Firm Profile

Aird & Berlis LLP

Headquarters

Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street
Suite 1800
P.O. Box 754
Toronto, ON M5J 2T9
Canada
416-863-1500

Firm Details

Aird & Berlis LLP is a leading Canadian law firm based in Toronto, serving clients across Canada and globally. The firm’s practice encompasses all principal areas of business law, including corporate/commercial, corporate finance, banking, insolvency and restructuring, energy, environmental, infrastructure/P3, technology and intellectual property, litigation, labour and employment, municipal and land use planning, real estate and tax. The firm’s diverse client base ranges from entrepreneurs to multinational corporations. Aird & Berlis LLP is a member of Interlaw, a network of leading full service law firms across the globe.

Our History
The history of Aird & Berlis LLP dates back to 1919 when its predecessor opened its doors for business. In 1974, the firms of Zimmerman, Grant, Hugo, Paddon, Worley & Bennett merged with Edison, Aird & Berlis to form Aird, Zimmerman & Berlis. The name was changed to Aird & Berlis circa 1978, and the LLP suffix was added later.

John Aird was appointed to the Senate of Canada in the 1960s and served as Ontario's 23rd lieutenant governor from 1980 to 1985. Doug Berlis was the gold medalist in his graduating year at law school. Together, they built a firm of people-focused, bright, technical lawyers and created an atmosphere of entrepreneurship and teamwork. This atmosphere continues to drive the firm's success today and into tomorrow.

Recognition
A number of our practitioners are certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as Specialists in their respective areas of practice. Our lawyers are recognized for their expertise year after year by authoritative guides to the legal profession, such as:

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Who’s Who Legal:
The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
The Legal 500 Canada
Who's Who Legal: Canada
Legal Media Group's Guides to the World's Leading Lawyers
Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
International Law Office
The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada
The Best Lawyers in Canada


International Reach
Aird & Berlis LLP is proud to be the Toronto law firm representative of Interlaw, an international association of independent law firms. Interlaw’s members work together on a worldwide basis to provide quality, cost effective, value-added legal and business solutions.

Contacts

Thomas A. Fenton
Corporate Finance & Securities
416-865-4631
Cecilia M. Moffat
Corporate/Commercial
416-865-7782
Fred Cass
Energy
416-865-7742
Ron Clark
Energy
416-865-7701
D. Robb English
Financial Services
416-865-4748
Douglas Younger
Infrastructure
416-865-4140
Grant Cansfield
Intellectual Property
416-865-7741
Lorenzo Lisi
Labour & Employment
416-865-7722
Paul V. McCallen
Litigation
416-865-7723
Patricia Foran
Municipal and Land Use Planning
416-865-3425
Monty Warsh
Real Estate
416-865-4626
Barbara J. Worndl
Tax
416-865-7754
Jack Bernstein
Tax
416-865-7766
Joanne C. Coldwell
Transportation
416-865-4642

Attorneys

Jack Bernstein
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Tax Law, Trusts and Estates
Rachel L. Blumenfeld
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Trusts and Estates
Fred D. Cass
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Energy Regulatory Law, Oil & Gas Law
Joanne C. Coldwell
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Transportation Law
Patrick Copeland
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Lloyd F. Cornett
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law, Commercial Leasing Law
Peter Czegledy
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Gaming Law
Robert G. Doumani
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law, Municipal Law
D. Robb English
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
Harry M. Fogul
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
Patricia A. Foran
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Municipal Law
Jill P. Fraser
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Structured Finance Law, Banking and Finance Law, Asset-Based Lending Practice, Equipment Finance Law
Steven L. Graff
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
Donald H. Jack
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Director and Officer Liability Practice
Donald B. Johnston
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Information Technology Law, Technology Law
Norman I. Kahn
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law
Lorenzo Lisi
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Labour and Employment Law
Leo F. Longo
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law, Municipal Law
John Mascarin
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law, Municipal Law
Bernie McGarva
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Construction Law
Margaret T. Nelligan
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Corporate Law
N. Jane Pepino QC
Lawyer of the Year:
Real Estate Law (2017)
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Municipal Law, Real Estate Law
Joel M. Rose QC
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Gaming Law
Cynthia R.C. Sefton
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Product Liability Law
Michael D. Smith
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law
Hayden Solomons
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law
David Stevens
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Energy Regulatory Law
Scott Stoll
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Environmental Law, Energy Regulatory Law
Clare A. Sullivan
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Trusts and Estates
Jennifer A. Wainwright
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Securities Law
Monty Warsh
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Commercial Leasing Law, Real Estate Law
Donald L. West
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Mergers & Acquisitions Law
Barbara J. Worndl
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Tax Law
Melanie Yach
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Trusts and Estates
Steven Zakem
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Real Estate Law, Municipal Law
Stephen Zolf
Location:
Toronto, Ontario
Recognized For:
Communications Law, Media Law

Firm Practice Areas

  • Aboriginal Law
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Appellate Practice
  • Asset-Based Lending Practice
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Commercial Leasing Law
  • Communications Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Governance Practice
  • Corporate Law
  • Defamation and Media Law
  • Derivatives Law
  • Director and Officer Liability Practice
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Equipment Finance Law
  • Expropriation Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • Labour and Employment Law
  • Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Mining Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Mutual Funds Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Oil & Gas Law
  • Privacy and Data Security Law
  • Private Funds Law
  • Product Liability Law
  • Project Finance Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Public Procurement Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Securities Law
  • Sports Law
  • Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Transportation Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law