Baker McKenzie's dispute resolution team in Toronto is noted for its focus on cross-border litigation, especially in cases involving corporate disputes and civil fraud. A recent highlight saw the team acting for CHU de Québec, a network of hospitals in the province, as plaintiffs in a $14m PPE fraud against multiple defendants. Twitter has also been a key client recently, with Matthew Latella leading the defence of two attempted Norwich Pharmacal orders (NPOs). The team is organized as a litigation and government enforcement group, led by John Pirie, whose practice includes a significant financial crimes component, as well as a focus on class actions. David Gadsden, ‘absolutely terrific at bringing across the finish line the most complex and multi-dimensional issues‘, specializes in defending complex commercial claims, and also has a significant practice in class action, competition and securities fraud litigation. Other key contacts include Michael Nowina and the highly regarded Christina Doria, who was promoted to partner in January 2021.
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‘I am impressed by the fact that they have excellent lawyers in Toronto who stand on their own, but they have the unique added ability to work seamlessly with their partners in other countries on behalf of their clients in major Canadian cases with cross border/multi-jurisdictional aspects.’
‘Christina Doria has a great knowledge of arbitration law and practice, and is clearly a rising star in her field.’
‘Matthew Latella is a brilliant advocate and cross-examiner.’
‘Incredible depth on myriad issues that arise in large, multi-year, multi-jurisdictional litigation matters. Consistently great in all of the areas called upon to feed into the litigation strategy and subsidiary legal issues and disputes that arise in a large matter.’
‘It’s not always the case that people can “jump in” and contribute constructively — yet the Baker McKenzie team did just that. David Gadsden and Christina Doria were very approachable, and while they possessed a much broader view of the case, the breadth of individual issues, and their interplay than I did, they were also good listeners, and thoughtfully considered additional perspectives. This openness helped improve the arguments and our presentation.’
‘John Pirie is outstanding as the leader in large, multi-jurisdictional litigation, an effective quarterback and communicator who leaves room for all team members to each contribute to their best of their abilities.’
‘Matthew Latella worked extraordinarily hard and was extremely knowledgeable of the facts of the matter.’
‘David Gadsden is absolutely terrific at bringing across the finish line the most complex and multi-dimensional issues in a practical manner which fits it in the overall strategy being pursued.’
Pöyry Forestry Industry Consulting
CHU de Québec
NHK Spring Co.
NAT Peripheral (Hong Kong) Co.
NHK Spring (Thailand) Co.
Jien Canada Mining
Okaya Electric Industries Co.
GE Renewable Energy
Enrroxs Energy and Mining Group
The Ontario Securities Commission
Sinopec Shanghai Engineering Company (SSEC)
- Acting for Twitter in a dispute against an attempted NPO on behalf of the Peel District School Board and various of its representatives.
- Defending Avet in a proposed C$2.75bn class action alleging conspiracy and price-fixing.
- Acting for CHU de Québec as plaintiffs in a PPE fraud to freeze and recover $14m from parties in three jurisdictions.
Bennett Jones LLP maintains its longstanding position at the top of the market in Alberta, while in Ontario it is now an established high-stakes litigation counsel, and its Vancouver office is growing in litigation and is noted for its arbitration expertise too. The commercial litigation team in Calgary is coordinated by David Hawreluk and Michael Theroux, and their respective strengths in the oil and gas and wider energy sectors are reflected in a number of the practice’s recent cases. Munaf Mohamed QC is another key name in Calgary and his work has a strong emphasis on civil fraud and international asset recovery claims, and Blair Yorke-Slader stands out for his trial and appellate business and energy litigation practice. Laura Gill and Michael Mysak are both partners with bright futures in Alberta. In Toronto, high-stakes class actions featured in the 2020 standout matters; Cheryl Woodin and Michael Eizenga co-lead that practice, while overall practice head Richard Swan has led a range of litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings. Robert Staley is a name to note for securities litigation. In the Vancouver office, David Gruber is a go-to contact; his corporate and commercial litigation experience encompasses shareholder and partnership disputes, breach of contract cases and securities matters.
Other key lawyers:
Bank of Montreal
BMO Life Assurance
Calgary Exhibition and Stampede
Canadian Natural Resources
Canadian Pacific Railway
Dow Chemical Canada
Husky Oil Operations
Japan Canada Oil Sands
North West Redwater Partnership
Parkland Pipeline Contractors
Tidewater Midstream and Infrastructure
Total Energy Services
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
Concord Pacific Group
Algonquin Power & Utilities
Clyde Bergeman Power Group
Forbes & Manhattan
Premier Gold Mines
- Representing a group of Saudi-based companies in advancing a fraud claim against a high ranking former cabinet minister in the former Saudi government who is alleged to have embezzled a large amount of money and moved it offshore before fleeing to Canada.
- Acted for NEP Canada in obtaining a $185m judgment, plus costs and interest, for fraud and breach of contract arising from misrepresentations made by the vendor in selling infrastructure assets.
- Advsed Calfrac Well Services’ on its CBCA arrangement.
The national dispute resolution practice at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP coordinates major, cross-province class actions, and also maintains focused regional practices, each of which fields experts in the industries most relevant to their respective markets. In Alberta, the team excels in construction disputes as well as those in the energy sector, a recent highlight seeing practice co-head Renee Reichelt and seasoned litigator David Tupper acting for Waterous Energy Fund in its hostile takeover of Osum Oil Sands. Michael Dixon jointly leads the team in Alberta with Reichelt, and Alyssa Duke is a further name to note in Calgary. In British Columbia, the firm regularly acts as counsel in complex commercial and corporate litigation, class action defence, domestic and international arbitration, and Indigenous and environmental claims. Joseph McArthur has experience litigating at all levels in Canada, including before the Supreme Court; his arbitration expertise is also of note, and he jointly leads the national arbitration practice. Sean Boyle's practice has an emphasis on business, securities and mining disputes, while Roy Millen acted for Lyft in the landmark litigation around its operations in British Columbia through 2020 and 2021. The multidisciplinary team in Toronto continues to act in a diverse range of significant litigation. Iris Fischer has particular experience in media, defamation, privacy and access-to-information cases, and she co-leads in Ontario with Catherine Beagan Flood, who has experience defending clients on both a local and national scale. Gordon McKee is noted for class actions, and Bradley Berg and Michael Barrack are also key contacts. Robert Torralbo is the managing partner in Montréal and renowned for defending class actions, and product liability, securities, banking and shareholder disputes. Litigation group head Francis Rouleau is another name to note, along with insurance litigation expert Matthew Liben. Recent partner appointment Ariane Bisaillon also stands out in Quebec.
