Dispute resolution in Canada
Baker McKenzie’s Canadian dispute resolution practice sits as part of the firm’s global litigation offering and is valued by sources for its ability to resource complex, multi-jurisdictional cases. Under the leadership of John Pirie, who heads the national litigation group and the government enforcement group, the Toronto-based team is particularly active in fraud-related matters. The practice also has a significant asset recovery practice, where Pirie and Matthew Latella are both recommended.
Other key lawyers:
‘Bakers offers a full range of service offerings in both Canadian and international issues. The firm possesses deep experience and leverages individual talents well to access the particular skill sets needed for the specific matter at hand.’
‘What makes them unique is their ability to deal with complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes seemingly seamlessly given their global presence. I was particularly impressed by the integrated way in which their colleagues from around the globe interact with each other to produce favourable outcomes for clients.’
‘Attorneys have exceptional dedication to the engagement and stand out in terms of responsiveness and availability. They also work well across disciplines, bringing in specialized knowledge as needed to address unique issues and ensure positive results.’
‘The team is very knowledgeable, professional and attentive to detail. Their approach is one of reasonableness; they understand our culture and our business. I have found Baker McKenzie to be extremely attentive and professional in response to our business needs.’
‘John Pirie is exceptionally business-minded and results focused. He can cut through the noise and get to the essence of the dispute and then craft a way forward.’
Pöyry Forestry Industry Consulting Limited
JPMorgan Chase Bank
Canadian Royalties Inc. and Jien Canada Mining Ltd.
Cementation Canada Inc.
HSBC Bank Canada
Primary Response Inc.
Fugro Canada Corp.
Sociedade-de-Fomento Industrial Private Limited
Landsberg Canada Inc. and Orora Packaging Solutions
- Represented Pöyry Forestry Industry Consulting in allegations brought by the Sino-Forest Corporation Litigation Trust connected to the Sino-Forest fraud case.
- Represented Canadian Royalties and Jien Canada Mining in a securities fraud class action.
- Advised Cementation Canada on defending a claim brought by Potash Corporation (now Nutrien) in connection with the collapse of a mine in New Brunswick.
Bennett Jones LLP
Bennett Jones LLP has one of the most highly respected teams in Alberta, fielding experienced partners in Calgary and Edmonton. The firm also benefits from an increasingly prominent Toronto base, which is home to one of the market’s leading class action practices. In Western Canada, the group is best known for its premier reputation in the energy, mining and construction fields. Based in the Calgary office, Blair Yorke-Slader QC has a first-rate litigation practice, with unrivalled expertise in energy-related matters, while Munaf Mohamed co-chairs the fraud law practice and advises on a mix of civil fraud, product liability and energy litigation. Michael Mysak, also in Calgary, is recommended for his growing profile in securities and fraud litigation. In Toronto, Jeffrey Leon is sought after for securities litigation and class actions. Other names to note in Toronto are Michael Eizenga, who co-leads the class action group, and Robert Staley, who focuses on securities litigation and class actions.
‘Bennett Jones has deep bench strength and is able to properly staff a file depending on the complexity of the matter with a good mixture of partners and associates.’
‘Results matter. This team won the largest judgement in the history of Western Canada. They are who we trust to handle the biggest cases.’
‘They make you feel like you are their only client. Also, they take the time to get to know the business from the inside out so their advice tackles issues from a business practicability in addition to legal standpoint.’
‘Very organized, diligent, and responsive. Able to think strategically for our business and communicate simply.’
‘Blair Yorke-Slader is the best trial lawyer in the province, and maybe the best in Canada.’
‘Jeffrey Leon is widely recognized by his peers, and deservedly so. He is personable, bright, determined, and very capable.’
‘Munaf Mohamed is an excellent litigator. We use him on our most sensitive matters. He is a strategic thinker who at the same time drills down to understand the details of complex files.’
Alliance Pipeline Ltd.
ANC Timber Ltd.
Auxly Cannabis Group
Bank of Montreal
Calgary Police Service
Canadian Medical Protective Association
Canadian Pacific Railway Company
Dow Chemical Canada ULC
Enerflow Industries Inc.
IBM Canada Ltd.
Matco Investments Ltd.
NEP Canada ULC
OmniArch Capital Corporation
Penn West Petroleum Ltd.
Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, Saskatchewan, Manitoba
Qatar Aluminium Limited
Questerre Energy Corporation
Wood Group Mustang (Canada) Inc.
- Successfully represented Dow Chemical Canada in its breach of contract case against NOVA Chemicals Corporation.
- Advised NEP Canada in bringing a claim alleging fraud and breach of contract against Merit Energy.
- Represented six Canadian provinces in tobacco-related healthcare cost recovery litigation.
- Represented Volkswagen, and affiliates, in defence of class actions alleging a conspiracy in the price and design of car components.
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP is consistently excellent in the disputes space nationwide, benefiting from top-level talent throughout its platforms in Calgary, Toronto, Vancouver and Quebec. The Calgary group is recognized for its energy litigation capability, with David Tupper highly sought after for energy, construction and securities cases. In addition, the Calgary team was recently boosted by the arrival of Renee Reichelt from McCarthy Tétrault, who brings significant banking and securities litigation expertise. Key contacts in Toronto include Michael Barrack, who handles criminal, civil and constitutional cases, and Bradley Berg, who advises on a wide range of commercial and civil matters. Montreal managing partner Robert Torralbo is highly regarded for class actions work, and James Sullivan QC is a stand-out litigator in Vancouver. Vancouver-based William Kaplan QC recently retired.
Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
Baker Hughes Canada Company
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
Canadian Pacific Railway Company
Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust
Capital Leasing Investment Corporation
CNOOC International Ltd. (formerly Nexen Energy ULC)
Corix Group of Companies
Goldman Sachs Canada, Goldman Sachs Group
Ivanhoe Cambridge II Inc.
Knowledge First Financial Inc.
Labatt Brewing Company Limited
Merck Frosst Canada Ltd.
Robertson Building Systems Ltd.
Sateri International Inc.
- Represented Nexen Energy (now CNOOC International) in litigation arising from its Long Lake Pipeline spill.
- Represented the Canadian American Bar Association, as intervenor, in a constitutional challenge to the federal government’s denial of the right to vote for Canadian citizens who have resided outside Canada for over five years.
- Advising Marine Atlantic on a judicial review application brought in the Federal Court of Canada by Oceanex.
- Represented Coast Capital Savings Credit Union in a judicial review relating to its jurisdictional continuance to become federally regulated and related changes to the rules of the credit union.
- Represented Suncor in a claim against two Korean companies relating to the supply and application of faulty fire-proofing material on equipment used in Suncor’s Fort Hills mining project.
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s litigation group is spread across platforms in Alberta, BC, Ontario and Quebec, with cross-office teams routinely teaming up to advise on complex cases on a national scale. Key contacts in Calgary include senior counsel Frank Foran QC and Randall Block QC, who is rated for his experience in energy and regulatory litigation. Vancouver-based Robert Deane leads the international trade and arbitration group, and Guy Pratte, who splits his time between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, advises on commercial litigation, administrative law and constitutional law.
Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP
Calgary-based Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP has a premier oil and gas practice and is a popular choice for energy and construction litigation. In addition, the team has a wealth of experience in disputes in the infrastructure, sports, and utilities sectors, as well as the public sector. Senior litigator Daniel McDonald QC is highly regarded for energy and securities litigation, while Jeffrey Sharpe focuses on construction disputes, including arbitration. Also recommended is associate Joanne Luu, who is noted for her ‘strong case analysis skills’.
‘BDP demonstrates an appreciation of our priorities; if there is cost sensitivity around spending on litigation, they are excellent at providing options taking into account the limits we set.’
‘The team provides exceptional advice and service in meeting our litigation requirements. Their strategies are well thought out and executed extremely well.’
‘The group is very personable, very responsive and a pleasure to work with. Trevor McDonald and James Murphy are both excellent team leads and you feel they have your best interests at heart and that you are in good hands.’
‘Some very talented associates coming up through the ranks. Joanne Luu is a future superstar, gifted at seeing the big picture and still paying an enormous amount of attention to detail.’
Chevron Canada Resources
NuVista Energy Ltd.
Bellatrix Exploration Ltd.
Alberta Small Brewers Association
Canadian Natural Resources Limited
Dow Chemical Canada ULC
Fluid Energy Ltd.
Athabasca Oil Corporation
- Represented Chevron Canada Resources in its efforts to seek the return of approximately C$10m in LNG royalty overpayments from the Federal Crown and the Maskwacis First Nations.
- Advised NuVista in product liability case involving wellbore casing supplied by the defendants.
- Represented the Alberta Small Brewers Association, as an intervenor, before the Supreme Court of Canada in a case considering the constitutionality of cross-border restrictions on the trade in beer.
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP has a diverse litigation practice, which draws upon the firm’s full service offering to cover all areas of commercial litigation. Notable strengths include class actions, employment disputes, contentious insolvency matters and natural resources-related issues. Employment partner Laurie Jessome chairs the advocacy group. Group vice chair Lara Jackson is noted for class actions and securities litigation.
Other key lawyers:
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP
According to client reviews, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP sets itself apart through its seamless team approach. In addition, the practice group boasts comprehensive sector coverage and experience in sophisticated high-stakes litigation. Kent Thomson in Toronto is recognized as one of Canada’s most distinguished litigators. The Toronto team also benefits from the expertise of Matthew Milne-Smith and Sandra Forbes, who focuses on corporate, class action, securities and competition litigation. In Montreal, Guy Du Pont Ad E is held up by sources as a ‘gentleman and a scholar’. William Brock Ad E and Jean-Philippe Groleau are also highly recommended in the Montreal office.
Other key lawyers:
‘Unlike other firms, we are served by a firm rather than a single lawyer. Every one of our projects has been assigned to a lawyer with the right expertise and our expectations are always met. Their strong focus on client relationships and open-minded approach are what make Davies exceptional.’
‘The team is highly skilled at advanced negotiation and deal-making in the dispute resolution context. Lawyers are highly knowledgeable in their areas and are ready to develop knowledge in relevant industry factors.’
‘The group combines strong litigation skills (strategy, drafting and advocacy) with business acumen; lawyers understand what the business objectives are and how to achieve those objectives.’
‘The team quickly acquires a deep understanding of the political, economic and professional dimensions of every mandate with which they are entrusted.’
‘They actually work together as a team; not simply working as individual egos on a common file. There is also a willingness to mentor and teach from senior to more junior lawyers.’
‘To me, the most important thing about working with Davies is that the partners make me feel confident – not that I will win whatever action we’re engaged in, but that I have a current, honest and objective status assessment and multiple informed options for a path forward at any point in time.’
Barrick Gold Corporation
Rogers Communications Inc.
General Motors of Canada
Canadian Real Estate Association
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation
McKesson Canada Corporation
West Face Capital Inc.
Morgan Stanley Canada
Newmont Mining Corporation
LG Chem, Ltd.
