Stikeman Elliott LLP

Litigation: General Commercial Department

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What the team is known for A strong presence in Ontario, with offices in both Toronto and Ottawa. Routinely assists clients with a range of disputes involving commercial contract claims, insolvency, securities and contested corporate transactions. Offers notable capability in class action defence, winning particular acclaim in professional negligence, misrepresentation and product liability claims. Further recognised for its representation of current and former executives and directors in oppression proceedings, as well as breach of contract and fiduciary duty. The firm also enjoys a significant reputation for its work in the energy, construction and technology sectors.

Strengths Commentators commend the attorneys for their "knowledge and unwavering determination, as well as their creativity."

Others describe the firm as "very responsive and very thoughtful when giving advice - they understand our business really well and the risks we face. Their ability to cogently put forward a strong argument is fantastic."

Work highlights Acted for GFL Environmental on a CAD105 million counterclaim relating to alleged environmental contamination at Greenbank Airport in Scugog, as well as on related proceedings concerning a judicial challenge to the constitutionality of the township's bylaw.

Notable practitioners

Sources refer to David Byers as "brilliant," adding that "he has a great mind, is a great strategist and is a no-nonsense person who will tell you the truth." He is particularly expert in handling professional negligence and product liability mandates, as well as oppression cases and those relating to insolvency.

Eliot Kolers is a widely respected commercial litigator with significant experience handling cases relating to breach of contract, M&A and oppression claims. Interviewees praise him for his "excellent demeanour in court" and describe him as "smart, approachable, exceptionally responsive and highly effective." He heads the Toronto litigation and dispute resolution group.

Seasoned litigator Peter Howard maintains his impressive reputation for commercial and securities disputes. He possesses wide-ranging trial experience covering matters such as environmental contamination, hostile takeover bids, securities regulatory investigations and class action cases.