Rising Stars

Firms To Watch: Dispute resolution: Ontario

The disputes team at Aird & Berlis LLP acts for clients on contentious commercial, competition, restructuring and tax matters. Practice head David Stevens is the key contact.

Dispute resolution: Ontario in Canada

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

Toronto-based litigation boutique Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP is a significant player in the Ontario market, known for its expertise in corporate commercial litigation, class actions, insolvency litigation, securities litigation and product liability matters, among others. At the helm of the practice, Emily Lawrence has substantial expertise in professional regulation, pension litigation, constitutional litigation, civil disputes and privacy matters. Ken Rosenberg has notable experience in mediation and arbitration, as well as commercial litigation, class action and administrative disputes. Additional key contacts include Odette Soriano, who handles class action and defamation matters on both the plaintiff and defence sides; and Linda Rothstein, who specializes in professional regulation matters and internal partnership disputes. Jeffrey Larry brings expertise in securities and insolvency litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Emily Lawrence

Les références

‘This firm is very well-respected, and its lawyers are known for their integrity and strong advocacy.’

‘Very capable lawyers, practical and driven to achieve great outcomes.’

‘Unlike some firms that litigate everything, the lawyers at Paliare Roland use litigation as one of many tools to achieve exceptional results for their clients.’

Principaux clients

Rideau Transit Group General Partnership and Ottawa Light Rail Constructors

Congress of Aboriginal Peoples

611890 Alberta, DBA Avila Energy, Avila Exploration, Development Canada and Leonard Van Betuw

Nippon Chemi-con

University of Toronto

Siskinds LLP and Koskie Minsky LLP

McKinsey & Company

College of Nurses of Ontario

Red Hill Valley Parkway Inquiry

Power Workers’ Union (Bill 124)

Jeremy Logan

Cresford Developments et al.


Polley Faith

Litigation boutique Polley Faith is home to a team of ‘creative, hardworking advocates’ who specialize in commercial litigation, securities litigation, class action defence, shareholder disputes and arbitration. The group, which garners praise from clients for its ‘depth of knowledge’, is co-led by Andrew Faith, who is regularly engaged in complex commercial, regulatory and insolvency litigation; and Mark Polley, whose litigation expertise covers commercial, white-collar, libel, insolvency and competition mandates.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Faith; Mark Polley

Les références

‘The Polley Faith team are creative, hardworking advocates who understand how to get the best results for their clients. They are creative, direct and clear thinking.’

‘Andy Faith is the top of his generation in commercial litigation. He has great courtroom skills and impeccable judgement.’

‘The team works in an impressively collaborative fashion, and each team member understands the issues at hand. Even more impressive is their ability to provide real-time business-minded guidance in a litigious scenario. In other words, we have retained counsel to assist with litigation, however, they are often sitting in our c-suite meetings discussing pros and cons on business strategic plays with the litigation in mind.’

Principaux clients

Tesla Canada

National Bank Financial

Sienna Senior Living

Mohammed Aljabri

22 NW Fund


Professional Engineers of Ontario

Arc Productions

LA Fitness

Wellington West Capital

SK Capital



Ministry of the Attorney General

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented 22NW, a shareholder of DIRTT, in a proxy battle proceeding before the Alberta Securities Commission.
  • Represented National Bank in defending two class proceedings alleging illegal trailing commissions to its Canadian mutual fund unitholders in breach of trust and fiduciary duties.
  • Acted for Mohammed Aljabri and corporate defendants in a $3bn cross-border claim on the Commercial List relating to allegations of complex fraud involving Saudi Arabian Royalty and intelligence.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP‘s Ontario group is recognized for its expertise in commercial litigation, securities litigation, IP litigation, class action and product liability matters, as well as arbitration. The team is frequently retained by clients in the automotive, energy, transportation and aerospace segments. The group is co-led by Catherine Beagan Flood and Iris Fischer; Beagan Flood has focused her practice on commercial disputes, including appeals and class actions on privacy, antitrust, product liability, insurance and consumer protection issues. Fischer, for her part, has particular expertise in the media and defamation space. Additional key litigation-focused partners include Michael BarrackJeff Galway and Gordon McKee. Bradley Berg is another name to note.

