Randy Hordo, Q.C., FCIArb joined Nathanson, Schachter & Thompson LLP in May 2015 to continue his very active practice as one of British Columbia’s leading trial, appellate, and international arbitration lawyers.
Mr. Hordo’s practice covers the spectrum of complex litigation and dispute resolution, including corporate commercial litigation, class actions, aviation product liability disputes, partnership disputes, securities and pension matters, professional negligence, administrative law, complex family matters, and catastrophic personal injury.
Mr. Hordo is a member of the Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (“FCIArb”). He regularly acts as counsel in international arbitrations. His recent experience includes representing a Canadian-listed company before the London Court of International Arbitration over C$35-million in project financing arising from the construction of a significant foreign mining project, and successfully opposing concurrent oppression proceedings in the British Columbia courts.
In addition to his demonstrated abilities in the courtroom and in arbitrations, Mr. Hordo is a skilled negotiator who is regularly engaged to act as lead negotiator in disputes. He has successfully resolved numerous disputes involving hundreds of millions of dollars, including:
- In 2011, Mr. Hordo was retained as lead counsel to represent Hutchison Whampoa Limited in defending claims brought by Terry Hui of Crestmark Developments and successfully defended that claim, including securing an order for payment of costs of $1 million following trial.
- In 2012, Mr. Hordo was retained to lead a team of Canadian and US lawyers in negotiations with the United States Department of Justice, both in Washington D.C. and at the state level, to resolve a criminal prosecution against Canadian citizens and a foreign corporation. As a result of these extensive negotiations, all claims (in amounts exceeding USD $250 million) against Canadian and Costa Rican individuals were abandoned. A 2012 indictment against our client was dismissed.
- In 2015, Mr. Hordo was retained as lead counsel for 69 leaseholder residents of the Musqueam Indian Reserve No. 2 to contest notices of rent issued by the Musqueam Indian Band (MIB). The MIB sought annual rents averaging $80,000 - amounts that would have put many leaseholders out of their homes. The Plaintiffs were successful at trial in the Federal Court of Canada with Reasons for Judgment issued on May 18, 2017 with almost complete success for the Plaintiffs. The final result saw a median fair rent for all 75 lots at $24,152. Costs of $900,000 were negotiated and collected for the Plaintiffs.
- Between 2016 and 2019, Mr. Hordo as lead counsel advanced a claim for Great Canadian Gaming Corporation against the British Columbia Lottery Corporation in a complex commercial dispute. In 2019, on the eve of trial, a favourable resolution was achieved for our client.
- Currently, Mr. Hordo is retained to act as lead counsel to defend PacNet Services, its director and several of its senior management in property forfeiture claims made by the Director of Civil Forfeiture.
- Mr. Hordo also represents the director of the PacNet Group of Companies in proceedings concerning claims under the International Business Activity Act.
- Leading publications have referred to Mr. Hordo, saying: he “runs a great case, and is just one of those trial lawyers who knows how to drive you to say ‘uncle’. [He’s] quite amazing”; he is “someone who has earned himself a reputation in the province as somewhat of a maverick … who is very experienced and fluent in many areas, in the classic generalist trial lawyer style.”
Last updated March 2021