Edward Levitt - Dickinson Wright PLLC

Edward Levitt

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Edward (Ned) Levitt is a senior partner of Dickinson Wright LLP, Toronto, Canada, and co-chair of its franchise and distribution law international practice group.  He served as General Counsel to Canadian Franchise Association from 2000 to 2007 and, as a member of the Ontario Franchise Sector Working Team, was instrumental in the creation of Ontario’s franchise legislation.  Among his many publications is Canadian Franchise Legislation published by  Butterworths/Lexis Nexus.  Mr. Levitt is recognized by his peers, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Lexpert and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers as one of Canada’s leading franchise law practitioners. Mr. Levitt was the recipient of the Canadian Franchise Association’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007 Special Recognition Award, 2005 Franchise Support Services Recognition Award and 1993 Special Recognition Award.  Mr. Levitt can be reached as 416-646-3842or nlevitt@dickinsonwright.com .

Additional Information

Designations — Mr. Levitt has earned the designation of a Certified Franchise Executive granted by the International Franchise Association (IFA) and is currently an active member of the IFA's International Committee.

Client Comments

"Ned has advised this company for over 13 years. He was referred to us by one of his clients, a successful franchiser in the financial services area. Initially, Ned advised us on the "how-tos" of becoming a franchiser, which included the creation of a franchise agreement and the development of internal processes. Since then, this company has grown to the point where it now has over 300 franchisees from coast to coast, and Ned and his team have provided exceptional support and advice to us throughout those growth years. We have benefited from his experience and continue to do so. He has counseled us through due diligence, acquisitions, litigation, and countless franchisee/franchiser situations. He is remarkably accessible, very consistent in his strong client service orientation, and has always been timely. His expertise in franchise law, coupled with his strong business perspective, has made him a very valuable resource for this company."

"Ned has been of great service in dealing with franchise agreements, franchisee associations, business acquisitions, and corporate matters. Ned and his staff work quickly and effectively providing advice and documentation in Ontario and through affiliates at Gowlings in Vancouver, BC. I have worked with Ned Levitt over the past five years and recommend him highly."

-Peter Christianson
Young Drivers of Canada Corporation

"Ned Levitt is an excellent franchise attorney who possesses that rare ability to provide sound legal advice while being sensitive to the business issues at hand. Ned's experience and knowledge of franchise law are vast; he is extremely insightful and is very dependable. As franchise law becomes more complicated, Ned brings a common-sense approach that instills trust and confidence. I would, without reservation, recommend Ned Levitt. He is a valued advisor. "

-Murray Oxford
Jani King Canada

"Ned Levitt is simply one of the best lawyers I've ever worked with. Not only does he provide unparalleled expertise in the areas of franchise and business law, but he provides his expertise in an intelligent, practical, and professional way. He continues to assist us to work our way through what is a constantly changing and very complex landscape of franchise law. Ned is always very responsive to our legal needs and extremely effective in the advice he gives. I know I can rely on Ned to help me protect my company and to accomplish our operational mandates when we're in a position to outsource to external counsel. I give Ned Levitt my highest possible recommendation."

-Sarita Dankner
Director, Legal Services
Sobeys Capital Incorporated

"Mr. Levitt is a unique individual who possesses qualities beyond his legal profession. His conduct with me and my company has demonstrated the type of respect he has for his profession. This also outlines his personal beliefs towards his clients companies and their personal interests. This to me summarizes the type of working relations Mr. Levitt chooses to develop with his clients. I greatly appreciate his unique level of experience in the field of franchising. What benefits my company and helps my decision making process to be effective is his ability to think like a business man. When confronted with making a legal decision, I can count on Mr. Levitt's objectivity vis-à-vis big picture. Mr. Levitt is beyond being a great lawyer; he is the best communicator I have ever met. His communication skills are so advanced that he is not only a franchise lawyer but also a great advisor. All these attributes naturally translate into his ability to be effective at all times. "

-Enzo Renda
Chairman and CEO
Eggspectation Canada Inc.

Office Location

Commerce Court West, Suite 2200
199 Bay Street
Toronto, ON M5L 1G4

Practice Areas

Franchise Law

Other Information

Gender: Male