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s dispute resolution offering has a strong presence across the country, where it acts for a broad client base that includes multinationals and domestic heavy-hitters from a variety of industries. In Western Canada, the Calgary office is frequently engaged in commercial litigation and regulatory disputes in the energy and oil and gas sectors, with Randall Block a standout lawyer in that office, along with regional group manager Michael Marion. Class actions are among the strengths of the firm’s disputes group in Vancouver, where Brad Dixon was part of a cross-region team acting for the Bank of Nova Scotia in certified competition class action litigation relating to merchant acceptance fees in credit card transactions. Transportation law, environmental law and insurance claim defence are among the team’s other strengths in British Columbia; Robert Deane and Michelle Maniago have been particularly active in these areas and others recently. David Di Paolo heads the national dispute resolution group from the Toronto office and specializes in securities litigation, class actions and shareholder disputes, and senior counsel Guy Pratte, noted for his expertise in class actions and complex constitutional law, splits his time between Ontario and Quebec. A dedicated fraud law group distinguishes the Montréal office in the market, and it is also recommended for its strengths in bilingual class actions. Mathieu Piché-Messier and Patrick Plante are among the key contacts there.
- Acted for Richardson GMP (RGMP) in an action commenced by four representative investors under Alberta’s Class Proceedings Act.
- Representing the Bank of Nova Scotia in a certified competition law class action relating to merchant acceptance fees in credit card transactions.
- Acting for Bell Canada in a proposed class action relating to charges for collect calls.
Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP
Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP is a Calgary-based firm whose dispute resolution team houses specialized lawyers in areas such as intellectual property and technology, real estate, tax, estate and class actions, giving the practice a broad scope. Jeffrey Sharpe is recommended as a ‘calm and commanding presence‘ and has recently been focused on oil and gas industry disputes. The departments' strength-in-depth at the partner level was boosted in February 2021 with Joanne Luu, Julia Lisztwan and Susan Fader all being promoted to the partnership. Louise Novinger Grant and Andrew Sunter jointly lead the practice.
‘Very proactive and strategic thinkers. Creative considerations constantly being considered and presented to the client in a logical and straightforward manner.’
‘Jeff Sharpe is an extremely creative, calm and commanding presence in the dispute resolution space. He brings a methodical approach to all matters.’
‘Julia Listzwan brings a confident and deliberate approach to dispute resolution matters. She is skilled at assessing risk and making informed decisions based on the risk level of the client.’
Canadian Natural Resources
Fluid Energy Group
West Lake Energy
Dirtt Environmental Solution
- Representing Peace River Hydro Partners in Peace River Hydro Partners, et al. v. Petrowest Corporation, et al., a case which involves the question of whether a receiver can disclaim an arbitration clause while still enforcing the underlying contract.
- Representing Dirtt Environmental Solution in an action before the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta where several departed employees allegedly conspired to misappropriate its confidential and proprietary information.
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP's dispute resolution teams in Ontario and Quebec remain market leaders across the full range of contentious matters, with national, international and regional focuses. In Toronto, Sandra Forbes is highlighted as a ‘steady hand for the most complicated cases'; she recently acted for the Canadian Real Estate Association in a proposed class action commenced in the Federal Court of Canada challenging the commission structure of residential real estate. ‘Excellent leader' Kent Thomson coordinates the litigation department in Toronto and specializes in complex, high-stakes litigation, while Matthew Milne-Smith and Derek Ricci are both key contacts, highly thought of by clients. The firm’s offering in Quebec is renowned for acting in bet-the-company litigation, and the deep bench of practitioners have experience in all manner of disputes at the highest levels. Louis-Martin O’Neill leads the team from Montréal and his practice covers a broad spectrum of M&A, corporate, securities, commercial and insolvency-related disputes. William Brock frequently advises leading Canadian and foreign corporations and government entities, and Guy Du Pont is noted for civil litigation, tax disputes, white-collar criminal law issues and complex appeals. Jean-Philippe Groleau and Julie Girard both stand out as more recent partners building strong practices from the Montréal office.
Other key lawyers:
‘Kent Thomson is an excellent leader and he has built a team of loyal, hard working and highly capable lawyers.’
‘Highly collaborative group that works closely with clients to develop strategy and tactics. They listen well — a critical skill for any lawyer.’
‘Exceptional team of dedicated, smart and hard working litigators. Lead by Kent Thomson with the incredibly talented Sandra Forbes also taking a leadership role.’
‘Kent Thomson is one of the most talented litigators of his era.’
‘Sandra Forbes is brilliant, balanced and level. A steady hand for the most complicated cases.’
‘Matthew Milne-Smith is one of the smartest advocates in the world.’
‘Derek Ricci is incredibly hard working, smart and has great field vision. A future leader of the profession.’
‘Strong team with a lot of depth down to the junior associates. Careful and tactical in their approach to litigation.’
Continental Casualty Company
Ontario Lottery and Gaming
West Face Capital
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Morgan Stanley Canada
Power Corporation of Canada
Formula E Operations
- Acting for the Canadian Real Estate Association in defending a class action commenced in the Federal Court of Canada, alleging a multi-year conspiracy to fix commission rates paid for real estate brokerage services.
- Representing Epic Games and its Canadian subsidiary, Epic Games ULC, in a proposed class action by users of the popular video game Fortnite who allege that Epic Games intentionally designed Fortnite to be psychologically addictive.
- Acted for the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) in urgently obtaining an order to seize a private jet that landed in Montréal on Friday, May 29, part of a global asset recovery effort by the FRN related to a multibillion-dollar oil deal fraud.
According to one client, Dentons‘ dispute resolution service in Canada ‘delivers consistent and uncompromising quality and value‘. Offering the nationwide representation one would expect from the Dentons name, practitioners in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa and Montréal assist with both national and region-specific disputes, while the wider global network makes the firm a popular choice for multinationals with cross-border conflicts. Mark Evans heads the national litigation and dispute resolution group from the Toronto office, where the firm has a strong presence in class actions. Matthew Fleming excels in that field, as well as securities litigation, product liability and regulatory cases. At the senior associate level, Ara Basmadjian is highlighted for his ‘creative litigation strategies‘. In Alberta, Gordon Tarnowsky has a distinguished practice in complex corporate, commercial and energy-sector disputes, while Rachel Howie is an experienced partner with a bright future, recently promoted from department co-lead to deputy lead for the national litigation and dispute resolution group. David Wotherspoon is a key contact in Vancouver, with 30 years of experience in a range of corporate and commercial disputes, as well as notable pro bono work. Emma Irving remains one to watch after her promotion to the partnership in February 2021. In Montréal, Margaret Weltrowska is a standout name in the market when it comes to class actions, and the office’s managing partner Claude Morency is another key name to note there, along with senior associate Erica Shadeed.
Other key lawyers:
‘The litigation and dispute resolution group is unique at Dentons because of its client-oriented approach to solving its client’s disputes. The group challenges the status quo and delivers consistent and uncompromising quality and value to its clients in new and innovative ways.’
‘We work with Ara Basmadjian in the litigation and dispute resolution group in Dentons’ Toronto office. We value the creative litigation strategies that Ara brings to solving our most complicated litigation matters. As a trusted advisor, Ara stands apart from other individuals we work with because he meets the needs of our company in both the litigation matter and our broader business objectives. He is a rising star in the commercial litigation practice.’
‘Committed to providing excellent service, deep industry knowledge in specialized areas in which they practice.’
