Experience

There’s no substitute for experience. Our ability to act for clients facing litigation on multiple fronts is our strength.

Precedent Setting Cases

We act on remarkable cases in every area of our litigation practice. From complex and high-stakes breach of contract disputes to urgent injunctions and evidence preservation measures; from sports regulation & enforcement to white-collar defence of public officials.  Sometimes our clients come to us with fascinating, urgent problems to manage and fix.  And sometimes our strategic insight unlocks an elegant, novel solution to a problem that seems ordinary.  Here are some of the places we set precedent.

Supreme Court Advocacy: Counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in the successful appeal of the Hamlet of Clyde River. Counsel for the Canadian Public Health Association in the Insite appeal (operation of needle exchange program in Lower East Side Vancouver), and for Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in the Whatcott case before the SCC (hate speech). Counsel for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association in R v. Marakah and R v. Jones (seizure of text messages), Google v. Equustek (global injunctions against internet intermediaries), and Frank v. Canada (right of non-resident Canadians to vote in federal elections).  Counsel for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association in Alberta v. University of Calgary (solicitor-client privilege and production demands). Counsel for various arts associations in Access Copyright v. Minister of Education (Alta.) (“fair use” of copyrighted material for educational purposes).

Commissions of Inquiry and Coroner’s Inquests: Counsel for a policing organization at the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). Commission Counsel to the Walkerton, Arar and Air India inquiries. Counsel for parties with standing before the Mississauga Judicial Inquiry; Inquiry into Paediatric Forensic Pathology (Goudge Inquiry), the SARS review and the Seven Fallen Feathers Inquest in Thunder Bay.

Criminal and Regulatory Matters: Successfully defending Uber partners in regulatory prosecutions in Toronto and a number of surrounding jurisdictions, obtaining the withdrawals of hundreds of charges after winning motions on disclosure and unreasonable delay. Successfully defending ORNGE air ambulance in relation to charges under the Canada Labour Code. Counsel for the Chief of the Toronto Police Service and designated to prosecute all TPS discipline matters arising out of the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto.

Securities enforcement: acting for respondents in major prosecutions including YBM Magnex, Biovail and Coventree Capital; and as counsel to Staff in prosecutions of Sextant Capital Management Inc., MRS Sciences, Northern Securities Inc. and others. Acting as counsel for CI Financial in litigation before the Ontario Securities Commission in a groundbreaking case concerning the validity and effects of a shareholder rights plan.

Class Actions: ALS Society v. City of Windsor (defence of class action for bingo licensing fees); Timminco Inc. (securities/class actions); Bear Lake Gold (securities/class actions); Atlas Cold Storage (securities/class actions); Bancroft-Snell v. VISA Canada (appointed amicus curiae on issue regarding approval of counsel fees in multi-jurisdictional class actions).

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Individual Recognition

Paul Le Vay

LEXPERT ranked in Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation Named in Best Lawyers for Corporate-Commercial Litigation and Securities Law Chambers ranked 2012 Inductee, American College of Trial Lawyers 2014 Inductee, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Brian Gover

Chambers ranked LEXPERT ranked in Public Law Named in Best Lawyers for Administrative & Public Law and Criminal Defence 2008 Inductee, American College of Trial Lawyers 2011 Inductee, International Academy of Trial Lawyers

Brendan van Niejenhuis

LEXPERT Rising Star, 2011 LEXPERT U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigators to Watch, 2012 2011 Precedent Setter, Precedent Magazine Chambers Ranked Named in Best Lawyers for Administrative & Public Law

Luisa Ritacca

Chambers Ranked LEXPERT Rising Star, 2014

Gerald Chan

Benchmark Litigation "Under 40 Hotlist" (2017) Best Lawyers in Canada, Administrative and Public Law (2017) Benchmark "Future Star" (2017) Lexpert "Litigator to Watch" (2014) Precedent Magazine, Precedent Setter (2012)

Nader R. Hasan

Best Lawyers in Canada, Appellate Practice (2017) Benchmark Litigation "Under 40 Hotlist" (2017) New York Bar Association, Empire State Counsel Award, pro bono representation

Justin Safayeni

Precedent Magazine, Precedent Setter (2017)

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