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Canada: Aviation 2016

We recognise 26 individuals for their impressive work in the sector, including financial, regulatory and contentious lawyers, who handle a range of matters from aircraft purchase, leasing and financing, airport charges, alliances and competition law and issues arising from major disasters.

Most Highly Regarded Individuals
Gerard Chouest Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn, Toronto
William Clark Clark & Company, Toronto
Bruce Garrow Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto
Edwin Nobbs QC Edwin T Nobbs QC Professional Corporation, Toronto
Donald Gray Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto

Blake Cassels & Graydon leads the research with an impressive four listings, including co-leader of the firm’s aviation and aerospace group Donald Gray. He is considered “a seasoned expert” when it comes to aircraft financing, having advised on more than 700 aircraft refinancings over the past 10 years. Nathan Cheifetz is a “highly skilled aviation lawyer” who provides sophisticated advice to clients on aircraft purchasing and leasing. The “terrific” Sébastien Vilder is a firm favourite among clients in the sector, who value his “strong financial acumen”. Jason MacIntyre represents aircraft financiers, lessors and manufacturers, who praise him for his “commercially minded approach” to aviation matters.

At Paterson MacDougall, Bruce MacDougall QC is one of four lawyers who achieve nominations this year. Widely respected for his vast sector experience, he is particularly noted for his “excellent insurance expertise”. Alongside him, Timothy Trembley is commended for his representation of air carriers and private pilots. He has over 20 years’ experience in the area. Clay Hunter is a highly regarded trial lawyer whose practice encompasses assessment of damages, insurance matters and cargo claims in relation to the aviation industry. The “accomplished” Carol McCall is an aviation sector specialist who advises clients regularly on licencing, operating certificates and tariffs.

DLA Piper is also represented by four leading lawyers. Laura Safran QC heads the firm’s aviation group. Her sector experience both in private practice and in-house for Canadian Airlines International, allows her to provide high-quality advice to clients. Catherine Pawluch co-heads the firm’s transportation group in Canada, and possesses particular expertise handing regulatory compliance matters. Robert Donald has exceptional experience in aviation matters and is widely recognised for his “tremendous understanding” of the area. Andrew McFarlane is highlighted by sources for his aviation expertise, in areas such as aircraft financing and cross-border aircraft leasing.

Three practitioners at Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn achieve listings in this chapter, including founding partner Gerard Chouest. He is noted by sources for his skills in regulatory and litigation matters, which he utilises in representations of domestic and international airlines, on aviation licencing and leasing matters. Fellow founding partner Carlos Martins is a “highly skilled trial lawyer” known for his “comprehensive regulatory knowledge” of domestic aviation law. Clients are quick to recommend Tae Mee Park, for her advocacy ability. She frequently appears before the Canadian Transport Agency and Ontario and federal courts.

Borden Ladner Gervais’ Bruce Garrow emerges as one of the leading aviation lawyers in this year’s research. Chair of the firm’s national aviation group, his “distinguished practice” encompasses the whole gamut of aviation matters. He receives particular recognition from peers, who laud his “outstanding advisory work” on insurance coverage issues.

At Clark & Company, founding partner William Clark is an “extremely well-respected” figure in the market who handles both commercial and regulatory matters for aviation clients.

At his own firm, Edwin Nobbs earns a top-five ranking in our research and possesses a superb reputation among peers for his aviation work.

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