In this chapter, we highlight 41 leading practitioners who apply their impressive knowledge of franchise law to assist franchisors and franchisees in contentious and non-contentious proceedings.
Most Highly Regarded
Sotos excels with a total of six nominations in this chapter.
The “excellent” John Sotos is a “leading commercial franchise lawyer” who is “distinguished by his 35-plus years of experience” and “wealth of knowledge”.
Peter Viitre stands out as an “amazing franchise lawyer” with “tremendous corporate experience” making him a go-to for transactional advice.
Allan Dick is “without a doubt a market-leading franchise litigator” with decades of experience handling complex class actions.
John Yiokaris is lauded for his “strong personality, professionalism and strategic thinking” as well as his “in-depth industry knowledge and expertise”, notably in the automotive sector.
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt sees four lawyers highlighted.
The “brilliant” Andraya Frith is a “prominent franchise solicitor” who is “vastly knowledgeable and highly visible in the market” thanks to her “phenomenal work-ethic and methodical approach”.
Jennifer Dolman is “certainly one of Canada’s leading franchise litigators” with a spectacular track record spanning more than 25 years.
Dominic Mochrie is praised for his “unique ability to identify and address complex issues” for a broad range of high-profile franchisors.
Christine Jackson regularly advises clients in the technology sector on the full gamut of franchising issues.
Cassels Brock & Blackwell performs well with five listings.
Larry Weinberg is a “well-respected and long-standing figure” and a “brilliant speaker and writer” with an “exceptional international reputation” for his work on regulatory, transactional and contentious franchise matters.
Geoffrey Shaw is praised as a “tenacious litigator” with “extensive experience handling many complex franchise disputes in Ontario”.
Frank Robinson is celebrated as an “outstanding franchise lawyer” with “great commercial acumen” and “strong negotiation skills”.
Dale & Lessman receives three nominations here.
David Shaw is highlighted for his “mastery of franchise law”. He is “quick, responsive and thorough” and is recommended for his “excellent attention to detail and communication skills”.
Jeffrey Hoffman is singled out among peers as an “extremely sharp litigator with an excellent grasp of franchise law”.
Chad Finkelstein is a “smart, energetic and entrepreneurial star” who is relied upon by clients in the retail, healthcare, technology and financial services sectors for the full spectrum of franchising issues.
Peter Snell at Gowling WLG is a “renowned franchise law expert” whose “attention to detail is unmatched”, according to impressed sources.
Debi Sutin is an “excellent operator with extensive experience” acting for domestic and international franchisors in transactions, disputes and franchise systems issues.
At McCarthy Tétrault, Adam Ship is a “prolific author and top-flight litigator” with an “excellent franchise and distribution practice”.
Ellery Lew of Witten is touted as a “go-to litigator with a long and distinguished career in franchise law”.
Darrell Jarvis at Fasken is revered by market commentators for his extensive in-house experience and transactional expertise.
At Lapointe Rosenstein Marchand Melançon, Bruno Floriani is recommended for his three decades of experience in the manufacturing, IT, retail and hospitality industries handling franchising, licensing and distribution proceedings.
“Franchising guru” Frank Zaid at ADR Chambers is hailed as the “dean of franchise law in Canada” with “tremendous wealth of experience and knowledge as a first-class mediator and arbitrator”.
At Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang, Judy Rost is “a top-notch litigator” held in high esteem by market sources, one of whom notes she is “my go-to franchise litigation lawyer in British Columbia”.