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DLA Piper (Canada) LLP’s group, composed of ‘experts in the transportation field’, excels in regulatory and contentious matters. Vancouver-based Forrest Hume, who jointly chairs the rail practice, is widely lauded for his ‘long and varied experience with rail transportation law’, and particularly his ‘strong prominence in arbitration’. Vancouver-based John Landry is also recommended. Representative clients include Freight Management Association of Canada, TransLink and Univar Canada.

McCarthy TĂ©trault’s transportation practice shines in bus, truck and rail-related matters and acts for some of the leading names in those respective sectors, including Greyhound Canada Transportation, Federal Express Canada and Via Rail Canada. David Blair, who steers the group from Quebec City, is a preeminent transport specialist.

Toronto-based transportation law boutique Fernandes Hearn LLP has wide-ranging rail and road practices spanning regulatory, transactional and contentious matters — insurance stands out as a particular sweet spot. Gordon Hearn, who has strong expertise in regulatory and insurance matters, and Rui Fernandes are the names to note.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a well-rounded rail practice, which clients hail for its ‘deep regulatory and commercial acumen’. Alain Ricard — who leads the transport group from Montreal — and infrastructure partner  Robert G. Borduas are advising a public infrastructure body on an LRT project.

Traditionally skewed towards contentious matters, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s practice is securing an increasing volume of corporate and commercial mandates. Vancouver-based Graham Walker is a key contact.

Ottawa-based international trade boutique Conlin Bedard LLP houses a compact but very capable transportation practice, which includes ‘very strong transportation law specialist’ Ian MacKay. BNSF Railway Company, District of West Vancouver and SaskEnergy are notable clients.

At Dentons, Toronto-based transportation co-chair Michael Ledgett has a solid record in transport-related infrastructure projects, with notable recent experience in road and rail projects. Calgary-based co-chair Alex G MacWilliam is recommended for regulatory matters.

FASKEN’s multidisciplinary practice, which is commended for its ‘great record acting on behalf of the railroad industry’, has experience across the full spectrum of transactional, regulatory and contentious matters. Toronto-based litigator Steven Rosenhek is representing key client Canadian Pacific Railway in a class action stemming from water contamination.

McMillan LLP’s transport group is best known for its strong reputation in regulatory matters. Names to note include Lucia Stuhldreier, who handles both rail and trucking law, and high-profile rail specialist François Tougas — both are based in Vancouver.

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