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Earl A Cherniak QC

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One of Canada’s leading trial and appellate counsel; over 50 years of litigation experience and over 30 years of specializing in commercial litigation/arbitration; practice focuses on arbitrations, mediations, trial and appellate work, in complex commercial, insurance and public litigation.


Honourary LL.D, Law Society Ontario (2019);Former LSO Bencher (1999–2007);Chair of the Proceedings Authorization Committee and Chair of a task force studying multi-disciplinary practices (LSO);Commissioner of the Ontario Law Reform Commission (1986-1992);The Advocates’ Society Medal(1996);OBA Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation (first recipient); Member of the (Federal) Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission (2001-2007).

Professional Memberships

Honorary North American Member, UK Commercial Bar Association; Member, London Court of International Arbitration;Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators;Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America;Panel Member, International Arbitrations, ICDR/AAA;Member, Canadian Section of the ICC;Roster Member, LCIA;Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers;Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers;Member, ADRIC;Member and Past Chair, TCAS;Past President, The Advocates’ Society.


Select Publications: Review of Confidentiality in Arbitration (McGill Law Journal); Arbitration Clauses: Time Crafting Clauses Well Spent (Lawyers Weekly); Toronto as a Commercial Arbitration Centre (Law Times);Proportionality, Case Management and Summary Judgment in the Ontario Courts: Lessons for the Arbitration Community (Arbitration Place Quarterly Newsletter).


LL.B, Osgoode Hall Law School; B.A., University of Western Ontario.