Patricia Jackson, John Laskin, James Tory and Sheila Block are among Canada's top-ranked dispute resolution lawyers in Chambers & Partners' Chambers Global: World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Client’s Guide 2009.
The consensus among sources is that "there’s no doubt that Torys has built up a first-class practice." The firm’s high-quality litigators and track record of successful outcomes in numerous important cases are highlighted, and the group excels in a wide range of matters. Broker/dealer, intellectual property, competition and international trade litigation are particularly strong areas. The team recently defended CIBC against a C$600 million proposed class action brought by current and former employees alleging unpaid overtime.
- Patricia Jackson is acting on the CIBC case. She has a broad commercial litigation practice that encompasses class action, defamation, securities, professional liability, constitutional and administrative law matters.
- John Laskin is "one of the best litigators in the country," known for his varied practice, which includes class action work and contractual, business tort and governmental litigation, in addition to some arbitration. Recently, he has been acting for Pfizer in pharmaceutical litigation. "He masters the facts and the law terrifically in any case he’s given," clients observe. "His level and calm tone, paired with his wide-ranging knowledge, make him immensely effective in the courts."
- James Tory is one of Canada’s go-to lawyers for corporate and securities-related litigation.
- Sheila Block, Torys' "hallmark litigator" whose "amazing reputation is certainly well-founded." Her expertise includes commercial and securities litigation, intellectual property, defamation and administrative law matters. Peers say they would feel confident about sending her any kind of case. She led the team advising 133 out of 134 Ontario First Nations on two actions relating to revenues from Casino Rama.