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Canada: Shipping & Maritime 2017

This chapter features 30 leading lawyers in the field of shipping law. The individuals listed here provide specialist counsel on contractual matters and finance arrangements and also represent clients in charter party disputes and casualty cases. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Marc de Man De Man Pilotte, Montreal
2. Marc Isaacs Isaacs & Co, Toronto
3. David Colford Brisset Bishop, Montreal
4. Rui Fernandes Fernandes Hearn, Toronto
5. John O’Connor Langlois Kronström Desjardins, Quebec

Four lawyers from specialist maritime law firm BRISSET BISHOP are highlighted this year for their exceptional expertise in the sector.
David Colford is “an absolutely outstanding lawyer” widely respected for his excellent work handling contractual matters and maritime disputes.
Victor DeMarco is a celebrated litigator and is well known among peers for his impressive expertise in casualty claims, charter party disputes and pollution cases.
Richard Desgagnés is a widely recognised figure in the Canadian market and stands out for his excellent work on both contentious and non-contentious shipping matters.
Danièle Dion is considered a disputes specialist and boasts vast experience dealing with litigation, arbitration and mediation proceedings.

National firm BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS also achieves four listings in this chapter.
The “excellent” Peter Pamel is highly regarded as a leading name for shipping investigations, disputes and compliance matters.
Jeremy Bolger is a longstanding fixture in the market, who, according to peers, is “definitely a leading lawyer” for complex commercial disputes.
The “fantastic” Jean-Marie Fontaine impresses peers and clients alike with his expert handling of cargo claims, shipping contracts and related disputes.
Managing partner of the Vancouver office Graham Walker is “an extremely good maritime lawyer”, recognised for his world-class practice.

Vancouver-based boutique BERNARD sees three practitioners listed this year for their impressive work in the field.
The “outstanding” David Jones boasts a strong litigation practice and draws praise for his strategic counsel on a broad range of casualty disputes.
Gary Wharton regularly advises on maritime casualty cases and impresses market sources who note, “He tops the market for defence work.”
Peter Swanson is a renowned specialist in maritime law who stands out for his notable expertise in civil and regulatory liability for casualty claims.

FERNANDES HEARN is a specialist transportation law firm and achieves two listings in this chapter.
Rui Fernandes is “a top-notch lawyer” who stands out for his vast experience before state and federal courts, as well as his intricate knowledge of maritime and insurance law.
Kim Stoll is highly visible in the market and draws praise for her expertise in maritime cargo issues, casualty claims and loss transfer litigation.

STIKEMAN ELLIOTT also sees two lawyers listed here.
Peter Cullen is highlighted for his well-established dispute resolution practice and impressive handling of complex commercial transactions.
Laurent Fortier draws wide-ranging endorsements for his expertise in maritime insurance claims and related disputes.

At DE MAN PILLET, founding partner Marc de Man impresses peers with his commercial expertise and superb representation of major industry clients, particularly in mediation and arbitration proceedings.

Marc Isaacs ISAACS & CO is “a go-to maritime lawyer in Toronto”, who is commended for his deep knowledge of maritime law and vast litigation experience.

ROUTE TRANSPORT & TRADE LAW’s William Sharpe is “a very well-respected and well-known maritime lawyer” renowned for his fantastic work on industry-related commercial transactions and regulatory matters.

John O'Connor is “a real stand-out” at LANGLOIS KRONSTRÖM DESJARDINS, who draws praise for his particular expertise in maritime insurance claims.

At maritime and insurance boutique GIASCHI & MARGOLIS, Christopher Giaschi is described as “the best maritime lawyer in British Columbia” and enjoys a superb reputation as a top-tier litigator. 

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