Ryann Atkins

Practice Areas

Ryann maintains a broad litigation practice with a focus on complex commercial disputes, including shareholder oppression, breach of trust claims, construction and procurement disputes, urgent injunctions, insurance law, employment matters and cross-border litigation.  In her intellectual property practice, Ryann is regularly called upon to protect her clients’ most sensitive and valuable trademarks and confidential information.

Ryann also maintains an extensive professional negligence and health law practice, and advises clients on a variety of risk management matters, including large-scale and sensitive investigations, privacy and cybersecurity breaches, and quality assurance reviews.

Ryann has conducted numerous trials, arbitrations and appeals, appearing before all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ryann was called to the bar in 2014. Ryann’s practice before joining Stockwoods was developed at a leading national firm and another top litigation boutique in Toronto. She earned a J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and a B.A. (Hons.), with distinction, from Queen’s University.

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Representative Work

Beijing Hehe Fengye Investment Co. Limited v. Fasken Martineau Dumoulin LLP, 2020 ONSC 934: successfully brought a jurisdiction motion on behalf of two Chinese defendants in response to a claim of knowing assistance of breach of fiduciary duty.

Routinely advising property owners on commercial lease rights and remedies in the context of COVID-19.

Canadian Home Publishers Inc. v. Parker, 2019 ONCA 314: successfully represented appellant in first judicial interpretation of the Canadian law of limited partnerships and the rights of the limited partner on dissolution.

Representing a major Canadian energy company in an insurance coverage dispute.

Sleep Country Canada Inc. v. Sears Canada Inc., 2017 FC 148: successfully obtained an interlocutory injunction in a Federal trademark infringement case which significantly impacted the availability of intellectual property injunctions under Canadian law.

Represented a global OEM in a franchise dispute with a Canadian car dealership.

Represented a tenant ethanol project in a commercial lease dispute with a public port authority.

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Additional Info

Awards and Recognition

Samuel and Clara Shime Prize for Outstanding Accomplishment in the field of Law and Medicine

Arnup Cup Trial Advocacy Competition (Champion, 2013)

Gowling’s Prize for Highest Standing in Trial Advocacy at the University of Toronto

Publications

“D&O Liability in M&A Transactions: The Legal Landscape in the Post-BCE Era”, (2014) Advocates’ Quarterly Vol. 42 (3) 247 (co-author)

Defending Class Actions in Canada, 4th Edition (Lexis Nexis, 2016) (contributor)

Teaching & Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Ontario Bar Association’s “Advanced Trial Preparation” (November 2019)

Warren K. Winkler Class Actions Moot (Co-Founder, 2013) (Organizer, 2013-2016)

Panelist, Hart House “First in Family” Mentorship Program, University of Toronto

Associations

Member, The Advocates’ Society

Member, Canadian Bar Association

Member, Toronto Lawyers Association

Member, Young Women in Law

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