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Commercial Litigation in Canada

(71 Ratings)

Produced on: June 25, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 91 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Companies doing business in Canada may find themselves prosecuting or defending legal proceedings in Canadian courts.  This course provide information and insights for American corporations (and individuals) regarding a number of topics for those involved/to be involved in in such proceedings.

 

In this program, Miller Thomson partners Douglas Best and Nafisah Chowdhury will, among other topics, discuss and provide information about Canadian: court systems; judiciary; legal proceedings; jurisdiction, class actions, mediation/arbitration and the enforcement of domestic and foreign judgments.

 

Learning Objectives:

I.    Understand the Canadian court systems

II.   Summarize legal proceedings and jurisdictional issues

III.  Identify how to handle litigation topics in Canada such as class actions and alternative dispute resolution

IV.  Discuss the enforcement of domestic and foreign judgments

Faculty

Douglas Best

Miller Thompson

Douglas Best has a broad commercial litigation practice with particular emphasis on corporate fraud, employment law, administrative law, regulatory law and general contractual claims and disputes.

 

Acting predominantly for corporations for more than 25 years, he has gained considerable knowledge and expertise in a range of industries including transportation, real estate and financial services.

 

Mr. Best also has particular expertise with respect to various injunction type proceedings, including those relating to the preservation and quick recovery of assets: Mareva injunctions, Anton Pillar orders and Norwich orders.

 

Mr. Best is result-oriented and is committed to providing well-reasoned counsel. He has also written and spoken on various issues over the course of his career, most notably for the transportation industry on defending claims against carriers and for those clients seeking to recover assets taken in fraudulent circumstances.

 

In addition to being a senior partner of the firm, Doug was also the firm's former General Counsel, and a former member of Miller Thomson’s National Executive Committee.

 

Directorships

  • Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors, The Canadian Centre for Diversity (Formerly the Canadian Council for Christians and Jews)
  • Director, The Canadian Transport Lawyers Association

 

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association 
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association 
  • The Canadian Transport Lawyers’ Association
  • The (American) Transportation Lawyers’ Association
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners - Toronto Chapter
  • The Association of Certified Forensic Investigators of Canada

 

Education

  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 1981
  • University of Western Ontario, 1978

 

Publications

  • Getting the Deal Through, Asset Recovery (Canadian Chapter), 2014
  • Winning for the Carrier: Avoiding the Palm Tree (Again), The Canadian Transport Lawyers' Association Annual Convention, 2013
  • Norwich Orders: a Tool for Tracing and Protecting Assets When Having Fallen Victim to Fraud, Corporate Liability, 2011

Nafisah Chowdhury

Miller Thomson LLP

Nafisah Chowdhury is a Partner in the firm’s litigation group. She obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 2004 and a J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2007. Upon graduating from law school, Nafisah articled with Miller Thomson and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2008.

 

Nafisah appears regularly before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and assists with cases before various levels of court, including Federal Court and the Ontario Court of Appeal. She also assists with cases before various administrative tribunals. She currently enjoys a broad litigation practice encompassing areas as diverse as employment law, asset recovery in commercial fraud cases, judicial review of administrative decisions, and contractual disputes. Nafisah has a particular interest in regulatory law and has assisted clients with matters involving bodies such as the Information and Privacy Commissioner and the Ontario Energy Board.

 

In her spare time, Nafisah is actively involved in community outreach. She is a board member of the Working Skills Centre, an organization dedicated to helping newcomers to Canada overcome barriers to employment.

 

Education

  • J.D., University of Toronto, 2007
  • B.E.S. (Bachelor of Environmental Studies), University of Waterloo, 2004

 

Memberships

  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Member, The Advocates’ SocietyMember, Ontario Bar Association

Reviews

CD
Christopher D.

Good speakers but this is geared more towards prospective clients than lawyers

VC
Victor N. C.

Informative overview

JC
John C.

Excellent course

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