Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb (LOLG) is one of Canada’s premier litigation firms. The firm’s lawyers handle the most complex commercial disputes and public law cases. They carry a robust trial, arbitration and appellate practice across the country and in the Supreme Court of Canada.
LOLG is regularly engaged as trial and appellate co-counsel by peer law firms, and as court officers in large and sensitive litigation mandates. The firm also acts as counsel in insolvency cases, class actions, securities litigation and public and administrative law matters, as well as franchise, infrastructure, employment and health law disputes.
LOLG’s practitioners are leaders at the bar, holding positions on the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism and the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute, and fellowships in elite trial organizations. Its associates are of the highest caliber, recruited primarily from judicial clerkships at the Supreme Court of Canada, provincial Courts of Appeal and the Commercial List of the Superior Court of Justice.
Partner profiles are as follows:
Matthew Gottlieb practises business litigation including corporate and commercial disputes, insolvency and restructuring and fraud and securities litigation. Matt’s extensive track record of success in complex, high-stakes disputes explains why he has been recognized as one of Canada’s top litigation lawyers. He has significant expertise in trials, applications, tribunals and arbitrations and regularly appears at all levels of court in Ontario and other provinces, the Federal Court of Canada and the SCC. Matt is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and The International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a frequent instructor at many litigation related seminars held by the Law Society of Ontario, The Advocates’ Society and other organizations.
Jonathan Lisus’s practice focuses on commercial and public law trial and appellate litigation. He has deep experience with infrastructure and P3 related litigation, class actions, product liability, oppression remedies and securities litigation. He appears as counsel in courts and arbitral tribunals across the country and the SCC. Jonathan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Advisory Committee on Professionalism and a member of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute. He is a Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and regularly acts as Special Counsel on constitutional challenges to government actions.
Terrence O’Sullivan’s practice includes civil and commercial litigation with an emphasis on business disputes, financial institution litigation, class actions, defence of regulatory charges and professional discipline matters. He regularly appears in all levels of courts in Ontario and other provinces including the SCC. Terry also acts as a mediator and an arbitrator and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). Terry is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and a past president of The Advocates’ Society of Ontario. He is a co-author of the Civil Justice Review (volumes I and II) and is former chair of the Joint Committee on Court Reform of the province of Ontario. He writes and speaks extensively and is an occasional lecturer for the Osgoode Hall Intensive Advocacy Program. Terry is a recipient of the Law Society of Ontario’s Medal for his outstanding contribution to the legal profession and is a recipient of the Gold Key Award for Achievement from the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association.
Paul Michell’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration, judicial review and appellate litigation, with particular expertise in complex cases with a regulatory or cross-border dimension. He has litigated cases involving failed hedge funds, derivatives, lawyers’ conflicts of interest, fraud and Ponzi schemes, arbitration-related court proceedings, shareholder disputes, construction and infrastructure, defamation and employment law. As a trial and appellate lawyer, Paul has extensive experience at all levels in the Ontario and Federal Courts and the SCC, and before a variety of administrative and arbitral tribunals. He has also been appointed as an arbitrator, as a presiding officer under the Competition Act, and has acted for corporations, public entities, regulators, individuals, investment funds and receivers.
Crawford Smith’s litigation practice focuses on corporate commercial matters, energy regulatory proceedings and securities and competition litigation, public and administrative law, and class actions. He has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in Ontario, in the SCC, in the Federal Court, in commercial arbitrations, and before a variety of administrative tribunals including the Ontario Energy Board, the OSC, the Competition Tribunal and the Environmental Review Tribunal. Crawford’s energy practice involves economic issues in multi-party litigation and frequent appearances as counsel before the Energy Board at hearings regarding rate regulation, infrastructure development and demand-side management. His securities broker/dealer practice includes acting as counsel for investment dealers, mutual fund dealers, registered representatives and other securities industry participants. He also handles regulatory proceedings and investigations by IIROC and the OSC.
Shaun Laubman practises corporate commercial litigation including shareholder and partnership disputes, fraud cases, franchise and estate litigation and real estate disputes. He is an experienced trial and appellate counsel and has successfully represented clients before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as before administrative and arbitral tribunals. Shaun also has extensive experience with fast-moving cases involving Mareva and injunctive relief. He is the Past Chair of the OBA’s Civil Litigation Section and a member of the Commercial List Users’ Committee. He previously clerked for the judges of the Ontario Court of Appeal and practised at a major international law firm in New York for several years. Shaun has been recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by Legal 500, a 2020 Best Lawyers in Canada and is a past recipient of the Lexpert “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40” award.