Responsables de la pratique:

Cathy Beagan Flood; Iris Fischer

Autres avocats clés:

Michael Barrack; Jeff Galway; Gordon McKee; Bradley Berg

Principaux clients

Ford Motor Company

Belinda Stronach

BentallGreenOak (Canada)

Ontario Power Generation

Olympia Trust Company

Canadian Pacific Railway Company

BDO Canada LLP

Toronto Transit Commission

Air Canada

BluEarth Renewables

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Praised for its ‘in-depth knowledge’, ‘skill, dedication and work ethic’, the group at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP demonstrates strength in commercial, competition, corporate and securities litigation. The team has experience appearing before trial and appellate courts throughout Canada, the Supreme Court of Canada, and administrative tribunals, such as the Competition Tribunal and the Ontario Securities Commission. Kent Thomson steers the group and leads disputes involving the law of oppression, libel law, tax law, plans of arrangement, intellectual property, and copyright and broadcasting law. Additional key partners include class action, competition, and securities litigation specialist, Sandra ForbesMatthew Milne-Smith, who majors on constitutional challenges, complex class actions and novel tort claims; and Derek Ricci, who is well-versed in mining, telecoms and securities disputes. Luis Sarabia, Maureen Littlejohn, Chantelle Cseh and Steven Frankel are also noted; Chenyang Li is the key associate-level contact.

Responsables de la pratique:

Kent Thomson

Les références

‘In-depth knowledge of many causes of action and strategic approach to bringing claims in Ontario.’

‘Matthew Milne-Smith is a true expert and a seasoned litigator. His instincts are always spot on and his strategic advice throughout the litigation process is amazing. Andrew Carlson has an eye towards driving success in the courtroom, while also balancing commercial and practical implications for the client.’

‘They are extremely responsive, knowledgeable, patient, and a pleasure to deal with.’

Principaux clients

Barrick Gold Corporation

Rogers Communications


Hostess Brands

Shaw Communications

Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

West Face Capital

Walsh Canada

Morgan Stanley Canada

Continental Casualty Company

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Shaw Communications in a landmark trial before the Competition Tribunal and subsequent appeal before the Federal Court of Appeal challenging the company’s $26bn merger with Rogers Communications.
  • Defended Continental Casualty Company in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in a class action.
  • Represented SK hynix in defeating certification of multiple class actions alleging anticompetitive conduct regarding DRAM chips before the provincial, federal and appellate courts.

Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

Toronto-based boutique Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP is a leading player in the Ontario disputes space. The ‘outstanding team of lawyers’ is well-versed in representing both domestic and international clients in complex commercial mandates. Practice co-head Matthew Gottlieb specializes in corporate and commercial disputes, and insolvency, fraud and securities litigation. Leading alongside him, Jonathan Lisus has focused his practice on infrastructure and P3 disputes, product liability claims and securities litigation. Additional key litigators include Crawford Smith, Andrew Winton and Shaun LaubmanNadia Campion handles shareholder oppression applications and estates matters and is lauded as ‘completely fearless’ and an ‘outstanding litigator’. Paul Fruitman is noted for his work on construction, employment health disputes, while Rahool Agarwal majors on proxy fights, director and officer liability, and complex fraud cases.

Responsables de la pratique:

Matthew Gottlieb; Jonathan Lisus

Les références

‘Lax O’Sullivan is the go-to litigation boutique in Canada for virtually any bet-the-company litigation. They have an outstanding team of lawyers and are true litigators who are not afraid to go to trial. They are pragmatic and extremely business outcome-focused.’

‘Nadia Campion is an outstanding litigator who has truly come into her own over the past few years. She can very capably handle the most difficult and demanding files. She has a terrific demeanor and is great with clients and judges. She is completely fearless and is not afraid to take difficult positions.’

‘Crawford Smith is a seasoned litigator. He is a very good strategic thinker and a very strong advocate. He is very client-focused and doesn’t lose sight of the ultimate business goals.’

Principaux clients

Rogers Communications

Ottawa Light Rail Transit Constructors

Selena Stronach/Stronach Companies

Gospel for Asia

Wendy Sokoloff Professional Corporation

Purdue Pharma/Sackler Families


Kandis Developments

JAW Hockey Enterprises

Jacal Holdings

Manitoba Metis Federation et al

Strada Crush

Live Work Learn Play


Vale Canada

Southbridge Care Homes


Manitoba Metis Federation / Metis Child, Family and Community Services

Principaux dossiers

  • Defended Rogers Communications regarding its $26bn acquisition of Shaw Communications.
  • Acted in Carcillo v Canadian Hockey League and achieved a dismissal of a proposed class action made up of all former and current junior hockey players who claim to have suffered abuse while playing in the Canadian major junior hockey leagues.
  • Acted for Métis child and family service agencies in constitutional litigation and class proceedings asserting claims against the province of Manitoba for unlawful appropriation of federal child benefits.

