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Due to the jurisdictional nature of Canada’s litigation landscape, we have included local tables for Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. The combined editorial follows in alphabetical order by firm name. Baker McKenzie’s 'highly professional’ Toronto-based group attracts praise for its 'timely and effective service’. The team plugs into the firm’s broader global network to specialize in cross-border litigation, particularly fraud and asset recovery matters, and it acts for an impressive roster of major multinational clients including HSBC Bank Canada and McDonald's Restaurants of Canada. John Pirie leads the Canadian litigation and government enforcement practice and, alongside David Gadsden, is defending Pöyry Forestry Industry Consulting in new allegations brought by the Sino-Forest Corporation Litigation Trust. Matthew Latella is also recommended for his ability to 'think strategically to prepare for all situations’.

Due to the jurisdictional nature of Canada’s litigation landscape, we have included local tables for Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. The combined editorial follows in alphabetical order by firm name. Baker McKenzie’s 'highly professional’ Toronto-based group attracts praise for its 'timely and effective service’. The team plugs into the firm’s broader global network to specialize in cross-border litigation, particularly fraud and asset recovery matters, and it acts for an impressive roster of major multinational clients including HSBC Bank Canada and McDonald's Restaurants of Canada. John Pirie leads the Canadian litigation and government enforcement practice and, alongside David Gadsden, is defending Pöyry Forestry Industry Consulting in new allegations brought by the Sino-Forest Corporation Litigation Trust. Matthew Latella is also recommended for his ability to 'think strategically to prepare for all situations’.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP has an impressively diverse litigation practice, with its recent work spanning public law, employment matters, competition litigation and franchise disputes. Among its highlights, Lara Jackson successfully resisted a motion to add BMO as defendants to a proposed billion-dollar class action connected to allegations of price-fixing in the foreign currency exchange market. Wendy Berman, who spearheads the securities litigation and white-collar crime groups, is a respected figure in the market.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP has an impressively diverse litigation practice, with its recent work spanning public law, employment matters, competition litigation and franchise disputes. Among its highlights, Lara Jackson successfully resisted a motion to add BMO as defendants to a proposed billion-dollar class action connected to allegations of price-fixing in the foreign currency exchange market. Wendy Berman, who spearheads the securities litigation and white-collar crime groups, is a respected figure in the market.

A 'go-to firm for litigation in Canada’, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP’s Toronto and Montreal-based practice is commended for its 'outstanding levels of commitment’ and its ability to build 'strong bonds of camaraderie with the in-house team’. A specialist in high-stakes litigation, the department is regularly instructed by Canadian and multinational corporations, financial institutions and business associations to advise on securities litigation, competition matters, class actions and other significant files. The Toronto group is led by Kent Thomson ('possesses tremendous insight into how to tactically advance litigation’), who paired up with 'amazing litigator’ Matthew Milne-Smith to represent the Liquor Control Board of Ontario in a C$1.5bn class action alleging price-fixing in the beer market. Other senior names in Toronto are Sandra Forbes ('a real trial lawyer: strong, fierce, smart and experienced’); Andrea Burke ('displays a strong readiness to pursue any fresh challenges that arise’); and James Doris. In Montreal, Nick Rodrigo is representing Kaman Composites in its case against Bombardier concerning the cancellation of an aircraft development program for a new type of business jet. The Montreal office also includes seasoned litigators Guy Du Pont Ad E and William Brock Ad E as well as 'up-and-coming partner’ Jean-Philippe Groleau.

A 'go-to firm for litigation in Canada’, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP’s Toronto and Montreal-based practice is commended for its 'outstanding levels of commitment’ and its ability to build 'strong bonds of camaraderie with the in-house team’. A specialist in high-stakes litigation, the department is regularly instructed by Canadian and multinational corporations, financial institutions and business associations to advise on securities litigation, competition matters, class actions and other significant files. The Toronto group is led by Kent Thomson ('possesses tremendous insight into how to tactically advance litigation’), who paired up with 'amazing litigator’ Matthew Milne-Smith to represent the Liquor Control Board of Ontario in a C$1.5bn class action alleging price-fixing in the beer market. Other senior names in Toronto are Sandra Forbes ('a real trial lawyer: strong, fierce, smart and experienced’); Andrea Burke ('displays a strong readiness to pursue any fresh challenges that arise’); and James Doris. In Montreal, Nick Rodrigo is representing Kaman Composites in its case against Bombardier concerning the cancellation of an aircraft development program for a new type of business jet. The Montreal office also includes seasoned litigators Guy Du Pont Ad E and William Brock Ad E as well as 'up-and-coming partner’ Jean-Philippe Groleau.

'A leader in BC’, Vancouver-based Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy is praised for its 'really broad litigation practice’ and 'great record in complex cases’. Among the names to note, Ludmila Herbst QC handles a diverse portfolio of work, with strong activity in commercial litigation, arbitration and class actions. Robert Anderson QC is also recommended and, alongside Nicholas Hooge, successfully upheld a class action certification order before the BC Court of Appeal on behalf of N&C Transportation.

'A leader in BC’, Vancouver-based Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy is praised for its 'really broad litigation practice’ and 'great record in complex cases’. Among the names to note, Ludmila Herbst QC handles a diverse portfolio of work, with strong activity in commercial litigation, arbitration and class actions. Robert Anderson QC is also recommended and, alongside Nicholas Hooge, successfully upheld a class action certification order before the BC Court of Appeal on behalf of N&C Transportation.

