R Paul Steep > McCarthy Tétrault > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile
McCarthy Tétrault Offices
66 Wellington Street West
Suite 5300, TD Bank Tower Box 48
Toronto ON M5K 1E6
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R Paul Steep
Dispute Resolution: Class Actions (Defence); Litigation: Securities; Litigation: General Commercial
Litigation partner based in Toronto, with a broad commercial litigation practice that focuses on securities litigation including class actions. Has appeared before all levels of the Courts of Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Acts in major commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, all forms of securities litigation, directors’ and officers’ liability cases, banking litigation, and class actions. Regularly appears before the OSC on a variety of regulatory and enforcement matters, and acts on behalf of corporations and individuals subject to OSC investigations.
Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Lawyer Rankings(Leading individuals: Ontario)
McCarthy Tétrault fields an impressive national dispute resolution practice, praised for its ‘exceptional bench strength and business advisory skills‘. It has one of Ontario’s leading litigation departments, which is renowned for handling precedent-setting matters, and appearing before all levels of court and tribunals across the country. A recent highlight saw the team defending Unity Health Toronto in its high-profile C$300m lawsuit with Zurich Insurance. This was co-led by the ‘exceptional‘ Sarit Batner, one of the Toronto office’s standout partners, where securities-focused R Paul Steep is another partner to note. Arbitration is also a strength of the team, and Junior Sirivar is a key contact in that respect, acting in international arbitrations, with sector strengths including mining, banking, telecoms and healthcare. The group in Vancouver is well known for its work in the mining and energy sectors, as well as in cases involving environmental law and Indigenous rights. Jill Yates leads the team there and heads the national class action group, while Michael Feder is a leading name in the market, ‘terrific both at trial and on appeal‘. The team looks to have a bright future ahead with Miranda Lam building a strong commercial litigation practice and expertise in the retail sector, and Aidan Cameron noted for construction and insurance coverage matters. Patrick Williams also stands out at the associate level. The practice in Quebec has gone from strength to strength, led by professional liability expert Steeves Bujold. Mason Poplaw and François Giroux frequently act as lead counsel on some of the province’s standout disputes, and the team is one of the market leaders for insolvencies and class actions. Michel Gagné and Isabelle Vendette are further key figures, as is Emmanuelle Poupart in medical law disputes. In Alberta, the team is led by Douglas Yoshida and other key contacts include expert in the natural resources sector Sean Smyth, and Kara Smyth who also has an impressive practice and was involved in a number of major cases during 2020 and 2021.
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Banking and finance
- Capital markets
- Competition and antitrust
- Corporate and M&A
- Infrastructure projects
- International trade
- Transport > Other transport
- Energy and natural resources > Power
- Real estate