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants
Aecon Group Inc.
Endo International plc
Agellan Commercial REIT
Nunavut Iron Ore Acquisition Inc.
Power Corporation of Canada
Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners II LP
Honeywell International Inc.
Rogers Communications Inc.
Société des casinos du Québec
Canadian Royalties Inc.
Brault & Martineau Inc.
Association québécoise des pharmaciens propriétaires
Kildair Service ULC
- Represented Vale Canada in defending contractual claims before the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador related to a royalty dispute.
- Successfully acted for West Face Capital in two matters relating to the acquisition of WIND Mobile in September 2014.
- Represented Kaman Composites UK against Bombardier in relation to the cancellation of an aircraft development program for a new type of business jet.
- Successfully defended a group of property owners in Mont-Tremblant, an exclusive resort area in Québec, in a case regarding a private expropriation of property to build a private road.
Dentons has a sizeable national practice, which benefits from well-staffed teams in five offices across Alberta, BC, Ontario and Quebec. In addition to a strong domestic presence, the team can also draw upon its global platform for supplementary support in multi-jurisdictional cases. Of recent note, the firm has continued to develop its profile in Ontario, particularly on the class actions side where it was recently instructed by Amazon to advise on four multi-jurisdictional class actions. Gordon Tarnowsky QC heads the national team from Calgary and is recognized for his experience in energy litigation and arbitration. Matthew Fleming, who is the deputy head of the national practice, is recommended for securities litigation and class actions in Toronto. Other key contacts include David Wotherspoon, who leads the Vancouver litigation practice, and Montreal litigation head Margaret Weltrowska.
‘Dentons are always focused on what is best for the client in terms of obtaining the desired outcome, be it through informal dispute resolution, formal mediation, or formal arbitration or litigation.’
‘The team provides exceptional service while keeping costs under control.’
‘Gordon Tarnowski is a very knowledgeable and experienced litigator with a keen eye for detail. He is able to understand and summarize complex technical information in a way that can be easily understood by the layperson.’
Sumitomo Chemical Company Limited
Valent Canada Inc.
Toronto Hydro Corporation
Canadian National Railway Company
Sleeman Breweries Ltd., a subsidiary of Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Liquidity Wines Ltd., Painted Rock Estate Winery Ltd., 50th Parallel Estate Limited Partnership, Okanagan Crush Pad Winery Ltd. and Noble Ridge Vineyard and Winery Limited Partnership
Russell Industries Corp.
National Dental Examining Board
British Columbia Lottery Corporation
Canadian National Railway Company (“CN”) and Canadian National Transportation Ltd. (“CNTL”)
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
Knight Piesold (KP)
United Airlines Inc.
Yahoo Canada Co.
- Represented claimant Niko Resources (Bangladesh) in two ICSID arbitration proceedings.
- Represented a group of British Columbia wineries at the Supreme Court of Canada in a constitutional case concerning the scope of free trade between the provinces of Canada.
- Successfully represented Lenovo and Microsoft in a proposed class action based on allegations of damages suffered because of exposure to electromagnetic fields.
- Represented Amazon in a class action seeking the recovery of sales tax.
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s practice fields effective teams in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, and also benefits from its ability to plug into the firm’s extensive global network for support on cross-border cases. In Vancouver, John Landry focuses on civil and regulatory litigation, with significant experience in international trade, energy and rail-related cases. Toronto-based David Foulds co-chairs the national practice alongside Landry, and has a robust record in projects and infrastructure-related litigation. Other names to note are David Neave, who chairs the Vancouver dispute resolution group, and Calgary office managing partner Heather Treacy QC.
Other key lawyers:
‘The team at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP has an exceptional commitment to client service. Lawyers are smart, have a wealth of applicable knowledge and experience, and are thoughtful in their litigation strategy and approach.’
‘What makes the team so unique is their client-friendly approach to each case. It was a pleasure to work with them through and through.’
‘David Neave and Rebecca von Ruti are responsive, accessible, and willing to go above and beyond to make you feel as if your matter has their utmost attention.’
‘David Foulds is our go-to for all of our litigation needs. He is an exceptional lawyer, and manages his cases well. We appreciate his legal knowledge and candour.’
Imperial Oil Resources Limited
Canadian Association of Oilwell Drilling Contractors
Petroleum Services Association of Canada
Canada Pipeline Accessories Company Limited
Leavitt Machinery General Partnership
FilterBoxx Packaged Water Solutions Inc.
Nutreco Canada Inc.
Canadian Western Trust Company
Bristol Myers Squibb
Canadian Sugar Institute
Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft
The Lubrizol Corporation
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Univar Canada Ltd
Intellipharmaceutics International Inc.
- Defended Salzgitter in a claim brought by Suncor Energy arising from ruptured pipes.
- Represented Bristol Myers Squibb in the class action commenced by the Province of British Columbia, seeking recovery of opioid-related health care costs.
- Acted for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation in constitutional litigation relating to the Ontario government’s passage of Bill 5, which reduced the size of Toronto city council by half.
Farris LLP handles a broad spread of commercial, corporate and constitutional litigation from its offices in Vancouver, Kelowna and Victoria. The firm’s presence across British Columbia generates a significant volume of environmental law and natural resources-related cases and it is also highly regarded for its experience in indigenous law matters. Ludmila Herbst QC is noted for her record in the utilities and natural resources spheres.
