We succeed for our clients because we don’t stop until we find the right answer. Our team works collaboratively, leveraging diversity of style and expertise to produce better legal outcomes.
We have more experience, expertise, and success in appeals than any other lawyers in the province of Ontario.
We are strategic
We simplify the complex. We distill our cases down to their most important elements. We continually analyze the case from different angles, uncovering opportunities that tip the scales in your favour.
We are known throughout the profession and by the courts as exceptional advocates.
We are in your corner
We thrive on doing the impossible for our clients. Our job is to solve your problems and get you results, whether in or out of court. We listen to your needs. We’re committed to your case. We care about the outcome.
Stockwoods LLP is one of Canada’s most experienced and highly-regarded boutique litigation firms. Our lawyers are routinely ranked among Canada’s very best commercial, regulatory and criminal litigators. Because of our broad strength and expertise across the litigation spectrum, our firm effectively advises and represents clients who face complex litigation exposure in different areas of the law.
Stockwoods’ high quality of judgment and advocacy, and its reputation for efficiency, has repeatedly been recognized by our peers – a major part of our practice comes from referrals from other leading lawyers in Canada and abroad. We are often engaged in cross-border and multi-jurisdictional matters.
Our clients include private and public companies, and their directors and officers; public agencies, regulatory bodies across a variety of industries (including energy regulation, professional regulation, policing, health and securities regulation); governmental bodies ranging, including government departments, municipalities and First Nations. Our lawyers have also acted as commission counsel and for parties at public inquiries.
Acting for TD Bank in defence of the FX conspiracy and SSA Bonds conspiracy class actions; for Bell Canada Inc. in defence of a class proceeding concerning inmate access to telephone services; for Apotex Inc. and certain natural health retailers and suppliers in a pharmaceutical liability class action.
Defending the City of Windsor and Town of Tecumseh in class actions seeking to recover allegedly unconstitutional lottery licensing fees over a period in excess of 20 years.
Acting for corporations and senior executives in secondary market securities class actions concerning the cannabis sector, the solar energy industry, and management of a major REIT, and in competition class actions in the tech and financial industries.
Acting as Court Monitor and Court Counsel in relation to the administration of Canada’s largest class action settlement in the Indian Residential Schools matter, as well as the pan-Canadian settlements relating to blood tainted by Hepatitis C and the provincial settlement involving the contamination of the public water supply in Walkerton, Ontario.
Acting for the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Class Proceedings Fund in matters arising from their public mandate to fund class actions litigation in Ontario, and as amicus curiae in a significant appeal concerning counsel fee approval.
Acting for a former senior official of the Saudi government in complex worldwide Mareva proceedings.
Acting as litigation counsel to senior officers, directors and special committees of boards of directors in internal investigations.
Acting both for corporations and boards of directors, and for dissident shareholder groups, in disputes related to contested proxy fights.
Acting for the Monitor in the Carillion Inc. CCAA proceeding.
Acting for a major financial services firm in a series of actions relating to the establishment of a bank.
Acting for a wind farm owner in an action asserting manipulation of a ROFR process in the energy industry.
Acting for an institutional mortgage investor in a power of sale action relating to a development property.
Acting for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in litigation supporting its journalists, and in defence of defamations and other claims against it.
Criminal and Quasi-Criminal Litigation:
Representing a long-term care home in connection with the Government of Ontario’s public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic .
Acting for both corporate and individual clients on large-scale white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions, including matters investigated by the RCMP Integrated Markets Enforcement Team and OSC Joint Serious Offences Team;
Acting for clients in relation to all allegations of criminal wrongdoing, including sexual offences, cyber / tech crimes, fraud offences, serious violent offences, drug offences, and national security matters.
Acting for clients in criminal matters with multi-jurisdictional dimensions.
Advising and acting in relation to matters involving searches of sensitive environments (e.g., law offices, media) and the intersection between privacy and electronic surveillance.
Intellectual Property Litigation:
Acting for a major software-as-a-service provider in the packaging and logistics industry in cross-boarder proceedings enforcing its intellectual property and licensing terms against a major US firm
Representing rights-holders in various trade-mark, copyright and patent disputes.
Acting for the Weir Group PLC on numerous patent disputes concerning key technology used in the oil production sector.
Public & Administrative Law:
Acting for the Privacy Commissioner in a significant action against Facebook Inc. arising from the Cambridge Analytica data breach.
Representing a senior federal government official in an examination by the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner.
Acting as counsel to parties and interveners in dozens of public law matters at the Supreme Court of Canada and the provincial courts of appeal, including the landmark 2019 Vavilov decision.
Regularly representing public agencies in administrative litigation and judicial review applications/appeals.
Regularly representing federally appointed judges in connection with the Canadian Judicial Council.
Securities Litigation & Enforcement:
Acting for underwriters, banks, issuers and senior executives in significant complex OSC investigation, enforcement and settlement proceedings.
Acting for CI Financial Ltd. in proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission, brought to overturn a TSX decision refusing to enforce CI’s shareholder rights’ plan.
Acting for OSC Staff in various high-profile matters including the fraud prosecutions of Weizhen Tang, the self-styled “Chinese Warren Buffett”, and previously of hedge fund manager Sextant Capital Management Inc.
Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada's leading firm for intellectual property law. With offices across Canada, and over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents, we are the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas.
We specialize in asserting and defending our clients' IP assets to maximize their return on investments and preserve competitive advantage. Intellectual property rights - from patents, industrial designs and trademarks, to trade secrets, confidential information and copyrights - are critical business assets that need to be aggressively protected and enforced.
In high-stakes litigation, we know what it takes to win and we routinely handle Canada's most commercially important and technically complex intellectual property cases. Our lawyers possess a rare combination of successful trial and appellate experience combined with a deeply sophisticated understanding of technical subject matter and analytical expertise - resulting in victories at all levels. From start-up companies in emerging growth sectors to multinational corporations across a broad range of industries, we draw on our vast technical and legal experience to provide creative, effective and costefficient enforcement and litigation strategies tailored to each client's unique situation and needs.
Smart & Biggar has received Benchmark's Award as Canadian IP Litigation Firm of the Year for five consecutive year. Our Practice Group has vast experience and success in all areas of IP litigation, including:
Patent Litigation & Enforcement
Trademark Litigation & Enforcement
Trademark Oppositions & Cancellation Proceedings
Industrial Design Litigation & Enforcement
Copyright Litigation & Enforcement
IP Crime & Anti-Counterfeiting
We know what it takes for our clients to win in high stakes IP litigation.
Some of our representative recent victories include:
Largest reported damages award in Canadian history for patent infringement at $645 million
The Dow Chemical Company et al v Nova Chemicals Corporation
Success in the Supreme Court of Canada - Abolishing the "Promise Doctrine" for patents
AstraZeneca Canada Inc v Apotex Inc.
Trial victory to protect Captain Morgan "trade dress" to block competitors and protect brand value
Diageo Canada Inc v Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc.
Precedent-setting decision on copyright infringement netting damages of $12 million
Nintendo of America Inc v King
Unprecedented site-blocking order requiring Internet Service Providers to impede access to piracy services
Bell Media Inc. et al v Goldtv.biz et al.
For over 100 years, we have remained devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets. Whether we are advising an innovative company on patent strategy or infringement issues, providing counsel on brand protection and enforcement, or handling the IP aspects of a corporate transaction, we provide clients with solutions to protect, enforce and leverage their IP.
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.