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McCarthy Tétrault
745 Thurlow Street
Suite 2400
Vancouver BC V6E 0C5
Canada

Work Department

Dispute Resolution: Class Actions (Defence); Litigation: General Commercial

Position

Partner in and Practice Lead of the firm’s Litigation Group in Vancouver. Chair of the firm’s National Class Actions Group. Experienced commercial litigator and has appeared at all levels of court in British Columbia, in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario, in the Federal Court, and in arbitral hearings. Has expertise in complex commercial litigation involving a variety of types of claims and in a broad range of industries, and particular expertise in defending class actions. Particular expertise in defending conspiracy claims, including at trial. Frequently represents financial institution clients on a variety of matters including in relation to fraud, de-marketing, contract terms and mortgage issues. Frequently represents clients in consumer protection, product liability and privacy claims.

Career

British Columbia Bar, 2002.

Memberships

International Association of Defense Counsel, Canadian Bar Association and Vancouver Bar Association.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Dispute Resolution

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 ‘exceptionalSarit 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.