Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Torys consistently ranks as having the top corporate/commercial litigation practice among Canada’s leading firms. Our litigators act in a wide range of business disputes in the courts and in arbitration, mediation and other types of alternative dispute resolution–both domestic and international–arising out of:

    • commercial transactions and relationships
    • securities laws
    • mergers and acquisitions
    • investor disputes
    • director and officer liability claims
    • business breakups
    • intellectual property and technology matters
    • antitrust and competition laws
    • pension and employment
    • restructuring and insolvency situations
    • oil and gas

Commercial, securities and corporate litigation lie at the core of our practice and we have particular strengths in class actions. We also regularly advise on disputes, claims and proceedings in matters concerning:

    • product liability
    • administrative and regulatory
    • media and defamation
    • healthcare
    • constitutional
    • construction
    • professional negligence and discipline
    • trusts and estates
    • criminal offenses
    • environmental, health and safety offenses
    • public inquiries
    • internal investigations
    • privacy
    • trade
    • tax
    • sports and entertainment
    • energy

Cross-Border and Multi-Jurisdictional Actions

Disputes increasingly cross national, state and provincial boundaries and require that proceedings be conducted and coordinated in several jurisdictions. We have significant experience in dealing with cross-border and multijurisdictional disputes. The Torys team has a unique approach to defending these disputes. In addition to full mobility across most of the country, many of our litigators are called to multiple Bars including in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and New York, allowing us to offer a single team to our clients for multi-jurisdictional claims. Our litigators also have extensive trial and appellate experience in both the United States and Canada.


Our clients range in size from large industrial corporations and financial institutions to start-up venturers and entrepreneurs. We work effectively in teams with corporate counsel and other external counsel. We handle significant cases with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake–complex and high-profile disputes in which there is a premium on experience, judgment and strategic advice–as well as more routine business disputes. We have the depth to handle large, complex cases and document-intensive cases, and to fight litigation battles on more than one front. As necessary, we call on other Torys lawyers who can help with specific issues when either a particular expertise is needed or the demands of the case hit a short-term peak.

Our Approach

The approach we bring to each dispute is practical, timely and commercially minded. We work together with our clients to understand and help define objectives, identify areas of potential controversy, analyze risk and come to realistic assessments of our clients’ positions in developing appropriate strategies.

Our clients appreciate our commitment and the way we work with them. Recognizing that litigation is often intense for business people and their corporate counsel, we assist in dealing with the implications of ongoing litigation for a business and its people, and in minimizing disruption to ongoing business. We are accessible whenever and wherever we are needed and keep our clients informed.

Torys has “high-quality litigators and track record of successful outcomes”
Chambers Global