Fasken’s litigation practice has a presence in all of Canada’s four key markets but it is particularly prominent in Toronto and British Columbia, where it fields one of the most experienced benches in the province. The firm’s is a top choice for resources-related litigation, an also has expertise in financial services, technology and public law litigation. The national group is led from Vancouver by Geoffrey Cowper QC, whose practice spans commercial law, public law and human rights. Other key names in Vancouver are Mark Andrews QC, who has acted as counsel in over 200 published judgments of the BC and Federal Courts, and corporate and commercial litigator Tracey Cohen QC. Other key figures include Toronto-based Sarah Armstrong, who serves as firm-wide arbitration chair, Marc-André Fabien Ad E in Montreal, and Robert Maxwell in Calgary.
Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Canada Co.
Royal Bank of Canada
BC Hydro and Power Authority
Mount Polley Mining Corporation and Imperials Metal Corporation
Nevsun Resources Ltd.
YouYi Group Holdings (Canada) Ltd.
Craig James, Clerk of the Legislative Assembly; and Gary Lenz, Sergeant-at-Arms
Canadian Pacific Railway Company
Brendan S. MacMillan
Canada Post Corporation
Eldorado Gold Corp
Marni Johnson et al – Trustees of the British Columbia Credit Union Employees’ Pension Plan
Detour Gold Corporation
KPMG LLP (“KPMG”)
Bronson Consulting Group
Alion Science and Technology Corporation
The Co-operators Group Insurance
Hon. Scott Brison
Cook (Canada) Inc., Cook Medical LLC, Cook Medical Incorporated (a.k.a. Cook Medical, Inc.), Cook Incorporated, Cook Group, Inc., and William Cook Europe APS
FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles)
Equifax Inc. and Equifax Canada Co.
Daimler AG, Mercedes-Benz Canada
Nissan Canada Inc., Nissan North America Inc., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Nissan Canada Finance Inc. and Nissan Design America, Inc.
Sandoz Canada Inc
Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville
Bombardier Recreational Products
Airbus Helicopters Canada Ltd
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
- Represented Microsoft Corporation and Microsoft Canada in a major class action brought on behalf of indirect purchasers of PC software from Microsoft.
- Acted for Royal Bank of Canada in a class action brought against all of the major issuers and the VISA/MasterCard credit card networks concerning interchange fees.
- Represented KPMG in a C$150m claim brought by Cash Store Financial Services against all of its former professional advisors.
- Represented Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services in obtaining a favourable judgment ruling that language rights are entitled to near-absolute protection.
Goodmans houses a full-service litigation group in its Toronto office, which handles a comprehensive spread of civil and commercial litigation. Though best known for its top-level performance in contentious IP and restructuring mandates, the firm also has strong experience in securities, construction, employment and real estate disputes. Alan Mark co-heads the securities and energy litigation group, and is noted for his niche expertise in representing clients in the electricity sector before the Ontario Energy Board and the courts. Also recommended is David Conklin, who focuses on commercial and securities litigation.
‘A very professional and large team that can assist in any field of practice, Lawyers are quick to reply and client-oriented.’
‘An extremely competent and professional group.’
Paulson & Co.
Chevron Canada Limited
Vancouver Airport Authority
Former Senior Offices of CIBC
CI Investments Inc.
Business Development Bank of Canada
Uber Technologies Incorporated
Former Directors of Maricann Group Inc.
Simon & Schuster (Canada)
The Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd. and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ (Canada)
- Represented Paulson & Co in a shareholder activism-related matter.
- Successfully represented Chevron Canada, as the subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, in overturning efforts by a group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs to make it cover a $9.5bn Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation.
- Represented Vancouver Airport Authority in defending litigation brought by the Commissioner of Competition alleging abuse of dominance.
- Advised former senior officers of CIBC in defending a shareholder class action alleging misrepresentation.
Supported by an extensive national and international network, Gowling WLG has a dynamic litigation practice that is active across Canada and beyond. The firm is particularly well versed in shareholder, insolvency and construction disputes, and also houses standalone offerings in class actions, product liability and arbitration. David Bishop spearheads the Calgary advocacy group and is sought after for directors’ and officers’ defence, product liability and class actions. Toronto-based Scott Kugler heads the Canadian commercial litigation group and focuses on class actions and shareholder disputes. Also recommended are Martin Palleson and Alexandre Sami, who lead the Vancouver and Montreal advocacy teams respectively.
‘The team has a lot of experience representing municipalities and always provide services in a cost-effective and timely manner. They have a good understanding of their clients and work towards achieving resolutions that meet their expectations and goals.’
‘The Gowlings team is large and covers many areas of expertise. Even though I only dealt with one partner, I gained the impression of a breadth of experience available should that be necessary, and with a wealth of practical and legal backgrounds to back up my particular requirements.’
‘The service is very efficient, expeditive and to the point. They provide great support and follow up on our files. They are organized, they work in team and they are highly responsive.’
Skipthedishes Restaurant Services Inc.
Government of Alberta
Crescent Point Energy
Yangarra Resources Ltd.
Petrobank Energy & Resources Ltd.
Hudye Group Inc.
Cor Group Inc.
Central Fund of Canada Limited (CFCL)
Pengrowth Energy Corporation
Deep Well Services
Preformed Line Products (Canada) Limited
Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada
Royal Bank of Canada
Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
United Airlines, Inc.
Everest Insurance Company of Canada
Restoration Hardware Canada
Senvion Canada Inc. and Senvion GmbH
Lloyd’s Underwriters professional liability insurers of WSP Canada Inc.
Kitco Metals Inc.
J.L. Freeman s.e.c.
United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Association des redistributeurs d’électricité du Québec (“AREQ”)
Montréal, Maine & Atlantic Canada Co./Montréal, Maine & Atlantic Railway
Newterra Group Ltd.
