Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, Third Edition

A legal classic, Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, Third Edition combines guidance from Canada's top litigators on how to draft clear, accurate, and compelling pleadings with a complete set of expertly-crafted precedents.

Now in a three-volume set, this third edition brings you extensive updates in the law and precedents, and features the addition of 12 new practice areas and 13 new topical chapters:

  • Aboriginal - new
  • Arbitration - new
  • Aviation - new
  • Class Actions
  • Competition Law
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Pleadings
  • Defamation
  • Debtor-creditor - new
  • Employment and Labour Law
    • Wrongful dismissal
    • Injunctions in the Labour and Employment Contexts
    • Employment standards legislation - new
  • Environmental Claims - new
  • Equitable Remedies
  • Family Law - new
  • Immigration – Judicial Review and Immigration - new
  • Information Technology - IT Disputes - new
  • Insolvency
  • Insurance Coverage - new
  • Intellectual Property
    • Copyright
    • Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy
    • Patents
    • Registered Trade-marks
    • Trade Secrets
  • Judicial Review
    • Judicial Review
    • Recent Developments in Judicial Review
  • Personal Injury
  • Plain Language: A Context for Plain-Language Legal Proceedings - new
  • Privacy
  • Professional Negligence
  • Restitution - new
  • Securities Litigation
  • Supreme Court of Canada
  • Wills and estates - new

Meet the team of experts

Bullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, Third Edition was compiled by an extraordinary team of Canadian lawyers, all well-known experts in their respective fields. Click on the names below to find out more about each contributor.

Contributors' Bios

Raj Anand is a partner and an arbitrator and mediator with WeirFoulds LLP. His practice includes administrative, human rights, constitutional and employment law, civil litigation, professional negligence, and discipline.

He is a former chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and founding chair of the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Centre. He has also served on a variety of administrative tribunals including the Human Rights Tribunal, the Board of Inquiry under the Ontario Police Services Act, and the Law Society Tribunal's Hearing and Appeal Divisions. As an elected bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2007, he has chaired its Tribunal Committee and its Working Group on Challenges faced by Racialized Licensees. He previously led the 2012 Law Society reform of its adjudicative process. He represents and advises a number of other professional regulators.

Over the last 18 years, Raj has taught a graduate course at Osgoode Hall Law School called The New Administrative Law. In 1997, he was the first recipient of the Advocates' Society Award of Justice. In 2002, he received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto. In 2003, he was awarded the Law Society Medal. In June 2007, he was awarded Professional Man of the Year by the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, Raj received the award for Distinguished Career from the South Asian Bar Association. In 2013, he was named an inaugural McMurtry Fellow at Osgoode Hall, where he taught Legal Values: Legal Ethics. In 2015, he was appointed Constitutional Litigator in Residence at the David Asper Centre.

Sarah J. Armstrong Sarah J. Armstrong is a partner at Fasken Martineau. She is the vice-chair of Fasken Martineau's Ontario Litigation Department and co-chair of the firm's Arbitration Practice Group. Sarah is an experienced litigator with a broad litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice with a focus on complex commercial and contractual disputes and class actions. She advocates for clients in a variety of industries, including mining, automotive, professional services, health, retail, and manufacturing, in the context of a wide range of types of disputes including securities, products liability and privacy class actions, contractual and other commercial disputes, professional liability matters, and employment litigation.

Sarah has courtroom advocacy experience at both the trial and appellate levels, having acted as lead counsel and co-counsel in a range of matters before all levels of court in Ontario and before arbitration tribunals. Her experience extends to administrative law matters, including acting as independent legal counsel to the discipline and fitness practice committees of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Sarah is a member of the board of directors of the Advocates' Society and is a frequent speaker and skills instructor on a wide range of topics related to litigation and advocacy. Sarah is also a member of Faskens' Ontario Professional Development Committee, which is responsible for managing all aspects of the firm's associate program and associate development from first year through admission to partnership.

Sarah was recognized by Benchmark Litigation in 2017 as a Litigation Star for Class Actions and Commercial Litigation, was Repeatedly Recommended for Corporate Commercial Litigation in the 2017 Lexpert Canadian Legal Directory and, in 2015, was recognized as a Lexpert "Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40."

Mario Bellissimo is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and is a certified specialist in citizenship and immigration law and refugee protection. He is the founder of Bellissimo Law Group PC with a practice focus on litigation and immigration inadmissibility. Mr. Bellissimo has appeared before all levels of immigration tribunals and courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a past chair of the Canadian Bar Association National Immigration Law Section and serves on multiple stakeholder committees involving Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency, Service Canada, the Federal Courts, the Department of Justice, the Immigration and Refugee Board, and Continuing Legal Education.

Mr. Bellissimo acts on a pro bono basis as national immigration law and policy advisor for COSTI Immigration Resettlement Services and the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto through Pro Bono Ontario. Bellissimo Law Group PC handles hundreds of files each year and represents clients at every stage of the process.

Mr. Bellissimo has authored several publications, including Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law, Second Edition, Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility: Criminal Law Edition, a Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law: Corporate Edition, a Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law: Refugee Law Edition, and a Practical Guide to Canadian Citizenship and Immigration Inadmissibility Law: Immigration Practitioner's Edition. He is the editor-in-chief of ImmQuest and the Immigration Law Reporter. Mr. Bellissimo has also taught several immigration law courses across Canada, and is commonly featured in the media to discuss breaking citizenship, immigration, and refugee issues. He has consistently been chosen by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in Canada.

Sheldon Burshtein is a partner of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and practises in Toronto exclusively in intellectual property and technology law. He is certified by The Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in intellectual property (patent, trade-mark and copyright) law. Sheldon is also a registered patent and trade-mark agent in Canada and is qualified as a professional engineer in Ontario. He obtained engineering, civil law and common law degrees from McGill University. Sheldon's practice includes the clearance, prosecution, acquisition, enforcement and exploitation of intellectual property. A significant portion of his practice is devoted to counselling on intellectual property, technology, electronic commerce and social media. His focus is licensing and other transactions involving technology and other intellectual property rights.

Sheldon has authored several books, The Law of Domain Names and Trade-marks on the Internet, The Canadian Corporate Counsel Guide to Intellectual Property Law and Patent Your Own Invention in Canada, and has co-authored and contributed chapters to many other books. He lectures at the McGill University/Intellectual Property Institute of Canada course on copyright and lectured and still prepares materials for the course on trade-marks. He has also taught in Osgoode Hall Law School's e-commerce and intellectual property LLM programs.

