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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Laval, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Franchise Law
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Defamation and Media Law
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Corporate Governance Practice Appellate Practice Alternative Dispute Resolution
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
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Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C. was awarded  "Lawyer of the Year" in

Joseph J. Arvay, Q.C.

Arvay Finlay
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Aboriginal Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Privacy and Data Security Law Trusts and Estates Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Competition / Antitrust Law Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law
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  • Location:
    Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Labour and Employment Law
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Construction Law
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Construction Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Law Class Action Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Trusts and Estates Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Environmental Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Barrie, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Health Care Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Medical Negligence
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Environmental Law Administrative and Public Law
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  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Product Liability Law Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration Class Action Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Labour and Employment Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Securities Law Director and Officer Liability Practice
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation International Arbitration Securities Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Transportation Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Legal Malpractice Law Appellate Practice Administrative and Public Law International Arbitration Director and Officer Liability Practice Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Class Action Litigation
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  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Aboriginal Law Appellate Practice Administrative and Public Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Securities Law
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  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation
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  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    International Arbitration Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Defamation and Media Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario Vaughan, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Information Technology Law Technology Law Privacy and Data Security Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Product Liability Law Appellate Practice Class Action Litigation Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Waterloo Region, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Expropriation Law Municipal Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Ottawa, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Waterloo Region, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Construction Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Regina, Saskatchewan
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Insurance Law Class Action Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Employee Benefits Law
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Labour and Employment Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Administrative and Public Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Securities Law Director and Officer Liability Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Environmental Law
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Fredericton, New Brunswick
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Hamilton, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Insurance Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Securities Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Franchise Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Construction Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Criminal Defence Health Care Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Construction Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Energy Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Construction Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Legal Malpractice Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Appellate Practice
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Construction Law
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  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Director and Officer Liability Practice Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
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  • Location:
    Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Family Law Labour and Employment Law Aboriginal Law
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Energy Regulatory Law
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  • Location:
    Victoria, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Professional Malpractice Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation Product Liability Law
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  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Labour and Employment Law
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  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Product Liability Law Alternative Dispute Resolution Insurance Law
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation Aviation Law Class Action Litigation Product Liability Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Securities Law Director and Officer Liability Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Director and Officer Liability Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law Banking and Finance Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Securities Law
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Personal Injury Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Appellate Practice Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law
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  • Location:
    Québec, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Medical Negligence Corporate and Commercial Litigation Appellate Practice Legal Malpractice Law
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Administrative and Public Law Appellate Practice Labour and Employment Law Alternative Dispute Resolution
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  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Competition / Antitrust Law Securities Law Corporate Law
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  • Location:
    Edmonton, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Insurance Law Securities Law Product Liability Law Construction Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Bet-the-Company Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice International Arbitration
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  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Aboriginal Law Appellate Practice Oil & Gas Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution Energy Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation Class Action Litigation Competition / Antitrust Law Bet-the-Company Litigation Securities Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Calgary, Alberta
  • Practice Areas:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Class Action Litigation Corporate and Commercial Litigation Product Liability Law
Lawyer
  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Real Estate Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Bet-the-Company Litigation Director and Officer Liability Practice Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Securities Law
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  • Location:
    Toronto, Ontario
  • Practice Areas:
    Administrative and Public Law Securities Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Legal Malpractice Law Appellate Practice
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  • Location:
    Montréal, Quebec
  • Practice Areas:
    Defamation and Media Law Corporate and Commercial Litigation Communications Law

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Practice Area Definition

Corporate and Commercial Litigation Definition

Commercial litigation is a very broad practice area encompassing all disputes potentially arising in a business context. Consequently, practitioners in this area must have wide-ranging knowledge of both the business world and the myriad legal issues that can arise in that arena.

Commercial disputes may take on various forms, from breach of contract to shareholder disputes. Every litigious situation gives rise to a wide variety of remedies and recourses, such as an action for damages, a motion for an injunction, or a seizure before judgment. Furthermore, depending on their nature, such disputes can fall under the jurisdiction of several courts, each with its own set of rules.

In this challenging environment, commercial litigators must be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each situation and gauge their potential impact. Thorough knowledge of the commercial and operational issues at play will allow the practitioner to propose an appropriate litigation or ADR strategy, perhaps even a business solution.

Commercial litigation has evolved considerably over the years due to several factors, such as the near-universal adoption of information technology by businesses, and the increased complexity of commercial disputes. Add to that a slowing Canadian economy, and it is clear that commercial litigators must be prepared for war but open to peace.

Commercial litigation is a very broad practice area encompassing all disputes potentially arising in a business context. Consequently, practitioners in this area must have wide-ranging knowledge of both the business world and the myriad legal issues that can arise in that arena.

Commercial disputes may take on various forms, from breach of contract to shareholder disputes. Every litigious situation gives rise to a wide variety of remedies and recourses, such as an action for damages, a motion for an injunction, or a seizure before judgment. Furthermore, depending on their nature, such disputes can fall under the jurisdiction of several courts, each with its own set of rules.

In this challenging environment, commercial litigators must be able to assess the strengths and weaknesses of each situation and gauge their potential impact. Thorough knowledge of the commercial and operational issues at play will allow the practitioner to propose an appropriate litigation or ADR strategy, perhaps even a business solution.

Commercial litigation has evolved considerably over the years due to several factors, such as the near-universal adoption of information technology by businesses, and the increased complexity of commercial disputes. Add to that a slowing Canadian economy, and it is clear that commercial litigators must be prepared for war but open to peace.