This blog voices our perspectives on upcoming and decided appeals of interest to Canadian businesses and professions. It also comments on the impact of legal changes that may affect appellate procedure, and relates insights and best practices derived from our experiences handling complex appeals. Our contributing bloggers include the following:
Hovsep Afarian‘s practice focuses on providing legal opinions and written advocacy in class actions, complex commercial disputes and insurance matters. Counsel in the Toronto office, Hovsep has prepared legal arguments in significant cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He has also served the Ontario Superior Court of Justice as a Judicial Research Lawyer and also as a Judicial Law Clerk. Hovsep received his BA (Hons.) (summa cum laude) from York University in 1997 and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Ryann Atkins is an associate in our Litigation Group in Toronto. She maintains a general litigation practice with a focus on professional liability, intellectual property litigation and commercial disputes. Ms. Atkins obtained her Honours B.A. (with Distinction) in Political Studies and Global Development Studies from Queen’s University and her J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. Ms. Atkins was called to the Ontario bar in 2014.
Dina Awad is an associate in our Litigation Group in Toronto. She maintains a general litigation practice with an emphasis on professional liability, public law, and commercial litigation. Dina joined the firm in 2013 after clerking for the Honourable Justice Gauthier at the Federal Court of Appeal. She received her LL.B. and B.C.L. degrees from McGill University in 2011. Prior to her legal studies, Ms. Awad obtained a Bachelor or Arts with Great Distinction in Psychology and Behavioural Sciences from McGill University in 2006. Ms. Awad was called to the Ontario bar in 2012.
Laurie Baptiste maintains a general corporate commercial litigation practice. She has successfully appeared in chambers, trial and appeal matters before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and in various regulatory matters before the Alberta Securities Commission. Laurie has assisted senior counsel with various matters at all levels of court, including the Alberta Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Laurie clerked for the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal.
Marie-Hélène Beaudoin practises commercial litigation; corporate law; professional liability; securities litigation; class actions; product liability; and appeals. She acts for many multinationals, which she advises in connection with large province-wide and nation-wide cases. Marie-Hélène is a member of the board of directors of the Young Bar Association of Montréal and serves as the chairperson of its Research and Legislation Committee. She has also appeared at several conferences concerning, among others, the provisions of the Code of Civil Procedure intended to prevent improper use of the courts.
Martin Boodman is a partner in our Litigation Group and Director of Research in Montréal. From 1983 to 1995, he was a full-time law professor in the Faculty of Law at McGill University. During this time he taught and published in the fields of security on property, comparative law, sale and law, and economics. Martin obtained his bachelor of civil law and his LLB from McGill University. He also received a doctorate from the Université de Paris (II).
Pierre-Jérôme Bouchard‘s practice focuses on class action, commercial litigation as well as medical liability. Prior to joining the firm, he completed an LLM at Columbia University and served as a clerk to the Honourable Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada. From 2007 to 2010, Mr. Bouchard was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York, where he worked on a wide variety of litigation matters, including securities fraud, intellectual property, breach of contract, antitrust and bankruptcy proceedings, as well as regulatory investigations and arbitrations. He returned to McCarthy Tétrault in 2010.
Keegan Boyd maintains a general civil and corporate/commercial litigation practice. An associate in the Toronto office, Keegan obtained his B.Eng. degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University, his MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School. While attending law school, he participated in international exchanges to the Hebrew University in Israel and the National University of Singapore.
Timothy Chapman-Smith maintains a general civil and commercial litigation practice and is an associate in the Toronto office. He holds a BA (with Distinction) from Victoria College at the University of Toronto and his JD from Western Law. In 2012, Timothy completed a secondment at the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission.
Kate Findlay maintains a general litigation practice, with an emphasis on commercial litigation, class actions, contractual disputes and professional negligence. An associate in the Toronto office, Kate has represented a variety of clients including those from the financial sector, energy sector, construction sector, manufacturing and professional bodies. She is also involved in medical defence work on behalf of the Canadian Medical Protective Association in civil and disciplinary contexts. Kate received her BA (Hons.), with high distinction, from the University of Toronto, Trinity College; a Master’s of Public Administration from Queen’s University; and her JD from Queen’s University.
Timothy Froese is an associate with our Litigation Group in Calgary. He received his BA (High Honours) in Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and his JD (Great Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to law school, Timothy enjoyed a productive career with a manufacturer of pre-engineered buildings. While in law school, he was awarded the Law Society of Saskatchewan Gold Medal, the Thomas Dowrick Brown Prize for Most Distinguished Graduate, the Blakes Scholarship, and a number of other academic awards.
Geoff Hall‘s practice focuses primarily on corporate/commercial litigation, and he also has extensive experience in bankruptcy/restructuring litigation, constitutional and administrative law litigation. A partner in the Toronto office, Geoff has authored Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law, which has been cited numerous times by the courts including by the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as numerous articles. He is an adjunct professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he teaches a course on contractual interpretation. He has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and seminars. Geoff clerked for the Honourable Justice William Stevenson of the Supreme Court of Canada after graduating from the University of Toronto as a Silver Medallist.
