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Canada Guide 2023
Ontario Litigation: General Commercial
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8 Ranked Lawyers

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Provided by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Blakes has one of the largest and most successful Litigation & Dispute Resolution practices in Canada, with top-tier litigators in the major business centres across the country, including Toronto, and an extraordinary depth of local industry knowledge, practice expertise and litigation experience

Our multidisciplinary team is armed with the skills and insights required to achieve favourable results for our clients. With all of the advice and expertise needed under one roof, we leverage best practices across industries and take swift action to resolve disputes smoother, smarter and with greater success.

We represent client interests at every stage of a dispute, from fact-finding and risk evaluation through final resolution and enforcement. We litigate in trial and appellate courts, resolve disputes at the negotiating table, and represent clients before tribunals and government agencies.

Blakes litigators have appeared before all levels of court in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and have been involved in precedent-setting cases involving hostile take-overs, indemnification of directors and officers, proxy contests and directors’ duties. Our expertise is complemented by one of Canada’s largest and most experienced corporate and commercial law groups.

In large, document-intensive cases, we integrate skilled paralegal support, leading-edge document management technology and a project management and e-discovery team to manage matters efficiently and cost effectively.

Chambers Review

Provided by Chambers
Litigation: Administrative & Public Law - Ontario
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What the team is known for

Blake, Cassels & Graydon is a high-profile Canadian law firm with an admirable litigation offering and a notable presence in the Ontario market. The team maintains a strong focus on disputes relating to contested M&A transactions and commercial contracts, securities and general commercial class action defence, and securities regulatory disputes. The firm is particularly active in the financial services, real estate and pharmaceutical sectors; the team has additional expertise in insolvency, trade and product liability litigation.

Work Highlights

Provided by Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • A Blakes team defended Wyndham Worldwide in a proposed class action in Saskatchewan alleging its hotels unlawfully charged destination marketing fees to Canadian guests.

Notable Practitioners

Provided by Chambers
Michael E Barrack
N
Michael E Barrack
1
Band 1

Michael Barrack is one of the leading figures in Toronto's commercial litigation space. He is regularly instructed on high-profile and complex commercial mandates, including contested M&A, insolvency litigation and contractual disputes.
"He is a total professional, who understands complex legal issues alongside complicated client relationships."

Bradley E. Berg
N
Bradley E. Berg
3
Band 3

Bradley Berg is an accomplished commercial litigator who is additionally renowned for his work on constitutional cases. He is the practice group leader for litigation and dispute resolution in Toronto.
"He is sharp and very practical in his approach and is first-rate in litigation."

Iris Fischer
N
Iris Fischer
3
Band 3

Iris Fischer regularly handles constitutional challenges and judicial review matters, as part of a broad administrative law practice.
"Iris is an asset to the team. She's reliable, efficient and helps focus our attention on the key issues in a very complex file."

Jeff W Galway
N
Jeff W Galway
4
Band 4

Based in Toronto, Jeff Galway is well versed in class action and single-plaintiff commercial litigation, with experience advising on insurance and competition disputes.
"He's an exceptional lawyer who is responsive and works through complex legal issues to find practical business solutions."

Andrea Laing
N
Andrea Laing
2
Band 2

Andrea Laing is noted for her representation in significant securities litigation and class actions. Based in Toronto, she acts for a number of major Canadian and multinational financial institutions, accounting firms, investment funds and asset management companies.
"She is an outstanding strategic adviser and complex problem solver."

Doug McLeod
N
Doug McLeod
4
Band 4

Doug McLeod continues to build his reputation in Toronto's securities litigation field, with particularly deep understanding of OSC enforcement proceedings and investigations.
"He is responsive and explores alternative approaches and solutions. He is helpful in managing expectations and providing the required detail in responses."

Ryan Morris
N
Ryan Morris
U
Up and Coming

Ryan Morris is increasingly active on high-profile litigation files in Toronto, including contested M&A, capital markets disputes and class actions.
"Ryan has demonstrated himself to be an excellent litigator and handles our most complex and difficult litigation matters."

Catherine Beagan Flood
N
Catherine Beagan Flood
5
Band 5

Catherine Beagan Flood is an experienced litigator who frequently assists client in a broad range of complex commercial disputes. She is based in Toronto and is noted in particular for her ability to handle contentious matters in the telecommunications and energy sectors.
"Her focus on the long-term and the proactive ways to reach our longer-term goals is invaluable. She is exceptional at finding litigation approaches that support our broader business and strategic goals. I fully trust that every time she advises me, it is the best possible legal thoughtful and strategic advice."

Ranked Lawyers at
Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

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Ontario

Litigation: Administrative & Public Law

Iris Fischer
3
Iris Fischer
3
Band 3
Litigation: General Commercial

Michael E Barrack
1
Michael E Barrack
1
Band 1
Bradley E. Berg
3
Bradley E. Berg
3
Band 3
Jeff W Galway
4
Jeff W Galway
4
Band 4
Catherine Beagan Flood
5
Catherine Beagan Flood
5
Band 5
Litigation: Securities

Andrea Laing
2
Andrea Laing
2
Band 2
Doug McLeod
4
Doug McLeod
4
Band 4
Ryan Morris
U
Ryan Morris
U
Up and Coming