Provided by Lenczner Slaght
Commercial litigation represents the heart of our practice. Our lawyers have a wealth of experience in pursuing complex, high-profile and often highly confidential cases across the spectrum of business-related legal matters.
Our reputation and record of success lead many clients to entrust their most significant litigation to us: we have acted for a broad array of corporate clients in "bet-the-company" cases. Lenczner Slaght litigators take on each new challenge with an exacting attention to detail while setting immediate goals within a larger strategic framework. Our well-honed courtroom skills have won the respect of judges and fellow counsel at all levels of the courts – including the Toronto Commercial List, where many of Canada's most complex commercial cases are heard.
A significant part of our work has cross-border and international elements. We have relationships with leading firms in every jurisdiction.
As a firm devoted exclusively to litigation, Lenczner Slaght taps into a deep reserve of relevant expertise across diverse practice areas and industries. Whether a dispute concerns a complex financial instrument, a failed construction project or a successful mining venture, our lawyers understand the nuances and leverage their specialized knowledge to clients' advantage.
Lenczner Slaght is universally recognised as a leader in the Ontario market. Based in Toronto, the firm demonstrates significant national reach and offers expertise across a wide range of industry sectors, including healthcare and pharmaceuticals, financial services, education, transportation and information technology, as well as acting for public sector bodies. Widely viewed as a top choice for bet-the-company litigation, the team is regularly selected to handle corporate fraud cases, breach of contract and consumer claims, as well as securities and shareholder disputes. The group is further noted for its experience of professional liability, defamation, public inquiries, class actions, and restructuring and insolvency.
"The team functions as a cohesive unit, leveraging knowledge and skill, together with experience when appropriate," explained one source.
"Lenczner Slaght is deserving of its reputation as one of the top civil litigation boutiques in Canada," hailed one source, while another said: "It is an excellent firm with a team of strategic, engaged and experienced lawyers."
Led by Peter Osborne, Lenczner Slaght represented the board of governors of Laurentian University, following its insolvency and protection under the CCAA.
Tom Curry is held in high regard by market commentators and clients alike for his skill in complex litigation files. His practice touches all manner of areas, from commercial disputes and class actions to administrative law and professional liability. Based in Toronto, he serves as the firm's managing partner.
"His extensive experience showed in our case; he was exceptionally methodical and provided great guidance." "He is an outstanding counsel and achieves excellent results."
Peter Griffin commands a formidable reputation as a litigator and remains the counsel of choice for many high-profile corporates for their high-stakes commercial disputes. Based in Toronto, his reputation extends across the country and beyond.
"I think he is one of the top civil litigators in Canada; he is thoughtful, very good on his feet and inspires confidence." "Peter Griffin is a great chess player - he knows how to outwit his opponents."
Toronto-based William McDowell stands as one of Ontario's most highly respected practitioners for public and judicial inquiries, as well as various other investigations and public law disputes.
"His breadth of practice reflects the confidence he inspires and the depth of his legal knowledge." "He is an excellent lawyer."
Monique Jilesen has wide-ranging commercial litigation experience, covering such issues as construction and real estate disputes, employee fraud and energy tariffs. She represents clients from Toronto.
"She is incredibly responsive and knowledgeable, not only on process but the needs of the business." "Monique Jilesen is perceived as an exceptional lawyer by both the community and the courts."
Peter Osborne operates a diverse commercial litigation practice from Toronto, representing both private and public sector clients. His expertise covers multiple disciplines, with notable insolvency and securities-related cases.
"He is very well regarded and is an excellent litigator."
Rebecca Jones is highlighted by commentators as an up-and-coming litigation lawyer in Toronto. Her practice covers municipal disputes, public inquiries and professional lability, among other areas.
"Rebecca Jones is superb and very, very talented."