‘Deep industry understanding, commitment to service to clients, excellent response time.’
‘Areas of expertise, such as CPA regulatory defence work and audit negligence defence work. Seamless provision of services nationally, or globally. First class lawyers who take a collaborative approach to the provision of legal services.’
‘Mark Evans is super responsive and always approaches issues in a practical manner. Mark has specific expertise in defending auditor negligence claims, which is key for our industry. Mark is always willing to collaborate with his clients to find new and efficient ways to deliver legal services.’
‘Seamless provision of services nationally, or globally. First class lawyers who take a collaborative approach to the provision of legal services.’
‘I have worked with most of the big firms in Canada, and Dentons compares very favourably to all of them. The attorneys we’ve worked with at Dentons have been extremely competent and have provided excellent representation to the company. Dentons is very cost effective compared to other firms and has a vast range of expertise and experience to address any legal matters that may arise. We genuinely enjoy working with Dentons and will never use another firm.’
The Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (Infrastructure Ontario)
Consortium of 32 Airport Authorities
Reliq Health Technologies
BP Canada Energy Group
Canadian National Railway Company
Husky Oil Operations
Niko Resources (Bangladesh)
Norrep Investment Management Group
Plains Midstream Canada
National Dental Examining Board
Primary Poultry Processors Association of British Columbia
Well Health Technologies
AIG Insurance Company of Canada
HSBC Securities Canada
Lower Nicola Indian Band
Avis Budget Group
Ernst & Young
- Representing Bayer in a class action certified in Saskatchewan claiming it breached its duty to warn of bleeding risks associated with its anti-coagulant Xarelto and that its conduct in obtaining regulatory approval in Canada warrants punitive damages.
- Acting for Cadillac Fairview in a putative class action in British Columbia arising from an Office of the Privacy Commissioner report concerning the collection of personal information of customers.
- Representing claimant Niko Resources in two ICSID arbitration proceedings seeking payment for gas delivered to Bangladesh Oil and Gas Mineral Corporation.
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP's dispute resolution teams in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto are engaged in a variety of cross-province and cross-border cases, with the global network a major draw for multinational clients. Domestic companies from a range of industries also instruct the team on their contentious matters. In Vancouver, co-chair of the national litigation group John Landry QC advises on civil and regulatory litigation, and David Neave has extensive experience acting in class actions, as well as competition and white-collar criminal matters. He co-leads advice to Bristol-Meyers Squibb on five class actions with Rebecca Von Rüti, who is well versed in cases in the pharmaceutical sector. David Foulds is the senior contact at the Toronto office, chairing the practice and co-leading nationally. Derek Bell is a key contact for a range of complex litigation, and Simon McCleary stands out at the senior associate level. In Alberta, Jordan Deering arrived from Norton Rose Fulbright and has expertise in fraud cases, in which she is praised for her ‘practical, direct and clear' approach. She joins the ‘very well-respected' Heather Treacy QC, and impressive counsel Katrina Edgerton-McGhan.
Other key lawyers:
‘Well-experienced firm with experienced senior partners able to handle high-profile risky expensive issues. Have a good internal paralegal, and administrative support system in place to enable the lawyers to focus on you.’
‘Heather Treacy QC is very well respected, and feared in the court room. You want her on your side.’
‘Jordan Deering has specialized expertise in dealing with claims in fraud, and specifically Ponzi schemes. Her knowledge in the practice area is excellent. She was able to quickly and effectively identify the issues in the case where we had weakness, and where we could improve the case. She is smart, capable, and thoughtful in her approach to this specialized area. Jordan’s approach is practical, direct and clear. She sees through the vast array of arguments and identifies the key issues of the case.’
Imperial Oil Resources
Salzgitter Mannesmann Stainless Tubes USA
Canadian Energy Services
Canadian Western Trust Company
Midwest Hutterian Brethren and KVP Farms
Creative Door Services
Royal Bank of Canada
Procureure Générale du Québec
Allianz Global Risks
Zurich Insurance Company
City of Delta
Bank of Nova Scotia
Toronto Dominion Bank
Atomic Energy Canada
Hubei Huachangda Intelligent Equipment Co.
Campbell Soup Company
Computershare Trust Company of Canada
Brit Insurance Holdings
Swiss Reinsurance Company
Lloyd’s Underwriters (various syndicates)
Allianz Global Risks
- Acting for Canadian Western Trust Company (CWT) in a commercial dispute related to a registered retirement savings plan commenced by over 130 plaintiffs.
- Advising the Bank of Nova Scotia on an action brought by its head of mergers and acquisitions, arising out of reorganization of the banks’ merger and acquisition group.
- Representing Bristol-Myers Squibb in five class actions brought with respect to opioids.
Fasken's dispute resolution offering is especially strong in British Columbia, where it remains among the market leaders. The team’s class action expertise is coming increasingly to the fore as more national class actions are hosted in the province; Andrew Borrell is a key contact in defending these, while practice co-lead Tracey Cohen leads on these as well as a range of the market’s most complex litigation cases. Geoffrey Cowper has extensive experience litigating before the Supreme Court and leads the national dispute resolution group, and associate Alexandra Mitretodis is frequently involved in cross-jurisdiction disputes. Laura Cooper chairs the Ontario group, where securities litigation is a particular strength, along with class actions. Sarah Armstrong is a name to note in that respect, and associate Rachel Laurion ‘is a very knowledgeable and skilled young lawyer‘ focused on product liability matters. Those lawyers are based at the Toronto office but the firm also has a small disputes team in Ottawa which acts in government-related matters. The Alberta team is based in Calgary and jointly led by Karen Wyke and Gulu Punia. Its expertise reflects the importance of the energy sector to the region, and Darren Reed comes recommended as a ‘top-notch litigator'. In Quebec, Frédéric Gilbert leads the practice group, with Marc-André Fabien a further key contact along with ‘exceptional lawyer‘ Vincent Cérat Lagana.
Other key lawyers:
‘Fasken is our go to firm for product liability and class action matters. This firm has been servicing our company for many years and is a trusted advisor. They have extensive experience in this sector and their advice and guidance is always on point. ’
‘Very responsive, professional team that took the time to understand our business in order to give tailored advice rather than typical “lawyer” advice. While we have large volume and complexity in our matters, requiring a number of different counsel, I am familiar with everyone on our files, they take time to get to know our internal team and that makes working with them a great experience. ’
‘Our primary contact at the firm is Peter Plizska in the Toronto office. Peter has been providing services to our company for many years. He is very skilled, knowledgeable and a trusted advisor on product liability and class action matters. Peter is my go to person on product liability matters. He is always able to provide me with helpful guidance and advise on the spot.’
‘Rachel Laurion in the Toronto office handles various files for both our company and our foreign parent company. She is a very knowledgeable and skilled young lawyer with excellent communications skills. She provides clear and concise explanations and has obtained very positive results on several cases to date.’
‘They are all experts in their fields, they rely on each other for expertise and in order to get us the best answer. They are a fantastic team.’