Angela Juba maintains a general litigation practice. An associate in the Vancouver office, Angela has previously clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada. She won several awards for legal writing, academic achievement and volunteerism while in law school.
Brandon Kain is the editor-in-chief of Canadian Appeals Monitor, and a co-founder of the McCarthy Tétrault National Appellate Litigation Group. His practice focuses on securities, competition and product liability class actions, complex business disputes, public law, written advocacy and opinions. A partner in the Toronto office, Brandon has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. He is a contributing author of the 2nd Edition of Defending Class Actions in Canada, published by CCH, and has published articles in the Canadian Bar Review, the Canadian Business Law Journal, the Supreme Court Law Review and the Annual Review of Civil Litigation. He holds an LLB (Honours Standing) and an MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto.
Kosta Kalogiros maintains a general civil and corporate/commercial litigation practice. He received his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School. During his time at Osgoode Hall Kosta was awarded the Gurston Allen Prize in Conflict of Laws, the Cassels, Brock & Blackwell LLP Centennial Prize in Lawyering Skills, the Sir Jack Jacob Award in the Administration of Justice, the Scotiabank Group Prize in the Law of Estates, the WeirFoulds LLP Prize in Administrative Law, the Matthew Wilson Memorial Prize and the Stephen George Leggett, Q.C. Memorial Entrance Scholarship.
Curtis Marble practises in a number of areas, including corporate and commercial litigation, international arbitration, contract and shareholder disputes and class actions. Curtis has also acted in energy and resource conflicts including subsurface trespass disputes and regulatory matters. Curtis is an active member of Volunteer Lawyer Services, which offers pro bono legal support to eligible charitable and non-profit organizations in Ontario. He holds an MA in international affairs from Carleton University, and clerked for the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.
Elder Marques is co-editor of Canadian Appeals Monitor. He has a wide-ranging litigation practice that includes complex corporate and commercial disputes, class actions, medical malpractice and professional negligence cases. In addition to his commercial litigation practice, Elder regularly represents physicians before the courts and various regulatory bodies. He also represents both plaintiffs and defendants in defamation actions. Elder served as law clerk to the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2005-2006. He is a former director of several not-for-profit organizations and currently serves on the boards of directors of St. Christopher House, a United Way agency, as well as the London Goodenough Association of Canada.
Justin Nasseri is an associate in our Litigation Group in Toronto. He maintains a general litigation practice which includes commercial litigation and medical malpractice. Mr. Nasseri received his B.A. in Economics and Political Science with First Class Honors from the University of Alberta and his J.D. from the University of Toronto. He was called to the Ontario bar in 2013.
Mira Novek maintains a general litigation practice. An associate in the Toronto office, Mira received her BA magna cum laudein Social Studies from Harvard University. She graduated on the Dean’s Honour List from McGill University’s Faculty of Law, obtaining degrees in both common law (LLB) and civil law (BCL). Mira received her master’s degree in common law (BCL) with distinction from the University of Oxford.
Carole Piovesan, an associate in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group in Toronto, maintains a general litigation practice. Carole received her JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, her MSc in Social Policy and Planning in Developing Countries (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and her BA in Political Science from McGill University.
Sam Rogers maintains a general civil and corporate/commercial litigation practice. An associate in the Toronto office, Sam received his JD from the University of British Columbia. While attending law school, he was awarded numerous prizes for academic achievement, participated in the Wilson Moot, and volunteered with the Law Students Legal Advice program. Sam also completed a co-op degree in Honours Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.
Marc-André Russell has a practice in commercial and civil litigation, class actions, administrative law and medical malpractice. An associate in the Montréal office, Marc-André has co-authored several articles in the field of civil procedure and constitutional law. Marc-André received his JD from Queen’s University.
Byron Shaw has a general litigation practice including corporate and commercial litigation and medical defence work for the Canadian Medical Protective Association. An associate in the Toronto office, Byron was a law clerk for the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He is the co-editor of Irwin Law’s 4th edition of Constitutional Law with Patrick J. Monahan and has written various articles that have been published by Cambridge University Press, the University of British Columbia Law Review and The Advocate.
Dharshini Sinnadurai is an associate in our Litigation Group in Toronto. She maintains a general litigation practice with an emphasis on professional liability matters and commercial disputes. Ms. Sinnadurai concurrently obtained her BMath in Statistics from the University of Waterloo and her BBA in Finance from Wilfred Laurier University in 2009. She obtained her J.D. from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2012. Ms. Sinnadurai was called to the Ontario bar in 2013.
Katie Szilagyi is an associate in our Litigation Group in Toronto. She maintains a general civil litigation practice. Ms. Szilagyi clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal for Justices Marc Nadon and Wyman W. Webb. Ms. Szilagyi received her B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biosystems Engineering from the University of Manitoba, with a minor in Philosophy. She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Ottawa, completing specializations in both Technology Law and International Law. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2013.
Renee Zatzman is an associate in our Litigation Group in Toronto. She maintains a general litigation practice with a focus on commercial matters and professional liability. Ms. Zatzman received her J.D. from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in 2013 and obtained her Honours in Business Administration, with Distinction, from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She completed a secondment at the Enforcement Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission. She was called to the Ontario bar in 2014.