Lenczner Slaght

Boutique firm Lenczner Slaght has a strong commercial disputes offering and routinely represent clients before all levels of court. The group is regularly instructed by multinational companies, individuals, small businesses and professional regulators. Practice co-head Monique Jilesen specializes in class action, contract and shareholder disputes, civil fraud cases, securities litigation and professional liability matters. Leading alongside her, Eli Lederman, frequently acts for company directors in litigation and advises on corporate governance matters. Complex cross-border litigation specialist Peter Griffin KC is another standout name, while Tom Curry handles class action, arbitration and business disputes. Matthew Lerner and younger partner Brian Kolenda also major on commercial litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Monique Jilesen; Eli Lederman

Autres avocats clés:

Peter Griffin KC; Tom Curry; Matthew Lerner; Brian Kolenda

Principaux clients

Annapolis Group

Michael Goguen

Bank of New York Mellon / CIBC Mellon Global Securities Services Company

Investment Management Corporation of Ontario

Victory Energy Operations

Tecumseh Products Company

Bluemoon Capital

Zurich Insurance

The Board of Governors of Laurentian University

Ernst & Young

Hexo Operations / Peter Hwang, former Director of Newstrike Brands

York University

Ukrainian World Congress and Daniel Bilak

Mohamad Fakih, Founder and CEO of Paramount Fine Foods

EVS (Edge Value Solutions) Canada


Wekerloo Developments

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted as counsel to Annapolis, a landowner, in a Supreme Court of Canada action concerning a claim relating to the city’s treatment of a large piece of land.
  • Acted as counsel to the Ukrainian World Congress in an application for judicial review.
  • Represented the former Chief of the Ottawa Police Services, Peter Sloly, in the public inquiry into the federal government’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act.

McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault houses a strong Ontario disputes practice which counts class action, product liability, professional liability and securities litigation, as well as white-collar defence, arbitration and regulatory matters, among its specialties. The team is regularly engaged in disputes touching on mining, environmental, Aboriginal and energy matters. Arbitration, technology, professional negligence and contractual disputes specialist Thomas N.T. Sutton heads up the almost 140-strong group. Paul Steep majors on securities litigation and has experience appearing before all levels of Ontario courts, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada; Sarit Batner has particular experience in matters involving breach of contract, professional negligence and shareholder disputes. Junior Sirivar chairs the firm’s international arbitration group and is well-versed in mining, banking, healthcare and telecoms disputes. Other key names include Moya Graham, Christine Lonsdale and Adam GoldenbergEric Block left the firm in July 2023.

Responsables de la pratique:

Thomas N.T. Sutton

Principaux clients

Abbott Laboratories

Bank of Montreal

Bell Canada

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Infrastructure Ontario



Nigig Power

Pretium Resources

Rio Tinto

Rothmans, Benson & Hedges


The Toronto-Dominion Bank

Bennett Jones LLP

The Ontario team at Bennett Jones LLP is known for its handling of cross-border restructuring, fraud, class actions, insolvency, energy, mining, technology and M&A disputes. Practice head Richard Swan specializes in complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters and has experience representing clients before all levels of the Ontario and Federal Courts. Additional key department figures include Robert Staley, who handles commercial and securities litigation, securities regulation and class actions; and commercial litigation and class proceedings specialist Michael Eizenga, who takes care of product liability and class action matters. Other key names include Cheryl Woodin and Jeffrey Leon KC.

Responsables de la pratique:

Richard Swan

Autres avocats clés:

Robert Staley; Michael Eizenga; Cheryl Woodin; Jeffrey Leon KC.