Sheldon is recognized by numerous Canadian and international publications, including: The American Lawyer/Martindale-Hubbell: Canada's Top Rated Lawyers; Canada's Top Rated Lawyers; The Best Lawyers in Canada (intellectual property law and technology law); The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (intellectual property, technology transactions, computer and information technology law, and biotechnology); Chambers Canada (life sciences, patents and trademarks); Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (intellectual property); IAM Licensing 250: The World's Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers; IAM Patent 1000: The World's Leading Patent Practitioners; "IP Stars"; The International Who's Who of Internet, e-Commerce and Data Protection Lawyers; The International Who's Who of Patent Lawyers; The International Who's Who of Trade Mark Lawyers; The Legal 500 Canada (intellectual property); Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Technology, Media & Telecommunications Lawyers (information technology); The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada; Managing Intellectual Property World's Leading Copyright Experts; Managing Intellectual Property World's Leading Patent Experts; Managing Intellectual Property World's Leading Trade Mark Experts; PLC Cross-Border Handbook (intellectual property, life sciences, and telecom, media and technology); Who's Who Legal (life sciences transactional, patents, patent agents and trademarks; World Intellectual Property Leader (patents, tech/electronics, trademarks); and WTR 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals.

Donald M. Cameron, BASc (Eng Sci), MASc (Aerospace), LLB, is a partner at the law firm of Bereskin & Parr LLP in Toronto. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, particularly relating to patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets law, and technology licences as well as trademark prosecution. He also advises clients on intellectual property portfolio strategies and the intellectual property aspects of technology licensing. He is certified as a specialist by the Law Society of Upper Canada in intellectual property law (patents, trademarks and copyright) and civil litigation. He has participated in intellectual property law litigation involving a broad range of technologies and businesses including electromagnetic fields and induction, semiconductor chip fabrication, telecommunications, mechanical devices, bio-engineering, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and computer databases.

Donald was senior trial counsel in Canada's first DNA patent trial and appeal. He is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Osgoode Hall Law School at York University teaching patent and trade secrets law at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is the author of numerous intellectual property articles and publications as well as educational videos in the area of litigation. He is the editor of the Canadian IP Benchbooks, a set of three textbooks on Canadian patent, trademark and copyright law. He also hosts JurisDiction, an intellectual property law podcast at iplawpodcast.com

John A. CampionJohn A. Campion, BA, JD (Tor), FCIArb, Emeritus Bencher, CS, is a partner with Gardiner Roberts LLP and a member of ADR Chambers. He is recognized (Lexpert, Chambers, among others) as one of Canada's leading trial, appeal, tribunal, mediation and arbitration senior counsel. He has been counsel in more than 270 reported trials, appeals, tribunal hearings and judicial reviews, three public inquiries (Gomery, Energy, United Nations), and delivered awards in more than 20 commercial arbitrations. He has appeared in the courts and tribunals, and been called to the Bars of Ontario, the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, British Columbia, and Quebec. His areas of expertise include commercial contracts, securities, energy, pipelines, economic regulation, banking, finance, competition, pensions, family enterprise, class actions and international dispute resolution. He is literate in financial statements, economics, corporate governance, and public/media/government relations. He was profiled in 2002 as one of Canada's Top 25 Corporate Litigators in Lexpert magazine, and has since been rated by that publication in the corporate commercial litigation, securities litigation, and class actions categories. Mr. Campion was a four-time elected bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and served as lawyer/partner (1972-2016) and the elected chair of Fasken Martineau. He was an adjunct professor of law in appellate advocacy at the University of Toronto Law School, and advanced civil procedure at Osgoode Hall Law School, and is a frequent lecturer throughout Canada and the world. The University of Toronto recognized him in 1999 with an Arbour Award for outstanding contribution to the university. He was a director and chair of the Audit Committee of the CBC, and president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada and the Empire Club of Canada. Mr. Campion is the co-author of Professional Liability in Canada.

Randal S. CarlsonRandal S. Carlson is a partner at Field Law in Edmonton. Randal's practice focuses primarily on the areas of insurance and general litigation. Randal is committed to providing excellent legal representation for his clients and practical solutions for their legal issues. Randal has appeared in all levels of court in Alberta, mediations and arbitrations, and numerous Judicial Dispute Resolutions. Before law school, Randal was an infantry officer in the Canadian Forces and served in various duties across Canada, Cyprus and the former Yugoslavia.

 


Daniel P. Carroll, Q.C. Daniel P. Carroll, Q.C. has been a partner at Field Law in Edmonton since 1984. He has a broadly based civil litigation practice, involving insurance law, commercial disputes, aboriginal law, construction law, and media law. Experienced in complex technically based litigation involving large dollar amounts, many parties and substantial numbers of documents and witnesses, Dan makes extensive use of the advantages offered by computer systems, litigation management and conflict resolution. As a complement to the civil litigation practice, he also maintains an active involvement in the fields of loss prevention advice and alternative dispute resolution, having completed mediation courses offered by the Alberta Arbitration and Mediation Society and acted as a volunteer mediator for the Better Business Bureau.


Brian Cohen is a partner and lawyer in Gowling WLG's global Private Client Services Group. Based in Toronto, he assists clients in the areas of estate planning, trusts and personal taxation, with a focus on advising high-net-worth individuals on succession planning alternatives.

Brian also advises donors, charitable organizations, public and private foundations, and not-for-profit organizations regarding the tax implications of formation, registration, governance, and planned giving strategies.

In addition, Brian frequently advises clients on estate litigation matters. Brian is a past recipient of the Ontario Bar Association's Hoffstein Book Prize in Trusts and Estates. He is listed as a leading lawyer in Chambers Canada, Chambers HNW, Best Lawyers in Canada, Acritas Stars, and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Anne de Villars, Q.C.

Anne de Villars, Q.C. practices in Edmonton in the areas of administrative law, wills and estates, trusts and arbitration and mediation.  Together with David Phillip Jones, Q.C., she is the co-author of Jones & de Villars’ Principles of Administrative Law.



Antonio Di DomenicoAntonio Di Domenico is regional leader of Fasken Martineau's National Antitrust/Competition & Marketing Group in Toronto and a partner in the Litigation, Class Action and White Collar Crime, Investigations & Compliance groups. Tony advises on all aspects of Canadian competition law, including criminal/cartel investigations, class actions, advertising and marketing practices and investigations, mergers, abuse of dominance, and other reviewable practices. Tony rejoined Fasken Martineau after serving a special appointment as counsel to Canada's Commissioner of Competition from 2014-2016 (Department of Justice Canada). In this role, Tony represented the commissioner in respect of complaints and investigations, enforcement matters, the review of mergers, major litigated proceedings, and the negotiation of remedies and orders.

