Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP

Private Wealth Law Department

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Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg is described as "the best" and a "top-tier firm." An interviewee comments that "I have always found Davies to be among the best in their tax, trusts and estates planning for their clients," and adds: "They certainly have been responsive to me and very easy to work with."

Other interviewees also note the team's client service as a key strength. One observes that "they are responsive and have an ability to execute with ease, they have the ability to work well as a team." Another states: "Their team is excellent. They have a very high knowledge level, attention to detail and they are client-centric."

Notable practitioners

Elie Roth
"is very, very bright and very, very good at explaining how things work in the private client field," says a source; "he literally just wrote a book on it. He is so nice, personable and smart." Roth is considered to be "a very intelligent, thoughtful and skilled tax lawyer," with a particular specialism in private client work. An interviewee says that "Elie is very well regarded in Canada. He has a good tax focus and he covers some commercial and corporate tax as well. He is well regarded for his technical abilities."

Rhonda Rudick
"is outstanding - I have so much respect for her," says a source, adding: "She is incredibly bright and she does a lot of good work, including internationally. She is a lovely person." Another interviewee describes Rudick as "the most efficient and diligent tax expert I have worked with," and says that her "depth of expertise in Canada/US tax and estate planning has been invaluable."

Tim Youdan
"has the strongest knowledge of estates law in the city, and is regarded as the best drafter in Canada," says a Toronto interviewee. Youdan is considered to be "a leading lawyer in this country for trust and estate planning," who is "extremely knowledgeable, experienced and thoughtful" in private client work. One source says Youdan has "a brilliant focus on the trust area," adding that "he is seen as a go-to by many institutions for fiduciary issues. He is very intelligent, has a strong academic background and an impressive understanding of the law itself; he is a lawyer's lawyer."