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Canada Guide 2023
Ontario Litigation: General Commercial
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6 Ranked Lawyers

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Provided by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

BLG’s Commercial Litigation Group in Ontario is known for its strength in complex commercial cases, class actions, fraud, privacy, cybersecurity, intellectual property and high technology litigation, arbitration (domestic and international), appellate litigation, public law litigation, and securities litigation, banking litigation and extraordinary remedies such as Anton Piller, Mareva and Norwich orders. The practice represents some of the world's largest multi-national corporations, including automotive manufacturers, banks and other financial service providers. 


BLG is the preeminent litigation practice in Canada. The BLG Commercial Litigation Group in Ontario complements the nationwide strength and depth of the firm’s Disputes Group. When disputes escalate into local, cross-border or international litigation or arbitration proceedings, our clients count on us to represent their interests and to pursue the most appropriate remedies. 

Our advocates are experienced in courts across Canada and before virtually all regulatory and administrative tribunals. We are experienced in arbitrations administered by all of the leading international and domestic arbitral institutions including the ICC, LCIA, SCC, ICDR, ICSID, AAA, SIAC and others.

As Canada’s Law Firm, our bench strength, which includes a large e-discovery and litigation support team, makes BLG a go-to firm for the most significant disputes.

Chambers Review

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

Borden Ladner Gervais has a solid service offering in the Ontario litigation market, with notable expertise in securities, fraud and banking litigation. The team fields notable experience in administrative and constitutional law matters, regularly appearing on urgent injunctions and judicial reviews, as well as novel matters such as extradition proceedings. Other areas of strength include class actions, product liability and construction litigation. Well regarded for its expertise in the financial services and energy sectors, the team also advises clients from industries such as automotive, natural resources and communications. It maintains an active presence in both Toronto and Ottawa.

Work Highlights

Provided by Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
  • Borden Ladner Gervais defended Samsung Electronics in proposed class actions alleging defendant manufacturers conspired to suppress the supply of Dynamic Random Access Memory products and artificially inflated their price.

Notable Practitioners

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Christopher D Bredt
N
Christopher D Bredt
2
Band 2

Christopher Bredt is a well-respected litigator in Toronto who has experience handling novel cases around issues such as contamination indemnities as part of his wider commercial disputes practice. He also takes an active role in public law, including policy challenges and public inquiries.
"He's excellent."

Guy Pratte
N
Guy Pratte
1
Band 1

Guy Pratte is a well-known litigator who is best recognised for his work in the public sphere. He handles cases relating to extradition proceedings, privacy issues and liability questions in the railway industry, among others. He splits his time between Toronto, Montréal and Ottawa.
"He has a strong practice and I consider him a pre-eminent counsellor."

David Di Paolo
N
David Di Paolo
2
Band 2

David Di Paolo is a highly respected name in Toronto's securities litigation field. He is particularly known for his focus on misrepresentation, oppression and breach of trust cases, including class actions.
"David is one of the very strongest securities litigation practitioners in the Canadian legal market. He is versatile, agile and a pleasure to work with. He is a go-to reference for a number of large multinational actors, including some of the most significant commercial actors in the world, on their most sensitive litigation concerns."

James D G Douglas
N
James D G Douglas
1
Band 1

James Douglas possesses a wealth of experience pertaining to all manner of brokerage disputes, as well as contested takeovers, securities class actions and cases concerning allegations of insider trading. He has been among the leading litigators in Toronto for a number of years and now serves as senior counsel.
"He's very experienced and brings significant value with his insights."

Nadia Effendi
N
Nadia Effendi
2
Band 2

Nadia Effendi operates a contentious practice from the firm's Toronto office which is focused on public and administrative law issues. She is instructed on judicial reviews and urgent injunctions by various public bodies, including those relating to parliament and the judiciary.
"Nadia has a very strong legal mind, communicates clearly and provides well-defined options. She is a first-class lawyer."

Caitlin Sainsbury
N
Caitlin Sainsbury
4
Band 4

Caitlin Sainsbury is commended for her noteworthy securities litigation practice, particularly for her work acting for brokerages and financial institutions in class action proceedings.
"She is very thoughtful and thorough."

Ranked Lawyers at
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Ontario

Litigation: Administrative & Public Law

Guy Pratte
1
Guy Pratte
1
Band 1
Christopher D Bredt
2
Christopher D Bredt
2
Band 2
Nadia Effendi
2
Nadia Effendi
2
Band 2
Litigation: General Commercial

Guy Pratte
3
Guy Pratte
3
Band 3
Litigation: Securities

James D G Douglas
1
James D G Douglas
1
Band 1
David Di Paolo
2
David Di Paolo
2
Band 2
Caitlin Sainsbury
4
Caitlin Sainsbury
4
Band 4