Principaux clients



Tahakom Investments Company

Rogers Communications

Ernst & Young

Travelers Canada

Hugh Stoyell and Robert Wardell (former directors of Katanga Mining)

Anson Funds

Public Order Emergency Commission

Stoneway Power Generation

Provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon

McCowan and Associates

Canada Nickel Company

Large National Law Firm

Paul Minz, Lorna Minz & Quartet Realty Corporation

York Region Vacant Land Condominium

Nobul Technologies

Bolt Technologies

Hubio Solutions

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Quebecor and its subsidiary Videotron in connection with the Competition Bureau’s application to block Rogers Communications’s $26bn acquisition of Shaw Communications.
  • Represented a group of Saudi Arabian companies in advancing a fraud claim against a high ranking former cabinet minister of the Saudi government.
  • Acted for E&Y Canada in its capacity as Monitor and Chief Land Restructuring Officer in the Stelco CCAA proceeding on the Commercial List of the Ontario Superior Court.

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

The Ontario group at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP is routinely instructed by construction, energy, real estate, finance and retail-sector clients seeking representation in complex commercial disputes. The team has experience appearing in all levels of courts in Ontario, as well as in the Federal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada. National litigation chair Sonia Bjorkquist leads the practice from Toronto and specializes in real estate disputes, class action defence and commercial agreements. Key partner Mark Gelowitz handles civil and securities litigation, while Shawn Irving is noted for his commercial litigation skill.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sonia Bjorkquist

Autres avocats clés:

Mark Gelowitz; Shawn Irving

Principaux clients

Nieuport Aviation Infrastructure Partners

Pembina Pipeline Corporation

MPAC / City of Cornwall

Dream / Distillery Cityscape

Dundee Kilmer Developments

Blackrock / Bridging Finance Litigation

Shoppers Drug Mart

Re:Sound / ACTRA Performer’s Society

Canadian Growth Investments / Sakab Saudi Holding Company

Maple Leaf Foods / Competition Bureau

Terracap Management

TriDelta / U Developments

Economical Mutual Insurance Company

JH Whittaker & Sons

Royal Bank of Canada / Goudas Appeal

Palisades Goldcorp. – ThreeD Capital

Borrowell / Refresh

Charles River Associates – Collection Matter

Stikeman Elliott LLP

The lawyers at Stikeman Elliott LLP‘s Ontario practice are experienced in representing clients before the Supreme Court of Canada as well as before industry tribunals, securities commissions and other regulatory bodies. Contested takeover bids, proxy contests, corporate governance matters and shareholder disputes are notable strengths of the group. Practice head Eliot Kolers leads from Toronto and routinely represents mining and real estate clients in arbitration and litigation; he is also well versed in securities and competition litigation. Up-and-coming partner Aaron Kreaden handles directors’ and officers’ liability, class actions and product liability matters, while Sinziana Hennig supports on contractual, class action, competition, consumer protection and franchise law disputes. Alexander Rose brings strength to securities litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

Eliot Kolers

Autres avocats clés:

Aaron Kreaden; Sinziana Hennig; Alexander Rose

Principaux clients

Centerra Gold

Aviva Canada

Planet Energy

Zurich Insurance

The Estate of Donald Harry Bunker


Kohl & Frisch

Teck Resources

Aurora Cannabis

Cassels Brock & Blackwell


Torys‘ Toronto-based group routinely represents a range of domestic and international companies in shareholder litigation, breach of contract and corporate governance matters. The practice is co-led by Linda Plumpton, who is focused on competition litigation, securities litigation, class action defence, and corporate and commercial disputes. Alongside her, Gillian Dingle routinely supports leading capital market players in professional liability claims, securities class actions and regulatory investigations. Additional key figures include Sheila Block, who demonstrates expertise in IP, defamation and administrative law disputes, and Sarah Whitmore, who handles employment, media and public law disputes. Another key figure is seasoned litigator Andrew Bernstein.

Responsables de la pratique:

Linda Plumpton; Gillian Dingle

Autres avocats clés:

Sheila Block; Sarah Whitmore; Andrew Bernstein

Les références

‘Linda Plumpton is an excellent advisor – she is knowledgeable and practical and gives risk appropriate advice. Gillian Dingle is also a terrific advisor with practical and sensible advice. They make a terrific team.’

