DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Transportation Department

Nationwide - Canada
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What the team is known for Well-established global firm with a strong footprint in the transportation industry. Lauded for its extensive experience in the rail sector, the team regularly represents shippers in disputes against railway companies, notably in rail level of service arbitrations and final offer arbitrations. Possesses further expertise in rail rate reasonableness cases. Highly regarded for its expertise in the aviation sector, advising domestic and international air carriers on regulatory and litigation matters, including defence against class actions. Also provides transactional and commercial advice for players in the aviation industry, with particular activity in aircraft finance.

Strengths One source said: "They have great resources, get things turned around extremely quickly and blow everyone else out of the water."

"We genuinely appreciate the service DLA provides," stated one client, who highlighted its "emphasis on strong leadership and excellent time management."

Work highlights Retained by British Airways in a number of class proceedings throughout Canada, relating to charges of price fixing regarding fuel surcharges levied on long haul flights.

Represented Canada Malting in a complaint against CP involving rail demurrage concerns.

Notable practitioners

An interviewee praised
Andrew McFarlane
for his "great legal knowledge and technical skill." He enjoys a broad financial practice, with a particular emphasis on aircraft financing.


Catherine Pawluch
advises domestic and international airlines on all aspects of regulatory aviation law. She has experience advising on the transportation of passengers and cargo, as well as representing clients before aviation regulatory authorities.

Sources champion
Forrest Hume
as "the man who brings the railroads to their knees," and he wins praise his representation of shippers in a range of rail service complaints. Clients benefit from his previous experience as an in-house rail lawyer in his work on rail-related litigation and regulatory concerns, with sources highlighting his "very detailed knowledge of how the rail industry works."


John Landry
is a "highly capable lawyer" who is instructed by shippers from a range of industries in rate reasonableness cases alongside other service complaints before the Canadian Transport Agency. He has additional expertise in final offer arbitrations.

Interviewees comment that
Laura Safran QC
"has a very strong level of expertise and client skills." She provides regulatory advice including tariff updates, as well as certification and licensing assistance to a range of domestic and international airlines.