Firm Profile > Borden Ladner Gervais LLP > Ottawa, Canada
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Offices
WORLD EXCHANGE PLAZA
100 QUEEN STREET, SUITE 1100
OTTAWA, ONTARIO K1P 1J9
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP > The Legal 500 Rankings
Transport > Shipping Tier 1One of the oldest marine law practices in Canada, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP acts for shipowners, operators, shipbuilders, insurers, and charterers. It has a broad national practice, with expertise covering East Coast, Great Lakes, Arctic and West Coast shipping lanes. Disputes are a core practice area for the firm, which is frequently involved in major collision matters, cargo claims, ship arrests and customs disputes. Other areas of work include advising on transactional and regulatory issues. Jean-Marie Fontaine leads the team out of the Montreal office, acting for major clients on both transactional and litigation matters. Other key names are Dionysios Rossi and Graham Walker, both based in Vancouver.
Canada > Indigenous law Tier 2Borden Ladner Gervais LLP acts for a stellar client base, comprising project proponents, Indigenous groups and the Crown, in a host of Aboriginal law and treaty rights mandates, most notably project permitting and approval issues. Recent areas of growth include advising Indigenous-owned businesses operating in the oil and gas, energy, infrastructure, banking and cannabis industries in relation to strategic partnerships with industry clients. The team’s impressive litigation track record is also noteworthy, as is its ability to assist with Northern Land Claims Agreements. The indigenous law group is spearheaded by Cherie Brant in Toronto, whose experience covers transactions, financing and land development on First Nations territories. Montréal-based Nadir André is go-to counsel for both Aboriginal clients and corporations involved in land claims’ negotiations in Québec and elsewhere in Canada, and in connection with natural resources development. Patrick Foy QC in Vancouver has notable expertise in appellate and judicial review matters involving Aboriginal law.
Canada > Insurance Tier 2Known for its high-quality litigation bench, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP acts for insurers and insureds on a number of key disputes. The team is involved in a number of cases relating to business interruption as a result of Covid-19, with Patrick Heisen representing Lloyds Underwriters, HDI Global Specialty SE and Grenville mutual in separate class actions. It often acts on behalf of large insurers’ national programs but is also known to act for large entities including municipalities, hospitals and school boards. The firm also offers regulatory services. The team is headed by Rebecca Bush and Donna Spagnolo in Toronto and Graham Walker in Vancouver. Other key names include regional group manager Kevin McGivney in Toronto and Jean-Maire Fontaine in Montreal. Cyber insurance expert Eric Charleston joined from Miller Thomson.
Transport > Aviation Tier 3Known for its contentious offering, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP represents aircraft operators, manufacturers and insurers in major disputes and claims cases. The team handles all forms of major litigation regarding aerospace operation, construction and ground handling, including a wide number of insurance claims work as well. Other work includes aircraft restructuring and insolvency cases, with recent involvement in various bankruptcy proceedings. Leon Beukman leads the aviation team from Vancouver, offering over 30 years of experience in civil litigation for aviation stakeholders.
Other key lawyers:
Robin Squires; Robert Love
Canada > Banking and finance Tier 3With a notable lender-side practice, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP advises on banking matters across all five Canadian legal markets, as well as acting in cross-border matters. The group was instrumental in the establishment of key business relief funds guaranteed by the Canadian government, most notably advising Export Development Canada on the C$55bn Canada Emergency Business Account program. It also offers a solid financial regulatory practice, which is particularly known for its work with non-traditional lenders, including credit unions and private equity, and is increasingly active in the fintech space. Toronto-based Gus Karantzoulis is noted for his work for the Bank of Nova Scotia and others in a broad range of sophisticated lending transactions. Also in Toronto is Howard Silverman, who often acts for borrowers. Its Montreal-based lawyers include transactional and regulatory advisory expert Olivier Tardif, as well as national and regional group heads Claudine Millette and Stephen Redican.
Canada > Environment Tier 3The environmental law practice at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP offers legal support to clients operating in a variety of sectors, including transport, manufacturing, energy and waste management, on a multitude of business transactions, regulatory matters and in litigation. Contentious issues are a key strength for the group, which is equipped to handle civil environmental claims, contaminated sites litigation, administrative proceedings and judicial appeals. Rick Williams oversees the national team from Vancouver; the practice head is singled out for his experience in environmental issues pertaining to project development and permitting, with a special emphasis in the oil and gas segment. He receives key support from other practitioners based in Vancouver: Dionysios Rossi has a strong track record in federal and provincial environmental assessment processes and pollution-related matters, while Graham Walker leads on tort cases. Jonathan Cocker, who focuses on environmental compliance issues, recently joined from Baker McKenzie.
