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Canada: Aviation 2017

We feature 28 leading practitioners in this chapter who stand out for their exceptional work in the space.
We highlight 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
1. Bruce Garrow Borden Ladner Gervais, Toronto
2. Donald Gray Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
3. Patrick Brennan Bennett Jones, Toronto
4. Carlos Martins Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn, Toronto

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON boasts the foremost aviation offering in the country, achieving an impressive four listings this year.
Donald Gray is “one of the top names in the space in Canada”, according to respondents who praise his vast experience handling aviation finance matters.
Jason MacIntyre is highly sought after by clients and wins high praise from peers who note, “He really knows what he’s doing.”
Auriol Marasco is a highly respected practitioner commended for her invaluable experience on the corporate side. One source notes: “She is my go-to for referrals.”
Nathan Cheifetz draws widespread praise from market commentators who consider him “an excellent lawyer”.

DLA PIPER also performs well this year with three standout practitioners nominated for their top-tier work in the sector.
Laura Safran QC leads the firm’s national aviation team, and is “very well regarded on the regulatory side”. Her practice encompasses aircraft acquisitions, leasing, financing and claims matters.
Robert Donald enjoys a great reputation as a first-class aviation practitioner and continues to impress with his tremendous sector-related regulatory knowledge..
Andrew McFarlane is “an absolute must for inclusion” according to respondents. He focuses his practice on aviation financing, leasing and related commercial matters.

PATERSON MACDOUGALL also sees three of its leading aviation specialists highlighted in this chapter.
Bruce MacDougall QC is “an extremely experienced practitioner” and is regarded throughout the market as “one of the top aviation insurance lawyers” in the country.
Timothy Trembley is “a well-respected name” in the Canadian market and gains recognition as “a very knowledgeable and reputable lawyer”.
Clay Hunter draws high praise from international sources for his strong expertise in the field, particularly in relation to sector-related contentious matters.

Two impressive practitioners from BERSENAS JACOBSEN CHOUEST THOMSON BLACKBURN are highlighted this year.
Founding partner Carlos Martins is internationally recognised as a leading name in the aviation space, and is vastly experienced in representing clients before a wide range of domestic tribunals including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Tae Mee Park is “a first-rate litigator”, recognised for her outstanding advocacy work on behalf of clients.

BURNET DUCKWORTH & PALMER also achieves two nominations in this chapter.
Colby Dewart is “an outstanding lawyer” who peers consider “a real pleasure to deal with”. His practice spans a wide range of aviation matters from financing and leasing to aircraft acquisition.
Dino DeLuca is “one of the best aviation lawyers in Canada” according to peers, who pinpoint his particular expertise in financing matters.

Bruce Garrow at BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS stands out as the most prominent aviation lawyer in the country. One source notes: “He is the guru on aviation litigation.”

At BENNETT JONES, Patrick Brennan is considered “one of the senior practitioners in the market”. One peer comments, “For me, he is by far the number one in the country.” 

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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