fund, in defence of a conspiracy claim launched by Catalyst Capital Group and Callidus Capital —two companies controlled by Newton Glassman—against several entities, including Anson and West Face Capital Inc. The allegations are that several different entities, including Anson, engaged in a manipulative “short and distort” scheme to generate negative publicity against Catalyst and Callidus, and then sold their stock short.
- Acted for Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law as respondent to a letters rogatory application and defendant to an action brought by Robert Glegg. Both matters relate to a years-long custodial dispute involving Mr. Glegg’s now-adult daughter, whom Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law previously acted for.
- Represented Justice Donald McLeod in the successful dismissal of a complaint before the Ontario Judicial Council.
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.
David Di Paolo; Nadia Effendi; Kathleen McDormand
Other key lawyers:
Guy Pratte; Caitlin Sainsbury; Graham Splawski
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
“Drake” (Aubrey Drake Graham)
Medical Device Manufacturer
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada)
Clarus Securities Inc.
Deutsche Bank AG
Vivendi Ticketing U.S. LLC (a division of Vivendi S.A.)
Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
Kinross Gold Corporation, Round Mountain Gold Corporation and KG Mining (Bald Mountain) Inc. v. Cyanco Company LLC
John Deere Financial Inc. and Nortrax Canada Inc.
The Ottawa Hospital
City of Ottawa
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:
Mark Evans; Matthew Fleming; Neil Rabinovitch; Michael Schafler; Chloe Snider
The Governing Council of The Salvation Army in Canada
Consortium of 32 Airport Authorities
AIG Insurance Company of Canada
Amazon and Audible Inc.
UD Trading Group Holding PTE et al.
FlexITy Solutions Inc.
Unibail-Rodamco Nederland Winkels B.V.
- Acted for Bayer in a national class action certified in Saskatchewan claiming the client breached its duty to warn of bleeding risks associated with its multibillion-dollar revenue anti-coagulant drug Xarelto and that its conduct in obtaining regulatory approval in Canada warrants punitive damages.
- Acted in a case where the plaintiffs sued the State of Israel and Computershare (the team’s client) for US$10 million, claiming that the defendants wrongfully paid certain bonds proceeds to an imposter.
- Represented three Amazon companies: Audible Inc., Amazon.com, Inc., and Amazon.com.ca, Inc., in putative class actions in British Columbia, Ontario, and Quebec regarding an alleged conspiracy with Apple Inc., and Apple Canada Inc. to allocate the market for digital audiobooks on a worldwide basis.
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.
Sarah Armstrong; Laura Cooper
Other key lawyers:
Alex Cameron; Peter Pliszka; Vera Toppings; Zohaib Maladwala; Kimberly Potter; Pavel Sergeyev
‘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.’
Assembly of First Nations
Cook (Canada) Inc.
Elanco Canada Limited
FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
Guyana Goldfields Inc
Intact Insurance Company
Panthera Resources (PLC)
Sandoz Canada Inc
TD Waterhouse Canada Inc
The Co-operators Group Insurance
- Advised Capital One in twelve privacy class actions relating to a cybersecurity incident that is alleged to have impacted the personal information of approximately 6 million Canadian consumers.
- Advised PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, in defence of two substantial audit negligence claims involving Bondfield Construction. They involve (a) a $500 million claim by Bondfield Construction’s litigation trustee against PwC and Deloitte; and (b) a separate $350 million brought by Zurich Insurance with Bondfield’s surety bonding company against PwC and Deloitte.
- Advised Intact Insurance Company, Novex Insurance Company and Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada in connection with their defence of a series of proposed class actions and individual actions across the country relating to business interruption insurance arising out of COVID-19 closures.
Baker McKenzie, a firm with an expansive international footprint, is naturally active on the cross-border front, overseeing an array of white-collar crime, fraud, class action, competition, financial recovery and international arbitration. The practice is equally acclaimed for its employment, administrative and public law prowess, which often sees it engaged for judicial review and appellate matters, and is likewise home to a flourishing IP disputes team. John Pirie heads the practice which is home to Matthew Latella, a household name for fraud and asset recovery matters.
