Canada: Product Liability Defence 2018

In this chapter we identify 26 lawyers who stand out for their top-notch work handling complex product liability defence and class action claims before a range of tribunals.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Peter J Pliszka Fasken, Toronto
2. Glenn M Zakaib Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Toronto
3. Gordon McKee Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto

Blake Cassels & Graydon sees five practitioners recognised in this chapter.
Gordon McKee is one of the most prominent product liability defence lawyers in the country. Sources consider him “a great lawyer” and praise his adept handling of complex class action claims.
James Sullivan QC stands out as “a top class action lawyer” who is well known for his excellent litigation work relating to product liability claims.  
Jill Lawrie is frequently engaged in representing clients from a range of industries, including pharmaceuticals and automotives, in product liability actions before a wide array of tribunals.
Robin Linley wins high praise from peers for his superb product liability work, one of whom notes, “He is a trusted partner to whom I would definitely refer work.”
Catherine Beagan Flood is “a great strategist and legal thinker” according to sources who commend her excellent work on class action and regulatory matters.

McMillan achieves four nominations in this chapter.
Scott Maidment is a first-rate litigator who comes highly recommended by sources for his superb work in class action cases.
Teresa Dufort is a widely recognised figure in the product liability defence space where she enjoys a strong reputation for her work on contentious and regulatory matters.
Lindsay Lorimer stands out for her “business-oriented approach” and is praised by clients, one of whom notes, “She is practical in her advice and works to get the best outcome for the client.”
Lisa Parliament is considered “one of the very best” in the field by peers who commend her expert handling of highly complex product liability claims.

Borden Ladner Gervais also performs well this year with four lawyers highlighted here.
Glenn Zakaib is highly visible in the field according to respondents who consider him “one of the very best” product liability defence lawyers in the Canadian market.
Robert Love heads the firm’s national product liability group, an area in which he is widely regarded as a leading figure. He is particularly well known for his strong work in the automotive sector.

At Fasken, Peter Pliszka is “really top notch” according to peers who regard him as a key figure in the Canadian product liability defence space and “a great lawyer”.
Steven Rosenhek gains widespread recognition for his impressive product liability defence practice as well as his “great charm, skill and experience”.

Mary Thomson at Gowling WLG is a well-respected litigator in the Canadian market who draws high praise from peers for her expert handling of complex class actions and product liability matters across a range of areas including pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

At Lerners, Robert Bell is a well-established name in the product liability space, where he is recognised for his excellent work relating to defence class action cases.

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