Founded in 1988, Hill Sokalski Walsh LLP is a boutique litigation firm in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada offering litigation services for local, national and international clients. HSW consists of 10 lawyers and its counsel The Honourable Richard J. Scott, O.M. Q.C., making it the largest litigation firm in Winnipeg, and the largest litigation boutique between Toronto and Calgary.
Over the past few years, the partners in the firm have been involved in leading cases in Manitoba on oppression remedies under the Canada Business Corporations Act and The Corporations Act (Manitoba) and in the economic torts, especially the tort of wrongfully inducing a breach of contract.
The firm continues its longstanding representation of property and casualty insurers, and, on occasion, has represented insureds in direct first party claims against their insurers.
Human rights issues, complaints and adjudications for and in front of the Human Rights Commission, as well as involvement in respectful workplace issues, have become a common source of work for one of our partners.
Another of our partners also acts for local and national media in matters of defamation and the like.
Securities litigation and securities regulation matters together with lawsuits over the misappropriation of funds by financial advisors, registered brokers and the like, have also involved members of the firm.
The firm has significant experience in emergency applications such as all types of applications for interlocutory injunctions (including Mareva and Anton Pillar) and has the capacity to act immediately in such matters.
As the largest litigation boutique in Winnipeg, we regularly receive referrals from other lawyers and law firms, both large and small, and from both inside Manitoba and on a national scale. The firm offers its litigation services to a wide range of local, regional, national and international clients.
The firm has been recognized by Lexpert, Canadian Lawyer Magazine and Benchmark Canada, as the leading litigation lawyers in Winnipeg.
Updated March 2021
Founded in 1883, Fillmore Riley LLP earned a reputation as a formidable litigation and business law firm. With some of Manitoba’s most accomplished litigators practising at Fillmore Riley, the firm provides services in all areas of litigation, including insurance, commercial disputes, taxation dispute resolution, shareholders disputes, contractual disputes, banking, medical malpractice, professional liability, construction, defamation and media, and intellectual property.
Fillmore Riley’s clients reflect Manitoba’s diverse and dynamic economy. The firm represents clients in the following industries: agriculture, aviation, construction, energy, financial services, information technology, insurance, health care, manufacturing (which includes aerospace materials, buses, machinery, electronics, retail goods, pharmaceuticals, and processed foods), real estate, and transportation.
Because of the litigation team’s capacity, the firm is retained for some of the most substantive and complex litigation in Manitoba. The firm has a number of high-profile and sought-after senior litigators to handle large, complicated commercial litigation cases. Fillmore Riley also has extensive practices in administrative and regulatory law related to public utilities, professional discipline, and professional errors and omissions matters.
Fillmore Riley’s large litigation department provides particular depth and expertise in insurance law. The insurance group works in all areas of property, casualty, and specialty insurance lines. The firm represents most of Canada’s major national insurers, a variety of international insurers, and many large programs. It also represents a number of brokers, agents, and adjusting firms involved in the insurance industry. The firm has represented its clients before all levels of court and at tribunals and inquiries. Fillmore Riley is a founding member of the Risk Management Counsel of Canada (RMC). RMC is a national association of independent law firms who work together to handle multi-jurisdictional insurance law matters.
With extensive trial and appellate advocacy experience, the firm has been instrumental in developing court rules to expedite the litigation process. Many of Fillmore Riley’s lawyers are experienced in alternative dispute resolution (ADR) and its team has had a leading role in promoting and expanding these techniques in Manitoba.
Highly regarded by clients and peers, Fillmore Riley lawyers consistently receive recognition in rankings publications such as Benchmark Canada, Best Lawyers, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Chambers & Partners, and Martindale-Hubbell.