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Aird & Berlis LLP

Cannabis Tier 3

Toronto-based Aird & Berlis LLP has a presence in the mid-market and has used its historical strength in advising early stage companies to its advantage in the cannabis sector. Clients are drawn from the medical and recreational spheres and include producers, distributors and healthcare organizations. The group has experience across the full spread of transactional and regulatory matters, but corporate finance remains the key driver of activity, and the team is routinely involved in financing and go-public transactions. Capital markets co-head Sherri Altshuler and corporate finance partner Richard Kimel are the key contacts.

Practice head(s):

Sherri Altshuler; Richard Kimel 

Energy and natural resources: power Tier 3

Toronto-based Aird & Berlis LLP has an effective power practice, which is widely recognized for its strength in Ontario regulatory matters. The multi-disciplinary group is structured around several standalone areas, bringing the wider firm’s infrastructure and real estate expertise together with the energy group's experience in energy contracting, electricity regulation, clean technology, renewables, and climate change. Group head Fred Cass specializes in energy regulation and has extensive experience in rate and toll cases and energy litigation.

Practice head(s):

Fred Cass

Corporate and M&A Tier 4

Toronto-based Aird & Berlis LLP has solid expertise in mid-market M&A, punching above its weight in the cannabis, technology and infrastructure sectors. The group also regularly teams up with the firm’s IP, privacy and tax departments to provide full-service advice on sophisticated transactions. Practice head Paige Backman has a broad practice covering corporate transactions, data protection and sports-related matters.

Practice head(s):

Paige Backman

Environment Tier 4

Toronto-based Aird & Berlis LLP advises a mix of public and private sector clients on environmental law issues, with notable strength in the real estate and municipal sectors. A key figure is litigator Scott Stoll, who focuses on infrastructure and utilities-related matters.

Infrastructure and projects Tier 4

Toronto firm Aird & Berlis LLP punches above its weight in the infrastructure sector, with a strong record in civil, transportation and accommodation projects. The group regularly advises governments, equity sponsors, lenders and subcontractors on PPPs across the country. On the corporate front, the firm has significant experience in secondary market transactions, particularly for private equity clients. Douglas Younger, who has advised on PPP deals since the structure’s inception in Canada, chairs the practice group.

Practice head(s):

Douglas Younger

Real estate Tier 4

Toronto’s Aird & Berlis LLP is widely considered to be punching above its weight in commercial real estate. Best known for its prolific development practice, the group also handles leasing transactions, property acquisitions, and sales and financing matters. Leasing expert Monty Warsh heads the team.

Practice head(s):

Monty Warsh

Labour and employment Tier 5

Aird & Berlis LLP’s workplace law practice spans labour, employment and occupational health and safety matters. Best known for its strength in corporate support issues, the group also advises on policy development, investigations and contentious matters. Department head Lorenzo Lisi has experience in representing employers in both provincial and federal matters.

Practice head(s):

Lorenzo Lisi

Tax Tier 5

Toronto-based Aird & Berlis LLP houses an effective tax practice, with significant experience advising on the tax aspects of securities and M&A transactions. Headed by Francesco Gucciardo, the tax team also advises on tax disputes and succession planning issues.

Practice head(s):

Francesco Gucciardo


Aird & Berlis is a leading Canadian law firm, serving clients across Canada and globally. With strong national and international expertise, Aird & Berlis provides strategic legal advice in all principal areas of business law. The firm’s clients range from entrepreneurs to multinational corporations.

Main areas of practice

Aird & Berlis LLP has extensive experience in acting for international and Canadian clients in all principal areas of business law, including: banking and finance; blockchain, cryptocurrencies and ICOs; cannabis; capital markets; capital pool company/reverse takeover; charities and not-for-profits; commercial leasing; construction; corporate/commercial; energy; environmental; estates and trusts; expropriation; fintech; franchising, distribution and licensing; gaming; hospitality; Indigenous; infrastructure; insolvency and restructuring; intellectual property; investment management and registration; labour and employment; litigation; mergers and acquisitions; mines and minerals; municipal and land use planning; occupational health and safety; privacy and data security; private business services; private equity; procurement; public policy and government relations; real estate; REITs; sports and media; startups and emerging companies; tax; technology; telecommunications; transportation and venture finance.