‘Fasken has a great team which can handle any type of files. They are always available and very quick to answer to any demands. ’
‘Vincent Cerat-Lagana is an exceptional lawyer. Not only does he grasp the legal aspects of a file but he also realizes our business needs. His case management is unmatched, as he understands perfectly the necessity to close some files quickly. I trust Vincent 100% with all our files and that every decision he takes is in our best interest.’
‘Darren Reed is a top notch litigator, who is business-minded, practical, tough and whip smart.’
Canadian Pacific Railway
CMS Financial Management
Federal New Democratic Party
Royal Mutual Funds
Mount Polley Mining
Greenstar Plant Products
Bank of Montreal
Waterton Precious Metals Bid
The Co-operators Group Insurance
FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
Intact Insurance Company
Bronson Consulting Group
Discipline Committee and Fitness to Practise Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons
Dufferin Construction Company
Assembly of First Nations
TD Waterhouse Canada
Epix Resource Finance
Pace Credit Union
V.M. Koury Investments
- Represented Google 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.
- Acting for car insurers Intact Insurance, Bélair Direct and Industrial Alliance in a class action instituted against car insurers across the province.
- Represented PricewaterhouseCoopers in the defence of two audit negligence claims involving Bondfield Construction.
Goodmans LLP focuses its dispute resolution work on big-ticket, bet-the-company matters, assigning small, dedicated teams to each case. Alan Mark is one of the standout litigators at the firm, specializing in corporate and commercial litigation, class actions and electricity law and regulation. In a recent highlight, he co-led advice to Cineplex on a $2bn breach of contract dispute against Cineworld. Alongside Mark as lead counsel were Julie Rosenthal, who has extensive experience appearing before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, and all levels of court in Ontario; and up-and-coming partner Peter Kolla, whose expertise includes insolvency and fiduciary obligation disputes. Commercial and securities litigation is the focus for David Conklin, while among its more junior partners, Melanie Ouanounou had a particularly busy 2021. In other developments, Michael Wilson was promoted to the partnership in January 2021.
Other key lawyers:
Pembina Pipeline Corporation
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
Simon & Schuster
eOne Entertainment Group
Independent Electricity System Operator
British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (Pro bono)
Gowling WLG is able to deploy teams of lawyers across Canada to act in a range of commercial disputes; the firm is praised for its ability to ‘pull in specialists throughout their organization as needed‘, drawing on the firm’s global presence, as well as its strength in IP litigation. In Alberta, the Calgary office has recently focused on the region’s emerging markets of renewable energy and agribusiness as well as environmental law. The team includes two standout younger partners: practice co-head Ricki Johnston, ‘a fabulous lawyer’ who is especially strong in investor loss claims; and Warren Foley, who has considerable extensive experience acting in energy-sector disputes. David Bishop jointly leads the litigation group and has experience across the range of disputes work in the market. Scott Kugler coordinates the national commercial litigation and class action practice groups from the Toronto office, which makes up the firm’s offering in Ontario, along with lawyers in Ottawa, Hamilton and Waterloo, where Sahil Shoor is the standout name, promoted to partner in January 2021. Aviation disputes, banking litigation, regulatory issues and white-collar criminal cases are among the team’s strengths, and it also boasts a significant francophone offering in the province. In Vancouver, Martin Palleson heads the advocacy department and handles commercial litigation, with an emphasis on corporate and insolvency and restructuring disputes.
‘Gowling puts together a team with great depth – they are efficient with their time, transparent with the process and position being taken. They have the ability to pull in specialists throughout their organization as needed and have good internal collaboration across multiple jurisdictions and industries.’
‘The teams we have worked with at Gowling are extremely collaborative, supportive with internal memos, board meetings and are invested in the business outcome. Their ability to summarize the status or facts of the dispute to all levels of the organization is a credit to their team and reflects the time they take to understand their clients and their business.’
‘Effective and efficient – the team was easy to work with, focused on outcome and understood the business imperative of the litigation matter.’
‘Even though Gowling WLG is a large international firm, they take a keen interest in getting to know their clients. I find they are very personable, and my interactions with the firm almost feel like I’m dealing with a small boutique law firm with a slew of knowledge and bench-strength!’
‘Ricki Johnston is a fabulous lawyer. She is practical, diligent, personable, responsive, and well organized. I love working with Ricki and would retain her on any complex litigation dispute, but especially for investor loss claims. Ricki’s advice is always well reasoned and spot on. She combines the latest case law with her own approach. She is always looking to save the client money and thinking strategically about how to get us the best result.’
‘The team with whom we work know the law and the procedures and have a good depth of knowledge of the industries in which our clients operate. But they are also very practical and creative. They do not ‘go through the motions’ of defending a client. They look for ways to be proactive and to maximize efficiency while also providing superior service.’
‘Timely, accurate, responsive. Narrows down the legal issues in a clear way.’
‘Excellent oral and written advocacy skills.’
Preformed Line Products
Tremblant Resort Association
Northmont Resort Properties
Charles Taylor Adjusting
Turner & Townsend
Kirby Offshore Marine
Lockheed Martin US
Lax Kw’alaams and Metlakatla First Nation
Corus and Cineflix Media
International Sail and Power Academy
Western Oilfield Equipment Rentals
First Nations Health Authority
Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association
Coors Brewing Company
Whitecap Dakota First Nation
Sumas First Nation
Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission
City of Hamilton
Amazon Web Services
Home Trust Company
Seven Hills Group
Lash Point Associates
Toronto Community Housing
- Acting for Preformed Line Products in a dispute with Hydro-Quebec over a product failure.
- Advised Lockheed Martin Canada on a $40m performance claim by Victoria Shipyard Limited in a civil claim commenced in the Province of British Columbia.
- Assisting Amazon Web Services with the defence of a class action commenced in Ontario resulting from the Capital One data breach.
Vancouver-based litigation boutique Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP represents clients in the region in a variety of disputes, with particular strengths in the mining industry and in private equity and investment-related cases. ‘Outstanding litigation lawyer‘ Tom Hakemi co-heads the practice with Lisa Ridgedale; both have practices focused on complex business disputes, including alleged breaches of commercial contracts, allegations of fraud, defamation and anti-competitive conduct.
‘A dedicated and personable firm who demonstrates caring for the client.‘
‘Tom Hakemi is an outstanding litigation lawyer.’
‘Lisa Ridgedale is recommended.’
IG Image Group
Hunter Litigation Chambers in Vancouver acts in contentious cases involving a broad spectrum of practice areas and industries. The team features experts in various areas of law to cover large, multi-faceted matters, be it commercial disputes or class actions. Senior litigator Randy Kaardal QC is the name to note for labour and employment disputes, as well as other commercial litigation. The team features a number of lawyers with bright futures in British Columbia’s litigation arena: Claire Hunter QC has a broad civil litigation, public and administrative law and appellate practice with experience at all levels of court in BC, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada; Brent Olthuis represents individual and corporate clients in matters ranging from property ownership disputes to breach of contract and breach of privacy matters; and Ryan Dalziel QC’s general litigation practice has a focus on appeals and judicial reviews. In recent developments, Rebecca Robb was promoted to counsel in July 2021.