Tony has extensive trial and appellate experience and has appeared as counsel before the Competition Tribunal, all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. Tony has represented clients in investigations under the criminal provisions of Canada's Competition Act, including immunity and leniency applicants, and in multi-jurisdictional matters involving parallel criminal investigations and class action litigation. Tony has represented parties in many of Canada's most significant competition and consumer matters, including in numerous class actions. Tony serves as chair of the Ontario Bar Association's Class Action Section. Tony is also active in the leadership of the Canadian Bar Association's National Competition Law Section and the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law.

Ryan Evans has been practising intellectual property litigation for a decade and has significant trial experience concerning complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes. With a background in chemical and biochemical engineering, Ryan is focussed on patent litigation in the industrial chemical, mechanical, medical device, and pharmaceutical spaces.
Ryan's practice encompasses all stages of intellectual property litigation and licensing disputes, and has appeared before the Ontario Courts, the Federal Court of Canada, and the Federal Court of Appeal. He is also versed in alternative dispute resolution with experience in mediation and arbitration.

Ryan is also a registered trademark agent and active in the anti-counterfeiting and trademark/copyright enforcement space. This includes assisting clients develop in-house monitoring protocols and best practices, conducting investigations, and enforcement.

Mark Gannage, of the Ontario and British Columbia Bars, is a Toronto litigation and research lawyer, deputy judge, adjudicator, mediator, author including of Gannage's Ontario Civil Litigation Commentary and Checklist (Litigator, WestlawNext Canada), former full-time and adjunct law professor, former head of the Bar Admission Course's Legal Research and Analysis unit, and former law reform consultant.

Alexander M. Gay, BA (Hons), MA, LLB, LLL,is a senior counsel at the Department of Justice. He maintains a broad civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on commercial and trade disputes. Mr. Gay has appeared before all levels of court in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. He has represented clients before regulatory tribunals and boards, including the National Energy Board, the Ontario Energy Board, the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Alberta Securities Commission, the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board, and the Competition Tribunal. Mr. Gay is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, the Law Society of British Columbia, and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Peter D. GibsonPeter D.Gibson is a partner at Field Law in Edmonton. His practice is predominantly in the area of insurance law where he has experience in coverage disputes, defending claims and pursuing subrogated matters. He has acted for clients ranging from private individuals and small companies to large corporations and governments and with respect to claims arising in a variety of contexts including major construction projects, industrial accidents, fires, employment relations, personal injury and the liability of occupiers, municipalities and governments. He also has experience in other areas of practice including personal injury and general civil litigation.


Cory Giordano is a lawyer at Supreme Advocacy LLP, providing strategic advice and assistance in the drafting of leave to appeal applications, responses, replies, factums, and motions in courts of appeal across Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. He holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa and Political Studies degree from Queen's University. Cory has appeared as counsel before the Superior Court of Justice, co-counsel before the Ontario Court of Appeal, and is Ottawa agent and counsel/co-counsel in a number of Leave to Appeal applications at the Supreme Court of Canada. He is a co-author of Supreme Court Manual: Practice & Advocacy.

Duncan W. Glaholt, FCIArb, is the founder and a partner of the leading and nationally recognized construction law firm of Glaholt LLP, consistently peer rated as one of Canada’s most highly recommended mid-sized construction law practises. Mr. Glaholt has been named one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the Construction Law category in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Media publication: “Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada” in each year in which that category appeared in publication. Mr. Glaholt has maintained Martindale & Hubble’s highest possible AV rating for many years. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Construction Law.  Mr. Glaholt is an experienced arbitrator and mediator and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Glaholt is a Founding Fellow and Past President of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers and a Fellow of the American College of Construction Lawyers.  Mr. Glaholt is author and co-author of standard reference books on lien legislation, construction law, and alternative dispute resolution in Canada.  Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Law at University of Toronto.  Mr. Glaholt is Past Chair of the William Osler Health System, one of Canada’s largest community hospitals and Ontario’s first 3P public hospital.

Shaun A. Hashim

Shaun A. Hashim  is an associate at Theall Group LLP. Shaun is developing an insurance coverage practice across a variety of areas including property, environmental, and commercial general liability lines. He also maintains a broad commercial litigation practice with a focus on product liability. He has experience in both trial and appellate level advocacy and has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario. Shaun has also acted as lead counsel in private arbitrations. Shaun has written articles and spoken about a wide range of insurance-coverage-related issues, including providing seminars for in-house counsel on litigating new and emerging risks.

Shaun graduated from the University of Windsor where he received the Raymond E. Brown Alumni prize for the highest standing in tort law. He was called to the Bar in 2015.

Jennifer H. Janz joined the Health Law Group at Field Law in Edmonton as an associate after being called to the Alberta Bar in 2007. She has a civil litigation practice with a primary focus in health care law. She has represented health regions, hospitals, long term care centres and nurses in the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench and Alberta Court of Appeal. She also provides clinical policy and practice opinions to health care clients, and has been involved in medical staff disputes. Prior to joining Field, Jennifer practised as a medical laboratory technologist for over ten years.

David Phillip Jones, Q.C.

David Phillip Jones, Q.C. is an administrative and constitutional lawyer and arbitrator practicing in Edmonton. Together with Anne de Villars, Q.C., he is the co-author of Jones & de Villars’ Principles of Administrative Law.


Mark Katz is a partner in the Competition & Foreign Investment Review, Retail and China practices of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. He has advised domestic and international clients on a wide variety of competition law matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, criminal cartel investigations, joint ventures, abuse of dominance, distribution and pricing practices, misleading advertising and compliance and other legislation governing foreign investment in Canada. Mark has appeared at every level of court in relation to competition matters, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has acted as counsel on several leading cases before the Competition Tribunal, including the first abuse of dominance and merger cases heard by that body. He also provides advice with respect to the application of the Investment Canada Act.

 Mark has authored a wide variety of articles and conference papers on competition law matters and contributed to a number of texts and treatises in the area, as well as authoring and presenting policy briefs for clients on a variety of domestic and international competition-related matters. Mark is most recently co-author of The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada.

