Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Litigation: General Commercial Department

Ontario
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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 One client outlined their appreciation for the firm's guidance and communication: "I would say among the team’s main strengths is being able to clearly explain and articulate to us the legal process and implications while providing recommendations and best courses of action that are easy to understand."

Sources commend the group's deep expertise and capabilities: "They have good bench strength, with a number of people who have both practical and tactical experience."

Work highlights Acted for Estée Lauder Companies on oppression remedy proceedings in relation to the client's minority interest in Deciem Beauty Group after its CEO attempted to shut down operations. Successfully obtained interim restraining relief allowing the company to continue usual business operations.

Notable practitioners

Larry Lowenstein has a reputation for handling high-stakes commercial litigation and class action suits. He is well regarded by sources, one of whom described him as a "super experienced lawyer who is really top-notch."

Market sources endorse Lawrence Ritchie as "knowledgeable, practical, approachable and effective," while peers recognise him as among "the top people in the country." He attracts plaudits for the strength of his securities practice and is deeply experienced in handling related regulatory investigations and class actions.

Interviewees confirm that Mark Gelowitz has a "client-centred style, great communication skills and no ego - he's an excellent strategist and is pragmatic." He maintains a broad civil litigation practice that includes libel claims, product liability suits and M&A disputes at both trial and appellate stages.

Sonia Bjorkquist is particularly well versed in handling product liability disputes in the pharmaceutical and automotive sectors, among others. Interviewees comment that "she's very perceptive, she's good with clients and good at gauging the opposition." She chairs the firm's national litigation department.