Principaux clients

Live Nation Entertainment

Ticketmaster LLC

NOVA Chemicals Corporation

KSV Kofman

Canadian National Railway

Ontario First Nations Limited Partnership

Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for Live Nation and its related entities and subsidiary companies on class actions proposed in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Québec and British Columbia concerning allegations of violations of the federal Competition Act, as well as violations of provincial consumer protection laws, in connection with secondary market ticket sales.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

The Ontario practice at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP services clients across a range of sectors, including financial services, mining, healthcare, retail and real estate. The group is noted for its participation in class action defence, investigations, commercial fraud and white-collar crime proceedings, in addition to financial institution, securities and banking-related matters. A trio of partners co-lead: David Di Paolo handles securities litigation, class actions and shareholder disputes; Nadia Effendi specializes in class actions as well as administrative and regulatory matters; Ottawa-based Kathleen McDormand completes the leadership team.

Responsables de la pratique:

David Di Paolo; Nadia Effendi; Kathleen McDormand

Principaux clients


Kinross Gold

Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital

801 Albert Street, TIP Albert Limited Partnership



Lake Shore Gold Corp


Rx Drug Mart

Bridgeport Asset Management and Balmoral Wood Litigation Strategy

AKM Holdings

Granite Point Capital Management

B. Agrest

R. Blankenstein Enterprises

Municipality of the City of Ottawa

Harry Gefen


The Ontario group at Dentons offers clients support on commercial litigation, insurance litigation, shareholder dispute litigation, product liability litigation and class actions. Its varied client roster regularly features mayor players in the tech, retail, metallurgical, transportation, finance and insurance segments. Practice head Douglas Stewart majors on commercial and civil litigation with an emphasis on professional liability and insurance related matters. Key partner Matthew Fleming has forged a prominent reputation for class action, professional and product liability, regulatory and securities-related disputes. Other noted figures include experienced litigators Marina Sampson and Michael Schafler.

Responsables de la pratique:

Douglas Stewart

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Fleming; Marina Sampson; Michael Schafler

Principaux clients

Canadian National Railway


UD Trading





Kia Canada

The Salvation Army


Canadian Airport Authorities

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented three Amazon companies: Audible, Amazon and Amazon Canada, in putative class actions in British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec regarding an alleged conspiracy with Apple and Apple Canada to allocate the market for digital audiobooks on a worldwide basis.
  • Represented Niantic following the allegation in class actions that elements of their games infringe the Competition Act.
  • Represented UD Trading in a $650m claim for damages and related relief against TransAsia Private Capital.


Fasken‘s Ontario group is regularly instructed by financial institutions and companies in the mining, health, energy, life sciences, construction, transportation and technology segments for its expertise in commercial dispute resolution. The team also demonstrates expertise in cybersecurity, securities, competition, insurance and employment class actions, as well as regulatory and civil securities issues. Practice head Sarah Armstrong leads from Toronto and supports clients on commercial dispute, professional liability and administrative law matters, both in court and in arbitration. Peter Pliszka has focused his practice on product liability, class action, commercial and insurance litigation matters, while Peter Mantas leads on litigation matters from the Ottawa office. Other key figures include vice chair Vera Toppings, who handles complex arbitrations and associate Pavel Sergeyev.

Responsables de la pratique:

Sarah Armstrong

Autres avocats clés:

Peter Pliszka; Peter Mantas; Jennifer McAleer; Vera Toppings; Pavel Sergeyev

Les références

‘The lawyers at Fasken are very thorough – more so than other firms. They have no hesitation in getting into the details in order to extract the most strategic value, but do so in an efficient manner that recognizes the need for cost awareness.’

‘Jennifer McAleer is extremely focused and works towards understanding the full range of options which suit our business needs best. She is strategic and grounds this with superior technical knowledge.’

Principaux clients

Capital One

Intact Insurance Company, Novex Insurance Company and Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada


IMAX Corporation

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Sandoz Canada


IAMGOLD Corporation

Zijin Mining Group

Panthera Resources

Just Energy Group

Elanco Canada

Aux Cayes Fintech

TD Waterhouse Canada

Sandoz Canada

XTL Transport Group of Companies, Serge Gagnon and André Leroux

Nissan Canada

Principaux dossiers

  • Advised Intact Insurance Company, Novex Insurance Company and Royal & Sun Alliance Insurance Company of Canada in connection with their defence of a series of proposed class actions and individual actions across the country relating to business interruption insurance arising out of COVID-19 closures.
  • Represented Equifax in a series of privacy class actions filed across the country relating to a high-profile cybersecurity incident.
  • Acted for Sandoz in obtaining the summary dismissal of a proposed pharmaceutical product liability class action.

