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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


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What the team is known for

Borden Ladner Gervais is a national law firm with a first-class transportation team advising clients on the full spectrum of maritime law, including ship construction, finance, purchases and sales, terminal operations, insolvency proceedings, cargo claim defence, charter party disputes, and environmental matters such as fuel oil spills. It offers coverage across Canada, with its offices in Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver playing key roles in the shipping arena, and its Team North initiative offering advice on shipping in the Arctic. The firm also operates a well-regarded aviation practice, with particular experience in aerospace disputes and claims. It possesses an especially strong reputation in cases involving fatality aircraft accidents and aerospace product liability concerns.


Sources enthuse: "The group has a deep bench of lawyers with wide experience in all aspects of maritime law and a firm grasp of the technical aspects of the shipping industry."

A client described having "received quick and strong, pertinent advice from BLG."

Work highlights

A BLG team led by Dino Rossi represented Houston, Texas-based tank barge operator Kirby Corporation in proceedings brought under the Fisheries Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act and the Pilotage Act arising from the 2016 grounding of the tugboat 'Nathan E. Stewart', which resulted in the spilling of approximately 100,000 litres of fuel into Seaforth Channel in BC.

A team led by Frank Tosto acted for Alberta Health Services with respect to litigation involving the award of the contract for fixed-wing air ambulance services in the province.

Notable practitioners

Dionysios Rossi is based in Vancouver, from where he draws upon his experience in environmental law to represent clients in a range of marine cases including oil spills. He also counsels shipping organisations on regulatory concerns.
"Mr Rossi is expert at both short-term, immediate impacts and long-term outcomes." "He is bright, articulate and creative in his approach."

Vancouver shipping lawyer Graham Walker brings to bear his expertise in a range of marine issues such as pollution, cargo damage cases and marine casualty incidents.
"He has tremendous breadth with respect to marine and commercial law."

Jean-François Bilodeau , based in Montréal, has a significant marine-based insurance practice. He has experience representing a range of clients, such as charterers and shippers, before provincial and federal courts.
"He is very impressive on litigious matters."

Montréal-based lawyer Jean-Marie Fontaine is engaged by clients in contentious cases, often involving cargo claims, collisions and shipbuilding disputes, as well as for regulatory maritime matters.
"He is extremely knowledgeable, very responsive and very practical in his approach."

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With over a century of experience and offices across Canada, we are Canada’s only law firm with a dedicated, fully-integrated national transportation practice. 

BLG has Canada’s only National Shipping and Aviation Teams, serving Canadian and international clients throughout the transportation industry. 

On the shipping side, we act for container and bulk shipping lines, ship operators, charterers, terminals, cruise lines, P&I clubs, shipbuilders, H&M underwriters and other marine insurers. We act in disputes, commercial transactions and regulatory matters and provide practical and proactive advice to meet the needs of the shipping industry. 

We also have the strongest multidisciplinary aviation practice in our country providing legal expertise in disputes, regulatory, employment, competition, aircraft and engine finance or leasing (synthetic leases or otherwise), government lobbying, insolvency, tax, and commercial transactions. Our clients include some of the world’s largest air carriers, airports, fixed and rotary wing operators, FBOs, MROs, airframe and engine manufacturers, component-part manufacturers and fabricators, and aviation insurers.

We keep an eye on issues affecting the industry, including consolidation, environmental concerns, pressures from competitors, and new and disruptive technologies. As key parts of BLG’s National Transportation Group, our National Shipping and Aviation Teams continue to provide best in class service, from the ground to the water and up.


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Nationwide - Canada

Transportation: Shipping

Dionysios Rossi
Band 3
Graham Walker
Band 3
Jean-François Bilodeau
Band 3
Jean-Marie Fontaine
Band 2