Mark is very active in the American Bar Association and Canadian Bar Association, including serving currently as the co-chair of the international antitrust law committee of the ABA section of international law and the immediate past chair of the criminal matters committee of the CBA section of national competition law. Co-Chair, International Antitrust Law Committee, American Bar Association Section of International Law.

Alexandre Kaufman, BA, LLB, is a senior counsel at the Department of Justice. Mr. Kaufman has been a trial lawyer with the Department of Justice and the Public Prosecution Service of Canada for the past 13 years, representing the Crown before the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Federal Courts, as well as a wide range of tribunals and boards. Mr. Kaufman has a broad litigation practice that includes administrative law, procurement and trade remedies, employment, contract and tort claims, and criminal law.

Kris KleinKris Klein has more than two decades of experience in the federal regulatory arena in Canada, in both the public and private sectors. He is one of the country's leading experts on the application of the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act, and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Prior to founding the firm of nNovation LLP, Kris practised law at preeminent national firm before moving on to gain litigation experience at the Federal Department of Justice. Kris then provided instrumental and crucial legal advice for the Privy Council Office and, more recently, Kris practised exclusively in the area of privacy law for the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. In his capacity as litigation counsel, Kris advised the commissioner and senior officials on legal, policy and strategic positions available in privacy matters, including the handling of high-profile and sensitive cases. In addition, he interacted, negotiated and settled complaints with private sector organizations facing complaints about privacy issues.

Kris's broad public and private sector experience was gained working on projects that have required understanding, negotiating and monitoring technical compliance with privacy and security issues. He has a demonstrated understanding of technology, theories of anonymity (de-identification of data), authentication systems, health privacy issues, etc. Moreover, Kris teaches the Privacy Law course at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, and he has provided countless in-house training sessions to corporations and government departments. He is an entertaining speaker that engages the audience and provides practical advice to real-world problems.

Dawn Knowles practices in Edmonton in the areas of administrative law, wills, estates and trusts. She is a co-author of the CED Western Administrative Law title and an assistant editor of the Administrative Law Reports.

Mark Katz is a partner in the Competition & Foreign Investment Review, Retail and China practices of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. He has advised domestic and international clients on a wide variety of competition law matters, such as mergers and acquisitions, criminal cartel investigations, joint ventures, abuse of dominance, distribution and pricing practices, misleading advertising and compliance, and other legislation governing foreign investment in Canada. Mark has appeared at every level of court in relation to competition matters, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and has acted as counsel on several leading cases before the Competition Tribunal, including the first abuse of dominance and merger cases heard by that body. He also provides advice with respect to the application of the Investment Canada Act.

Mark has authored a wide variety of articles and conference papers on competition law matters and contributed to a number of texts and treatises in the area, as well as authoring and presenting policy briefs for clients on a variety of domestic and international competition-related matters. Mark is most recently co-author of The Competition Law Guide for Trade Associations in Canada.

Thomas Kurys

Thomas Kurys is an intellectual property lawyer at DLA Piper. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and trademark prosecution. Tom is also a registered trademark agent and a registered patent agent. Tom has represented clients in the Ontario Court and the Federal Court in cases covering a wide range of industries and intellectual property subject matter. He has also been counsel in cases before the Trademarks Opposition Board and the Competition Tribunal. Tom's trademark practice involves filings, clearance opinions, opposition and cancellation proceedings, and enforcement. Tom received a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Bar in 2010.


Steve Lavender was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1993. Since that time he has practised exclusively in the area of labour, employment, and human rights law on both the union and the employer sides, at various times. He is the author of the Annotated Employment Insurance Act, the Annotated Ontario Human Rights Code, the Annotated Employment Insurance Act, and, with Marni Tolensky, the Annotated Canadian Human Rights Act, all published annually by Thomson Reuters. He currently practises in Toronto.

David Lloyd holds Master of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees, and he won the University of Alberta's John A Weir Memorial Scholarship in 2011. He spent 10 years editing, auditing, and teaching legal- and professional-writing workshops with Wordsmith Associates Ltd. Clients included regulatory, government, and corporate organizations across Canada, such as the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Alberta Justice, the British Columbia Securities Commission, and the Office of the Auditor General of Alberta. His rewriting credits include the City of Toronto's municipal bylaws, and he co-edited and contributed to the 11th edition of the Gregg Reference Manual. His writing has been published in academic journals, literary journals, newspapers, and magazines. He is now a criminal trial lawyer with Leebody Lloyd LLP in Edmonton and St. Albert, Alberta.

David M. Lobl is a partner and litigation lawyer in Gowling WLG's global Private Client Services Group. Based in Toronto, his practice is focused on litigious estate, trust and capacity matters, including estate administration, fiduciary, estate and capacity litigation, and alternative dispute resolution.

Recognized for his trusts and estates expertise by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Best Lawyers in Canada, David represents trust companies, government agencies, guardians of property, attorneys for property, estate trustees, and other individuals in matters involving contested passing of accounts, validity of wills, estate claims, breach of trust actions, dependant support claims, undue influence claims, will interpretations, variation of trusts, and trustee disputes.

As preferred counsel for LawPRO, David acts on matters of professional negligence with respect to estate and trust issues, including defending solicitor negligence claims and working with the Canada Revenue Agency in matters involving voluntary disclosures under the Income Tax Act and rectifications/repairs to defective wills and trusts.

David has extensive experience in both trial and appellate litigation, and has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (including Estates and Commercial Lists), as well as the Divisional Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Craig T. Lockwood is a litigation partner with Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. He has a broad corporate litigation practice, specializing in the areas of securities regulation, class proceedings and product liability matters, as well as significant experience with corporate arrangement transactions under the OBCA and the CBCA. Craig has appeared at all levels of the Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick courts, and has appeared at the Supreme Court of Canada on multiple occasions. Craig obtained his J.D. from the University of Toronto, and his LL.M. from the University of Cambridge.

Paula Lombardi is a partner of Siskinds LLP, and practises in the areas of environmental, municipal, regulatory and administrative law. Prior to joining Siskinds, Paula worked as an associate at a Bay Street law firm where her practice focused on occupational health and safety, environmental, and regulatory matters.

Paula recently spent two years as in-house counsel for a major privately owned U.S. corporation, whose owner is on the Forbes 500 list, and was responsible for all Canadian legal and business issues relating to the import and export of goods, transportation of hazardous materials, remediation of contaminated sites, construction of large infrastructure projects, regulatory compliance, NAFTA matters, and preparation of environmental assessments in the U.S. and Canada.

