Samuel M. Robinson

Practice Areas

Sam practices commercial litigation. He regularly represents shareholders, officers and directors of both public and private corporations in disputes related to corporate governance and the oppression remedy. He has extensive experience acting and advising in disputes related to the interpretation and enforcement of contractual rights. He has defended class proceedings brought on behalf of shareholders and unit holders of publicly-traded corporations and trusts, as well as class actions alleging defective products or price fixing. Sam has also litigated substantial commercial and financial fraud cases.

He has been identified by Benchmark Canada as a “Litigation Star”. He is ranked in the Lexpert Directory, and is listed in Best Lawyers in Canada in the category of corporate and commercial litigation. Sam speaks regularly on topics related to civil and commercial litigation. He is a past instructor at the Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop hosted by Osgoode Hall Law School.

Sam is a member of the Board of Management of All Saints’ Community Centre, which serves street-involved individuals in downtown Toronto.


Representative Work

Shareholder and Corporate Disputes:  Has acted on numerous occasions before the courts and in private arbitration for shareholders, directors and officers of both public and privately-held corporations in disputes related to corporate governance and the oppression remedy.

Business Disputes:  Extensive experience in cases involving contractual and other business disputes in a wide variety of industries, including: financial services, manufacturing (including food industry), construction, mining, industrial and commercial equipment supply.  Has acted in cases involving injunctions to enforce and to set aside restrictive covenants.

Class Actions: Has defended class actions brought by shareholders and unitholders of publicly traded corporations and trusts.   Has also acted in class actions related to product liability, and alleged price-fixing.

Commercial Fraud:  Has acted for the victims of very large commercial frauds in actions to recover damages.

Other Civil Litigation: Regularly acts for clients in a broad range of civil disputes including product liability and employment.


Additional Info

Awards and Recognition

Benchmark Canada Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, “Litigation Star

Lexpert Directory ranked as “Repeatedly Recommended” in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation

The Best Lawyers in Canada, in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation

Lexpert Rising Star, “Leading Lawyers Under 40” (2015)


“Requisitioned Meetings of Shareholders: An Uneasy Balance of Powers” (2015) 44(4) The Advocates’ Quarterly 509

“Reining in the Long Arm: a look at Canada’s new jurisdictional rules, 18 months later”, ABA Torts, Trial & Insurance Section Newsletter, Winter 2014

“Foreign Issuers Take Note: The Expanding Reach of Ontario Securities Law”, Client Note (December 6, 2012)

“Case Comment: National Bank Ltd. v. Potter”, CBA National Civil Litigation Section Newsletter, July, 2012

“Simplifying the Fight against Fraud: BMP Global Distribution Inc. v. Bank of Nova Scotia” (2009), 13(20) Commercial Litigation 694

“Not So Secure: Certified Cheques after Esses v. Bank of Montreal” (2008), 12(4) Credit and Banking Litigation 682

“Case Comment: Buckingham Securities Corp. (Receiver) v. Miller Bernstein LLP” (2008), 12(4) Commercial Litigation 666


“The Rise and Fall of the Ontario Parkway Belt” (2000), 58(2) University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review 157 (winner of The Ontario Expropriation Association Award and The Martin L. Friedland Prize)

Teaching & Speaking Engagements

Panelist, “Virtual Discoveries, Cross Examinations and Regulatory Examinations”, Ontario Bar Association, 2020

Speaker, “Conducting an Effective Examination for Discovery”, Ontario Bar Association, 2017

Panelist, “Applying Interviewing Techniques to Your Practice”, Advocates’ Society Seminar on “Gathering the Best Evidence for your Case”, 2016

Speaker, “Demonstration and Commentary: How To Do It Right the Day of the Motion”, Advocates’ Society Seminar on Motions for Summary Judgment, 2016

Speaker, “Protecting/Pursuing the Assets of Owner-Managers and Closely-Held Companies”, Osgoode Hall Professional Development Conference “Setting Up/Knocking Down Asset Protection Structures”, 2015

Speaker, “Guarantees”, Ontario Bar Association Conference on “Banking Litigation: What Every Litigator and In-House Counsel Needs to Know”, Ontario Bar Association, 2014

Speaker, “Special Preliminary Injunctions”, Law Society of Upper Canada conference on “Injunctions: A Boot Camp for Civil Litigators”, 2014

Instructor, Osgoode Hall Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016.

Panelist, “The do’s and don’ts of trial work”, International Bar Association Annual Conference, 2012

Panelist (with Luisa Ritacca), “Security for Costs”, Osgoode Hall Professional Development Conference on “Foreign Parties in Ontario Proceedings”, 2012

Panelist, “Discovery Techniques”, Advocates’ Society 2008 Fall Forum


  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Commercial Bar Association (U.K.)
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