Other transport in Canada

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP‘s rail group has broad expertise in transit disputes, handling a full range of cases. It has particular strength in cases relating to rail deregulation, with emphasis on parliamentary-sanctioned shipping remedies and tariff challenges. The team also has experience in level of service and freight rate disputes. Clients note that the group ‘understands the Canadian court system and has a very good reputation in the rail industry,’ particularly noting the team’s strength advising on the Canadian Transportation Act. Forrest Hume and John Landry lead the team from Vancouver.

Practice head(s):

Forrest Hume; John Landry

Other key lawyers:

Monique Evans


‘The members of the transportation law practice have considerable experience in this area of law and are excellent communicators ’

‘Mr. Forrest Hume brings a long and detailed experience in transportation law, with experience working for carriers and shippers. He has imparted his knowledge and trained and mentored his junior associates. ’

‘DLA Piper has exceptional knowledge of the legalities of Canadian Transportation Act (CTA) and specializing in the rail services. They understand the Canadian court system and have a very good reputation in the rail industry.’

‘We worked with Forrest Hume and Monique Evans and both were excellent in presenting our case to the CTA.’

Key clients

Peace River Coal Inc. and Canadian Industrial Transportation Association

Louis Dreyfus Company Canada ULC

Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited

ADM Agri Industries Company

Paterson Grain

Tata Steel Minerals Canada Limited

Univar Canada Ltd.

TransLink / West Coast Express Limited


Canadian Wheat Board/G3 Canada Limited

Emerson Milling Inc.

City of Vancouver

Carnival Corporation

Procureure Générale du Québec

Hudson’s Bay Railway Corporation

Canada Malting Co. Ltd.

Freight Management Association of Canada

Work highlights

  • Advising on rail legislation and liability relating to a tragic rail accident that resulted in the deaths of 47 individuals.
  • Acting for Canada Malting in a complaint against CP regarding the reasonableness of CP’s Tariff 2.
  • Obtained a determination that Canadian National Railway Company breached its level of service obligations to Louis Dreyfus Company Canada.

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault‘s transportation and logistics group offers broad support to its clients across both the road and rail industries. The team is particularly known for acting for inter-city bus operators, having been involved in a number of major cases, as well as acting for large motor carrier fleets. On the rail side, it handles service level cases, as well as disputes where the rail and energy industries intersect. The team provides regulatory and risk management support as well, acting at a national and provincial level. David Blair leads the team, splitting time between Quebec City and Montreal; he and associate Brian Lipson are ‘extremely capable experts in transportation law.’

Practice head(s):

David Blair

Other key lawyers:

Brian Lipson; Nicholas Hughes


‘Brian Lipson and David Blair are both extremely capable experts in transportation law and have assisted in advising on regulatory matters concerning dealer and vehicle licensing in provinces across Canada. Their practices’ strengths center around the relationships they have with provincial regulators that allow them to give clients accurate and essential information that affects our business.’

‘Brian Lipson is a great team partner and has been willing to work with external and internal stakeholders for our company, including customers, on regulatory projects.’

Key clients

Greyhound Lines Inc. / Greyhound Canada Transportation ULC

Commission de la Capitale Nationale du Québec

Kéolis Canada

Via Rail Canada Inc.

Canadian National Railway Company

Home Depot of Canada

Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

Brandt Tractor Ltd.

La Coop Fédérée

Aphria Inc. / Pure Natures Wellness Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising CSX Corp. on its definitive agreement to acquire Quality Carriers, Inc. from Quality Distribution, Inc.
  • Advising EQT Infrastructure on its agreement to acquire First Student and First Transit for $4.6bn.
  • Advising Tesla Motors Inc. with respect to OMVIC advertising investigation and enforcement.


Fasken's transport group is known for its 'strong presence in the rail sector,' but it is also active for road sector clients. The team has a particularly strong relationship with Canada Pacific Railway, handling commercial litigation as well as collision and cargo claims. The team has additional expertise advising on infrastructure and PPP projects, environmental law and commercial work, including financing. It also offers labour and employment support to clients primarily in the trucking area, led by Toronto-based Ian Campbell. The team is led by Steven Rosenhek, Peter Pliszka and Rosalind Cooper in Toronto, and Paul Wilson in Vancouver.

Practice head(s):

Rosalind Cooper; Paul Wilson; Steven Rosenhek; Peter Pliszka

Other key lawyers:

Ian Campbell


‘This is a team that cares about our business and takes an active interest in what we do. ’

‘They have a genuine interest in the business my firm was involved with. As a result they care and work collaboratively to resolve issues. They are great with innovative ideas to resolve issues as they arise’

‘Fasken has a strong presence in the rail sector and can be considered a premier firm in that area.’

Key clients

Transportation Safety Board of Canada

Schneider National Carriers

Canadian Pacific Railway

Trimac Transportation

VIA Rail

Marsh Canada Limited

Turbomeca SA

XTL Transport

Penske Canada

Ryder Truck Rental Canada Ltd.,

Work highlights

  • Representing CP Railway in a dispute regarding whether CP Rail is obliged to reconstruct a railway bridge over the Fraser River for a major chemical distributor.
  • Advising Infrastructure Ontario on the Ontario Line Subway P3 project.
  • Advised Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority on financial matters relating to the renovation of the Gordie Howe Bridge to Detroit, Michigan.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP handles a range of matters across the road and rail sectors. It counts among its clients a number of major railways and rail operators, urban transit authorities, shippers and other key industry stakeholders. The group is particularly known for work on infrastructure projects, handling regulatory and planning approvals. Robert Shouldice leads the regulatory and commercial arm out of Vancouver. Robin Squires leads the litigation team from Montreal; his practice focuses on commercial disputes and insurance claim in the transport industry.

Other key lawyers:

Aaron Bowler

Key clients

Canadian Pacific Railway

Canadian National Railway


BC Rail


City of Ottawa

Southern Railway of BC

ITIC – International Transport Intermediaries Club

Bison Transport Inc.

Greyhound Canada

Burlington Northern Railway

K&S Potash

Mullen Trucking

Regional Municipality of Waterloo (

Canadian Pacific Railway

Work highlights

  • Represents NouvLR General Partnership with respect to all legal matters pertaining to the design and construction of a major light-rail train in Quebec.
  • Acted for a consortium of AECOM and Duit Construction throughout the bid phase of the Gilcrease Expressway West Project.
  • Representing the defendant, on behalf of the TT Club, with respect to a train derailment in Ontario.


Dentons offers broad transportation industry support, providing regulatory and transactional advice to road and rail clients. The team has close links with the firm's infrastructure practice, with its attorneys particularly known for their PPP expertise for road and rail projects. It also has notable strength advising governments and agencies on major public transit projects. Michael Ledgett and Ilan Dunsky lead the team from Toronto and Montreal respectively. Ledgett advises public and private sector groups on transport matters, including autonomous vehicles, while Dunsky focuses on infrastructure.

Practice head(s):

Michael Ledgett; Ilan Dunsky

Other key lawyers:

Mark Glynn

Key clients

Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium

Network Rail Consulting

Canadian Urban Transit Association

Canadian National Railway Company

The Dow Chemical Company

Work highlights

  • Advising The Dow Chemical Company concerning Canadian rail regulatory matters in the sale of North American Railroad operations and assets
  • Advising Canadian National Railway on an agreement for the acquisition of the Massena rail line from CSX.
  • Providing legal counsel for Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium projects.