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Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Litigation: General Commercial

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What the team is known for

Impressive litigation team in Toronto, regularly defending clients against multi-jurisdictional class actions, as well as advising on commercial and securities litigation. Additional expertise includes fraud, professional negligence and tax-related litigation. Demonstrates notable proficiency handling disputes resulting from competition, securities and environmental investigations. Has a strong profile in the financial services sector and benefits from the support of the firm's integrated national litigation platform, as well as the cross-border capabilities born from its extensive US network.

Strengths

Sources speak highly of the team: "They are capable of complex analysis and high-quality advocacy," adding: "The work and attention is high quality. They strive to provide practical advice in line with business needs."

Others comment on the group's depth: "There is good coverage of knowledgeable lawyers to accommodate times of high activity. The team’s strength is in well-written, well-considered legal opinions."

Work highlights

Successfully represented Chevron in defence of a USD9.1 billion enforcement claim of an Ecuadorian judgment. The Supreme Court of Canada rejected the plaintiffs' application for leave to appeal in April 2019 and the case was dismissed with costs in July 2019.

Notable practitioners

Larry Lowenstein is characterised as a "superb" and "talented lawyer" by commentators, who highlight his "gently persuasive style" and "focus on how to meet client expectations." He handles all manner of commercial dispute, including those relating to the enforcement of foreign judgments.

Lawrence Ritchie remains an enormously experienced and accomplished securities litigator. He is notable for the depth and breadth of his practice in the space, with extensive experience representing clients in litigation stemming from OSC investigations, as well as other regulatory disputes and securities class action suits. Interviewees describe him as a "fantastic" lawyer and note his "very sophisticated work."

Mark Gelowitz is commended by his clients for being "targeted, strategic and assertive in his advocacy." Sources additionally note his "considerable expertise in appeals and complex commercial and class action matters." His wide-ranging experience covers disputes in the technology, insurance, real estate and PE spaces.

National litigation department chair Sonia Bjorkquist is a well-respected practitioner with notable experience handling product liability class actions. Sources comment that she is "very careful and thorough in her research and analysis, and able to provide practical and strategic advice."

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Litigation: General Commercial Department

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

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100 King Street West

1 First Canadian Place

Suite 6200, P.O. Box 50

Toronto

Ontario

Canada

ON M5X 1B8

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Ontario

Litigation: General Commercial


Larry P Lowenstein
Band 2
Mark A Gelowitz
Band 3
Sonia Bjorkquist
Band 4

Litigation: Securities


Lawrence Ritchie
Band 1