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Canada: Product Liability Defence 2017

In this chapter, 36 pre-eminent lawyers are highlighted for their extensive experience handling complex product liability claims for domestic and international clients in a range of industry sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Gordon McKee Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
2. Peter Pliszka Fasken Martineau DuMoulin, Toronto
3. Sandra Corbett QC Field, Edmonton
4. Glenn Zakaib Cassels Brock & Blackwell, Toronto
5. Scott Maidment McMillan, Toronto

Full-service Canadian law firm BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON retains its position as the foremost firm in this area with seven leading individuals highlighted. 
The “excellent” Gordon McKee is renowned for providing exceptional legal services to clients in a range of industry sectors. He focuses his practice on defending class action lawsuits and dealing with large-scale product liability claims.
Jill Lawrie “absolutely deserves to be on the list” and draws widespread acclaim for her extensive experience handling product liability matters and class actions.
James Sullivan is “an outstanding litigator” who is widely recognised as a leading product liability expert. He is particularly well known for his “excellent class action litigation experience”.
Robin Linley is internationally renowned as a leading name in the region. He stands out for his “exceptional work in claims involving medical devices and pharmaceuticals”.

Four practitioners are recommended from MCMILLAN in this year’s edition.
The “fantastic” Scott Maidment is one of Canada’s top litigators and is widely regarded for his excellent work on class actions for companies in the life sciences sector.
Teresa Dufort is an “excellent” practitioner who impresses market commentators with her extensive experience defending manufacturers and distributers in noteworthy product liability lawsuits.
Lindsay Lorimer is one of the leading names in the product liability market when it comes to regulatory requirements, risk management and corrective actions.
Lisa Parliament is a distinguished practitioner with a wealth of experience handling high-profile national and international class actions.

Elite full-service firm BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS also secures four listings this year.
The “exceptional” Robert Love is a leading product liability specialist who is particularly well known for his work in the automotive industry.
Tim Buckley impresses market commentators with his impressive work litigating in class action proceedings for corporations, municipal governments, utilities and hospitals.

At FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN three high-ranking practitioners are recognised for their exceptional work.
Peter Pliszka is internationally renowned as a leading name in the region, and stands out for his excellent work defending manufacturing companies in class action product liability proceedings.
Steven Rosenhek is a highly skilled expert who draws praise for his “extensive knowledge and international outlook”.
Geoffrey Cowper QC draws praise for his top-tier dispute resolution practice. He boasts vast experience handling complex litigation and arbitration proceedings in Canada and abroad.

The “exceptional” Sandra Corbett QC at FIELD is widely respected by peers for her first-class work in the field. One impressed commentator notes, “Clients are always extremely happy with her work.”

Glenn Zakaib at CASSELS BROCK & BLACKWELL is described as “a top practitioner” by one impressed source. His world-class practice focuses on product liability claims across a range of industry sectors, including automotive, medical devices and pharmaceuticals.

Robert Bell of LERNERS is a “truly excellent” practitioner who draws respect from peers for his abilities in trial and appellate litigation, including class actions.

With more than 30 years’ experience Nevin Fishman at BRANCH MACMASTER is a well-established figure in the market who is well regarded for his knowledge of product recall cases.

Mary Thomson of GOWLING WLG is “a longstanding products and life sciences lawyer” who has more than 30 years’ experience litigating in product liability matters involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

The “incredibly skilled” Kenneth McEwan QC of MCEWAN PARTNERS is a star practitioner with a strong dispute resolution practice. Clients are consistently impressed by his encyclopaedic knowledge.

Respondents regard Sonia Bjorkquist at OSLER HOSKIN & HARCOURT as “an excellent practitioner” with extensive experience defending national and international companies in class actions and complex product liability claims.

Lorena Harris at DENTONS impresses commentators with her strong litigation practice and is widely recognised for her impeccable knowledge of product liability matters. One source notes, “For me, she is top of the list in Canada.”

Sylvie Rodrigue at TORYS is highly regarded for her broad litigation practice. She is regularly involved in complex product liability claims for a range of clients in the tobacco, technology and aviation industries.

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