Goodmans distinguishes itself through its ‘great ability to navigate difficult and complex disputes’. The Toronto-based team, which is ‘top-to-bottom outstanding’, can turn its hand to most issues and has a prominent reputation for civil litigation, securities litigation, corporate and commercial disputes, contentious restructurings and construction. Heavy-hitter Benjamin Zarnett — lauded as an ‘absolute dream of a litigator’ — represented Chevron Canada in continuing efforts by a group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs to enforce a $9.5bn Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation. Jessica Kimmel successfully represented Simon & Schuster Canada, as co-counsel alongside Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, in a challenge to its consent agreement signed after a competition investigation into the e-book market. Alan Mark and the ‘excellent’ David Conklin are also experienced litigators. Towards the end of 2018, both Zarnett and Kimmel were appointed as judges.

Goodmans distinguishes itself through its ‘great ability to navigate difficult and complex disputes’. The Toronto-based team, which is ‘top-to-bottom outstanding’, can turn its hand to most issues and has a prominent reputation for civil litigation, securities litigation, corporate and commercial disputes, contentious restructurings and construction. Heavy-hitter Benjamin Zarnett — lauded as an ‘absolute dream of a litigator’ — represented Chevron Canada in continuing efforts by a group of Ecuadorian plaintiffs to enforce a $9.5bn Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corporation. Jessica Kimmel successfully represented Simon & Schuster Canada, as co-counsel alongside Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, in a challenge to its consent agreement signed after a competition investigation into the e-book market. Alan Mark and the ‘excellent’ David Conklin are also experienced litigators. Towards the end of 2018, both Zarnett and Kimmel were appointed as judges.

Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP exclusively handles contentious work from its Vancouver base. The boutique firm is structured into three distinct departments, with specialist teams focusing on corporate and commercial litigation, administrative and regulatory matters and alternative dispute resolution respectively. Lisa Ridgedale, who has a strong record in securities litigation, and Tom Hakemi are the key contacts.

Hakemi & Ridgedale LLP exclusively handles contentious work from its Vancouver base. The boutique firm is structured into three distinct departments, with specialist teams focusing on corporate and commercial litigation, administrative and regulatory matters and alternative dispute resolution respectively. Lisa Ridgedale, who has a strong record in securities litigation, and Tom Hakemi are the key contacts.

Vancouver boutique Hunter Litigation Chambers remains a ‘regional leader in complex disputes’ despite a string of recent high-profile departures, which saw senior partner John Hunter QC appointed a judge of the BC Court of Appeal and Kenneth McEwan QC leave to establish his own firm, McEwan Partners. Among the senior names to note, William Smart QC is a seasoned litigator with strong expertise in regulatory and white-collar crime, while Michael Stephens specializes in commercial law and public law litigation. The group’s strong calibre of next generation litigators is a recurring theme among sources, with Claire Hunter heralded as a ‘future star’. Brent Olthuis is also an extremely active younger litigator and successfully prosecuted a contempt of court application on behalf of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Vancouver boutique Hunter Litigation Chambers remains a ‘regional leader in complex disputes’ despite a string of recent high-profile departures, which saw senior partner John Hunter QC appointed a judge of the BC Court of Appeal and Kenneth McEwan QC leave to establish his own firm, McEwan Partners. Among the senior names to note, William Smart QC is a seasoned litigator with strong expertise in regulatory and white-collar crime, while Michael Stephens specializes in commercial law and public law litigation. The group’s strong calibre of next generation litigators is a recurring theme among sources, with Claire Hunter heralded as a ‘future star’. Brent Olthuis is also an extremely active younger litigator and successfully prosecuted a contempt of court application on behalf of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Montreal-based Irving Mitchell Kalichman is a sophisticated boutique, which is well versed in all key areas of litigation including corporate and commercial, administrative law, construction, class actions, insurance and securities. Doug Mitchell is the name to note and represented Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation in a high-profile dispute arising out of its long-term contract with Hydro-Québec.

Montreal-based Irving Mitchell Kalichman is a sophisticated boutique, which is well versed in all key areas of litigation including corporate and commercial, administrative law, construction, class actions, insurance and securities. Doug Mitchell is the name to note and represented Churchill Falls (Labrador) Corporation in a high-profile dispute arising out of its long-term contract with Hydro-Québec.

Quebec stalwart Lavery, de Billy houses a comprehensive dispute resolution department, which is split between its four offices across the province. A strong performer in class actions, the group also has significant expertise in commercial litigation, public law and tax litigation. Montreal-based Bruno Verdon heads the litigation and conflict resolution group.

Quebec stalwart Lavery, de Billy houses a comprehensive dispute resolution department, which is split between its four offices across the province. A strong performer in class actions, the group also has significant expertise in commercial litigation, public law and tax litigation. Montreal-based Bruno Verdon heads the litigation and conflict resolution group.

Lawson Lundell LLP’s practice is split between its offices in Alberta and British Columbia, with its reputation in Vancouver particularly prominent. Marko Vesely — ‘a leader in defamation law’ — is a key Vancouver contact. Craig Ferris QC, also based in Vancouver, is another senior litigator and successfully represented British Columbia Investment Management Corporation in defeating an appeal and establishing crown immunity from the application of goods and services tax for pooled investment portfolios used to fund certain public-sector pension plans.

Lawson Lundell LLP’s practice is split between its offices in Alberta and British Columbia, with its reputation in Vancouver particularly prominent. Marko Vesely — ‘a leader in defamation law’ — is a key Vancouver contact. Craig Ferris QC, also based in Vancouver, is another senior litigator and successfully represented British Columbia Investment Management Corporation in defeating an appeal and establishing crown immunity from the application of goods and services tax for pooled investment portfolios used to fund certain public-sector pension plans.