Paula has a great deal of experience in providing due diligence advice; dealing with contamination issues; handling of organic chemicals and hazardous wastes; obtaining environmental approvals; obtaining planning and development approvals; providing advice to municipalities; defending environmental prosecutions; and assisting companies with environmental and regulatory compliance. Paula has appeared before numerous administrative tribunals.

Larry P. Lowenstein is a senior litigation partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP. Larry conducts a broad corporate, commercial and complex litigation practice with emphasis in class actions, corporate governance, contested mergers and acquisitions, securities litigation, environmental liability, and franchising disputes. Larry was the chair of the Osler National Litigation Department from 2005-2010. He has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario and before the Ontario Securities Commission. Larry has also argued cases in other provinces and given expert testimony in the Ontario Superior Court. Larry obtained his BA (Juris) from Oxford University, and his LLB from the University of Toronto. Larry is recognized by several leading publications for his litigation work. He is a frequent speaker and conference panellist and is the editor-in-chief of Commercial & Business Litigation Review.

Andrew MacDonald is an associate with Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP. Andrew has a varied practice that includes particular experience in administrative law and aviation law, among other areas. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and the Canadian Transportation Agency, and has acted in proceedings before several other courts, tribunals and inquiries.

Natasha MacParland is a partner at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP in the Corporate/Commercial and Financial Restructuring & Insolvency practices. She has experience in corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on debt restructuring, bankruptcy and insolvency, corporate debtor/creditor rights enforcement, turnarounds, work-outs, plans of arrangement under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act, and proposals and bankruptcies under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. Natasha provides strategic advice and risk analysis on deal structuring and lending. She has worked on various aspects of many significant and groundbreaking restructurings and insolvencies.

Marie-France Major is a lawyer at Supreme Advocacy LLP, providing tactical advice and agency services to clients regarding applications, responses, factums and motions in regard to appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada. Marie-France has appeared as counsel and co-counsel at the SCC and various Courts of Appeal. She earned her BScSoc in 1983 from the University of Ottawa, LLB in 1986 from the University of Ottawa, BCL (Masters in Law) from the University of Oxford in 1987, and JSD (Doctorate in Law) from the University of California in Berkley in 1994. She articled with Justice G.V. LaForest at the Supreme Court of Canada 1989-1990, and was an associate professor (tenured) of the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa and a member of the School of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Ottawa. She has also been assistant professor at the School of Law at the University of Moncton. Marie-France is the co-author of Supreme Court Manual: Practice & Advocacy and The Law of Criminal Attempt. She has been listed in The Best Lawyers in Canada as a leader in Aboriginal Law.

Erik Marshall

Erik Marshall is a lawyer and currently Manager, Employee Relations (Human Resources) at B2B Bank in Toronto, a subsidiary of Laurentian Bank of Canada. In this role, Erik manages a team of employee relations professionals that provide advice and guidance to managers in various business units on complex and diverse employee relations matters. In addition, Erik oversees and ensures the timely delivery of employee relations functions and programs, including litigation matters, policy development, performance and disability management, health and safety matters, and key projects.

Prior to joining B2B Bank, Erik was a member of Miller Thomson LLP's Labour and Employment Group in Toronto. While in private practice, Erik gained a great deal of experience regularly advising management and human resources professionals in various industries, in union and non-union workplaces, at both the provincial and federal level, on day-to-day employee relations issues including hiring, training, employment standards, contract and policy drafting, discipline, conflict resolution, harassment complaints, workplace investigations, performance management, attendance and disability management, terminations, wrongful dismissal claims, human rights, applications for certification, unfair labour practice complaints, employee status disputes, collective bargaining, collective agreement interpretation, labour board proceedings, occupational health and safety, and workplace safety and insurance.

Erik has represented management in collective bargaining, applications for certification, unfair labour practice complaints, employee status applications, mediation and litigation of wrongful dismissal claims, human rights applications, employment standards complaints and appeals, occupational health and safety reprisal complaints and disciplinary grievances. He has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ministry of Labour, Ontario Labour Relations Board, Canada Industrial Relations Board, Canadian Human Rights Commission, Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, Small Claims Court, and the Child and Family Services Board.

Erik obtained his BA (Hons) from Wilfrid Laurier University and his LLB from the University of Ottawa, where he received the Catherine Helen MacLean Prize in Labour Law. Prior to joining Miller Thomson LLP for his articles, Erik summered with Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP, a boutique, management side, labour and employment law firm in Toronto. During his articles, Erik was seconded to the Ontario Labour Relations Board, where he provided research assistance on various labour and employment issues to the Board's adjudicators and solicitors.

Erik's writing and/or comments on current labour and employment topics have been featured in a number of legal publications including Law Times, Canadian Employment Law Today, Canadian Lawyer: INHOUSE, Lexology: Association of Corporate Counsel, HRM (Human Resources Management) Online and OHS (Occupational Health & Safety) Canada - Canada's Occupational Health & Safety Magazine. He co-authored, with Stuart Rudner, thechapter on Employment and Labour Law: Wrongful Dismissal inBullen & Leake & Jacob's Canadian Precedents of Pleadings. He also has frequently participated as a speaker at internal and external labour and employment seminars and conferences, including the Employment Law program put on by Osgoode Professional Development.

Erik is active in his community and has regularly served as an organizing committee member for fundraising efforts in support of United Way Toronto, The Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, and Canadian Cancer Society. He has also served as legal liaison to The Macaulay Child Development Centre and as settlement committee co-chair for a community group dedicated to the sponsorship and support of a Syrian refugee family.

Carlos P. Martins is a partner at Bersenas Jacobsen Chouest Thomson Blackburn LLP in Toronto, Canada. His aviation law practice is focused on regulatory compliance and litigation, including cargo claims, passenger injury claims, transportation of inadmissible passengers, and commercial claims among industry participants. Carlos has made submissions to all levels of Court in Ontario, the Federal Court, as well as to the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also represented airline clients before the Canadian Transportation Agency and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Carlos routinely provides advice to foreign air carriers on local legal issues such as ticketing, employment law, privacy legislation and reviewing/ drafting of commercial agreements.

Carlos is a Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (MRAeS), the Association of Transportation Law Professionals, and the Canadian Owners and Pilot Association.

Eugene Meehan, Q.C.

