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Torkin Manes LLP

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Managing Partner: Jeffrey I Cohen
Number of partners: 62
Number of lawyers: 89 (including partners)

Firm Overview
Torkin Manes LLP is a full service, mid-sized law firm based in downtown Toronto. The firm is a founding member of Ally Law, an international association of law firms. Clients range from public and private corporations, to professional practices, to individuals. Torkin Manes is unique in the Toronto marketplace for having not only a highly experienced business law group but also one of the best family law groups in Canada. The firm’s litigation expertise is both wide and deep, ranging from commercial litigation to health law.

Main Areas of Practice:

Business Law:
Provides clients with practical and strategic advice on business transactions and all aspects of structuring and operating businesses, including not-for-profit organisations and charities. Assists foreign businesses in establishing business operations in Canada.
Contacts: Jeffrey I Cohen, Matthew Tevlin

Commercial & Civil Litigation:
Expertise in shareholder and partnership disputes, commercial arbitrations, construction litigation, mortgage enforcement and real estate disputes, professional liability, solicitors’ errors and omissions defence and health law. Evaluates the risks and anticipated costs while aggressively pursuing clients’ causes in court or in settlement negotiations.
Contact: Neil M Abramson

Commercial Real Estate:
Helps clients develop business strategies for buying, financing, developing, selling and leasing property. Integrate real estate expertise with business law, planning law, tax law, mortgage and financing law, creditor and debtor law, partnership and syndication law, landlord and tenant law and litigation—all as they relate to real estate transactions and consulting.
Contact: Leonard D Rodness

Construction Law:
Extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of construction litigation, acting for owners, developers, contractors and subcontractors in disputes before all levels of Court.
Contact: Gregory D Hersen

Corporate Finance & Securities:
Assists clients with strategic planning, structuring and implementing transactions, including private placements and public offerings of securities, mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganisations, and capital pool company (CPC) transactions. Represents private and public issuers in raising capital and with matters of regulatory compliance. Experience dealing with regulatory bodies and stock exchanges throughout Canada. Acts as counsel for many foreign clients in Canadian aspects of public transactions.
Contact: Andrew Wilder

Employment & Labour Relations:
Advises in all aspects of the legal relationship between employer and employee. Represent a broad range of both unionised and non-unionised clients in the private and public sector. Conduct collective bargaining, and regularly appear as counsel before all labour relations and employment administrative tribunals and the courts.
Contact: Thomas A Stefanik

Family Law:
One of the largest and most experienced family law groups in Ontario, with substantial expertise in both trial and appellate work. Assist in property, custody, and access disputes, paternity disputes, adoption, marriage contracts, child and spousal support claims, separation and co-habitation agreements, divorce and annulment, same sex issues and child protection. Also offer mediation and arbitration services.
Contact: Robert M Halpern

Financial Services & Corporate Recovery:
In-depth understanding of the financial marketplace and represent institutional and other lenders and borrowers in all aspects of secured loan transactions. Advises on regulatory issues concerning the banking industry generally. Represent creditors and debtors in times of crisis regarding reorganisations, restructurings, workouts and insolvency matters.
Contact: S Fay Sulley

Insurance Defence:
Extensive experience defending liability claims in property, casualty and environmental claims, including litigating fraudulent or questionable claims, bodily injury defence, accident benefits, commercial liability, arson and claims against professionals.
Contact: Mark B Harrington

Tax, Trusts & Estates:
Works with clients to develop plans that are sensitive to the tax and other issues affecting investments, business, partners, shareholders, trusts and families. Helps clients with the corporate and personal aspects of estate planning, as well as estate administration and litigation.
Contact: Kay Leung, Risa Awerbuck

Technology, Privacy & Data Management:
Services include technology-related agreements, CASL compliance advice, intellectual property protection, joint venture arrangements, procurement matters and the purchase and sale of technology companies or assets. Particular expertise in the unique challenges of cloud computing, with its questions of data security, ownership, and jurisdiction. Assists Canadian and international clients with privacy compliance programs, data breach management, and privacy training. Often advises national and international clients on privacy issues during corporate transactions and negotiations, trans-border data transfers, and intra-corporate data transfers. Assists in privacy due diligence in cross-border and cross-provincial transactions.
Contact: Lisa R Lifshitz