Transport > Other transport Tier 3Borden 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:
Canadian Pacific Railway
Canadian National Railway
City of Ottawa
Southern Railway of BC
ITIC – International Transport Intermediaries Club
Bison Transport Inc.
Burlington Northern Railway
Regional Municipality of Waterloo (
Canadian Pacific Railway
Canada > Pensions Tier 3Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s cross-practice pensions and benefits group comprises of lawyers whose experience spans employment, corporate, finance, tax and litigation. Its areas of strength include pension plan and fund governance, plan transactions, and support on corporate and commercial matters. Andrew Harrison leads the department from the Toronto office, which is the base for most of the team. Sonia Mak acts for a range of stakeholders, including employers and their non-Canadian parent companies. Scott McEvoy is another name to note in Toronto. Frédéric Massé is a key contact in Montréal.
Canada > Tax Tier 4Borden Ladner Gervais LLP undertakes a wide ambit of contentious and non-contentious tax work, under the leadership of Craig Webster in Toronto, who has particular expertise in the investment management industry. In addition to representing clients in tax litigation, the team advises clients on the tax aspects of M&A, restructurings, foreign direct investments and finance transactions, as well as employment, pensions and benefits issues. Steve Suarez provides tax support on major corporate transactions, while Calgary-based partner Laurie Goldbach offers dispute resolution expertise, with experience before all levels of court.
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP > Firm Profile
As the largest full-service Canadian law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) delivers the most comprehensive legal solutions and client services for domestic and international clients – across more practice areas and industry sectors – than any other Canadian firm.
With over 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals, BLG services businesses and institutions across all of their legal needs – from M&A and capital markets; to complex disputes, financing, and trademark and patent registration.
BLG is the largest of Canada’s few AmLaw Global 100 firms, with five full-service offices located in each of Canada’s principal business markets, and the nation’s capital. As a bilingual English-French firm, BLG excels under both the common and civil law systems in Canada.
BLG has a legacy of ‘firsts’ – from being Canada’s first-founded law firm, to one of the first in North America to implement client service standards, and receives numerous legal industry recognitions for innovation in client service and value.
BLG takes great pride in the communities it serves, and supports a variety of initiatives including pro bono legal services, fundraising and volunteer programs, such as the BLG Reads to Kids Program.
BLG provides business law, dispute resolution and intellectual property solutions to a wide range of clients internationally in virtually every area of law. Special expertise includes mergers and acquisitions, infrastructure and public-private projects, financings, international trade law, commercial litigation and arbitration. BLG has acted in international banking transactions (including sovereign risk lending); international insolvencies, liquidations and restructurings; international joint ventures, reorganisations and acquisitions; commercial contracts; and international and multi-jurisdictional disputes.
Diversity and inclusiveness are critical to the firm’s success. The principles of employment equity, diversity and human rights are an integral part of our culture. As Canada’s Law Firm, BLG champions diversity and inclusion in the workplace and in the wider legal community. BLG actively participates in and promote programs aimed at improving and celebrating diversity within the legal profession and the broader business community, including our robust Transgender Accommodation and Inclusivity Policy, BLG’s mental health strategy, unconscious bias training, and the development and continued growth of the Driven By Women™ initiative. BLG is a proud partners of Catalyst Canada, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and Pride at Work Canada.
Clients & Community
BLG is proud to support its clients and communities. The firm provides insight to domestic and international public and private corporations across all business sectors. BLG advises governments, governmental organisations and agencies, as well as trade groups and broader public sector clients. The firm’s ability to make a positive impact in the communities in which it lives and works directly connects to how it cultivates its relationships, both inside and outside of the office. BLG supports nearly 200 different non-profit organizations annually, ranging from local charities and grassroots community initiatives to international charitable missions. The firm’s cross-practice and cross-country firm provides more than 20,000 pro bono hours of legal support to nearly 200 not-for-profits and vulnerable individuals.
For further information, visit blg.com.
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