Powerful firm’ Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP is a highly regarded member of Ontario’s elite band of litigation boutiques. Star names include Jonathan Lisus (‘an aggressive litigator with strong tactical skills and very capable people around him’); Terrence O’Sullivan (‘absolutely outstanding’); and Matthew Gottlieb (‘a leader in his field’). Seasoned specialist Clifford Lax QC also remains an active arbitrator. Among the younger partners, ‘future leader’ Shaun Laubman is noted for his ‘very good judgement and quick-thinking’. Among its recent cases, the firm represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (as co-counsel alongside McCarthy Tétrault) in a successful challenge of the constitutionality of Canada’s solitary confinement laws.

Powerful firm’ Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP is a highly regarded member of Ontario’s elite band of litigation boutiques. Star names include Jonathan Lisus (‘an aggressive litigator with strong tactical skills and very capable people around him’); Terrence O’Sullivan (‘absolutely outstanding’); and Matthew Gottlieb (‘a leader in his field’). Seasoned specialist Clifford Lax QC also remains an active arbitrator. Among the younger partners, ‘future leader’ Shaun Laubman is noted for his ‘very good judgement and quick-thinking’. Among its recent cases, the firm represented the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (as co-counsel alongside McCarthy Tétrault) in a successful challenge of the constitutionality of Canada’s solitary confinement laws.

The best litigation boutique in Canada’, Lenczner Slaght LLP impresses with its ‘wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with complex issues’. The firm’s ‘formidably deep bench’ comprises ‘well-trained and hardworking subject matter experts’, with its heavy-hitters are singled out as ‘at the top of their game’. In particular, the ‘very tactical’ Peter Griffin is a ‘master of getting to the point quickly and effectively’ and handles a broad spread of corporate and commercial litigation, class actions, securities matters and contentious insolvency cases. Managing partner Tom Curry is also lauded, with sources commending him as a ‘wonderful performer and manager of cases, and also reassuring with clients and full of ideas’. The group can also still rely on the huge experience of  ‘superb litigators’ Ronald Slaght QC and Alan Lenczner QC. Among the younger stars, Peter Osborne is ‘very strategic, capable, calm and confident’, and Monique Jilesen is a ‘superb advocate who has all the skills’.

The best litigation boutique in Canada’, Lenczner Slaght LLP impresses with its ‘wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with complex issues’. The firm’s ‘formidably deep bench’ comprises ‘well-trained and hardworking subject matter experts’, with its heavy-hitters are singled out as ‘at the top of their game’. In particular, the ‘very tactical’ Peter Griffin is a ‘master of getting to the point quickly and effectively’ and handles a broad spread of corporate and commercial litigation, class actions, securities matters and contentious insolvency cases. Managing partner Tom Curry is also lauded, with sources commending him as a ‘wonderful performer and manager of cases, and also reassuring with clients and full of ideas’. The group can also still rely on the huge experience of  ‘superb litigators’ Ronald Slaght QC and Alan Lenczner QC. Among the younger stars, Peter Osborne is ‘very strategic, capable, calm and confident’, and Monique Jilesen is a ‘superb advocate who has all the skills’.

Commercial litigation is a sweet spot for Ontario’s Lerners LLP, and the firm has experience across a wide range of areas including administrative law, contentious construction, securities litigation and insurance-related matters. Toronto-based Earl Cherniak QC is a senior figure in the team and is sought after for arbitration and mediation.

Commercial litigation is a sweet spot for Ontario’s Lerners LLP, and the firm has experience across a wide range of areas including administrative law, contentious construction, securities litigation and insurance-related matters. Toronto-based Earl Cherniak QC is a senior figure in the team and is sought after for arbitration and mediation.

New Vancouver litigation boutique McEwan Partners has hit the ground running since its establishment in 2017. Formed by several ‘uniformly excellent partners’, the group brings to bear robust experience in administrative and public law cases, class actions, commercial and corporate litigation and product liability. Kenneth McEwan QC, previously with Hunter Litigation Chambers, is an ‘extremely good advocate’. The group also includes Craig Dennis QC, previously with Dentons, and Robert Cooper QC, who was formerly with his own firm Cooper Litigation.

New Vancouver litigation boutique McEwan Partners has hit the ground running since its establishment in 2017. Formed by several ‘uniformly excellent partners’, the group brings to bear robust experience in administrative and public law cases, class actions, commercial and corporate litigation and product liability. Kenneth McEwan QC, previously with Hunter Litigation Chambers, is an ‘extremely good advocate’. The group also includes Craig Dennis QC, previously with Dentons, and Robert Cooper QC, who was formerly with his own firm Cooper Litigation.

McMillan LLP’s sizeable national practice comprises teams in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, with its Toronto base standing out as its most high profile. Dispute resolution co-chair David Kent is ‘as fine a litigator as you will see in Canada’, according to some. Kent brings to bear an impressive record in competition litigation (he notably represented MasterCard in the credit card conspiracy actions). The department also has notable expertise in contentious restructuring, construction and white-collar crime-related cases.

McMillan LLP’s sizeable national practice comprises teams in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec, with its Toronto base standing out as its most high profile. Dispute resolution co-chair David Kent is ‘as fine a litigator as you will see in Canada’, according to some. Kent brings to bear an impressive record in competition litigation (he notably represented MasterCard in the credit card conspiracy actions). The department also has notable expertise in contentious restructuring, construction and white-collar crime-related cases.