Goodmans LLP

The expertise of the Ontario disputes group at Goodmans LLP encompasses securities, corporate and commercial, real estate, technology, employment and IP disputes, in addition to shareholder disputes and hostile takeover bid litigation. Key partners include Alan Mark, who majors on corporate finance and governance, restructuring and insolvency, financial services and securities-related disputes, and who also boasts an extensive track record in product reliability and environmental-based class actions; Peter Kolla, who handles a wide variety of litigation and arbitration proceedings involving commercial and financial transactions, M&A disputes and securities matters; and Melanie Ouanounou, who focuses on electricity and estate litigation. Andrew Brodkin and Francy Kussner co-lead the department.

Responsables de la pratique:

Andrew Brodkin; Francy Kussner

Autres avocats clés:

Alan Mark; Peter Kolla; Melanie Ouanounou

Les références

‘Excellent litigators with regards to knowledge of the Ontario energy sector.’

Principaux clients

CI Financial

Apple and Apple Canada

Chevron Canada

Newmont Corporation

Infrastructure Ontario

Conservative Party of Canada


Four Seasons


Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation



Walsh Construction Company Canada


Pembina Pipeline

Simon & Schuster

eOne Entertainment Group

Dow Chemicals

Primo Water

Novo Nordisk


Procter Gamble


Principaux dossiers

  • Acted for CI Investments in a class action that proceeded to a common-issues liability trial.
  • Acted for Walsh Construction Company Canada in a complex construction litigation matter.
  • Acted for Primo Water Corporation in a contested proxy contest.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG‘s Ontario-based group is known for its activity in aviation, insolvency and restructuring, banking, procurement, white-collar crime and competition-related disputes. The firm boasts five Ontario bases, spanning Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto and Kitchener. Key department figures include Scott Kugler, whose focus is on complex commercial disputes, including class actions and shareholder disputes; and Natalie Mullins, well-versed in civil litigation and environmental law – she focuses her practice on complex contaminated lands disputes. Other key figures include Sandra Barton, who brings extensive experience to contractual disputes, and Sahil Shoor, who specializes in matters related to construction and infrastructure.

Responsables de la pratique:

Scott Beattie; Duncan Boswell; Scott Kugler; Natalie Mullins; Robb Sheahan; Sean Sullivan

Autres avocats clés:

Sandra Barton; Sahil Shoor

Les références

‘The team at Gowling was coordinated, efficient and very responsive to our needs. They reported on a timely basis, responded to our requests in a timely manner, and provided thorough yet practical advice. On the whole, we were extremely satisfied with their work and would highly recommend them to others.’

Norton Rose Fulbright

Working from offices in Toronto and Ottawa, the Ontario group at Norton Rose Fulbright is well-versed in representing financial institutions, pharmaceutical, life science and insurance companies in litigation. The team’s M&A litigation capabilities are bolstered by close collaboration with the firm’s corporate, M&A and securities practice. Ottawa-based Tate McLeod brings expertise in advising clients in finance and in the transport sector. Orestes Pasparakis is noted for his knowledge on restructurings and proxy disputes; Jennifer Teskey chairs the national litigation department and has appeared before all levels of the Ontario courts. Associate Anisha Visvanatha specializes in competition and antitrust matters. Practice co-head Linda Fuerst departed in January 2024.

Responsables de la pratique:

Tate McLeod

Autres avocats clés:

Orestes Pasparakis; Jennifer Teskey; Fahad Siddiqui; Tyler Morrison; Anisha Visvanatha

Les références

‘Results-oriented, pragmatic, reliable, reasonably priced.’

‘Overall, a very impressive law firm with subject expertise and connection with a network of first class partners.’

Principaux clients

Hexo Operations


Yamana Gold


JW Asset Management

Porter Airlines and Porter Aircraft Leasing


Bliss Edwards

The Ontario Securities Commission

General Motors Ventures

FTI Capital Advisors

PNC Bank Canada

Financial Services Group

Innovative Medicines Canada


Clément Chartier

Sandpiper Real Estate Fund

Capital Real Estate Investment Trust

Baker McKenzie

International firm Baker McKenzie's Toronto-based disputes team is known for its expertise in cross-border disputes including international litigation and arbitration, corporate disputes, white-collar crime, fraud, class action, competition and financial recovery matters. Practice head John Pirie is regularly engaged in litigation and arbitration, acting for clients in complex business disputes and white collar matters. Key partners include Matthew Latella, who is active on arbitration, fraud and asset recovery matters, and David Gadsden, who is well-versed in commercial class actions.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Pirie

Autres avocats clés:

Matthew Latella; David Gadsden

Les références

‘The team is willing to help in any issue brought to them. We felt as if they would go all the way to fight out our dispute. The team is diverse and multiknowledged in a large variety of legal aspects.’

