Eliot Kolers is Head of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution Group and a member of the Management Committee in the Toronto office. His practice concentrates on corporate commercial litigation, competition litigation, and securities litigation. He has represented clients in a wide range of complex cases, including many “real time” litigation matters in relation to contested corporate transactions.
Eliot has defended class actions involving competition law, securities and privacy issues, and has represented clients in a broad range of commercial cases involving oppression remedies, proxy contests, takeover bids, shareholder disputes, plans of arrangement and corporate governance matters. He regularly appears before the Commercial List of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.
Eliot’s competition litigation experience relates to class actions, criminal matters and contested proceedings before the Competition Tribunal. His competition law cases have involved allegations of anti-competitive conduct concerning the manufacture and sale of various products, among them automotive parts, DRAM computer chips, liquid crystal display panels and polyurethane foam, as well as allegations of anti-competitive conduct in the airline industry.
Eliot has extensive advocacy experience, having appeared before all levels of Ontario’s courts, the Courts of Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also appeared before the federal Competition Tribunal, the Ontario Securities Commission, and other regulatory and administrative tribunals, and has experience in commercial arbitration. He regularly works closely with counsel from various U.S. and international jurisdictions.
Eliot is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Antitrust Law Section), The International Bar Association, and the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association. He is a Board member of The Advocates’ Society, a past executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Civil Litigation Section and is a past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Competition Law Section’s Class Actions and Private Enforcement Committee.
Eliot is currently editor-in-chief of Class Action Defence Quarterly published by LexisNexis.