Vancouver litigation royalty’, Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson’s exclusive focus on litigation pays dividends and it is widely acclaimed for its ‘excellent work on interesting and complex cases’. Senior figure Irwin Nathanson QC is a ‘legend’ and sources attest that he is ‘still working very hard’. Stephen Schachter QC is also a sought-after name in the group. Geoffrey Gomery QC was recently appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Vancouver litigation royalty’, Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson’s exclusive focus on litigation pays dividends and it is widely acclaimed for its ‘excellent work on interesting and complex cases’. Senior figure Irwin Nathanson QC is a ‘legend’ and sources attest that he is ‘still working very hard’. Stephen Schachter QC is also a sought-after name in the group. Geoffrey Gomery QC was recently appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s dispute resolution practice is ‘in the mix with the best nationally’, according to one source. In Toronto, high-profile litigator Larry Lowenstein is held up as ‘absolutely top shelf’; he continues to defend Chevron Corporation, as co-counsel, in a claim seeking to enforce a $9.5bn Ecuadorian judgment in Canada. Laura Fric — ‘client-oriented and excellent at managing teams’ — Deborah Glendinning and competition specialist Mahmud Jamal are also key contacts in Toronto. In Calgary, Maureen Killoran QC has a strong reputation for energy and natural resources-related matters and is advising Kinder Morgan in a National Energy Board regulatory hearing seeking approval for the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. In Montreal, Sylvain Lussier Ad E represented Manulife in a proposed class action alleging that premium increases for life insurance policies are grossly inflated and contrary to the terms of the policy. Lussier was recently appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP’s dispute resolution practice is ‘in the mix with the best nationally’, according to one source. In Toronto, high-profile litigator Larry Lowenstein is held up as ‘absolutely top shelf’; he continues to defend Chevron Corporation, as co-counsel, in a claim seeking to enforce a $9.5bn Ecuadorian judgment in Canada. Laura Fric — ‘client-oriented and excellent at managing teams’ — Deborah Glendinning and competition specialist Mahmud Jamal are also key contacts in Toronto. In Calgary, Maureen Killoran QC has a strong reputation for energy and natural resources-related matters and is advising Kinder Morgan in a National Energy Board regulatory hearing seeking approval for the proposed expansion of the Trans Mountain Pipeline. In Montreal, Sylvain Lussier Ad E represented Manulife in a proposed class action alleging that premium increases for life insurance policies are grossly inflated and contrary to the terms of the policy. Lussier was recently appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Quebec.

At Robert Fleming Lawyers, the ‘committed and tenacious’ Robbie Fleming is recommended for complex and cutting-edge business disputes. Most notably, Fleming represented Equustek against Google in a leading international case regarding the court’s ability to control global content on the internet.

At Robert Fleming Lawyers, the ‘committed and tenacious’ Robbie Fleming is recommended for complex and cutting-edge business disputes. Most notably, Fleming represented Equustek against Google in a leading international case regarding the court’s ability to control global content on the internet.

Toronto’s Stockwoods LLP Barristers has a wide-ranging litigation practice, which routinely advises on civil and commercial litigation, securities litigation, class actions, white-collar criminal cases and IP disputes. Star partner Paul Le Vay is held up as a leader in securities matters and, alongside associate Carlo Di Carlo, successfully represented the Ontario securities Commission in quashing an appeal and judicial review application relating to a decision it issued.

Toronto’s Stockwoods LLP Barristers has a wide-ranging litigation practice, which routinely advises on civil and commercial litigation, securities litigation, class actions, white-collar criminal cases and IP disputes. Star partner Paul Le Vay is held up as a leader in securities matters and, alongside associate Carlo Di Carlo, successfully represented the Ontario securities Commission in quashing an appeal and judicial review application relating to a decision it issued.

A ‘highly committed firm’, Vancouver boutique Sugden, McFee & Roos demonstrates a ‘tenacious approach to winning cases’. Robin McFee QC is a ‘very strong counsel’ and handles a varied workload, with a strong reputation for corporate and commercial litigation and employment disputes.

A ‘highly committed firm’, Vancouver boutique Sugden, McFee & Roos demonstrates a ‘tenacious approach to winning cases’. Robin McFee QC is a ‘very strong counsel’ and handles a varied workload, with a strong reputation for corporate and commercial litigation and employment disputes.

A ‘leader in Ontario’, Torys LLP also houses an increasingly prominent Quebec practice. The firm’s ‘extremely capable and deep litigation group’ is a popular choice for large and complex matters, particularly class proceedings and multi-jurisdictional cases, and it packs a punch in all the key areas of litigation. In Toronto, heavy-hitter Sheila Block is ‘seemingly indefatigable and still among Canada’s finest litigators’; she teamed up with James Tory, Andrew Gray and ‘fantastic lawyer’ Crawford Smith to defend CIBC in a securities class action alleging that the bank did not properly disclose its exposure to the US residential mortgage market ‎during the credit crisis. In a set of high-profile cases, the firm is representing three hockey leagues in three class actions regarding the employment status of current and former major junior hockey players — Toronto-based seasoned litigator Patricia Jackson, the ‘razor-sharp and impressive’ Sylvie Rodrigue Ad E in Montreal and Toronto partners Lisa Talbot and Smith lead that work. Linda Plumpton — ‘very bright and able to work through very complex issues’ — is also recommended in Toronto. The Montreal team was recently boosted by the arrival of Christopher Richter from Woods LLP.

A ‘leader in Ontario’, Torys LLP also houses an increasingly prominent Quebec practice. The firm’s ‘extremely capable and deep litigation group’ is a popular choice for large and complex matters, particularly class proceedings and multi-jurisdictional cases, and it packs a punch in all the key areas of litigation. In Toronto, heavy-hitter Sheila Block is ‘seemingly indefatigable and still among Canada’s finest litigators’; she teamed up with James Tory, Andrew Gray and ‘fantastic lawyer’ Crawford Smith to defend CIBC in a securities class action alleging that the bank did not properly disclose its exposure to the US residential mortgage market ‎during the credit crisis. In a set of high-profile cases, the firm is representing three hockey leagues in three class actions regarding the employment status of current and former major junior hockey players — Toronto-based seasoned litigator Patricia Jackson, the ‘razor-sharp and impressive’ Sylvie Rodrigue Ad E in Montreal and Toronto partners Lisa Talbot and Smith lead that work. Linda Plumpton — ‘very bright and able to work through very complex issues’ — is also recommended in Toronto. The Montreal team was recently boosted by the arrival of Christopher Richter from Woods LLP.