British Columbia Lottery Corporation
Canadian Lumber Standards Accreditation Board
Ministry of Justice
Canada Dry Motts
BC Securities Commission
City of Richmond
Director of Civil Forfeiture
BC Chicken Marketing Board
Container World Forwarding Services
BC School Superintendents Association
Canadian Forest Products
International Forest Products
Teal Cedar Products
Canadian Overseas Log & Lumber
Taan Forest Limited Partnership
College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC
Real Estate Counsel of BC
Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia
Peter Kiewit & Sons ULC
JSS Barristers is one of Alberta’s leading dispute resolution boutiques. Reflective of the leading cases in the market, the group is especially strong in the energy and natural resources sectors, though it also acts for clients across a range of other areas, including technology, pharmaceuticals and government entities. A recent highlight for Carsten Jensen QC came in the case of Nova Pole International v Permasteel Construction, where he successfully represented the former party in an appeal, an example of his expertise in the oil and gas sector, while Bryan Duguid is noted for construction disputes. Glenn Solomon QC is a key contact for corporate and commercial litigation, recently advising the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta on a slew of matters. Kajal Ervin is a strong up-and-coming partner in class actions, and Cassandra Sutter is a standout name at the associate level.
Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights
Nova Pole International
Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta
Cross Roads Park Plaza and Bloom Investment
Azimuth Energy Partners
Savanna Energy Service
- Representing Canadian Coalition for Firearm Rights (CCFR) in a challenge to the federal government’s May 2020 Order-in-Council that banned over 1,500 models and variants of assault-style weapons.
- Advised Nova Pole International as appellants regarding a delay to proceedings in Nova Pole International Inc. v Permasteel Construction Ltd.
- Acted for multinational infrastructure engineering and construction company MasTec in a C$80m arbitration.
Business law firm Lawson Lundell LLP has a presence across western and northern Canada, with a well-established, broad dispute resolution team in Vancouver, and a growing group in Calgary, which has been particularly active in the energy and telecoms sectors recently. Kinji Bourchier heads the Vancouver team and his varied practice covers complex commercial and civil litigation, with a focus on contractual disputes, environmental remediation claims, product liability claims, shareholder and transactional disputes, and business tort cases. Craig Ferris QC is a key lawyer in the British Columbia market; in 2020 he represented clients in both international and domestic arbitrations and in the British Columbia Supreme Court. In a Calgary office that is gaining traction in the market, Michael Donaldson has over 20 years’ experience with claims in Alberta’s electricity, petrochemical, and oil and gas industries, while practice head Shannon Wray is a commercial litigation expert with a focus on regulatory matters. Shannon Hayes is a notable junior partner; she is primarily engaged in energy and power industry disputes.
‘Very capable and competent. The team I have used has been very effective for me.’
ACCEL Energy Canada Limited
ACCEL Canada Holdings
Crescent Point Energy
Pure Environmental Waste Management
Campus Energy Partners
Skookum Creek Power Partnership
Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
Canadian Energy Regulator
Gateway Casinos & Entertainment
Services D’Assurances Peak
Peak Insurance Services
Imperial Distributors Canada
- Acting for Remington Development in a regulatory proceeding before the Alberta Surface Rights Board.
- Advised Shaw Communications on its application for a plan of arrangement as part of Rogers’ Communications’ $26bn transaction to acquire all of Shaw’s outstanding Class A Shares and Class B Shares.
- Acted for Bell, Rogers, Telus and Shaw in having the City of Calgary’s right-of-way bylaw declared invalid, inoperative and inapplicable as regards telecoms undertakings.
Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP is one of Canada’s premier dispute resolution boutiques, and its team houses ‘some of the most creative and tactfully aggressive lawyers in Canada‘. The group frequently represents clients in complex commercial disputes and public law cases at trial, arbitration and appellate courts across the country, and before the Supreme Court of Canada. One of the most significant recent cases for the Toronto-based team saw Rahool Agarwal and practice co-head Jonathan Lisus act as lead counsel to Zydus Pharmaceuticals as defendant in a class action against the world’s leading generic drug makers alleging anti-competitive behaviour, including participating in a price-fixing cartel. Heading the department alongside Lisus is Matthew Gottlieb, ‘one of the top litigators in the country‘. Paul Fruitman is another name to note, whose eclectic practice includes frequently acting for healthcare institutions and professionals in civil and regulatory proceedings. Shaun Laubman is among the firm’s future stars and is particularly active in real estate disputes, an area that is also among the strengths of fellow up-and-coming partner Nadia Campion. Andrew Winton was singled out for praise by clients and had a busy 2021 in insolvency and restructuring, shareholder and employment cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP are the best in their field. The are always thoroughly prepared for any hearings, arguments or trials. In my opinion, their professionalism and preparedness makes them always look superior to their opposing council. They always do an amazing job of preparing their witnesses and in drafting their affidavits. Their written submissions are always well researched and professionally packaged.’
‘Matt Gottlieb is a terrific lawyer, highly skilled and strategic. He provides superb service and he is a trusted advisor.’
‘Andrew Winton is a very strong litigator who is client focused.’
‘Matt Gottlieb is one of the top litigators in the country. He understands each case in unique and creates a strategy for every option.’
‘Jonathan Lisus is a standout for his ability to drive cases. Lisus is a hardworking and convincing advocate who isn’t afraid to take on the toughest cases and effectively turn the tables.’
‘The lawyers at LOLG are passionate about what they do. Some of the most creative and tactfully aggressive lawyers in Canada. Ability to drive high settlement numbers through both unique and convincing case theories. LOLG specializes in big litigation.’
‘Shaun Laubman was outstanding and very attentive to our needs.’
‘Matthew Law is the most exceptional lawyer I have ever worked with. He is an extremely talented lawyer who is quick on his feet, a top notch litigator who does an amazing quick study of the issues and a case.’
Canadian Overseas Petroleum
DentalCorp Health Services
Canadian Network of Operators Consortium (CNOC)
Credential Qtrade Securities
Rideau Transit Group General Partnership
Rideau Transmit Maintenance General Partnership
Gospel for Asia
Hudson’s Bay Company
Pace Credit Union
Seelster Farms et al.
- Assisting Warren K. Winkler, the court appointed mediator in the Imperial Tobacco, JTI-MacDonald, and Rothmans, Benson & Hedges CCAA proceedings, with mediating a global resolution of the ongoing tobacco litigation.
- Advising J. Douglas Cunningham Q.C. in his capacity as litigation trustee to Sears Canada pursuing claims brought against former directors and shareholders of the company.
- Representing Canadian Network Operators Consortium in an appeal by incumbent telecoms companies to a decision of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission relating to the rates at which incumbent companies can charge smaller competitors for wholesale internet services.
