Commercial Litigation

Commercial litigation is the backbone of Stikeman Elliott’s Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice. Across a diverse range of industries and subject matter expertise, our litigators draw upon unparalleled experience to devise creative and effective litigation strategies that yield success for our clients, whether in court or through settlement. In each case our knowledge of our clients’ businesses and priorities enables us to effectively manage multiple issues and sensitivities.

Stikeman Elliott litigators are frequent counsel on complex securities, contract, competition, and product liability matters that attract significant public scrutiny. Our litigators are known for their top-tier work defending class actions. Working closely with members of our corporate group, we also advise on the most challenging and significant capital markets matters in Canada, including contested take-over bids, proxy contests and other litigation matters related to corporate control.

We are highly experienced in vigorously pursuing our clients’ interests before all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, the Commercial List in Toronto as well as before industry tribunals, securities commissions and other regulatory bodies. In each case our knowledge of our clients’ businesses and priorities enable us to effectively manage multiple issues and sensitivities. Our team is also skilled in negotiation and various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including both mediation and arbitration, which can be utilized as appropriate to obtain the best results.

Our Expertise

  • Arbitrations
  • Contract disputes
  • Corporate fraud
  • Cross-border litigation
  • Director and officer matters
  • Insurance disputes
  • Landlord tenant disputes
  • Plans of arrangement
  • Procurement litigation
  • Proxy contests
  • Real property disputes
  • Regulatory proceedings
  • Shareholder disputes, oppression matters and derivative actions
  • Take-over and merger cases
  • Chambers Canada 2021 for Litigation: General Commercial
  • Chambers Global 2020 for Disputes (International & Cross-Border)
  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation Law Firm of the Year – Best Lawyers in Canada 2021
  • Lexpert 2019 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada for Dispute Resolution