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Canada: Commercial Litigation 2017

This year we highlight 53 leading litigators recognised for their exceptional work representing clients in civil and commercial disputes.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Benjamin Zarnett Goodmans, Toronto
2. Peter Griffin Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin, Toronto
3. Terrence O’Sullivan Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb, Toronto
4. Patricia Jackson Torys, Toronto

LENCZNER SLAGHT ROYCE SMITH GRIFFIN boasts the foremost litigation team in the country, achieving five nominations in this edition.
Peter Griffin is “an extremely impressive litigator”. He boasts a reputation as being “right up there with the best” and focuses his practice on corporate commercial matters.
Alan Lenczner QC is internationally recognised as a leading name in the space renowned for his extensive experience at both trial and appellate court level.
Ronald Slaght QC is “truly one of the best” when it comes to handling both commercial and civil cases and is considered a disputes specialist.
Tom Curry and William McDowell are also highlighted for their exceptional litigation expertise.

TORYS performs well this year with four practitioners nominated for their strong advocacy work.
Patricia Jackson is “an obvious choice for inclusion” according to respondents who regard her as one of the leading litigators in the country.
Sheila Block is “one of the top names in the field” known for her invaluable experience representing clients before all levels of court in Canada.
Kyle Kashuba “has the highest degree of professionalism” according to clients who also praise his “great knowledge” and “strong ethics”. One effuses: “He is extremely responsive in communications and exceeds the turnaround time of his peers.”
James Tory is a top-tier litigator noted for his particularly outstanding work handling boardroom and shareholder disputes.

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS also achieves four listings in this chapter.
Randall Block QC is a senior figure in the Canadian market recognised for his brilliant litigation work across the energy and oil and gas industries.
Guy Pratte wins praise from widespread sources and is highly sought after by clients who consider him “an excellent advocate”.
Ira Nishisato is a well-known name in the domestic market and is highlighted for his expert handling of complex commercial disputes.
Daniel Urbas is also recognised for his impressive work in the field.

LAX O’SULLIVAN SCOTT LISUS GOTTLIEB sees four practitioners noted in this chapter.
Terrence O’Sullivan is “a fantastic lawyer” considered by market sources to be “a real leader” at the domestic bar.
Clifford Lax QC receives high praise from peers as “a tremendously skilled advocate” and is considered a top-notch civil litigator.
Jonathan Lisus focuses his first-rate practice on commercial litigation and is particularly known for his strong work in relation to infrastructure and contractual disputes.
Matthew Gottlieb is a widely recognised figure at the bar noted for his superb litigation work, most notably in relation to insolvency matters.

GOODMANS achieves three nominations in this chapter.
Benjamin Zarnett is described by peers as “a gold-standard lawyer” and “one of the top litigators in the country”. He stands out as the leading name in the space in our research this year and enjoys a stellar reputation in the market.
Alan Mark is a fantastic advocate, highlighted for his highly respected corporate-commercial litigation practice.
John Keefe is also recognised for his strong expertise in the area.

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON receives three listings this year.
Peers “have a lot of time” for David Tupper who they consider a world-class litigator. He is renowned for his particular expertise in the construction industry.
Jeff Galway is highly respected by sources who note that, “He is leading a number of significant mandates.” He draws praise from both domestic and international peers.
Paul Schabas is “a top practitioner” and is recognised as one of the leading trial lawyers in the country.

BENNETT JONES sees three practitioners listed here.
Michael Eizenga is internationally known as a standout litigator in the Canadian market, and is considered a specialist in class action proceedings.
Jeffrey Leon is highly respected by peers and clients alike, one of whom effuses: “He is an undisputed leader of the bar.”
Lincoln Caylor focuses his practice on investigations and asset recovery-related litigation and is described by market commentators as “a big name for complex investigations”.

Three lawyers from dispute resolution firm NATHANSON SCHACHTER & THOMPSON achieve nominations in this chapter.
Irwin Nathanson QC is a prominent figure at the domestic bar, and is considered a leading trial and appellate lawyer.
Stephen Schachter QC is a fantastic trial lawyer, widely recognised for his exceptional work in relation to complex corporate disputes.
Geoffrey Gomery QC is a disputes specialist known for his excellent advocacy work in relation to class action proceedings, shareholder disputes and hostile takeover matters.

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT also sees three individuals highlighted as leading names in the field.
Peter Howard is “a superb litigator” whose practice encompasses a wide array of litigation matters from class actions to contracts and shareholder disputes.
Eliot Kolers leads the firm’s litigation and dispute resolution team and is a well-known name on the international stage.
Katherine Kay boasts “tremendous strength in antitrust litigation” and is considered “first choice when it comes to class action cases”. 

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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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