Paul Fruitman’s commercial litigation practice focuses on contract disputes, health law, real estate, departing employee cases, shareholder disputes and product liability. He has extensive experience acting for healthcare institutions and professionals in civil and regulatory proceedings. Paul regularly acts as counsel to corporate directors and officers and in shareholder disputes and oppression claims. He has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, and in a range of administrative and arbitral tribunals. He also regularly appears before the Toronto Commercial List. Paul frequently presents on litigation topics, in particular trial advocacy. He is a member of the OBA’s Alternative Business Structures Task Force and the CBA’s working group for Solicitor-Client Privilege Claims at the Canadian border, and a past member of the OBA’s Civil Litigation Executive. He is a frequent contributor to The Advocates’ Journal and appears in the 2019 Annual Review of Civil Litigation.
Nadia Campion’s practice focuses on commercial litigation including shareholder oppression applications, D&O liability, estates matters, class actions and professional liability and has an active land development and real estate litigation practice. She appears regularly before the Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal and various regulatory and administration tribunals and has expertise in Toronto Commercial List proceedings. She has both US and Canadian law degrees, and is also fluent and practises in French. Nadia regularly presents at the Law Society of Ontario, the OBA, The Advocates’ Society, the Canadian Defence Lawyers Association, the CBA, and the Business Women’s Network of York Region, as well as the International Association of Defense Counsel and l’Association des juristes d’expression français. She is regularly publishes articles in various legal publications. Nadia has been recognized by Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Canada 2020 as “Up and Coming”, was named to Benchmark’s 40 and Under Hot List in 2018 and 2019, and is a 2018 Lexpert Rising Star.
Rahool Agarwal’s practice focuses on commercial and civil litigation, including class actions, contractual disputes, shareholder disputes, proxy fights, D&O liability, and complex fraud cases. He also acts in a broad range of constitutional and public law matters. Rahool has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, the Quebec Court of Appeal, the BC Court of Appeal and the SCC. He also regularly appears before the Toronto Commercial List. Rahool is actively engaged in the broader legal community and is the coach of the Lakehead University Wilson Moot team, a volunteer with Pro Bono Law Ontario, a member of the editorial board of the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review and was previously a member of the board of directors of the South Asian Legal Clinic (Ontario).
Andrew Winton’s practice includes insolvency and restructuring, corporate governance, employment law, shareholder and oppression remedy disputes, real estate and franchise litigation. Andrew is experienced counsel in arbitrations and appears regularly before the Ontario courts, including the Toronto Commercial List. Andrew is a University of Toronto Faculty of Law alumni mentor, provides pro bono services to a Toronto charity that helps homeless people transition to permanent accommodations, and is a past member of the OBA’s Civil Litigation and Insolvency Law Executives.
James Renihan’s practice encompasses a broad range of commercial and civil litigation matters including contracts, D&O liability, fraud, shareholder rights, commercial real estate and franchise relationships, as well as employment-related litigation for both employers and employees. He also handles professional negligence matters for both plaintiffs and defendants. His practice involves trials, appeals, arbitrations and urgent motions for relief from all levels of court in Ontario, as well as appearances in the Federal Courts and the British Columbia Supreme Court. Previously, James worked with a large international law firm in New York and clerked for the judges of the Court of Appeal for Ontario.
Matthew Law’s practice focuses on corporate commercial litigation, administrative law and general civil litigation. He often takes a leading role on files that involve injunctions, arbitrations and trials. Matt has argued numerous matters before courts and administrative tribunals, including multi-day hearings, summary judgment motions and injunctions as well as lengthy private arbitrations. Matt has written for several legal journals. He also acts for pro bono clients in large and small matters, and has volunteered with the Law Help Ontario Duty Counsel project and Divisional Court Amicus program. Matt was named a 2019 Lexpert Rising Star, one of Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40.
Larissa Vermeersch’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes and regulatory proceedings involving significant commercial and business issues. She immerses herself in every aspect of her clients’ businesses and quickly absorbs and masters large, factually intricate cases and advances her clients’ short and long-term business objectives. She has a stellar track record before all levels of court in Ontario and at administrative tribunals, mediations and in private arbitrations. Larissa dedicates significant time to the community, including acting for unrepresented litigants in Superior Court with Pro Bono Ontario and serving as a founding member and current Chair of Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada’s Young Leaders Committee.