Lenczner Slaght remains one of the dominant figures in dispute resolution across Canada, fielding a large team of experts in various disciplines from its office in Toronto. Lawyers have extensive experience at all levels of the courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals, and in mediation and arbitration proceedings, and the firm is a regular fixture in the country’s ground-breaking contentious cases. Peter Griffin is held in high regard by peers and continues to attract new clients to the firm. Managing partner Tom Curry is another senior figure, representing private and public-sector clients in high-profile litigation at the trial and appellate stages. Monique Jilesen co-heads the department and among her highlight work in 2021 was advice to Canadian National Railway Company in a dispute involving employee fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, conversion, accounting of profits, abuse of process, and numerous production disputes. Co-team lead alongside Jilesen is Eli Lederman, whose expertise include securities and shareholder disputes. Brian Kolenda has also stood out across recent cases, acting in a wide variety of the firm’s highlight matters. At the associate level, both Margaret Robbins and Christopher Yung are rising stars in the field.
Other key lawyers:
Easton’s Group of Hotels
City of Hamilton
The Board of Governors of Laurentian University
Aecon Mining Construction Services
Laurentian Bank Securities
Canadian National Railway Company
Diane Kunicyn, Investment Advisor
Investment Management Corporation of Ontario
Board of Directors of TransAlta
Cassels, Brock & Blackwell
- Assisting Crosslinx in an application to the Superior Court surrounding the impact of Covid-19 on the construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project.
- Acting for WE Charity in relation to a parliamentary committee investigation and hearings.
- Representing Canadian National Railway Company in a dispute against Holmes, involving employee fraud, breaches of fiduciary duty, conversion, accounting of profits, abuse of process, and numerous production disputes.
McCarthy Tétrault fields an impressive national dispute resolution practice, praised for its ‘exceptional bench strength and business advisory skills‘. It has one of Ontario’s leading litigation departments, which is renowned for handling precedent-setting matters, and appearing before all levels of court and tribunals across the country. A recent highlight saw the team defending Unity Health Toronto in its high-profile C$300m lawsuit with Zurich Insurance. This was co-led by the ‘exceptional‘ Sarit Batner, one of the Toronto office’s standout partners, where securities-focused R Paul Steep is another partner to note. Arbitration is also a strength of the team, and Junior Sirivar is a key contact in that respect, acting in international arbitrations, with sector strengths including mining, banking, telecoms and healthcare. The group in Vancouver is well known for its work in the mining and energy sectors, as well as in cases involving environmental law and Indigenous rights. Jill Yates leads the team there and heads the national class action group, while Michael Feder is a leading name in the market, ‘terrific both at trial and on appeal‘. The team looks to have a bright future ahead with Miranda Lam building a strong commercial litigation practice and expertise in the retail sector, and Aidan Cameron noted for construction and insurance coverage matters. Patrick Williams also stands out at the associate level. The practice in Quebec has gone from strength to strength, led by professional liability expert Steeves Bujold. Mason Poplaw and François Giroux frequently act as lead counsel on some of the province’s standout disputes, and the team is one of the market leaders for insolvencies and class actions. Michel Gagné and Isabelle Vendette are further key figures, as is Emmanuelle Poupart in medical law disputes. In Alberta, the team is led by Douglas Yoshida and other key contacts include expert in the natural resources sector Sean Smyth, and Kara Smyth who also has an impressive practice and was involved in a number of major cases during 2020 and 2021.
Other key lawyers:
‘In my experience with McCarthy Tétrault they are very realistic with expectations and will give you a realistic assessment on the merits of your case. I would rather have a real understanding of the outcome possibilities than be given a high probability of winning and that not turn out in the end. They are also very thorough and try to work through all of the provided information with great detail to ensure they understand the big picture as well as all of the intricacies of your case and business.’
‘Jill Yates is not only brilliant, but extremely practical and knows when to step in and when to let in house counsel take lead.’
‘Exceptional bench strength and business advisory skills. Mason Poplaw and his team see the global picture and not only the matter at hand. His presence in a boardroom is remarkable. I see how the firm draws on the entire firm-wide expertise. Very strong associates who are allowed to take their place is very reassuring – tells me that firm has succession plans in place for key clients like us. ’
‘Francois Giroux – practical, business oriented litigator. Has excellent business sense and knows how to move files forward to achieve desired outcomes.’
‘Mike Feder is, quite simply, the best lawyer I have worked with in Canada and I have worked with many, many top Canadian lawyers. Mike is creative, practical, and a brilliant analyst, as well as being great on his feet. He is terrific both at trial and on appeal and is an excellent writer. And on top of that, he is an absolute delight to work with.’
‘Kara Smyth – extremely hard-working, reads all the caselaw before arguing a case, is able to focus in on the key arguments and avoid the distractions, genuinely listens to input from associates, students, and clients.’
‘Sarit Batner is exceptional. She is playing chess while the other side is playing checkers. She makes you feel as though you have a true advocate on your side. Her preparation is unparalleled.’
‘The Calgary practice includes talented lawyers, especially for employment and IP related litigation, but can also call in resources from its long list of people in its many offices.’
T. Burton Management
China Minsheng Investment Group
CM (Canada) Asset Management Co.
Diavik Diamond Mines (2012)
Unity Health Toronto (St. Michael’s Hospital)
Certas Direct Insurance Company
FSC (Annex) Limited Partnership
The Toronto-Dominion Bank
Hydro One Networks
The Estate of Colin Orr-Ewing
Philip Morris International (PMI)
Rothmans, Benson & Hedges
Desjardins Financial Group
National Bank Financial
Québec Port Authority
Direct Energy Marketing
Repsol Oil & Gas Canada
Crescent Point Energy
City of Medicine Hat
Aux Sable Liquid Products
Aux Sable Canada
- Acting for Uber in litigation focused on reducing or eliminating its operations in British Columbia after it received a licence from the Passenger Transportation Board.
- Acted for CM Callow in its successful appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada concerning whether the contractual duty of honest performance can be breached by active non-disclosure.
- Advising Desjardins Trust and Desjardins Financial Services Firm in a multibillion class action alleging false and misleading representations in relation to the issuance, distribution and sales of principal protected term certificates to the retail market.
‘Powerhouse' Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson is the leading litigation boutique in British Columbia, fielding a team full of heavy-hitters in the market whose expertise covers the region’s major and emerging industries. The team’s recent caseload has included a number of disputes dealing with the duty of good faith in contractual performance, with Irwin Nathanson QC acting for Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District in an appeal concerning an arbitration award, which saw a favorable decision from the Supreme Court of Canada in February 2021. Stephen Schachter QC has taken key roles in some of British Columbia’s largest business disputes, and ‘outstanding litigator' Karen Carteri is well versed in commercial disputes spanning a diverse range of sectors. Peter Senkpiel is a key figure among the next generation of top counsel at the firm, while another name for the future is associate Caitlin Ohama-Darcus, whose general litigation practice has a particular focus on civil appeals, administrative law and the resolution of complex commercial disputes.
Other key lawyers:
‘This team is extremely hardworking and well versed with the area of work their firm participates in. This team is detail oriented, able to research effectively and efficiently and above all, very hard-working. As a client, you feel valued.’
