Firm Profile > Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP > Toronto, Canada

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

Dispute resolution

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP is held up by sources as a ‘smart and dedicated group of litigators, who are passionate about what they do’. The Toronto boutique handles a broad scope of contentious matters, with notable expertise in commercial litigation, class actions, professional discipline cases and labour disputes. Highlighted for its ‘strong mix of senior and junior litigators’, the group includes standout litigators Chris Paliare and Linda Rothstein. On the class actions front, Odette Soriano is noted for her ‘spectacular problem-solving instincts’. Paul Davis is a recommended associate in the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Key clients

Class of RRSP (registered retirement savings plan) account holders, and holders of similar registered accounts, with BMO Nesbitt Burns, BMO InvestorLine, and BMO Trust Company

Class of franchisees of Shoppers Drug Mart

Class of users of the PayPal payment system in respect of transactions involving currency conversions

Class of all persons who currently hold or held valid Aboriginal and Treaty Rights Access Passports as of July 13, 2017

Class of investors in Southern China Livestock

The Firm

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP is a litigation boutique with a broad range of expertise and experience. They are routinely involved in high profile cases: complex commercial litigation or class actions, professional discipline or labour disputes or public inquiries. The firm is trusted to manage the most sensitive legal issues facing businesses of every size, individuals, labour unions, professional regulatory bodies, academic institutions and public interest organizations.  Much of their work is referred from other law firms in Ontario, across Canada and internationally.

Main Areas of Practice:

Appeals & Judicial Review:
Paliare Roland has argued many important appellate cases including:

  • Club Resorts Ltd. v.Van Breda, 2012 SCC 17 which established the test for an Ontario court taking jurisdiction over a foreign defendant
  • Counsel to the Canadian Police Association Fraser v. Ontario (Attorney-General), 2011 SCC 20, the leading charter decision on freedom of association and the process of collective bargaining

Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation:
Paliare Roland acts regularly nationally and locally. The practice is independent of major financial institutions, permitting them to act as counsel to insolvency stakeholders, including court appointed officers, debtors, employee groups, unions, bondholders and governments.

Acted for United Steel Workers Union. Was in a lead position regarding the restructuring of Stelco and its legacy liability pension obligations and other post-employment benefits including finding and sponsoring the ultimate Purchase of Stelco, Bedrock Industries.

Counsel to the representative plaintiffs in Sino-Forest’s CCAA proceeding commenced in March 2012, in the Ontario class action against Sino-Forest Corporation and some of its current and former officers and directors, auditors and underwriters

Counsel to the Canadian Federation of Pensioners at the Supreme Court of Canada in the appeal of Indalex Limited (Re), 2011 ONCA 265, which addressed the priority of pension funding obligations in a restructuring situation.

Class Actions:
Paliare Roland represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad spectrum of class actions. On the defence side, the firm has acted for major financial institutions, major manufacturers, pension funds, educational institutions and insurers.

■ Class counsel in multiple actions alleging criminal interest charges (Markson v. MBNA Canada Bank, 2007 ONCA 334), the leading decision on aggregate damages in Ontario

■ Class counsel to individuals who invested in an alleged charitable tax shelter opportunity sold through investor advisors. The claim was certified in 2012: Cannon v. Funds for Canada Foundation, 2012 ONSC 399

Constitutional Litigation:
Paliare Roland has acted on many high profile constitutional cases and has long associations with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and other public interest organizations like Friends of the Earth, British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, Métis National Council, Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Human Rights Watch and various specialised legal aid clinics.

Counsel to the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and individual litigants in Daniels v. HMQ, 2014 CanL1168707 (SCC) seeking a declaration that the Federal Government is constitutionally responsible for approximately 600,000 Métis and Non-Status Indians, under s. 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867

Counsel to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association in R. v. Bedford, 2012 ONCA 186 in which the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down substantially all of the Criminal Code provisions regulating prostitution in Canada.

Corporate Commercial Litigation:
Paliare Roland represents publicly and privately on leading cases. The team acts for defendants and plaintiffs bringing versatility and unique insights. They have acted as counsel on class proceedings at all stages of proceeding (certification including all levels of appeal; mediations; examinations for discovery; completion of common issues trials) and on cases involving usurious interest rates, product liability, Competition Act violations, institutional abuse, auditor’s negligence, franchise disputes, cases involving foreign exchange charges, breach of trust, breach of contract, pensions issues, and others.

Class counsel to credit card holders who alleged MBNA Canada Bank had received a criminal rate of interest in certain circumstances. The certification decision is one of the leading decisions on aggregate damages (Markson v. MBNA Canada Bank, 2007 ONCA 334).

Class counsel to individuals who invested in an alleged charitable tax shelter opportunity. Cannon v. Funds for Canada Foundation, 2012 ONSC 399.

