Chris maintains a general litigation practice with a particular focus on complex commercial litigation. He regularly represents individuals, privately owned businesses, and public companies across a variety of industries.

Chris’ practice includes shareholder disputes, commercial litigation and arbitration, securities litigation, restructuring and insolvency, class actions, and professional liability and regulation. Chris’s background as a litigator in New York make him particularly adept at handling cross-border matters, including the enforcement of foreign judgments and letters rogatory. He also has experience representing health professionals in litigation and regulatory matters.

Chris works to understand his clients’ broader objectives in order to craft creative and practical solutions through a combination of courtroom advocacy and savvy negotiation. He provides thoughtful advice and a steady hand to help clients navigate times of crisis.

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Chris spent the first five years of his career in New York and Toronto, working in the litigation department of a major U.S. law firm and then with a top Canadian litigation boutique. Chris combines the rigour of a big firm approach with the efficiency and personalized service of a boutique.

In his spare time, Chris can be found digging for records, practicing yoga, and cooking ambitiously.

 

Education

McGill University, Faculty of Law (2015) B.C.L., LL.B.
McGill University (2009) B.A. (Philosophy)

Bar Admission

Ontario – 2018
New York – 2015

Affiliations

The Advocates Society

Publications

Developing a Consistent Approach to Balance Distributions in Quebec, The Canadian Class Action Review Vol. 11, Issue 2, March 2016

Cases:

Baldwin v.Imperial Metals Corporation et al, 2020 ONSC 5616–Counsel to the defendant Imperial Metals in successfully defeating a motion for leave to commence a class action under the Securities Actin connection with the breach of the tailings facility at the Mount Polley Mine.

Carras v. Altus Group Limited, 2020 ONSC 2936–Counsel to the Respondent real estate information company in successfully defeating a former executive’s application for breach of contract in respect of the exercise of certain disputed options.

Concord Adex Inc. v. 20/20 Management Limited, 2020 ONSC 1237–Successfully represented an individual defendant on a motion to impose a discovery plan.

M.R. v L.H., 2020 CanLII 10756 (ON HPARB)–Represented the Applicant physician in the successful review of a decision of the Inquiries, Complaints and Reports Committee of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario

1426505 Ontario Inc. v. Jovian Capital Corporation, 2019 ONSC 3799 -Counsel to the defendant financial services companies at trial in a breach of contract claim seeking $50 million in management fees under a royalty agreement. Succeeded in minimizing the damages awarded to less than $90,000.

Special Committee of the Board of Directors of a Public Company –Counsel to the Special Committee in connection with allegations made by short sellers regarding the value of certain assets and insider dealings.

Re Sears Canada Inc.–Counsel to Sears Holdings Corporation in connection with multiple actions and related CCAA insolvency proceedings concerning Sears Canada.

Re Essar Steel Algoma Inc–Counsel to GIP Primus, LP in various proceedings related to the restructuring of Essar Steel Algoma Inc.

Gambin Estate v. Di Battista Gambin Developments, 2018 ONSC 4905; Zanardo v Di Battista Gambin Developments Limited, 2019 ONSC 1376-Counsel to the Applicant Estate Trustee in a successful oppression application, and on appeal, securing the wind up of the corporation at issue. The divisional court affirmed the application judge’s remedy and findings.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. v. Guthrie, 2018 ONSC 2033–Counsel to the Respondents in successfully opposing an application to enforce letters rogatory issued in patent litigation before theUnited States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas Marshall Division

Dauman et al. v. Redstone et al.–Counsel to the former Chief Executive Officer of Viacom in a significant corporate governance dispute, including litigation challenging his removal as a trustee from the trust that controlled the majority voting shares of Viacom

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