Benchmark Canada praises Torys' litigation practice and names eight of Torys' litigators as among the top in Canada

February 17, 2012

In its inaugural Canadian edition, Benchmark Litigation has praised Torys' litigation practice and has named eight Torys lawyers as among the leading litigators in Canada.

Benchmark LitigationTorys has "achieved recognition and a prestigious standing all throughout Canada," reports Benchmark. With the opening of a Calgary office in 2011, Torys has "(established) itself as a litigation resource for the two most dynamic Canadian business epicenters." A New York office means Torys is "poised to attend to matters bridging the cross-border divide."

"Peers regularly point to litigators within the firm," reports Benchmark, "and a client confirms, 'We engaged Torys because we were looking for counsel in Ontario with exemplary credentials in the area of commercial litigation and consumer class actions. Torys proved very effective in the written and oral capacities.'"


Sheila Block is "revered by peers as 'top of the heap,' with one going as far as to assert definitively, 'For me, that is a trial lawyer.'" She is ranked nationally in intellectual property and securities litigation. She is ranked in Ontario for class actions, commercial, intellectual property, product liability, professional liability and securities litigation.

David Chernos is highly involved in restructuring and insolvency litigation. He is ranked nationally for insolvency litigation and in Ontario for commercial and insolvency litigation.

Patrick Flaherty's litigation expertise includes corporate/commercial, intellectual property, privacy and media law He is ranked nationally for intellectual property litigation and in Ontario for class actions, commercial, intellectual property and professional liability litigation.

Patricia Jackson is described as "very strategic and generous in (her) approach, (focusing) on long term goals." She is ranked nationally in intellectual property, product liability and securities litigation. She is ranked in Ontario for class actions, commercial litigation, intellectual property, product liability, professional liability and securities litigation.

John Laskin is "a fabulous lawyer, civil, highly competent and well rounded," who is " referenced by peers almost without exception." He is ranked nationally in competition, intellectual property, product liability and securities litigation. He is ranked in Ontario for class actions, commercial, competition, intellectual property, product liability, professional liability, securities and white-collar crime litigation.

Along with Patricia Jackson, Wendy Matheson is described as "very strategic and generous in (her) approach, (focusing) on long term goals." She is ranked nationally in product liability and in Ontario for class actions, commercial, intellectual property, product liability and professional liability litigation.

Andrew Shaughnessy is a leading intellectual property litigator. He is ranked nationally and in Ontario for intellectual property litigation.

Crawford Smith is described as "younger but definitely moving up." He is ranked nationally in securities litigation and in Ontario for class actions, commercial, professional liability and securities litigation.


Benchmark Litigation is a well-respected US legal litigation guide. It is the only publication on the market to focus exclusively on litigation in the US. Benchmark Canada is its first Canadian edition.

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