Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP
Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb (LOLG) is Canada’s premier counsel firm. 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 class actions, securities litigation and administrative law matters, as well as infrastructure, franchise, employment and health law disputes.

LOLG also has one of Canada’s leading restructuring & insolvency practices. The firm’s insolvency counsel are ranked among the top nationally and have material roles in Canada’s largest and most complex insolvency proceedings and restructurings.

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. LOLG’s partners are among the most consistently recommended counsel in Canada and represent clients in Canada, the United States, and from overseas.

Partner profiles are as follows:

Terrence O’Sullivan practises dispute resolution, including arbitrations and mediations involving important commercial matters, often of an international nature. Terry had a broad commercial litigation practice, with expertise in business-related litigation including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, oppression remedies and securities litigation. He represented clients before all levels of Ontario Courts, the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Terry is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb). He 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.

Jonathan Lisus practises 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. Jonathan has been lead counsel in many landmark decisions in the area of class actions, professional liability, public and constitutional law, and commercial litigation. He has tried over 80 cases to judgments and argued over 50 appeals in provincial appellate courts and the Supreme Court of Canada.

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.

Paul Michell practises 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 practice focuses on corporate commercial litigation, energy regulatory proceedings and securities and competition litigation, public and administrative law, and class actions. He has appeared 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. In his securities broker/dealer practice 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 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. Shaun is recognized as a “Next Generation Lawyer” by Legal 500, included in The Best Lawyers in Canada and a past recipient of the Lexpert “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40” award.

Paul Fruitman’s commercial litigation practice focuses on contract disputes, infrastructure and construction disputes, health law, employment law, shareholder disputes and product liability. He has extensive expertise acting for healthcare institutions and professionals in civil and regulatory proceedings, acts as counsel to corporate directors and officers, in shareholder disputes and oppression claims. Paul has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court, and in administrative and arbitral tribunals. He regularly appears before the Toronto Commercial List. Paul frequently presents on litigation topics, trial advocacy, and is a frequent instructor at Osgoode’s Annual Intensive Trial Advocacy program. He is a member of OBA’s Alternative Business Structures Task Force and CBA’s working group for Solicitor-Client Privilege Claims at the Canadian border. His writing has appeared in the Annual Review of Civil Litigation and he is a regular contributor to The Advocates’ Journal.

Nadia Campion practises commercial litigation, shareholder oppression applications, D&O liability, class actions, estates and professional liability. She has an active land development and real estate litigation practice. Nadia 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. With both US and Canadian law degrees, and practicing in French, Nadia can deal with any case that comes across her desk. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers, Chambers Canada, and Benchmark’s 40 and Under Hot List. Nadia is recognized as Benchmark’s 2020 Canada’s Top 50 Women in Litigation. She regularly publishes articles as well as regularly presents at the Law Society of Ontario, the OBA, CBA, The Advocates’ Society, as well as other industry associations and forums.

Rahool Agarwal practises 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 also actively engaged in the broader legal community. He is a member of the editorial board of the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review as well as The Advocates’ Society’s 10+ Committee. He was previously the coach of the Lakehead University Wilson Moot team and 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 and employment-related litigation. 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 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. Larissa 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.

Brad Vermeersch practises complex commercial litigation, with a particular emphasis on litigating high-stakes, multiparty infrastructure disputes. He also represents clients in a broad range of matters including contractual disputes, class actions, administrative law, regulatory investigations, and appeals. Brad is highly skilled at developing a trial strategy and has experience at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as in the courts of Alberta, BC, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Federal Court, and in commercial arbitration. Brad’s business and financial acumen give him a critical edge in difficult cases that involve sophisticated financial concepts or challenging damages.

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