Edward Sorbara, Gregory Sorbara and Marcella Tanzola
Ottawa Medical Square
Carleton Condominium Corporation
United Airlines Inc.
- Represented Skipthedishes in a class action seeking a declaration that all of its contract drivers must be classified as employees.
- Acted for ‘Namgis First Nation in two judicial reviews challenging a Ministry of Fisheries and Oceans Canada policy and a decision to approve the transfer of juvenile salmon from a particular hatchery into an open-net ocean pen in ‘Namgis First Nation territory.
- Defended Pierre Duhaime, the former CEO of SNC Lavalin, against multiple shareholder class actions in Canada.
- Represented Bell Canada in an injunction suit.
Vancouver-based Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP is a compact commercial litigation boutique that punches well above its weight in securities litigation. Key contacts in the practice group are Lisa Ridgedale, who regularly defends clients facing enforcement action by securities regulators, and Tom Hakemi, who is dual-qualified in British Columbia and New York.
Vancouver-headquartered Hunter Litigation Chambers fields 22 lawyers dedicated to dispute resolution and is widely recognized for its experience in complex litigation. Though the team is best known for its strong record in forestry and mining-related litigation, the firm can turn its hand to the full range of civil, administrative and criminal law matters. Of note, Brent Olthuis acted on several recent matters for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Claire Hunter QC has been highlighted as a future star, as has Ryan Dalziel, who joined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright.
Other key lawyers:
Ranking among Montreal’s leading dispute resolution boutiques, Irving Mitchell Kalichman has expertise across a number of key areas of litigation. The firm’s class actions capability particularly impresses and it is routinely involved in cases involving advertising practices, consumer protection, environmental law and financial services matters. Founding partner Doug Mitchell has expertise in business litigation, and constitutional and administrative law.
JSS Barristers is widely recognized as the go-to litigation boutique in Alberta. The Calgary-based firm is consistently involved in cases spanning all of the the region’s main economic sectors, with energy, construction, financial services and real estate litigation all being particular areas of expertise. Founding partner Carsten Jensen QC acts for governments, airlines, and major independent oil and gas companies, and is particularly noted for shareholder and oil and gas disputes.
Lavery, de Billy
Quebec firm Lavery, de Billy houses a sizeable practice, which is split between its offices in Montreal, Quebec City, Sherbrooke and Trois-Rivières. The group fields particularly robust offerings in class actions, where senior Montreal-based litigator Guy Lemay is a key figure, as well as creditors’ rights and product liability. Montreal-based Jonathan Warin, who specializes in bankruptcy and insolvency, heads the firm-wide litigation and conflict resolution group.
Other key lawyers:
A leader in Western Canada, Lawson Lundell LLP has a prominent Vancouver litigation offering, which is supported by experienced partners in the firm’s Calgary, Kelowna and Yellowknife offices. The group has a particularly strong reputation for cases involving in natural resources, securities, defamation and environmental law. Names to note include Marko Vesely, who has a focus on class actions and defamation, and Craig Ferris QC, who has strong experience in financial services and pensions litigation.
A force in Ontario and beyond, Toronto-based Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP has become a fixture in Canada’s most high-profile cases. The practice group excels across the full spread of civil, commercial and administrative litigation, as well as class actions and contentious restructurings. On the bench, the firm fields several heavyweight litigators, including Jonathan Lisus, who is widely lauded for his top-tier expertise in commercial and constitutional litigation. Matthew Gottlieb and Terrence O’Sullivan are also highly regarded for high-stakes business disputes. The department also benefits from an impressive band of up-and-coming partners, including Rahool Agarwal, who recently joined the firm from Norton Rose Fulbright, and Shaun Laubman. Crawford Smith also recently arrived from Torys LLP.
Mizrahi Developments Inc., et al.
2668602 Ontario Inc. (Bowring & Bombay Co insolvency)
Praxair Canada Inc.
Qikiqtani Inuit Association
The Great-West Life Company
Canadian Hockey League
Air Georgian Limited
The Honourable Warren K. Winkler in his capacity as the Tobacco Claimants Coordinator in the Imperial Tobacco Limited CCAA proceeding
- Appointed as counsel to the Tobacco Claims Coordinator in the Imperial Tobacco Limited CCAA proceeding.
- Represented Quadrangle Group in a claim against the Government of Canada regarding the demise of wireless services provider Mobilicity, in which the private equity firm was major investor.
- Appointed litigation investigator by the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to investigate potential claims on behalf of Sears Canada, and its creditors, to increase assets within the estate and to review payments made to Sears Canada shareholders.
- Represented the former CFO of SNC-Lavalin Group in a C$1bn class action brought against the company and its officers and directors related to alleged secondary market misrepresentation and misstatements of the SNC’s financial results.
Litigation powerhouse Lenczner Slaght is a leader both in the Ontario and nationwide, though the team also secures a significant volume of multi-jurisdictional mandates. Distinguished in part by its deep bench and first-class trial experience, the Toronto boutique routinely appears at all levels of the courts, before administrative and regulatory tribunals and in alternative dispute resolution proceedings. Peter Griffin is highlighted by many as the leading litigator in Canada and presides over the firm’s most complex cases. Managing partner Tom Curry also has an impressive track record, with strong recent showings in regulatory law matters and class actions. Other senior names include Alan Lenczner QC, Ronald Slaght QC and Peter Osborne. Up-and-coming partner Monique Jilesen has been singled out as one of the leading litigators of her generation.