International reach

Aird & Berlis recognizes the global realities of doing business. The firm acts for international entities doing business in Canada and Canadian entities doing business abroad. With an established network of partners around the world, Aird & Berlis provides seamless service on cross-border and multijurisdictional matters involving Canadian law.


Aird & Berlis as a whole, various firm practice groups and many of the firm’s lawyers are consistently recognized as a leading Canadian law firm by several international and national guides to the legal profession, including The Legal 500 Canada; Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers; Who’s Who Legal: Canada; Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Lawyers; The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory; The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and The Best Lawyers in Canada.


Photo Name Position Profile
 Sherri Altshuler photo Sherri Altshuler Partner
Ms Paige Backman  photo Ms Paige Backman Partner
Mr Jack Bernstein  photo Mr Jack Bernstein Jack is the senior tax partner and Chair of the firm’s International…
Mr S. Michael Brooks  photo Mr S. Michael Brooks Counsel
Ms Fiona Brown  photo Ms Fiona Brown Partner
Mr Fred D. Cass  photo Mr Fred D. Cass Fred is Co-Chair of Aird & Berlis LLP’s Energy Law Group and a member…
Mr Ron Clark  photo Mr Ron Clark Ron Clark is a member of the Aird & Berlis Corporate/Commercial Group…
Mr D. Robb English  photo Mr D. Robb English Robb English is a partner and member of Aird & Berlis LLP’s Financial…
Mr Thomas A. Fenton  photo Mr Thomas A. Fenton Tom is a former Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Capital Markets…
Mr Harry Fogul  photo Mr Harry Fogul Partner
Mr Steven L. Graff  photo Mr Steven L. Graff Steve Graff is Co-Practice Group Leader of the firm’s Financial Services Group…
 Francesco Gucciardo photo Francesco Gucciardo Partner
Mr Michael Horvat  photo Mr Michael Horvat Partner
Mr Donald B. Johnston  photo Mr Donald B. Johnston Don is Co-chair of the Technology Law Group, Co-chair of the Privacy…
Mr Norman I. Kahn  photo Mr Norman I. Kahn Norman is a member of the firm’s Real Estate Group.
 Richard Kimel photo Richard Kimel Partner, Executive Committee Member
Mr Martin E. Kovnats  photo Mr Martin E. Kovnats Martin is Chair of the Aird & Berlis Mergers & Acquisitions/Private Equity…
Mr Lorenzo Lisi  photo Mr Lorenzo Lisi Lorenzo Lisi is the Practice Group Leader of Aird & Berlis LLP’s…
Mr Dennis M. O’Leary  photo Mr Dennis M. O’Leary Dennis is a member of the firm’s Litigation, Environmental, Transportation and Mining…
Mr Michael D. Smith  photo Mr Michael D. Smith Michael Smith is a member of Aird & Berlis LLP’s Real Estate…
Mr Hayden Solomons  photo Mr Hayden Solomons Hayden Solomons is a member of Aird & Berlis LLP’s Real Estate…
Mr Scott Stoll  photo Mr Scott Stoll Scott is a partner and member of the firm’s Litigation, Energy, Environmental,…
Ms Heidi Visser  photo Ms Heidi Visser Heidi is a partner and a member of the firm’s Infrastructure Group…
 Monty Warsh photo Monty Warsh Partner
Mr Andrew Webster  photo Mr Andrew Webster Andrew Webster is a member of Aird & Berlis LLP’s Real Estate Group.
Ms Barbara J. Worndl  photo Ms Barbara J. Worndl Barbara Worndl is a partner and former Practice Group Leader of the…
Mr Douglas J. S. Younger  photo Mr Douglas J. S. Younger Douglas is Chair of the firm’s Infrastructure Group.
Mr Stephen Zolf  photo Mr Stephen Zolf Stephen is a member of the firm’s Corporate/Commercial, Telecommunications, Sports & Media and…
Number of Partners : 128
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 50
Number of Lawyers : 178
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Managing Partner : Steven Zakem (416.865.3440,