Canada: Litigation 2018

In this chapter, we feature 53 highly regarded practitioners for their outstanding expertise in national and international commercial and civil litigation.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Benjamin Zarnett Goodmans LLP, Toronto
2. Peter Griffin Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, Toronto
3. Alan J Lenczner QC Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, Toronto
4. Randall W Block QC Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Calgary

Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin has a strong litigation offering and achieves five listings in this chapter.
Alan Lenczner QC is a highly regarded practitioner who draws praise for his extensive experience in and expert handling of complex civil and commercial litigation.
Peter Griffin is a leading light in Canada who comes highly recommended by peers and clients alike for his superb commercial disputes practice. His experience spans a broad range of cases including class actions, securities and insolvency.
Tom Curry is a well-recognised trial lawyer with an impressive reputation for his expertise in class action and commercial disputes. He is a trusted representative to public and private sector clients.

Torys is home to three prominent practitioners.
Patricia Jackson is a go-to litigator who stands out for her expertise in a broad range of commercial cases. She is a big name in the Canadian market and is regularly engaged to advise on large-scale disputes. 
Kyle Kashuba is widely respected by peers and clients alike, among whom he is known for his experience in complex restructuring cases. He represents clients in the oil and gas sectors and is well versed in shareholder disputes.
Sheila Block is a revered civil litigator who impresses market commentators with her broad expertise in commercial and administrative disputes.

Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein sees three lawyers listed here.
Robert Centa is a well-known litigator with experience in corporate litigation and in judicial review cases, where he enjoys an excellent reputation in the market.    
Chris Paliare O.Ont LSM is a highly experienced dispute resolution lawyer. He has a strong commercial practice that features deep expertise in class actions and appeals cases.
Linda Rothstein has a strong litigation practice and stands out as a go-to adviser on partnership disputes and professional misconduct proceedings.

Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb achieves four listings in this chapter.
Matthew Gottlieb is an esteemed litigator with a superb reputation for his work in large-scale commercial and restructuring disputes.
Terrence O'Sullivan is a prominent name at the firm who stands out for his vast and broad experience before Ontario and federal courts, and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada sees two practitioners listed here.
Clarke Hunter QC is a leading figure in the market, who is “very highly regarded” by peers for his first-rate litigation practice and is widely viewed as “one of the top players” in the space.
Pierre Bienvenu is a well-known dispute resolution lawyer who draws praise for his extensive experience in cross-border disputes. He is also well known for his court work in relation to enforcement of arbitral awards.

Goodmans achieves two listings in this chapter.
Benjamin Zarnett is a standout figure in the market who is well respected for his deep knowledge of civil litigation and excellent work representing private and public companies and financial institutions.
Alan Mark is an expert in commercial litigation and class action disputes and is highlighted for his experience in complex finance cases and in restructuring disputes.

Osler Hoskin & Harcourt is home to two featured litigators.
Tristram Mallett draws praise for his extensive experience in corporate litigation cases including M&A and shareholder disputes. He has a strong class action practice and vast experience in cross-border cases.
Larry Lowenstein is a prominent expert in corporate and securities litigation. He is regularly engaged to advise on complex cases and has experience before all levels of courts in Ontario.

Daniel McDonald QC is a well-recognised name at Burnet Duckworth & Palmer. Peers say he is “highly visible” in the market and praise his strong commercial practice and expert handling of sophisticated disputes.

At Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, Antonietta Melchiorre impresses market commentators with “genuine care for her clients and strong command of the subject matter”. One client says, “She has earned our confidence and is our go-to practitioner.”

Randall Block QC is a leading name at Borden Ladner Gervais. Described by peers as a “top-drawer” lawyer, he stands out for his world-class litigation practice and particularly strong experience in energy disputes.

Blake Cassels & Graydon’s David Tupper “stands out” as an excellent trial lawyer. He frequently works on construction and insurance disputes and is well regarded for his work in the space.

At Arvay Finlay, founding partner Joseph Arvay QC is regularly engaged to advise on high-profile disputes and has extensive experience before all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Katherine Kay at Stikeman Elliott is a widely respected name in the Canadian market who draws praise for her impressive expertise in complex class action and antitrust disputes.

At Bennett Jones, Jeffrey Leon has a strong class action practice and is widely regarded as a go-to adviser for high-stakes disputes.

Peter Linder QC at Peacock Linder & Halt is “a top name” in the Canadian litigation arena, where he enjoys a great reputation for his work across a range of sectors from oil and gas and construction to insurance.

At Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, Kent Thomson is recognised for the “high-quality work” that he delivers to clients, particularly when advising on securities and competition-related disputes.

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