Other key lawyers:
David Gadsden; George Avraam; Jim Holloway; Michael Nowina; Ahmed Shafey; Christina Doria
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Canada Branch)
NHK Spring Co., Ltd., NHK International Ltd., NAT Peripheral (Hong Kong) Co., Ltd. and NHK Spring (Thailand) Co. Ltd.
Avet Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Marcan Pharmaceuticals Inc.
AHM Investments Corporation, Ali Noureddine, Mirza Naeem Javed (majority shareholders of Paramount Fine Foods)
Okaya Electric Industries Co. Ltd. et al.
CHU de Quebec-Universite Laval
NearNow Inc. and Eli Singer
Norcana Services Ltd., Sacha Plotinicov, Richard Neville and Brian Dunn
Messier-Dowty Inc. (now Safran Landing Systems)
Enrroxs Energy and Mining Group
Canadian Royalties Inc. and Jien Canada Mining Ltd.
Etobicoke Ironworks Limited
Russell Security Services
KIK Custom Products
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty Association
- On behalf of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Canada Branch), the team made written and oral submissions as Intervener before the Supreme Court of Canada on January 19, 2022.
- Represented NHK, a Japanese based manufacturer of suspension assemblies for hard disk drives in defending three class actions in Canada in connection with an alleged conspiracy to fix prices in Canada and throughout the world.
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:
Sandra Barton; Todd Burke; John Callaghan; Clifford Cole; Mark Crane; Clifton Prophet; Christopher Stanek; Anne Tardif; Haddon Murray
‘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.’
City of Hamilton
Amazon Web Services
Home Trust Company
Seven Hills Group LLC (“Seven Hills”)
Lash Point Associates Corporation
Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Stantec
Architecture Ltd. (collectively Stantec) and QBE
Great Lakes Pilotage Authority
The Corporation of the City of Ottawa
United Airlines, Inc.
CRH Canada Group Ltd.
Regional Municipality of Niagara
City of Waterloo
- Successfully defended Amazon Web Services against largest data breach class action in Canada, obtaining complete dismissal of case.
- Defending Stantec in litigation arising from an $860 million design-build construction project.
- Successfully defended the City of Ottawa against a claim seeking to establish a novel duty of care that would have imposed huge burdens on all municipalities in Ontario, with ultimate success at the Supreme Court of Canada.
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:
Ted Frankel; Lara Jackson; Jessica Kuredjian; Colin Pendrith; Christopher Selby; Stephanie Voudouris;
IBM Canada Ltd
New Gold Inc
Yamana Gold Inc
Resolute Forest Products
Canadian Tire Corporation
Holiday Hospitality Franchising
Quantum Dealer Financial Corporation
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; David Foulds
Other key lawyers:
Derek Bell; Tudor Carsten
‘Specific expertise in fraud and corporate crime. Jordan Deering has a strong command of the area of law that we require.’
Marriott International Inc.
Bank of Nova Scotia
Toronto Dominion Bank
Byblos Bank SAL
Hubei Huachangda Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd. and Valiant Corporation
Abaxx Technologies Inc.
Campbell Soup Company
Computershare Trust Company of Canada
Swiss Reinsurance Company Ltd.
Lloyd’s Underwriters (various syndicates)
Allianz Global Risks
Endeavor BioMedicines Inc.
MRDC Operations Corporation
Kingsberg Plaza Holdings
OG DNA Genetics INc.
- Acting for a judgment creditor in contesting a plan of arrangement by publicly-traded Centerra Gold Inc., in a $1 billion transaction.
- Acting for a consortium of leading multinational corporations in a commercial arbitration relating to the client’s ongoing management, operation and rehabilitation of more than 800 lane kilometres of limited access highway and related infrastructure.
- Defending an action by head of mergers and acquisitions arising out of reorganization of the Banks’ merger and acquisition group.