WeirFoulds LLP has a solid litigation practice, which spans a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial matters, real estate-related cases, class actions and tax disputes. Managing partner Michael Statham is a key contact.

WeirFoulds LLP has a solid litigation practice, which spans a broad spectrum of corporate and commercial matters, real estate-related cases, class actions and tax disputes. Managing partner Michael Statham is a key contact.

Woods LLP continues to win a significant share of class actions and the Montreal-based boutique is also active in contentious construction, corporate disputes and defamation cases. Among its recent work, it successfully blocked an application to authorise a class action against its client Vidéotron. James Woods Ad E spearheads the ten-partner practice.

Woods LLP continues to win a significant share of class actions and the Montreal-based boutique is also active in contentious construction, corporate disputes and defamation cases. Among its recent work, it successfully blocked an application to authorise a class action against its client Vidéotron. James Woods Ad E spearheads the ten-partner practice.

Bennett Jones LLP’s 'top-notch team’ is 'loaded with talented lawyers’, according to sources. The 'professional and practical’ group is split mainly between Alberta and Ontario — it also has a solid presence in British Columbia — and handles the full spectrum of contentious matters, with particularly strong skill sets in corporate litigation, construction and energy matters. In Calgary, fraud co-chair Munaf Mohamed represented Wood Group Mustang (Canada) in a construction claim brought by Canadian Natural Resources. Other key names in Calgary include Blair Yorke-Slader QC, who is a 'fantastic counsel’, Chris Simard and up-and-coming partner Michael Mysak, who is a 'meticulous and well-informed lawyer’. In Toronto, the firm has 'quietly built up a surprisingly strong litigation group’, which continues to strengthen its profile through its involvement in major files. Cases of note include Jeffrey Leon — 'a smart, personable, practical and very capable advocate’— representing six Canadian provinces in tobacco-related healthcare cost recovery litigation. Other senior Toronto figures include Michael Eizenga, who is representing Trinity Industries in a complex products liability class action, securities litigation head Alan Gardner, who is 'bright, hardworking, tough and strategic’ and Robert Staley.

Bennett Jones LLP’s 'top-notch team’ is 'loaded with talented lawyers’, according to sources. The 'professional and practical’ group is split mainly between Alberta and Ontario — it also has a solid presence in British Columbia — and handles the full spectrum of contentious matters, with particularly strong skill sets in corporate litigation, construction and energy matters. In Calgary, fraud co-chair Munaf Mohamed represented Wood Group Mustang (Canada) in a construction claim brought by Canadian Natural Resources. Other key names in Calgary include Blair Yorke-Slader QC, who is a 'fantastic counsel’, Chris Simard and up-and-coming partner Michael Mysak, who is a 'meticulous and well-informed lawyer’. In Toronto, the firm has 'quietly built up a surprisingly strong litigation group’, which continues to strengthen its profile through its involvement in major files. Cases of note include Jeffrey Leon — 'a smart, personable, practical and very capable advocate’— representing six Canadian provinces in tobacco-related healthcare cost recovery litigation. Other senior Toronto figures include Michael Eizenga, who is representing Trinity Industries in a complex products liability class action, securities litigation head Alan Gardner, who is 'bright, hardworking, tough and strategic’ and Robert Staley.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national litigation group impresses with its 'close working relationships with lawyers from other practice groups’, which awards it 'broad expertise and perspective in the context of a wide range of contentious matters’. In Toronto, Guy Pratte is 'at the top of his field’ (he also works out of the Ottawa and Montreal offices). Pratte acted on a string of high-profile matters over the past year, including a case involving LGBTQ rights. In Calgary, Randall Block QC is highly sought after for energy-related litigation and recently acted on a significant construction dispute. Senior counsel Frank Foran QC, national group lead John Blair and Michael Marion are also recommended in Calgary. In Vancouver, Robert Deane is 'very strong’ and is representing a telecoms client in a high-value class action. In Montreal, Mathieu Piché-Messier is 'able to discuss strategy and risk management from a business perspective’. David Scott QC is retiring at the end of 2018.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s national litigation group impresses with its 'close working relationships with lawyers from other practice groups’, which awards it 'broad expertise and perspective in the context of a wide range of contentious matters’. In Toronto, Guy Pratte is 'at the top of his field’ (he also works out of the Ottawa and Montreal offices). Pratte acted on a string of high-profile matters over the past year, including a case involving LGBTQ rights. In Calgary, Randall Block QC is highly sought after for energy-related litigation and recently acted on a significant construction dispute. Senior counsel Frank Foran QC, national group lead John Blair and Michael Marion are also recommended in Calgary. In Vancouver, Robert Deane is 'very strong’ and is representing a telecoms client in a high-value class action. In Montreal, Mathieu Piché-Messier is 'able to discuss strategy and risk management from a business perspective’. David Scott QC is retiring at the end of 2018.