Eugene Meehan, QC, is a lawyer at Supreme Advocacy LLP, Ottawa. Primary work: Supreme Court of Canada, arguing cases or assisting other lawyers in taking cases (both Leave to Appeal and Appeal) to the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as Complex Legal Opinions. Four degrees in law: University of Edinburgh (LLB), McGill University (LLM), University of Ottawa (LLB), and Doctor of Civil Law from McGill University (DCL). Practising member of six Bars: Ontario, Alberta, NWT, Yukon and Nunavut; licensed to practise law in the state of Arizona, U.S.; member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar. Executive legal officer, Supreme Court of Canada, 1990-1992. Appointed Queen's Counsel 1999. National president, Canadian Bar Association, 1999-2000. Former law professor, Universities of Alberta and Ottawa. Authored/co-authored eight books: Supreme Court Manual: Practice & Advocacy (Canada Law Book, 2017, looseleaf, updated); Injunctions Practice Guide (Carswell, 1996); Charter of Rights Annotated (Carswell, 1995 and 1996), Canadian Constitutional Documents Consolidated (Carswell, 2nd ed. 2007), Creditors' Remedies in Ontario (Butterworths, 3rd ed. 2013), Constitutional Law in a Nutshell (Thomson Carswell, 4th ed. 2013), Creditors' Remedies in Alberta (Carswell, 2nd ed. 1997), The Law of Criminal Attempt in Canada (Thomson Carswell, 3rd ed. 2015). Selected by peers to be included in The Best Lawyers in Canada for public law, administrative law, and Aboriginal law. Provides legal services to clients and members of the legal profession in French, English, and Scottish.

Kirsten Mikadze practised environmental litigation in both public interest and private practice settings prior to joining the environmental law group at Siskinds. She has assisted individuals, companies, and not-for-profits in prosecutions, civil litigation, and judicial review proceedings touching upon a range of regulatory and environmental issues. She has produced legal opinions on complex and novel legal issues, including municipal liability, untested claims in environmental and administrative law, and potential impacts arising from new legislation. Kirsten has also published and presented widely on a variety of issues in environmental and international law. This diversity of experience enables her to craft responsive and innovative solutions for complex legal problems facing her clients.

Kirsten holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and an LLM from McGill University. Her master's thesis examined the role of public participation in investor-state treaty arbitrations affecting domestic environmental regulation. Over the course of her studies, she received numerous awards and fellowships.

Prior to law school, Kirsten worked for a number of years with the provincial government, largely in the field of occupational health and safety. Her unique managerial experience in this setting has provided her with insights into the needs and challenges facing both the commercial and public sectors.

Lindsey E. Miller

Lindsey E. Miller has a commercial litigation practice at Field Law in Edmonton with a focus on security enforcement, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, collections, commercial lease disputes, Condominium Property Act enforcement and foreclosures.


Christine Mowat was president and founder of Wordsmith Associates Communications Consultants for 30 years, with up to 12 instructors. Wordsmith instructs plain-language workshops for lawyers and other professionals across Canada. It continues today, under its new president, Chari Smith. Christine has been a designer and developer of curriculum for writing programs, writer, speaker and facilitator of plain-language writing workshops for lawyers and other professionals. She has spoken at numerous legal organizations and international conferences on plain legal language. Her many publications have included Clarity, the international legal plain-language journal. Her presentations at international conferences have included the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, the U.S., Sweden, Mexico, and Canada. Christine received a lifetime achievement award from the Plain Language Association International (PLAIN) at their 2009 conference in Australia.

Harold Niman practises exclusively in the area of Family Law. Mr. Niman is engaged in all aspects of claims arising from separation and divorce. He has extensive trial experience with significant emphasis on financial matters and custody litigation, in particular mobility cases. Mr. Niman is an instructor and lecturer for the Bar Admission Course in Family Law and has been involved in the Osgoode Hall Law School Family Law Intensive and Trial Practice programmes. He is also an instructor for Osgoode Hall Law School's LLM Course in Family Law.

Mr. Niman has contributed material to numerous legal periodicals, the Bar Admission Course, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the CBAO. He appears in all editions of Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada, as most frequently recommended lawyer in the area of family law. Mr. Niman has been a participant in numerous panels, lectures and seminars for continuing legal education. He has also acted as a conference co-chair and editor of Special Lectures of the Law Society of Upper Canada 2000 (Family Law: Best Interests of the Child), and co-chair of Six Minute Family Law Lawyer in 2000-2010 and Ten Minute Family Law Judge. Mr. Niman has been the chair of several Trial Advocacy programs presented by the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has received the Law Society of Upper Canada's Continuing Legal Education Long-Term Achievement Award. Mr. Niman has also been honoured with a Founding Appointment as a dispute resolution officer for the Family Law Division of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Mr. Niman is associate editor of the Reports of Family Law and editor of Evidence in Family Law. Mr. Niman is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1976.

Richard Niman completed the joint JD/LLB program at Michigan State University and the University of Ottawa. After law school, Richard articled at one of the most prominent criminal law firms in Canada. He later expanded his practice to regulatory law, professional discipline, and civil litigation at a prominent boutique litigation firm in downtown Toronto. Richard has conducted trials and appeals at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as various disciplinary tribunals. He is a member of the Advocates' Society, the Ontario Bar Association and the Criminal Lawyers' Association.

Richard was called to the Ontario Bar in 2011 and joined Niman Gelgoot & Associates LLP as an associate in 2014. His focus is on family law, but he also practises criminal law and professional discipline.

Christine J. PrattChristine J. Pratt is a partner at Field Law in Edmonton. She has a civil litigation practice specializing in insurance defence, personal injury and general litigation. She has done work in the areas of insurance denial, construction litigation, estate litigation, administrative procedure and medical negligence issues. She has worked for individuals, insurers, governments and corporations of various sizes. Christine has experience bringing and defending personal injury claims involving minor to serious personal injury and fatality claims. Christine articled with Field in 1992-1993, and returned to Field in 1998 after practising for 5 years at a small full service law firm.



Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy

Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy is an intellectual property partner at DLA Piper (Canada) LLP. She specializes in intellectual property litigation and provides strategic advice in the enforcement of global brands. Since her call to the Ontario Bar in 2004, she has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court, and the Ontario Court in a variety of intellectual property matters. Sangeetha has experience in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, ranging from pre-litigation opinions to appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada. She is presently vice-chair of the Ontario Bar Association IP-IT Executive Section, serves on the Canada Amicus committee of the International Trademarks Association, and is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. She is recognized by World Trademark Review (WTR1000) 2017 for her "exceptional" Strategy and Enforcement work, ranked as a leading lawyer by World Intellectual Property Review Leaders 2017, and listed as a "leading lawyer to watch" in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Sangeetha has her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and a BSc from the University of Toronto.