‘Working with Matthew Latela is always nice. He is always willing to help and positive, even after long an exhausting day. He is always quick to respond and to the point.’

‘They work hard to understand the client’s business and level of risk tolerance so the advice is properly tailored to the client. They are also efficient when managing urgent matters.’

Principaux clients

Aroma Espresso Bar Canada

AHM Investments Corporation, Ali Noureddine, Mirza Naeem Javed

NHK Spring

Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Canada Branch)


Avet Pharmaceuticals and Marcan Pharmaceuticals

CHU de Québec-Université Laval

Messier-Dowty (now Safran Landing Systems)

LCY Chemical

NearNow and Eli Singer

Apex Issuances

Novamax Financial Group

Principaux dossiers

  • Represented Aroma Espresso Bar Canada in court proceedings in Ontario, resulting in a judgment setting aside two arbitral awards totalling $12.5m on the basis of reasonable apprehension of bias.
  • Represented AHM Investments in a claim alleging fraud, oppression and a range of corporate defalcation against Paramount Fine Foods founder Mahamad Fakih.
  • Represented NHK, a Japanese-based manufacturer of suspension assemblies for hard disk drives in defending three class actions in Canada in connection with an alleged conspiracy to fix prices in Canada and throughout the world.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP's Ontario group has a track record representing clients before all local Courts of Appeal, in addition to the Supreme Court of Canada. The team handles a range of disputes, from shareholder disputes, class action, M&A and tax-related litigation to defamation matters. National department head John Birch leads from Toronto and specializes in restructuring and insolvency proceedings.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Birch

Principaux clients

IBM Canada

New Gold

Yamana Gold

Resolute Forest Products

Canadian Tire Corporation

Recipe Unlimited Corporation

Canopy Growth Corporation

Holiday Hospitality Franchising

Restaurant Brands International

Jean Coutu

Quantum Dealer Financial

Lundin Mining Company

Cresco Labs

Anglican Church of Canada

Foresters Life Insurance Company

Royal Bank of Canada

Hockey Diversity Alliance

Norwegian Cruise Lines

American International Group

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

The 15-strong Ontario team at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is led by national group co-head David Foulds, who operates from Toronto. Foulds handles a variety of commercial disputes ranging from breach of contract cases to shareholder disputes and product recall cases. His team has additional expertise in commercial fraud matters, infrastructure projects and class action litigation.

Responsables de la pratique:

John Landry; David Foulds

Les références

‘In-depth analysis of all aspects of the issue. Well laid out and presented arguments.’

‘We have worked extensively with David Foulds and find him to be very personable. He is articulate and his work is well-thought-out. His materials are always of top quality.’

Principaux clients

Marriott International

Bank of Nova Scotia

Toronto Dominion Bank

Rogers Communications

Byblos Bank SAL

Hubei Huachangda Intelligent Equipment Co. and Valiant Corporation

ING Bank N.V.

Royal Bank of Canada

Campbell Soup Company

Computershare Trust Company of Canada

CDW Corporation

Swiss Reinsurance Company

Lloyd’s Underwriters (various syndicates)

Allianz Global Risks

Gebre LLC

Hyatt Corporation

Endeavor BioMedicines

Coinberry Limited

MRDC Operations Corporation


Kingsberg Plaza Holdings

Adisco Limited

Principaux dossiers

  • Acting for a judgment creditor in contesting a plan of arrangement by publicly-traded Centerra Gold, in a $1bn transaction.
  • Defending an action by head of mergers and acquisitions arising out of the reorganization of the Bank of Nova Scotia’s M&A group.
  • Acting for a consortium of multinational corporations in a successful commercial arbitration relating to the client’s ongoing management, operation and rehabilitation of more than 800 lane kilometres of limited access highway and related infrastructure.