‘Lenczner’s tremendous litigation depth and experience powers their creativity for pursuing relief and managing disputes.’
‘A highly competent and skilled litigation team, which stands out for the energy and drive they bring to important files.’
‘The team is comprised of experts in their field, who are excellent at advising senior executives preparing for all manner of important advocacy situations. Also quick at getting up to speed on complex and nuanced matters.’
‘The team is extremely responsive and provides practical and risk-based advice and recommendations. Lawyers are good problem solvers.’
‘Peter Griffin is extremely experienced and consistently provides calm, sage, strategic and risk-based advice.’
‘Tom Curry and Eli Lederman’s approach of focusing on claims that have merit, and will likely yield worthwhile results, is refreshing. Their diligence and respect for the process and the client’s time and resources is also noteworthy.’
GIP Primus, LP and Brightwood Loan Services LLC
Public Inquiry into the Safety and Security of Residents in the Long-Term Care Homes System
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Foundation
Atos Inc. and Atos IT Solutions and Services GmBH
Bausch Health Companies Inc. (formerly Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.)
Bank of Montreal
DBDC Spadina Ltd. and a series of other companies (owned beneficially by Dr. Stanley Bernstein)
- Counsel to GIP Primus LP and Brightwood Loan Services LLC, the lender intervenors, in oppression proceedings brought by the monitor in the context of Algoma’s CCAA proceeding.
- Represented Subway Franchise Systems of Canada in a C$210m defamation action against the CBC and others relating to a Marketplace episode, which alleged that Subway’s chicken sandwiches were only 50% chicken, and that the balance was soy.
- Appointed as commission Counsel in a high-profile public inquiry into the safety and security of residents in the long-term care homes system.
- Represented the respondents, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (‘CAMH’) and the CAMH Foundation in an application by a donor to have an investigation conducted by the public guardian and trustee under the Charities Accounting Act into how the foundation had used his donation.
Dispute resolution is a mainstay at Lerners LLP, a midsize law firm with capable teams in London and Toronto. The group benefits from close referral relationships with major Canadian law firms, and counts regulated professionals, municipalities, banks and small and medium-sized enterprises among its key clients. Earl Cherniak QC handles commercial, insurance and public law litigation and arbitration.
McCarthy Tétrault is consistently excellent in complex litigation and is able to provide genuinely seamless Canadian disputes advice across its nationwide platform. The firm is able to resource big-ticket cases with cross-office teams, a recent example of which is its representation of Philip Morris International and Philip Morris USA in a number of health care cost recovery lawsuits brought by Canadian provincial governments worth a combined C$200bn. In Toronto, Paul Steep stands out for his expertise in securities litigation, including class actions, and Sarit Batner is recognized for her strong courtroom experience. Simon Potter Ad E in Montreal is noted for his focus on trade and competition issues. Michael Feder QC and Miranda Lam are litigators to note in Vancouver, while associate Sandra Aigbinode Lange is highlighted as a rising star in Calgary.
Other key lawyers:
‘They have a very good, diverse team that is well trained; junior lawyers are trusted with challenging work that gives long-term value for clients. Work is done by the team, not just the partner on the file.’
‘I have worked with lots of firms and lawyers in Canada but I have had the best results and experience with McCarthy Tetrault. They are willing to ratchet up the aggressiveness and creativity, within reasonable bounds.’
‘It is rare to find your best, most creative thinkers in the same place as your most hard-nosed litigators. McCarthys BC absolutely embodies both.’
‘I have worked with many of the top lawyers in Canada, and I wouldn’t put a one of them ahead of Mike Feder. He is as smart as they come, but more importantly, he naturally thinks outside the box, has judgment beyond his years, and is focused like a laser on what matters without wasting time on what doesn’t.’
‘Miranda Lam provides excellent strategic insight, combined with strong communication of complex legal issues.’
‘Sandra Aigbinode Lange is a rising star at McCarthys. She is a talented young trial lawyer, who is also extremely diligent.’
Direct Energy Marketing Limited
Cenovus Energy Inc
Repsol Oil & Gas Canada Inc. (formerly, Talisman Energy Inc.)
Larsen & Toubro Limited
ENGIE Fabricom Canada Inc.
Strategic Group of Companies
Toyota Tsusho Wheatland
Alberta Treasury Branches
TimberWest Forest Corp.
Wood Canada Limited (“Wood”) formerly Amec Earth and Environmental a division of Amec Americas Limited
The Home Depot
Tahoe Resources Inc.
Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Paladin Labs
ING Bank N.V. and the receivers of the O.W. Bunker group of companies appointed by it
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Philip Morris/ Rothman, Benson & Hedges, Inc.
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (Manulife)
Ernst & Young
Takata Corporation and its subsidiaries, TK Holdings and Highland Industries
Active key clients over the last 12 months
Bell Canada / BCE
Desjardins Financial Group
Laurentian Bank / B2B Bank
Abbott Laboratories Ltd.
National Bank / National Bank Financial
Québec Port Authority and IMTT-Québec
- Represented Philip Morris International and Philip Morris USA in a number of health care cost recovery lawsuits brought by Canadian provincial governments.
- Advised CIBC in a dispute with the cryptocurrency exchange, Quadriga, regarding control over the funds in an account controlled by Quadriga’s payment processor.
- Advised Benjamin Ahdoot, as defendant, in the Amaya insider trading case.
- Advised Aux Sable in their defence of alleged licensing and patent infringements.
