Managing Partner: Robert A Centa
Number of partners: 27
Number of lawyers: 40
Languages: Cantonese, English, French, Italian, Mandarin, Spanish
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP is a litigation boutique with a broad range of expertise and experience. It is routinely involved in Canada’s highest profile cases, whether complex commercial litigation, class actions, professional discipline or labour disputes. The firm is trusted to manage the most sensitive legal issues facing businesses of every size, individuals, labour unions, professional regulatory bodies, academic institutions and public interest organisations.
Main Areas of Practice:
Corporate Commercial Litigation:
Paliare Roland represents public and private companies, partnerships, shareholders, directors, officers, boards, special committees and professional advisors in a wide range of complex business disputes.
■ Counsel to Barrick Gold in Barrick Gold Corporation v. Goldcorp. Inc., 2011 ONSC 3725, in a battle over ownership of a Chilean copper-gold mine
■ Counsel to Labatt against the National Hockey League and Molson over sponsorship rights: Labatt Brewing Co. Ltd. v. NHL Enterprises Canada L.P., 2011 ONSC 3219, 2011 ONCA 511 and 2011 ONSC 5652
■ Counsel to Aird & Berlis LLP at the Ontario Court of Appeal in Springer v. Aird & Berlis LLP, 2010 ONCA 287
Paliare Roland represents both plaintiffs and defendants in a broad spectrum of class actions. On the defence side, the firm has acted for major financial institutions, major manufacturers, pension funds, educational institutions and insurers.
■ Class counsel in multiple actions alleging criminal interest charges (Markson v. MBNA Canada Bank, 2007 ONCA 334), the leading decision on aggregate damages in Ontario
■ Class counsel to individuals who invested in an alleged charitable tax shelter opportunity sold through investor advisors. The claim was certified in 2012: Cannon v. Funds for Canada Foundation, 2012 ONSC 399
Bankruptcy & Insolvency Litigation:
Paliare Roland acts regularly in transnational, national and local insolvency cases. The firm’s practice is independent of major financial institutions, permitting them to act for a full range of insolvency stakeholders, including court appointed officers, debtors, employee groups, unions, bondholders and governments.
■ Counsel to the representative plaintiffs in Sino-Forest’s CCAA proceeding and class action
■ Counsel to the United Steel Workers in CCAA proceedings before the Ontario Superior Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal involving US Steel Canada Inc.Counsel to the Superintendent of Financial Services as Administrator of the Pension Benefits Guarantee Fund in the Nortel CCAA insolvency proceedings. Nortel Networks Corporation (Re), 2010 ONSC 5584
Paliare Roland provides advice and advocacy relating to all areas of the employment relationship for both employees and employers.
Appeals & Judicial Review:
Paliare Roland has argued many important appellate cases including:
■ Club Resorts Ltd. v.Van Breda, 2012 SCC 17 which established the test for an Ontario court taking jurisdiction over a foreign defendant
■ Counsel to the Canadian Police Association Fraser v. Ontario (Attorney-General), 2011 SCC 20, the leading charter decision on freedom of association and the process of collective bargaining
Paliare Roland acts for both investors and issuers in litigation involving public disclosure issues and provides assistance to investors, investment advisors and other persons in proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organisation of Canada (IIROC) and the Mutual Fund Dealers Association including, in recent high profile insider trading cases. In addition, the firm represents investors in negligence claims against investment advisors and dealers.
Paliare Roland has acted on a number of high profile constitutional cases and has long associations with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and other public interest organisations.
■ Counsel to the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and individual litigants in Daniels v. HMQ Indian Affairs and Northern Development, 2016 SCC 12
Libel & Slander:
Paliare Roland has expertise in all aspects of defamation law including litigation and litigation strategies, media strategies and prepublication review. Paliare Roland's defamation practice includes representation of senior executives, politicians, corporations, athletes, educational institutions and others.
Product Liability & Tort Claims:
Paliare Roland acts for both plaintiffs and defendants in cases involving product failure, negligence and economic torts. While these sensitive issues generally result in settlement, the firm’s lawyers have argued leading cases on international jurisdiction and insurance coverage.
Professional Discipline & Regulation:
Paliare Roland represents both regulators and a wide range of professionals in connection with complaints, investigations and discipline proceedings.