‘I had the pleasure of working with Irwin Nathanson, Steve Schachter and Caitlin Ohama-Darcus. The experience was very pleasant and throughout the process, I felt confident with the team’s ability and valued as a client. Irwin was always patient and has strong advocacy skills. Caitlin is very organized and has strong research skills. Steve is very familiar with the law and his area of expertise.’
‘The NST team is a powerhouse and they truly are a team. Everyone prides themselves on the quality of their work and does their part. The biggest strength of the team is the level of mentorship and availability of senior counsel to consult on complex matters.’
‘Karen Carteri is an outstanding litigator. She is a smart, strategic and thoughtful. As a client, you can trust that she will fight to the finish for you while maintaining poise and integrity. She considers matters carefully and from all points of view and does not show her cards until the opportune moment, when it best serves the matter. Karen is able to work across the aisle, which is critically important in negotiations and trying to come to a resolution.’
‘James MacInnis is personable and intelligent, did his homework and was able to jump right in without missing a beat. He made certain he was knowledgeable of all matters and we could trust that he was fully cognizant of the complexities and nuances of the case.’
Hong Kong Expo Holdings
Canadian Metropolitan Properties
Greater Vancouver Sewerage and Drainage District (Metro Vancouver)
Ming Sun Benevolent Society
Silver International Investments
The Style Travel
College of Veterinarians of BC
LTS Infrastructure Services Limited Partnership
Complete Utility Contractors
Chewters Chocolates (1992)
R.C. Morris & Company Special Opportunities Fund III Limited Partnership
Ascendo Financial Solutions
White Rock Pride Society
Acme Education Services
Based across six offices in Canada, Norton Rose Fulbright has a national dispute resolution offering that is especially strong in some of the more heavily regulated industries in the country, from transport and infrastructure to financial services, energy and natural resources. The team in Alberta is one of the leading practices in the province and has a ‘bench strength that is hard to match‘, with areas of expertise including Indigenous relations, insolvency, data privacy and major class actions. Securities and class actions expert Steven Leitl QC is a key figure. Also in Calgary is Lara Mason, who is highlighted as ‘efficient, detailed, and creative‘. The firm’s offering in Quebec remains one of the strongest in the province, acting for several major companies across the key industry sectors of finance; energy; mining; technology; transport and infrastructure; and life sciences. Senior figures Pierre Bienvenu and Jean Bertrand are both well respected in the market, and Sophie Melchers is also a key name, especially in securities litigation. In the Vancouver office, Daniel Bennett QC focuses on trial, arbitration, hearing and appeal work in commercial and administrative litigation, while Beth Allard is the name to note for construction disputes. Orestes Pasparakis and Linda Fuerst are among the leading litigators in Ontario. Allison Kuntz and Alan Merskey left the firm.
Other key lawyers:
‘Not only good legal advice but strategic discussion for the management of the case. They go beyond the legal aspect of the case and this is greatly appreciated.’
‘In our experience the Norton Rose Dispute Resolution Team in Alberta is well rounded and has a depth of bench strength that is hard to match. The depth of knowledge in relation to both international arbitration practice and class action defence is, in our experience, at the top of the market in Alberta (and is well supplemented by their ability to draw on support from other jurisdictions where necessary).’
‘They have great resources as a firm and work very well together to deliver results. They are efficient and available as soon as needed which is imperative in time sensitive matters.’
‘Lara Mason is efficient, detailed, and creative in addressing our needs. You know you have her full attention and the resources of the firm in dealing with the matter at hand.’
‘They provide an “all-included service” approach. They anticipate the clients’ need and provide top quality work. Very responsive.’
‘The entire Montréal litigation team works seamlessly together and delivers on expectations.’
Bureau de Coopération Interuniversitaire
Mammoet Canada Eastern
Québec Port Authority
Fonds d’Assurance Responsabilité
Ernst & Young
Sept-Îles Port Authority
Desjardins Groupe D’Assurances Générales
The Canadian Hockey League (CHL)
FTI Consulting Canada
West Face Long Term Opportunities Global Master
Canadian Universities Reciprocal Insurance Exchange and Carleton University
General Motors Ventures
Flight Centre Canada
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Innovative Medicines Canada
Chubb Insurance Company of Canada
Baffinland Iron Mines
Daniels SharpSmart Canada
Vancouver Airport Authority
Pt. Ellice Properties
City of Langley
The Corporation of the Township of Langley
City of Vancouver
National Forest Products
Power Corporation du Canada
City of North Vancouver
Liberty International Underwriters
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
Merit Energy Company
Imperial Oil Resources
Crescent Point Energy
Chance Oil and Gas
Department of Justice Canada
1077 Holdings Co-operative
- Acting for Shell in a price-fixing class action filed in British Columbia.
- Acting for Rio Tinto in litigation seeking to enjoin its 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’ Indigenous rights and title.
- Representing the Canadian innovative pharmaceutical trade association, Innovative Medicines Canada, and 16 Canadian pharmaceutical companies, in litigation against the Canadian government seeking to strike down amendments to the Patented Medicines Regulations.
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is a corporate law heavyweight whose national dispute resolution practice excels in class actions across the country, and also has significant experience in multi-jurisdictional disputes. Sonia Bjorkquist chairs the national group from the Toronto office and has a diverse practice, with strengths including commercial arbitration, product liability and other class action defence. Mark Gelowitz is a leading name for business-critical litigation in Toronto, with recent highlights including acting for Facebook in a substantial class action, and Deborah Glendinning is a respected and seasoned litigator in the market. Shawn Irving is the main contact for private equity disputes, and Kevin O’Brien has particular expertise in reputation protection and defamation matters. In Quebec, Éric Préfontaine is frequently involved in class actions and has specialized expertise in the defence of consumer protection, product liability and securities matters. He co-leads the practice group with Céline Legendre, whose practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, and has had lead roles in significant class actions. Maureen Killoran QC is the team leader for western Canada, and is highly regarded for disputes in the key industries of energy and natural resources. With her in Calgary is Melanie Gaston, who is developing a prominent practice covering energy, construction, securities and insolvency cases.
Toronto-based litigation boutique Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP handles the full gamut of business disputes and is highlighted for its ‘excellent legal analytical skills, resulting in a strategically-focused approach‘. Standout names include the vastly experienced Chris Paliare, who has a very broad practice, and Linda Rothstein, who excels in sensitive internal partnership disputes, complex class actions and professional misconduct proceedings. Senior counsel Megan Shortreed is another name to note; she has deep experience in corporate, commercial, employment, civil and estates litigation, as well as professional regulation.
‘Very practical approach. They communicate succinctly and are able to filter out less relevant information to get to the core of the matter quickly. And they communicate our position very persuasively to fact finders and decision-makers.’
‘Excellent legal analytical skills, resulting in a strategically-focused approach.’
SS&C Technologies Canada
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Justice for Children and Youth
First Elgin Developments
College of Nurses of Ontario
- Represented SS&C Technologies in a successful application on the Commercial List in Toronto against BNY Mellon and CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services.