Since its establishment in 2017, McEwan Partners has worked to consolidate its offering and now houses 13 lawyers, including seven former judicial clerks, in its Vancouver base at the time of writing. The experienced team brings to bear diverse skills sets, with notable expertise in corporate and commercial litigation, class actions, and administrative law. Founding partner Kenneth McEwan QC is widely recognized as one of the leading litigators in BC.
McLennan Ross LLP
Alberta stalwart McLennan Ross LLP covers a range of contentious matters from its three offices across the province, with notable expertise in class actions, oil and gas disputes and professional liability. Roderick McLennan QC in Edmonton is rated for his extensive experience in criminal and civil litigation, while Calgary-based Don Dear QC is noted for commercial and insurance disputes.
McMillan LLP’s national practice is particularly prominent in Toronto, where it is a top choice for competition litigation, product liability and white-collar crime cases. Toronto-based David Kent enjoys a strong profile in the market and co-leads the class action defence, dispute resolution and intellectual property groups. Up-and-coming partner Benjamin Bathgate has experience in white-collar crime, professional liability and franchise disputes.
The leading litigation boutique in British Columbia, Vancouver-based Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson focuses exclusively on civil and business litigation and arbitration. The group is particularly well versed in mining, securities and shareholder disputes, regularly advising local, national and multinational companies in complex domestic and cross-border cases. Irwin Nathanson QC is recognized as a dean of the BC litigation bar, and Stephen Schachter QC is recognized for his trial and appellate experience.
Norton Rose Fulbright boasts a nationwide litigation offering with experience across the full range of contentious matters, and particular expertise in the energy, infrastructure, transportation and financial services sectors. Vancouver-based Daniel Bennett QC heads the national practice and is recognized for his experience in both commercial and administrative litigation. Clarke Hunter QC in Calgary enjoys a strong reputation for energy-related disputes, while in Montreal, Pierre Bienvenu Ad E co-heads the global arbitration group. Jean Bertrand Ad E and Sophie Melchers, who focuses on white-collar crime and anti-corruption matters, are also leaders in the Montreal market. Orestes Pasparakis, who co-heads the Canadian special situations team, is a key contact in Toronto. Rahool Agarwal left to join Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP and Ryan Dalziel joined Hunter Litigation Chambers.
‘Lawyers at Norton Rose Fulbright have great legal minds but also understand the big picture. They can advise on general strategies that go above and beyond legal matters. They provide value outside the purely legal mandate.’
‘I was really impressed with the group’s attention to detail. The ability to cover a vast amount of evidence, organize it and understand it with an ability to articulate the whole of it clearly.’
‘I’ve worked with many different law firms. Sophie Melchers is on a much higher level, in my opinion, than any other lawyer. Her attention to detail, strategy, and relentless pursuit for her client is unparalleled in my opinion.
‘Norton Rose Fulbright’s Calgary group is excellent. Clarke Hunter QC is at the top of his game.’
‘Daniel Bennett and Michael Manhas helped us simplify a complex legal dispute and advised on settlement options. They assisted in formulating a larger strategy.’
VEON Ltd. (formerly VimpelCom Ltd.)
Rio Tinto Alcan Inc.
CDPQ Infra Inc. (Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec)
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
Merit Energy Company LLC
FTI Consulting Canada Inc., in its capacity as Court-appointed monitor of Sears Canada Inc. in its CCAA proceedings.
- Represented Chevron Corporation in an action brought by Ecuadorian plaintiffs, seeking recognition and enforcement in Canada of a $9.5bn Ecuadorian judgment.
- Successfully defended Hydro-Québec before the Supreme Court of Canada in a claim brought by Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation seeking to increase the price paid by Hydro-Québec for electricity purchased from the Churchill Falls Power Plant, pursuant to a contract entered into in 1969.
- Represented VEON Ltd (formerly VimpelCom) in defending a C$1.3bn claim brought against it, and a number of hedge fund entities, by Catalyst Capital Group for breach of contract and tortious misconduct.
- Represented SNC-Lavalin Group, and its outside board of directors, in securities class actions.
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s national litigation practice has robust platforms in Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, and has developed a track record in financial services, product liability and energy-related matters. In Toronto, Larry Lowenstein is highly regarded for his work in class actions, contested M&A and securities litigation, and Deborah Glendinning is recognized for her specialist class action expertise. Maureen Killoran QC in Calgary is a popular choice for complex energy and resource litigation, and Montreal-based Éric Préfontaine specializes in class actions. Mahmud Jamal in Toronto was recently appointed a justice of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Trans Mountain ULC
Enbridge Inc. and Trans Mountain ULC
Canadian Natural Resources Limited “CNRL”
Williams Canada Polypropylene ULC, Williams Energy Canada ULC, the Williams Companies Inc. “Williams Group” and Inter Pipeline
Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL)
TransCanada Pipelines (TCPL)
The Province of Manitoba
ConocoPhillips Canada, Anadarko Energy, Equinor (formerly Statoil), Repsol and Nalcor Energy
Bausch Health Companies (formerly Valeant Pharmaceuticals)
Canadian Expat Association
Imperial Tobacco Canada
Nutrien Inc. and Crop Production Services Inc.
Fidelity National Financial Canada Company
Colacem Canada Inc.
Veolia Health Partner
National Bank Financial Inc.
Mark Eric Fortin
Amex Bank of Canada and Toronto-Dominion Bank
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (Products)
Irving Oil Ltd.
Aimia Inc. and Aimia Canada Inc.
AMEX Bank of Canada and HSBC Bank Canada
Trouw Nutrition Canada Inc.
Yellow Pages – Toitures T.B. Boyer Inc.
Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Economical Mutual Insurance Company
Dundee Kilmer Developments Limited Partnership
Volkswagen Group Canada
Bondfield Construction Company Limited
Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Royal Bank of Canada
Atlas Global Healthcare Ltd
Toronto Dominion Bank
Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
Crosslinx TransitSolutions Constructors
Dream Office LP
Estate of David Colville Reeves
- Successfully defended Chevron Corporation in preliminary motions in the context of a claim which seeks to enforce a $9.5bn judgment procured from Ecuadorian courts.
- Represented Trans Mountain on all litigation matters regarding the C$9bn expansion of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline.
- Acted for Estée Lauder in oppression remedy proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice related to its minority shareholder interest in Deciem Beauty Group.
- Represented Fidelity National Financial and Chicago Title in a dispute with the Barreau du Québec and the Chambre des Notaires.
A sizeable litigation boutique with a broad practice focus, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP is a popular choice for commercial litigation, class actions and professional discipline cases. The group routinely acts for public and private companies, boards and individuals, and also enjoys close referral relationships with Canada’s leading full-service firms. Key figures include Chris Paliare and Linda Rothstein, who is particularly active in partnership disputes, class actions and regulatory matters.
Peacock Linder Halt & Mack LLP
Robert Fleming Lawyers stands out for its track record in challenging disputes, such as its recent representation of Equustek against Google in a leading international case regarding the court’s ability to control global content on the internet. The Vancouver-based boutique is also well known for its experience in fraud and shareholder oppression claims. Firm founder Robert Fleming is recommended.
‘The firm provides great, unique service. Lawyers are reliable, proactive and down to earth! Always ready to help and willing to explore alternatives for best and worst case scenarios.’
‘Robbie is tenacious and undaunted by taking on “the big guy”. He simplifies difficult concepts and is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and work hard.’
Equustek Solutions Inc.
Sutton First West Realty
Global Chinese Press
Minera Y Metalurgica Del Boleo S.A.P.I. de C.V.
Moodle Pty Ltd.
Michael and Miranda Zhu
- Represented Equustek in the underlying trial of the conspiracy and intellectual property theft claim that was the foundation of the Google v. Equustek dispute.
- We represented Mr. Yang in the successful appeal of a summary trial decision forcing the sale of a property he claimed to be the majority investor in.
Stikeman Elliott LLP
Stikeman Elliott LLP is perhaps best known for its work in the class action litigation, though the national practice group also handles securities, competition and product liability work. Key figures in Toronto include department head Eliot Kolers, David Byers and competition specialist Katherine Kay. Yves Martineau in Montreal focuses on class actions.
Stockwoods LLP Barristers
Toronto-based Stockwoods LLP Barristers handles the full spread of civil and commercial litigation, criminal cases and administrative and public law matters. The firm is best known for its work in securities litigation, where it advises on complex class actions and multi-jurisdictional cases. Paul Le Vay routinely represents clients in OSC investigations and proceedings, among other matters.
Sugden, McFee & Roos
Vancouver boutique Sugden, McFee & Roos is highly regarded for its strong advocacy skills and its track record in challenging cases. The firm is well versed across the full spread of criminal and civil litigation, and is especially active in personal injury claims, medical malpractice cases and commercial disputes. Robin McFee QC has extensive experience in commercial litigation and professional liability matters.
Best known for its dominant Ontario team, Torys LLP continues to gain ground in the Quebec market, where it represents major household name clients, including Air Canada and Canada Post. Christopher Richter, who maintains an extremely broad civil, corporate and commercial litigation practice, is a key contact in Montreal. In Toronto the team is particularly well known for class actions. Senior litigator Sheila Block has particular expertise in corporate, securities and IP disputes, litigation chair Linda Plumpton is sought after for competition litigation and class actions, and Patricia Jackson is also noted for her thriving class action defence practice. Up-and-coming partner Crawford Smith left to join Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP.
Stronach Consulting Corp.
Rogers Communications Canada Inc.
Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
The Canadian Bankers Association
Canadian Hockey League
Live Nation Entertainment, Inc.
Dundee Securities Ltd. and Cormark Securities Inc.
Canada Post Corporation
Choice Properties REIT
AstraZeneca Canada Inc.
Eli Lilly Canada Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company
Bank of America
- Acted for Christine DeJong Medicine Professional Corporation on its appeal at the Supreme Court of Canada following a split decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal on the requirements of the doctrine of knowing assistance.
- Represented all underwriters from the various underwriting syndicates (about 17 financial institutions in total) that underwrote debt and equity offerings issued by Valeant Pharmaceuticals in a national securities class action in Québec and proposed national class action in Ontario.
- Acted for Anson, a Toronto-based hedge fund, in defending a conspiracy claim launched by Catalyst Capital Group and Callidus Capital against several entities, including Anson and West Face Capital.
- Advised CIBC on proposed class actions relating to the alleged breach of personal information of customers of its Simplii banking brand.
- Acted for Live Nation together with its related entities and subsidiary companies, including Ticketmaster LLC and Ticketmaster Canada L.P., on several class actions related to ticket sales.
Litigation is a core practice area at Toronto-headquartered WeirFoulds LLP, which houses a diverse practice group that is consistently engaged in corporate, securities, bankruptcy and real estate litigation. Department chair Marie-Andrée Vermette is called to the Bar in both Ontario and Quebec.
Litigation boutique Woods LLP is recognized for its consistent presence in complex and high-stakes litigation and arbitration. The Montreal-based firm is experienced across the full scope of contentious matters, with notable expertise in class actions, insolvency claims and professional liability. James Woods Ad E ranks among Quebec’s most accomplished litigators.