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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Litigation: General Commercial

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What the team is known for

A leading team with an impressive capacity for handling large commercial disputes both at trial and before the appellate courts. Expertise encompasses securities litigation, shareholder disputes and insolvency, as well as class action defence and competition law. Demonstrates further proficiency handling industrial tort claims and disputes relating to the recovery of care costs and environmental damage. The team is commended for its litigation capabilities in sectors such as mining, lottery and gaming, automotive and telecommunications. Also highly experienced in co-ordinating multi-provincial litigation files.

Strengths

Sources say that the group is "exceptionally capable, diligent and both practical and pragmatic and constructive in their approach. They're good on client service, extremely responsive and effective," concluding: "They seem to really deeply understand and align with their clients."

One client praised the team's "consistently detailed and thorough drafting and practical advice, at a competitive price," adding: "The lawyers I work with pick up on the things that matter to our business quickly."

Work highlights

Continues to represent McKesson and McKesson Canada in defence of class action proceedings brought by the Province of British Columbia stemming from the province's Opioid Damages and Health Care Costs Recovery Act.

Notable practitioners

Commentators endorse Andrea Burke as "skilled and tenacious," as well as "very diligent and thorough." She is an experienced litigator, with notable activity on OSC enforcement cases and other securities suits as part of a wider commercial practice.

Derek Ricci is rapidly growing an impressive reputation for his commercial litigation practice. Clients commend his work as "verythorough and comprehensive; he leaves no stone unturned." Others note him as "extremely knowledgeable, skilled and solution-oriented."

Kent Thomson is routinely commended as "one of the premier litigators in the country" and praised for his "beyond excellent judgement." He is regularly engaged on some of the country's most high-profile and complex commercial and securities cases. "He's indefatigable; he has a motor like no one else," commented one source, adding that he has a "very strong sense of how to move a case forward, how to organise the tactics of a case and how to manage interactions with the court system."

Market sources commend Luis Sarabia as an "excellent, bilingual lawyer who is very skilled and knowledgeable" and value his "easy and effective manner." He is particularly adept handling disputes in the mining sector.

Matthew Milne-Smith continues to impress via his handling of notable single-plaintiff, class action and appellate disputes. Sources describe him as "very bright and very proactive; he's usually two steps ahead," and appreciate his "common-sense approach."

Interviewees highlight Sandra Forbes for her "profoundly good judgement," adding that she is "good on her feet and highly regarded by the judiciary." She is an accomplished commercial litigator with a practice focused primarily on competition class action suits.

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Litigation: General Commercial Department

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

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155 Wellington Street West

40th Floor

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

ON M5V 3J7

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Ontario

Litigation: General Commercial


Andrea L. Burke
Band 4
Derek Ricci
Up and Coming
Kent E Thomson
Band 1
Luis Sarabia
Band 4
Matthew Milne-Smith
Band 4
Sandra A Forbes
Band 3