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Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP

Litigation: General Commercial

5 ranked lawyersBand 1British ColumbiaCanada 2022 View ranking table
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What the team is known for

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson is a top-tier dispute resolution boutique, recognised for its ability to handle a wide range of contentious matters in BC. The firm's client roster consists of a number of prestigious names, including companies in the consumer technology, transportation, construction and financial services industries. The firm also regularly represents individual executives and officials on both the plaintiff and defendant sides. The team out of Vancouver offers significant expertise in commercial, securities and shareholder disputes, with additional proficiency in competition litigation, appellate proceedings, white-collar crime, professional negligence and class actions.


An interviewee stated: "They are a smart group that puts the needs of their clients first," further describing the firm as "a powerhouse."

Other clients praise the "excellent, client-focused service" and "first-rate work" at Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson.

Work highlights

A team led by Irwin Nathanson represented Metro Vancouver in an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada following a CAD2.88 million arbitration award to Wastech Services for breach of good faith.

Notable practitioners

Irwin Nathanson QC is a prestigious litigator in British Columbia, with extensive experience across the full range of contentious commercial proceedings. He represents domestic and international clients before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.
"Irwin Nathanson has strong advocacy skills. He is a good listener and, moreover, highly analytical and always exercises good judgement. He makes me feel heard as a client."

James MacInnis QC regularly represents clients in a wide range of commercial disputes, from breach of duty and shareholder claims to project and construction disputes. Based in Vancouver, he is also experienced in arbitration proceedings.
"He made certain he was knowledgeable of all matters and we could trust that he was fully cognizant of the complexities and nuances of the case."

Karen Carteri is a well-respected lawyer in Vancouver, where she handles a broad range of commercial disputes including securities litigation and class actions. She has also represented clients in high-profile administrative law tribunals.
"Karen is an outstanding litigator; she is a smart, strategic and thoughtful. As a client, you can trust that she will fight to the finish for you." "I value her knowledge of our business and products."

Randall Hordo QC is a respected figure in the BC market, with notable experience in class actions and securities litigation. He has also represented clients in product liability lawsuits and personal injury cases.

Vancouver-based Stephen Schachter QC offers an impressive range of experience across commercial litigation, handling disputes across securities, professional negligence, pensions and competition law. He is a skilled trial lawyer with additional strength in appellate proceedings.
"Stephen Schachter is very thorough, precise and knowledgeable. He also has a strong understanding of the complex sides of our business."

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Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP is consistently recognized as one of Canada’s leading litigation and dispute resolution firms. NST has litigated many of British Columbia’s largest and most complicated commercial and civil lawsuits. The firm was established to build an elite team of litigators capable of advocacy and litigation of the highest calibre. NST has carefully expanded its team and now includes leading counsel at all levels, including an upcoming generation of top-ranked partners.

All of NST’s partners actively mentor our team of associates, each of whom are former clerks of the British Columbia Court of Appeal, to ensure their development into highly skilled litigators, thus solidifying NST’s continued excellence into the future. 

Known for intellectual rigour, high-quality advocacy, responsiveness to client needs, and agility in procedural matters, our team has extensive proven experience arguing trials, appeals, arbitrations, and conducting complex negotiations.


Carteri, Karen

Doi, Heather

Hansen, Emily

Hordo, R J Randall

Lockhart, Julia

Loo, Kevin

Ohama-Darcus, Caitlin

Parker, James

Senkpiel, Peter

Strong, Kayla

Litigation: General Commercial

Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP


Suite 750-900 Howe Street


British Columbia


BC V6Z 2M4

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Chambers Research is conducted by 200 Research Analysts, across 200 jurisdictions and provides nearly 6,000 rankings tables. Annually we collect hundreds of thousands of responses from clients, the majority via in-depth interview. Learn more about our methodology.

British Columbia

Litigation: General Commercial

Irwin G Nathanson QC
Band 1
James C MacInnis QC
Band 3
Karen Carteri
Band 4
R J Randall Hordo QC
Band 4
Stephen R Schachter QC
Band 2