- Acting for First Elgin Developments and others as respondents in an appeal regarding a purchase and sale of land dispute.
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Stikeman Elliott LLP‘s dispute resolution practice has developed a strong reputation in both major class actions and the full breadth of commercial litigation cases. It is particularly strong in the east of the country, fielding one of the most impressive teams for contentious matters in Quebec. Éric Mongeau heads that practice and litigates in a range of matters, and also handles local and international commercial arbitrations, with a particular specialism in the energy, transportation, telecoms and construction sectors. For class actions, Yves Martineau is the name to note in Montréal, while Patrick Girard is heavily involved across the firm’s matters, including leading a number of appeals at the Federal Court of Appeal. In Ontario, Eliot Kolers heads the department, focusing on corporate commercial, competition and securities litigation. He has particular experience in expedited litigation matters relating to contested corporate transactions, while David Byers is a noted senior figure and Daniel Murdoch acts in complex commercial litigation and insolvency and restructuring matters. At the associate level, Sinziana Hennig has significant experience defending multi-jurisdictional and cross-border class actions. In western Canada, David Brown leads the disputes offering in Vancouver, assisting with sophisticated corporate and commercial matters, including shareholder disputes, product liability, mining and real estate matters. Alongside him in Vancouver, Melanie Teetaert is strong in energy-sector litigation, while a small team in Calgary is led by Michael Mestinsek. Allison Kuntz was a new arrival in the firm's Calgary office in September 2021; she joined from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Torys has a robust dispute resolution offering and excels in high-stakes litigation across Canada, with specialist practitioners in financial services, product liability and IP. It has an established client base of heavyweight companies in the country, including Rogers Communications, Stronach Consulting and MGM Resorts International, all of which have sought the team’s assistance in major recent cases. In Ontario, the team is one of the market leaders and is jointly led by Gillian Dingle, who focuses on civil litigation in the areas of corporate and securities law, and Linda Plumpton, who has extensive experience leading in bet-the-company litigation for domestic clients. Sheila Block is a well-respected trial and appellate counsel with a broad civil litigation practice, and Patricia Jackson is another key name in class actions and corporate and commercial litigation. Sarah Whitmore was promoted to the partnership in January 2021 and is an increasingly important figure in the Toronto team. ‘Outstanding litigator' Sylvie Rodrigue heads the firm’s broad Quebec offering, which is going from strength to strength and has seen a recent increase in data privacy cases as well as matters tied to the pandemic. Christopher Richter has expertise in transnational disputes and matters of private international law, and senior associate Marie-Ève Gingras assists across a broad range of cases.
Other key lawyers:
‘In addition to being superb drafters and extremely knowledgeable in class action proceedings, the team is always thoroughly prepared.’
‘Sylvie Rodrigue is an outstanding litigator, extremely clear and to the point. She will always propose what is best for the client and will think out of the box, anticipating what may or may not influence the court.’
‘Creative, goal-oriented, responsive.’
‘Effective, compelling litigators.’
Tundra Oil & Gas
Munich Re Insurance
Husky Oil Operations
HSBC Bank Canada
TD Waterhouse Canada
Mackie Research Capital
Waterous Energy Fund
Active Tire & Auto Centre
Fram 405 Development
Brookfield Infrastructure Fund IV GP
Canadian Foundation for Children, Youth and the Law
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Canadian Civil Liberties Association
Canada Post Corporation
Canadian Electricity Association
Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association
MGM Resorts International
The underwriters from approximately 17 financial institutions that underwrote offerings issued by Valeant Pharmaceuticals
Canadian Hockey League
Québec Major Junior Hockey League
Ontario Hockey League
Western Hockey League
AIG Insurance Company of Canada
Weston Foods (Canada)
Boulangeries Weston Québec
Sanofi-Aventis Canada Inc.
Laurentian Bank of Canada
- Represented Fram Elgin Mills, as appeal counsel, in its successful appeal before the Ontario Court of Appeal reversing the 2019 trial decision in Fram Elgin Mills 90 Inc. v. Romandale Farms.
- Acted for Rogers Media and other co-defendants in successfully dismissing defamation proceedings brought before the Ontario Superior Court.
- Represented the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association as an intervener in a reference to the Québec Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the constitutional validity of Sections 1 to 7 of the Genetic Non-Discrimination Act.
‘A boutique law firm with outstanding lawyers', Woods LLP is a force in the Quebec market, fielding a team that excels across corporate and commercial litigation, arbitration and insolvency. Managing partner Caroline Biron has experience litigating before regional and national courts; she co-heads the group alongside Stephen Drymer, who focuses on international arbitration, and Sylvain Vauclair, the team’s go-to partner for insolvency and restructuring matters. ‘Great negotiator' Patrick Ouellet specializes in litigation and arbitration involving securities, telecoms, class actions, construction and shareholder disputes, and Marie-Louise Delisle is another key contact, focusing on securities, professional liability, public-private partnerships and class actions. The firm also has a number of less senior partners making names for themselves in the market: Louis Seveno covers a broad spectrum of high-stakes civil and commercial litigation and arbitration, while Alex Dobrota received client praise for his ‘unique, innovative and effective approach' in ‘resolving very complex business litigation and legal disputes'. Associate Laurence Ste-Marie has broad, high-level experience and is admitted to the Quebec, Ontario and Paris bars.
Other key lawyers:
‘Woods being a boutique law firm with outstanding lawyers team, they have a legal entrepreneurship approach in resolving challenges properly.’
‘Alex Dobrota has demonstrated a unique, innovative and effective approach representing us resolving very complex business litigation and legal disputes.’
‘Woods LLP is one of the top litigation boutiques in Montreal. They handle complex corporate and commercial litigation files of every kind, both for plaintiffs and defendants. I would never hesitate to send them work.’
‘All are seasoned, respected litigators who actually go to Court and know what advocacy is about.’
‘They ask the good questions to understand the business and better support companies in litigation matters. Client-oriented, dedicated, they work in teams to respond in a timely manner to clients.’
‘Patrick Ouellet has a strong reputation in litigation, telecommunications industry. He always tries to find ways to solve the matters outside of court in the first hand. Great negotiator, calm, assertive.’
‘Superior analysis skills in law coupled with a great ability to understand how the legal proceedings and process will affect the client in time from a business standpoint. Clients like to win in court but prefer having a winning business deal. Some lawyers forget that part sometimes. Not at Woods. Caroline Biron and Louis Sévéno comes in mind when reflecting on this.’
‘ Marie-Louise Delisle totally dedicated, Richard Vachon gives good roadmaps.’
Hachette Distribution Canada
Health Montreal Collective CJV
Keurig Dr. Pepper
Canada Dry Mott’s
National Bank of Canada
Richter Groupe Conseil
UBS Securities Canada
- Advised Health Montréal Collective, as builder of a public-private partnership hospital project, on a number of disputes against the facility manager and the owner of the project, and also against consultants and suppliers.
- Acted for the bondholders of Nemaska Lithium after the company filed arrangement proceedings under the CBCA and then under the CCAA.