Archie Rabinowitz is a partner and senior litigation lawyer at Gowling WLG. Based in Toronto, he assists clients in the areas of estates and trusts law as a member of the firm's global Private Client Services Group.

With extensive trial and appellate experience in fiduciary litigation, Archie represents trust companies, government agencies and individuals in matters involving contested passing of accounts, validity of wills, estate claims, breach of trust actions, undue influence claims, interpretation of wills, and appointment or removal of trustees or guardians. Archie's practice also involves working with the Canada Revenue Agency on rectification/repairs to defective wills and trusts, and with LawPRO as preferred counsel on professional negligence claims arising out of estate matters.

Consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in directories such as Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Archie is a past recipient of the Ontario Bar Association's Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates, as well as its Widdifield Award.

J. Mark Raven-JacksonJ. Mark Raven-Jackson is a partner in Field Law’s Edmonton office and a civil litigator specializing in the area of health care law. Mark is involved in a broad spectrum of health care related issues, from medical malpractice litigation, fatality inquiries and quality assurance advising to policy review and service provider contracting. Mark acts on behalf of many health care clients including medical staff, health regions, active treatment hospitals, long term care facilities, and other health care providers. Mark has represented the interests of health care clients in many legal forums; including, Fatality Inquiries, Judicial Dispute Resolution, the Alberta Court of Queens Bench, the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court, the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia, and the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. Mark closely monitors health care reform developments, medical malpractice case law and health care legislation on a provincial and federal level, offering advice and guidance to clients that are stakeholders in these developments. Mark also provides clinical policy and practice opinions to health care clients to assist with operational issues that arise in the context of health care. On an annual basis Mark lectures students at the University of Alberta Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine on health care law and the litigation process.

Bonnie Roberts Jones is a senior lawyer whose practice encompasses a wide range of complex litigation and arbitration matters, including class actions, securities litigation, corporate, shareholder and contractual disputes, cross-border litigation, libel and slander, and the complex end of employment litigation and injunctions. Bonnie has particular expertise in pretrial remedies, such as Mareva and Anton Piller injunctions. She has appeared in all levels of the Ontario courts and has extensive experience in complex commercial arbitrations.

Bonnie has broad skill and experience in the project management side of complex litigation, focusing on electronic discovery and document management. She obtained her LLB from the University of British Columbia in 1996 and was called to the Bar in 1997 (BC) and 1998 (ON).

Stuart Rudner

Stuart Rudner is a leading employment lawyer and mediator. He provides senior counsel in all aspects of the employment relationship, including policies and procedures, hiring, employment agreements, human rights issues, reducing labour costs, restrictive covenants, discipline, and termination. He works with employees and employers, helping them to understand their legal rights and obligations, and providing the strategic advice they need to pursue their goals.

Stuart was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of employment law. He has repeatedly been named in Canadian HR Reporter's Employment Lawyers Directory (a comprehensive directory of the top employment law and immigration law practitioners in Canada), and has also been named one of Canada's top Legal Social Media Influencers. He is the founder and moderator of the Canadian HR Law Group on LinkedIn, which now counts more than 14,000 HR professionals, lawyers and businesspeople as members. He enjoys an ever-increasing following for his prolific Twitter updates @CanadianHRlaw and blog posts. Stuart is part of the team of contributors to the First Reference Talks Blog. He is also regularly called upon by the media to provide his expert opinion on employment law matters.

Stuart represented the Human Resources Professionals Association at the Supreme Court of Canada in the landmark employment law case of Keays v. Honda Canada Inc., a testament to his stellar ability to represent clients before courts, mediators and tribunals.

Stuart also acts as a mediator in employment-related disputes. His balanced approach has earned the respect of employers and employees as he works with them and their counsel to achieve a reasoned resolution.

A prolific communicator, his book You're Fired! Just Cause for Dismissal in Canada has received critical acclaim since its release in 2011. Stuart has also contributed to four other employment law texts.

Stuart speaks at conferences frequently, including those offered by the Human Resources Professionals Association, the Ontario Bar Association, and the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has been the Chair of the Osgoode Professional Development's Employment Law Update each time it has taken place. He is also the founding program director of their HR Law for HR Professionals course, and a co-founding program director of the Advanced HR Law for HR Professionals course.

In addition, Stuart serves as a member of the board of directors of the International Association for Human Resource Information Management (IHRIM) and also the board of directors of Lawyers International Food Enterprise (LIFE), an organization of lawyers helping to raise awareness of worldwide child poverty among the legal profession. Stuart is also on the advisory committee for the Family Education Centre.

Stuart is a leader within the legal and broader community, having spent years volunteering in various capacities for the Ontario Bar Association, the HRPA, the United Way of York Region, the Volunteer Lawyers Service, the annual Walk to Cure Diabetes, and the One Voice Network.

Stuart graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School after obtaining his BA (Hons) in Industrial Relations from McGill University. He was called to the Bar in 1999.

Kevin Shipley, BA, BESc (Mech Eng), JD,is a member of the Mechanical/Industrial Process practice group at the law firm of Bereskin & Parr LLP. His practice focuses on patent prosecution with an emphasis on start-ups and small business services, providing expertise in the protection of mechanical innovations and technology commercialization. He also focuses on freedom to operate, patent infringement, and patent validity investigations, as well as advising on confidentiality agreements, patent licenses, and other intellectual property-related agreements. He was registered as a Canadian and United States patent agent in 2010. He currently serves as chair of the Ontario Engineering Competition Advisory Board, and as a volunteer advisor with the Research, Innovation and Commercialization Centre. He is also a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and is an active contributor in Canada's submissions to the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. He has written articles and spoken about patent and intellectual property-related issues, including providing in-house education and training seminars for clients, and lecturing at the Western University Faculty of Engineering, the Richard Ivey School of Business, and the Schulich School of Business.

Thomas Slade is a lawyer at Supreme Advocacy LLP. His primary work involves complex legal research and persuasive written advocacy. Thomas has recently appeared as counsel and co-counsel before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Federal Court of Appeal, and Supreme Court of Canada. He holds a law degree from the University of Ottawa and a journalism degree from Carleton University. He is the co-author of Supreme Court Manual: Practice & Advocacy.

