Norm Emblem is a member of the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group of Dentons’ Toronto office. Although his practice focuses on securities related class action litigation, Norm has a very broad-ranging commercial litigation and advocacy practice which includes class action defense, securities, auditor’s negligence, CCAA, banking and insolvency litigation, professional negligence, high-end disability income claims, insurance defence, shareholders’ disputes, Coroners’ inquests and human rights litigation.
Norm advises and represents accounting firms and, in particular, the “Big 4” Canadian accounting firms, primarily in securities related class actions often with cross Canada and/or cross border implications as well as in related regulatory proceedings involving the Ontario Securities Commission ("OSC"), the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC”), the Autorité des marchés financiers ("AMF"), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario ("ICAO") and the Department of Justice ("DOJ"). In addition to appearing regularly before the Superior Court of Ontario, Norm appears in the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench and the Superior Court of Quebec. He also appears before the Commercial List in Toronto as well as before numerous regulatory and administrative tribunals throughout the Province of Ontario, including the OSC, the ICAO, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal and the Ontario Pension Board.
Norm has done a significant amount of pro bono work acting as duty counsel on behalf of lawyers appearing before The Law Society of Upper Canada. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education conferences regarding Litigation, ADR and Class Actions. He is recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada as one of Canada’s leading lawyers in the area of Corporate and Commercial Litigation. Norm moonlights playing electric guitar with his blues band Oui B. Jamon which regularly play events for CIBC’s Run For The Cure, March of Dimes Canada’s “Rock For Dimes”, Peacebuilders International’s “Spring For Peace”, Covenant House, The Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund, CANFAR’s “AIDSBEAT”, Lawyers International Food Enterprise’s “Rock For Life”, The Law Society of Upper Canada and The Advocates’ Society.