Paliare Roland provides advice and advocacy relating to all areas of the employment relationship for both employees and employers. Many of the important cases remain confidential.

Estates and Trusts:
Paliare Roland has acted on a number of high profile contested estates and trusts matters. They advocate on behalf of both trustees and beneficiaries in will challenges, dependant’s relief applications, capacity and guardianship disputes, and breach of trust matters. Their lawyers have argued leading cases on the right to contest probate, the existence of a trust by virtue of a government grant, misconduct by trustees and advisors, and removal of trust assets offshore. Importantly, they have also achieved settlements of significant and complicated disputes engaging family businesses, trusts and estates.

Libel & Slander:
Paliare Roland has expertise in all aspects of defamation law including litigation and litigation strategies, media strategies and prepublication review. Paliare Roland’s defamation practice includes representation of senior executives, politicians, corporations, athletes, educational institutions and others.

Product Liability & Tort Claims:
Paliare Roland acts for both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving product failure, negligence and economic torts. While these sensitive issues generally result in settlement, the firm’s lawyers have argued leading cases on international jurisdiction and insurance coverage.

Professional Discipline & Regulation:
Paliare Roland represents both regulators and a wide range of professionals in connection with complaints, investigations and discipline proceedings.

Securities Litigation:
Paliare Roland acts for both investors and issuers in litigation involving public disclosure issues providing assistance to investors, investment advisors and other registrants in proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association also representing investors in negligence claims against investment advisors and dealers.

Counsel to a prominent lawyer accused of insider tipping and trading at the Ontario Securities Commission

Counsel to the Foundation for the Advancement of Investor Rights, an intervener, in the Reference re Securities Act, 2011 SCC 66 respecting the constitutionality of proposed federal securities legislation, and in CIBC v. Green, 2014 ONCA 90 regarding securities class action limitation periods.

Counsel to the minority common shareholders of Hollinger Inc. before the Ontario Securities Commission in Re. Hollinger Inc., (2005), 28 OSCB 3309

Department Name Email Telephone
Managing Partner Rob Centa 416.646.4314
Marketing and Business Development Manager Simone Knott 416.646.7471
Photo Name Position Profile
 Kris Borg-Olivier  photo Kris Borg-Olivier Partner
 Hailey Bruckner  photo Hailey Bruckner Associate
 Ren Bucholz  photo Ren Bucholz Partner
 Charlotté Calon  photo Charlotté Calon Associate
 Gordon Capern  photo Gordon Capern Partner
 Robert A. Centa  photo Robert A. Centa Partner
 Nick Coleman  photo Nick Coleman Partner
 Denise Cooney  photo Denise Cooney Partner
 Paul Davis  photo Paul Davis Associate
 Donald Eady  photo Donald Eady Partner
 Catherine Fan  photo Catherine Fan Associate
 Michael Fenrick  photo Michael Fenrick Partner
 Danielle Glatt  photo Danielle Glatt Associate
 Lily Harmer  photo Lily Harmer Partner
 Glynnis Hawe  photo Glynnis Hawe Associate
 Caroline (Nini) V. Jones  photo Caroline (Nini) V. Jones Partner
 Karen Jones  photo Karen Jones Partner
 Jean-Claude Killey  photo Jean-Claude Killey Partner
 Jeffrey Larry  photo Jeffrey Larry Partner
 Jessica Latimer  photo Jessica Latimer Partner
 Emily Lawrence  photo Emily Lawrence Partner
 Shawna Leclair  photo Shawna Leclair Associate
 Andrew Lewis QC photo Andrew Lewis QC Partner
 Tina Lie  photo Tina Lie Partner
 Andrew Lokan  photo Andrew Lokan Partner
 Jodi Martin  photo Jodi Martin Partner
 John Monger  photo John Monger Partner
 Douglas Montgomery  photo Douglas Montgomery Associate
 Chris Paliare  photo Chris Paliare Partner
 Lauren Pearce  photo Lauren Pearce Associate
 Elizabeth Rathbone  photo Elizabeth Rathbone Associate
 Ian Roland  photo Ian Roland Partner
 Ken Rosenberg  photo Ken Rosenberg Partner
 Dan Rosenbluth  photo Dan Rosenbluth Associate
 Linda Rothstein photo Linda Rothstein Partner
 Lindsay Scott  photo Lindsay Scott Partner
 Alysha Shore  photo Alysha Shore Associate
 Megan Shortreed  photo Megan Shortreed Partner
 Odette Soriano  photo Odette Soriano Partner
 Massimo (Max) Starnino  photo Massimo (Max) Starnino Partner
 Richard P. Stephenson  photo Richard P. Stephenson Partner
 Jesse Wright  photo Jesse Wright Associate