Practical and business-savvy’, Norton Rose Fulbright impresses with its ‘top-notch industry knowledge’, particularly on the energy side where it is ‘in the thick of it and up to date on all key issues’. It also shines in natural resources, construction, environmental and corporate and commercial litigation. In Alberta, Clarke Hunter QC stands out as ‘thorough, well-prepared and thoughtful’. In Quebec, star name Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E is representing a hydroelectricity client in litigation concerning the renewal of a longstanding supply contract, while Jean Bertrand Ad E and Sophie Perreault are representing and infrastructure client in a significant constitutional law case. Other respected senior names include Vancouver-based national group head Daniel Bennett QC, Montreal-based Sophie Melchers, and Robert Frank and the ‘very strategic’ Orestes Pasparakis in Toronto. The ‘deep bench’ also features several notable younger partners, including Vancouver-based Ryan Dalziel (‘very strong on public law’) and Toronto’s Rahool Agarwal (‘absolutely excellent’). Calgary’s Mary Comeau retired.

Practical and business-savvy’, Norton Rose Fulbright impresses with its ‘top-notch industry knowledge’, particularly on the energy side where it is ‘in the thick of it and up to date on all key issues’. It also shines in natural resources, construction, environmental and corporate and commercial litigation. In Alberta, Clarke Hunter QC stands out as ‘thorough, well-prepared and thoughtful’. In Quebec, star name Pierre Bienvenu, Ad E is representing a hydroelectricity client in litigation concerning the renewal of a longstanding supply contract, while Jean Bertrand Ad E and Sophie Perreault are representing and infrastructure client in a significant constitutional law case. Other respected senior names include Vancouver-based national group head Daniel Bennett QC, Montreal-based Sophie Melchers, and Robert Frank and the ‘very strategic’ Orestes Pasparakis in Toronto. The ‘deep bench’ also features several notable younger partners, including Vancouver-based Ryan Dalziel (‘very strong on public law’) and Toronto’s Rahool Agarwal (‘absolutely excellent’). Calgary’s Mary Comeau retired.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s 'top-tier practice’ attracts a significant share of Canada’s most high-profile cases. As one would expect from one of the most prominent firms in the country, the dispute resolution department is well represented nationally and it ranks among the market leaders in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario — it also has a solid presence in Quebec. The group, which is widely recognized for its 'broad subject matter expertise’, handles a comprehensive range of contentious matters, including complex commercial litigation, class actions, administrative law and white-collar crime. In Ontario, Michael Barrack has 'great judgement’ and successfully defended two American funds in a high-profile case related to the sale of WIND Mobile. Toronto group lead Bradley Berg is 'very capable’ and represented the Canadian American Bar Association, as intervener, 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. In Calgary, David Tupper is a 'fantastic leading lawyer’ and advised a consortium of international insurers on a C$500m coverage claim related to the construction and refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station. In Vancouver, James Sullivan QC is a 'market leader’ and acted as co-counsel to Microsoft in its defence of class actions alleging it breached competition laws in the sale of software products. The group also draws upon the experience of Paul Schabas in Toronto, Robert Torralbo in Montreal and 'pre-eminent litigator’ William Kaplan QC in Vancouver.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP’s 'top-tier practice’ attracts a significant share of Canada’s most high-profile cases. As one would expect from one of the most prominent firms in the country, the dispute resolution department is well represented nationally and it ranks among the market leaders in Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario — it also has a solid presence in Quebec. The group, which is widely recognized for its 'broad subject matter expertise’, handles a comprehensive range of contentious matters, including complex commercial litigation, class actions, administrative law and white-collar crime. In Ontario, Michael Barrack has 'great judgement’ and successfully defended two American funds in a high-profile case related to the sale of WIND Mobile. Toronto group lead Bradley Berg is 'very capable’ and represented the Canadian American Bar Association, as intervener, 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. In Calgary, David Tupper is a 'fantastic leading lawyer’ and advised a consortium of international insurers on a C$500m coverage claim related to the construction and refurbishment of the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station. In Vancouver, James Sullivan QC is a 'market leader’ and acted as co-counsel to Microsoft in its defence of class actions alleging it breached competition laws in the sale of software products. The group also draws upon the experience of Paul Schabas in Toronto, Robert Torralbo in Montreal and 'pre-eminent litigator’ William Kaplan QC in Vancouver.

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP, which is a 'leading firm in the Alberta market’, leverages its top-tier oil and gas practice to specialize in contentious matters in the energy space. The group is also routinely involved in complex construction disputes, class actions, securities litigation and personal injury cases. Daniel McDonald QC and Douglas Mills are both seasoned litigators.

Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP, which is a 'leading firm in the Alberta market’, leverages its top-tier oil and gas practice to specialize in contentious matters in the energy space. The group is also routinely involved in complex construction disputes, class actions, securities litigation and personal injury cases. Daniel McDonald QC and Douglas Mills are both seasoned litigators.

Dentons’ group, which has a broad footprint across Canada, stands out for its ability to 'recommend solutions that have the potential to improve the client’s business’. The energy sector is a key source of work, but the practice has a wide focus that also encompasses financial services, mining, manufacturing, construction and transport. The team is particularly robust in Calgary, which is the seat of group co-lead Gordon Tarnowsky QC; he is representing Niko in two ICSID arbitration proceedings. In Toronto, senior counsel and securities litigation lead Robb Heintzman is a 'top litigator and very strong strategist’; he acted alongside Matthew Fleming to represent Deloitte in a complex auditor liability case brought by Livent. The 'proactive and client-focused’ Michael Schafler is also based in Toronto. Other names to note include David Wotherspoon in Vancouver and Laurent Nahmiash in Montreal.