Chantelle Spagnola is an Associate at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP specializing in dispute resolution and competition litigation. She represents clients across a diverse range of areas, including in particular competition law disputes and cross-border class actions. Chantelle is at the forefront of the use of advanced litigation technologies, and regularly consults on best practices for paperless litigation. A frequent lecturer and author, she has presented for organizations such as the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (National Competition Law Section), and The Advocates' Society.

Lawrence G. Theall practises insurance coverage, commercial and product liability litigation (including class proceedings), and has appeared before all levels of the Ontario and Federal courts, as well as the superior courts of Manitoba and Alberta. Larry continues to be selected by his peers for Best Lawyers for Insurance, and for Expert Guides in the areas of Insurance/Re-Insurance, Litigation, and Product Liability. Larry has acted as lead counsel in more than 75 trials and hearings, all of which went to a final decision or verdict. He has extensive experience with interlocutory proceedings, including being lead counsel on more than 15 injunctions, a number of which involved Anton Piller orders and Mareva injunctions. He acts as insurance coverage counsel to the Attorney General of Ontario, and regularly represents manufacturers as well as a number of publicly traded corporations and insurance brokers with respect to commercial insurance issues.

Larry made a conscious decision upon the founding of Theall Group to not act for insurers, with respect to coverage disputes, in order to avoid the inherent conflicts that arise when a law firm acts for insurers and policy holders. His focus is on understanding and effectively representing the interests of policy holders and their brokers. (See our website for recognition received from top insurance litigators.)

Larry is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Defence Research Institute, the Risk Management Society (RIMS), the Insurance Institute of Canada, and the Advocates' Society. He has been a speaker at Canadian Corporate Counsel, RIMS, Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Hall Law School, and the Canadian Institute on various topics relating to insurance coverage and commercial litigation. Larry was an early adopter of the importance of integrating technology into the practice of law. He continues to encourage counsel to embrace the benefits technology has to offer the law while maintaining the highest standards of professional services.

Antonio Turco is a partner of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP and practices in Toronto in the area of intellectual property (IP). His practice focuses on litigation related to intellectual property rights, including disputes related to patents, copyright, trade-marks, industrial designs and trade secrets. Antonio has represented clients in domain name disputes under both the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy and the CIRA Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy. He also represents clients in general commercial disputes. He is involved in searching the availability of trade-marks, the filing and prosecution of trade-mark and copyright applications in Canada, as well as trade-mark opposition and non-use proceedings.

On the commercial side, Antonio also assists clients in commercial transactions involving intellectual property and technology, such as electronic commerce and licensing. He has written and spoken on a range of topics relating to trade-marks, copyright reform, domain name disputes and trade-mark litigation. Antonio is recognized by numerous Canadian and international publications, including: WTR 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, Who's Who Legal Canada (trade-marks), Best Lawyers in Canada (intellectual property), World Intellectual Property Review, and Managing Intellectual Property: IP Stars.

Michael G. Tweedie practised commercial and debtor-creditor litigation in Ontario for more than 30 years. He is now retired from active practice and provides a research service for licensees in Ontario. He has presented papers for both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association. Mr. Tweedie has conducted many summary judgment motions, trials and appeals, including appearances before the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Sharon Vogel, a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, is the Regional Leader of the Firm's International Construction Projects Group. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993 with an LLB from the University of Toronto Law School (1991) and in 1996 obtained her LLM from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.  Sharon practices construction and surety law, working primarily on matters involving construction disputes relating to major projects including roads, railways, tunnels, pipelines, industrial facilities, commercial buildings, and condominiums in various jurisdictions. Sharon is a member of BLG’s Team North in relation to construction projects in Canada’s North.  Sharon has written and spoken extensively on various construction and surety topics including co-authoring Carswell’s text A Guide to Canadian Construction Insurance Law.  She is a member of various associations including the Ontario Bar Association, Construction Law Section (Executive Member since 2012); Canadian Bar Association, Construction Law Section (Executive Member since 2012); International Bar Association; Advocates’ Society; and CAWIC (Canadian Association of Women in Construction).

Joel Wiesenfeld provides mediation and settlement facilitation services on securities related matters, including investor loss claims, dealer and registrant disputes, securities class actions, and securities regulatory enforcement matters.

Joel practised law as a broker/dealer litigation and securities regulatory counsel for 31 years, concluding his practice of law as a partner at Torys LLP in June 2012.  During his law practice, Joel was repeatedly recognized as one of Canada's leading securities litigation lawyers, and appeared before the Ontario Securities Commission, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (and its predecessors), the Mutual Fund Dealers Association and all levels of court.

Joel is a frequent speaker and writer on securities litigation and regulatory enforcement topics. He is the author of the Broker/Dealer Legal Reference Case Law Database (Thomson Reuters). Joel was the co-founder and co-chair of The Advocates' Society's Securities Litigation Practice Group, and is an editorial board member of The Canadian Securities Law Reporter.

Howard Winkler

Howard Winkler has specialized in the field of libel and slander for more than 30 years and has been described by CBC Radio as one of the country’s leading libel and slander experts. Mr. Winkler is the founder and principal of Winker Dispute Resolution and acts as counsel for both plaintiffs and defendants at trial and at all levels of appeal. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation, has been consistently ranked as one of The Best Lawyers in Canada in media law, has received from Martindale-Hubbell their highest rating for legal ability and professional ethics, and has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Mr. Winkler regularly performs pre-publication and broadcast review for a number of the country’s leading media outlets, and has acted as defence counsel for those organizations and some of Canada’s most respected journalists. He is often retained to represent lawyers who have been sued for libel or slander.

Jack Woodward is an author, teacher, lawyer, businessman, farmer, and beekeeper. He is known for writing the first draft of Section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982. He founded the law firm of Woodward and Company, which is recognized as one of Canada's leading Aboriginal law firms. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2012. Mr. Woodward has served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Victoria's Faculty of Law and was the recipient of the 1995 Dean's Cup for outstanding service to the faculty. He has also been a guest lecturer at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. He is a frequent speaker and writer on the subject of Aboriginal law. Mr. Woodward's text Native Law has been relied upon by the Canadian courts as authoritative on numerous occasions. He was the 2015 keynote speaker for the Canadian Bar Association's National Aboriginal Law Section. In 2016, he was an invited speaker at the Assembly of First Nations annual convention. Throughout his career, Mr. Woodward has worked on a number of significant Supreme Court of Canada cases. He is a member of the British Columbia Bar and presently practises as a sole practitioner in Campbell River.