Chris is a skilled and experienced advocate who is creative, assertive, and economical when he solves clients’ disputes. He is a litigator who creates bespoke blueprints for novel disputes and also quickly resolves more routine litigation. His strategic advice focuses on the clients’ financial and business needs, in addition to the court process.
Clients retain Chris for his expertise in a diverse range of areas, including commercial litigation, administrative law, tax litigation, construction litigation, and bankruptcy and insolvency. He represents corporations, individuals, and governments.
Chris has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court, arbitral tribunals, and the US Bankruptcy Court (District of Delaware). He has represented clients at the Tax Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Prior to joining the firm, Chris practiced for several years in the Toronto office of a leading national and international law firm and in the Tax Law Services division of the federal Department of Justice.
Representative Client Work
Upholding shareholders’ and corporations’ rights in over a dozen oppression remedy applications.
Obtaining a broad mareva injunction and a contempt finding to freeze the proceeds of a complex and sophisticated fraud.
Upholding the results of municipal elections challenged by applications for judicial recounts and controverted elections.
Eliminating and reducing tax reassessments at audit, objections, and in court proceedings.
Asserting and defending against trust claims.
Resolving the claims of a major creditor in numerous large cross-border insolvencies.
Defending and prosecuting a broad range of contractual, tortious, and statutory claims.
Qualifications and Designations
B.Sc. (Hons), Queen’s University
LL.B., University of Western Ontario