Dentons’ group, which has a broad footprint across Canada, stands out for its ability to 'recommend solutions that have the potential to improve the client’s business’. The energy sector is a key source of work, but the practice has a wide focus that also encompasses financial services, mining, manufacturing, construction and transport. The team is particularly robust in Calgary, which is the seat of group co-lead Gordon Tarnowsky QC; he is representing Niko in two ICSID arbitration proceedings. In Toronto, senior counsel and securities litigation lead Robb Heintzman is a 'top litigator and very strong strategist’; he acted alongside Matthew Fleming to represent Deloitte in a complex auditor liability case brought by Livent. The 'proactive and client-focused’ Michael Schafler is also based in Toronto. Other names to note include David Wotherspoon in Vancouver and Laurent Nahmiash in Montreal.

The leading litigation boutique in Calgary, JSS Barristers is a popular choice for energy and natural resources-related litigation — particularly complex regulatory, environmental and construction issues — and it also handles financial services litigation, insurance matters and employment disputes. Carsten Jensen QC is a high-profile figure for oil and gas-related disputes and advised National Oilwell Varco in a case arising out of a corporate acquisition. Robert Hawkes QC is also recommended.

The leading litigation boutique in Calgary, JSS Barristers is a popular choice for energy and natural resources-related litigation — particularly complex regulatory, environmental and construction issues — and it also handles financial services litigation, insurance matters and employment disputes. Carsten Jensen QC is a high-profile figure for oil and gas-related disputes and advised National Oilwell Varco in a case arising out of a corporate acquisition. Robert Hawkes QC is also recommended.

A big law firm that operates like a small one’, Gowling WLG is commended for its ‘diligent and detailed billing’ and ‘personalized service’. The dispute resolution practice has broad coverage nationally and its diverse expertise includes corporate and commercial, securities, class action and environmental litigation. In Calgary, David Bishop is a high-profile name and, together with Toronto-based class actions head Scott Kugler, continued to defend Poseidon Concepts in securities class actions filed in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. In another significant cross-office collaboration, Vancouver-based Shayne Strukoff QC and Montreal’s Joelle Boisvert are defending United Airlines in a competition class action alleging that several airlines participated in a conspiracy to restrict competition on certain North American routes. Toronto’s John Callaghan is also a key litigator.

A big law firm that operates like a small one’, Gowling WLG is commended for its ‘diligent and detailed billing’ and ‘personalized service’. The dispute resolution practice has broad coverage nationally and its diverse expertise includes corporate and commercial, securities, class action and environmental litigation. In Calgary, David Bishop is a high-profile name and, together with Toronto-based class actions head Scott Kugler, continued to defend Poseidon Concepts in securities class actions filed in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta. In another significant cross-office collaboration, Vancouver-based Shayne Strukoff QC and Montreal’s Joelle Boisvert are defending United Airlines in a competition class action alleging that several airlines participated in a conspiracy to restrict competition on certain North American routes. Toronto’s John Callaghan is also a key litigator.

Commended as ‘fabulous in Ontario’, McCarthy Tétrault’s national practice draws upon experienced groups in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. In Toronto, Paul Steep — ‘a truly elite litigator’ — successfully defended National Bank of Canada before the Ontario Court of Appeal in one of 13 class actions stemming from the bank’s involvement in the public offering preceding the collapse of Poseidon Energy. Toronto-based Sarit Batner’s ‘star is in the ascendant’; she, together with Steep, represented Philip Morris in the Ontario and New Brunswick sets of healthcare cost recovery actions brought by Canadian provincial governments – its Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal teams are advising the tobacco giant and its affiliates on parallel litigation in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. In Alberta, regional managing partner Sean Smyth QC represented a group of defendants in several class actions arising from the acquisition and sale of several real estate assets. Michael Feder and class action specialist Jill Yates are recommended in Vancouver, while Simon Potter Ad E is a key figure in Montreal. Toronto-based Paul Morrison left to join Miller Thomson.

Commended as ‘fabulous in Ontario’, McCarthy Tétrault’s national practice draws upon experienced groups in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. In Toronto, Paul Steep — ‘a truly elite litigator’ — successfully defended National Bank of Canada before the Ontario Court of Appeal in one of 13 class actions stemming from the bank’s involvement in the public offering preceding the collapse of Poseidon Energy. Toronto-based Sarit Batner’s ‘star is in the ascendant’; she, together with Steep, represented Philip Morris in the Ontario and New Brunswick sets of healthcare cost recovery actions brought by Canadian provincial governments – its Calgary, Vancouver and Montreal teams are advising the tobacco giant and its affiliates on parallel litigation in Alberta, British Columbia and Quebec. In Alberta, regional managing partner Sean Smyth QC represented a group of defendants in several class actions arising from the acquisition and sale of several real estate assets. Michael Feder and class action specialist Jill Yates are recommended in Vancouver, while Simon Potter Ad E is a key figure in Montreal. Toronto-based Paul Morrison left to join Miller Thomson.

McLennan Ross LLP’s ‘very experienced team’, which is split between Calgary and Edmonton, handles a broad spread of matters spanning commercial and corporate litigation, environmental law, construction, class actions, insurance and health. Led jointly by Calgary-based Don Dear QC and Edmonton’s Ken Fitz, the department also includes James Lebo QC in Calgary, who has a strong record in professional liability.

McLennan Ross LLP’s ‘very experienced team’, which is split between Calgary and Edmonton, handles a broad spread of matters spanning commercial and corporate litigation, environmental law, construction, class actions, insurance and health. Led jointly by Calgary-based Don Dear QC and Edmonton’s Ken Fitz, the department also includes James Lebo QC in Calgary, who has a strong record in professional liability.

Litigation boutique Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP handles a broad range of contentious work from its Toronto base, with strong showings in corporate and commercial litigation, employment disputes, contentious insolvencies and public and administrative law. Linda Rothstein is ‘very well regarded’ and other key contacts include Chris Paliare and managing partner Robert Centa. Recent work includes representing the Superintendent of Financial Services (Ontario) in the highly contentious Nortel Networks bankruptcy.

Litigation boutique Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP handles a broad range of contentious work from its Toronto base, with strong showings in corporate and commercial litigation, employment disputes, contentious insolvencies and public and administrative law. Linda Rothstein is ‘very well regarded’ and other key contacts include Chris Paliare and managing partner Robert Centa. Recent work includes representing the Superintendent of Financial Services (Ontario) in the highly contentious Nortel Networks bankruptcy.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s team, which is split between Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, provides 'highly strategic corporate litigation guidance’. In Toronto, group co-chair David Foulds, who is 'very responsive and knowledgeable’, represented KF Aerospace in its breach of contract claim against various companies within the Kales Group. Derek Bell and the 'very thorough and business-minded’ Amy Pressman are also recommended in Toronto. In Calgary, 'extremely tenacious and strategic’ office managing partner Heather Treacy QC is defending Salzgitter in a C$25.6m claim brought by Suncor Energy. Among the Vancouver office’s cases, David Neave and Kevin Wright are advising Porsche in class actions concerning the so-called 'defeat device’ allegedly installed in Porsche Cayenne vehicles. Group co-chair John Landry is also a key contact in Vancouver.

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s team, which is split between Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario, provides 'highly strategic corporate litigation guidance’. In Toronto, group co-chair David Foulds, who is 'very responsive and knowledgeable’, represented KF Aerospace in its breach of contract claim against various companies within the Kales Group. Derek Bell and the 'very thorough and business-minded’ Amy Pressman are also recommended in Toronto. In Calgary, 'extremely tenacious and strategic’ office managing partner Heather Treacy QC is defending Salzgitter in a C$25.6m claim brought by Suncor Energy. Among the Vancouver office’s cases, David Neave and Kevin Wright are advising Porsche in class actions concerning the so-called 'defeat device’ allegedly installed in Porsche Cayenne vehicles. Group co-chair John Landry is also a key contact in Vancouver.

FASKEN, which houses a ‘deep and diverse’ litigation practice, routinely handles class actions, administrative and public law cases, corporate and securities litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime. Considered ‘top-tier in Vancouver’, which is the seat of national practice head Geoffrey Cowper QC (‘a very senior litigator who excels on high-profile cases’), the group also has effective platforms in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City, as well as a smaller presence in Calgary. Among its recent cases, Vancouver’s Mark Andrews QC defended a utility on several environmental and construction claims. The ‘very strong’ Tracey Cohen QC is also noted in Vancouver. In Toronto, Laura Cooper defended a professional services company in a multibillion-dollar class action. Robert Harrison and Gerald Ranking are also recommended in Toronto, while Martin Sheehan and Marc-André Fabien Ad E are key contacts in Montreal.

FASKEN, which houses a ‘deep and diverse’ litigation practice, routinely handles class actions, administrative and public law cases, corporate and securities litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime. Considered ‘top-tier in Vancouver’, which is the seat of national practice head Geoffrey Cowper QC (‘a very senior litigator who excels on high-profile cases’), the group also has effective platforms in Toronto, Montreal and Quebec City, as well as a smaller presence in Calgary. Among its recent cases, Vancouver’s Mark Andrews QC defended a utility on several environmental and construction claims. The ‘very strong’ Tracey Cohen QC is also noted in Vancouver. In Toronto, Laura Cooper defended a professional services company in a multibillion-dollar class action. Robert Harrison and Gerald Ranking are also recommended in Toronto, while Martin Sheehan and Marc-André Fabien Ad E are key contacts in Montreal.

Calgary-headquartered Peacock Linder Halt & Mack LLP is well known for its litigation expertise in the oil and gas, securities and insurance spheres. Perry Mack QC is widely recognized as a regional market leader. Peter Linder QC is also highly regarded.

Calgary-headquartered Peacock Linder Halt & Mack LLP is well known for its litigation expertise in the oil and gas, securities and insurance spheres. Perry Mack QC is widely recognized as a regional market leader. Peter Linder QC is also highly regarded.

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s national litigation practice maintains its dominant position in major class actions and also excels in securities litigation, product liability and arbitration — among other areas. Among the Toronto office’s recent highlights, Peter Howard represented Livent in bringing a high-profile negligence claim against its auditors. In addition, dispute resolution head Eliot Kolers successfully acted for Omega in opposing an application by the Ontario Securities Commission for a temporary order to cease trading and suspend its registration. Seasoned litigator David Byers and competition litigation lead Katherine Kay are also key names in Toronto. Yves Martineau is a sought-after name in Montreal and is defending Société Telus Communications in a class action alleging it set excessive international roaming charges. Other key contacts include Geoffrey Holub in Calgary and David Brown in Vancouver. Louis Bélanger left to join Montreal boutique Arnault Thibault Cléroux.

Stikeman Elliott LLP’s national litigation practice maintains its dominant position in major class actions and also excels in securities litigation, product liability and arbitration — among other areas. Among the Toronto office’s recent highlights, Peter Howard represented Livent in bringing a high-profile negligence claim against its auditors. In addition, dispute resolution head Eliot Kolers successfully acted for Omega in opposing an application by the Ontario Securities Commission for a temporary order to cease trading and suspend its registration. Seasoned litigator David Byers and competition litigation lead Katherine Kay are also key names in Toronto. Yves Martineau is a sought-after name in Montreal and is defending Société Telus Communications in a class action alleging it set excessive international roaming charges. Other key contacts include Geoffrey Holub in Calgary and David Brown in Vancouver. Louis Bélanger left to join Montreal boutique Arnault Thibault Cléroux.

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