WeirFoulds LLP
4100-66 Wellington Street West
PO Box 35, TD Bank Tower
Toronto, Ontario M5K 1B7

Contact: Lisa A. Borsook

Phone: 416 947 5003

For over 150 years, WeirFoulds has been proud to serve its clients in their most difficult and complex matters. It is the firm of choice for discerning clients within its core areas of practice: Litigation; Corporate; Property; and Government Law. More than one-half of its lawyers practise before courts and tribunals in Canada and other jurisdictions, and have acted in some of Canada’s most significant mandates and landmark cases. Its corporate and commercial practice provides comprehensive services, delivered efficiently to a wide range of clients, including multi-national corporations, public and private businesses, banks and financial institutions. WeirFoulds is recognized as one of Canada’s premier real estate law firms in Toronto and Ontario and its practice covers all aspects involving property, from land development to commercial real estate, leasing and financing. Its government practice meets diverse challenges involving all levels of government in Canada and other public bodies through an inherent understanding of the intersection of politics, public law and private law. Reflecting the firm’s focus, its lawyers are consistently recognized as leaders in their chosen areas of practice and in the profession at large.

Doing Business in Canada

Practice Areas
Aboriginal Law & Land Claims
Access to Information & Privacy
Administrative Law
Aggregate Resources & Extraction
Alcohol, Gaming & Racing
Anti-Corruption, Anti-Money Laundering & Regulatory Compliance
Appellate Litigation
Arbitration (Arbitrators)
Arbitration (Counsel)
Assessment (Property Tax – Commercial/Industrial)
Bankruptcy & Insolvency
Brownfields, Community Improvement, & Infill Projects
Capital Pool Companies (CPC)
Charitable & Non-Profit Organizations
Charter of Rights & Freedoms
Class Actions
Commercial Real Estate (Litigation)
Commercial Real Estate (Transactions)
Commercial Transactions
Competition Law
Computer & Information Technology
Consents, Severances & Minor Variances
Constitutional Law
Contract Remedies
Corporate & Commercial Litigation
Corporate Finance
Corporate Governance
Dealer Registrations
Design-Build Projects
Electronic Discovery

Employment Law
Entrepreneurial Services
Environmental Law
Family Businesses & Succession Planning
Financial Services
Foreign Judgments
Franchising & Distributorship
Going Public Transactions
Government Contracts
Healthcare Sector
Human Resources Management
Human Rights
Information Technology
Infrastructure & Public Projects
Intellectual Property (Protection and Commercialization)
International Litigation
International Transactions
Judicial Review
Land Assembly & Development
Landfill Approvals
Leasing (Litigation)
Leasing (Transactions)
Legislative Drafting
Mediation (Third Party Neutrals)
Mergers & Acquisitions

Mutual Funds
Occupational Health & Safety
Oil & Gas
Planning & Development Approvals
Plans of Subdivision & Subdivision Agreements
Privacy Law
Private Equity
Private International Law
Product Liability
Professional Discipline & Liability
Project Finance
Public Companies
Public Conflicts of Interest
Public Inquiries & Royal Commissions
Public-Private Partnership (P3s)
Regulatory Agencies
Securities (Litigation)
Securities (Transactions)
Shareholder Remedies
Shopping Centres
Site Plan Approval
Sports Law
Tax (Litigation)
Trusts and Estates Litigation, Capacity & Guardianship
Universities & Colleges
Waterfront Development
Wills, Trusts & Estates Planning
Workers’ Compensation
Wrongful Dismissal


October 2022: WeirFoulds LLP (Canada: Ontario) announced Denise Baker and Wayne Egan were appointed Co-Managing Partners effective July 1, 2022. Wayne has acted as the Managing Partner since he was appointed to the position in 2018. The decision to divide the role of Managing Partner into a shared responsibility was made as a result of the Firm’s growth over the past few years – both in terms of internal headcount and client portfolio. This will better support the further development of the Firm, with Denise and Wayne working collaboratively to address key strategic matters and advancing important milestone goals. The firm also announced that they have once again been recognized in Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers. In the 2023 edition, five partners have been recognized as leaders in their fields. Additionally, 50 WeirFoulds lawyers have been recognized in Best Lawyers in Canada and Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. WeirFoulds congratulates 42 of their lawyers on being recognized in the 2023 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada, and eight of t heir associates and partners on being recognized in the Best Lawyers Ones to Watch category. This year they have proudly earned 80 rankings in 25 specialty areas. On August 29, 2022, the High Court of Justice in the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis (St. Kitts and Nevis) declared laws criminalizing consensual, private acts of same-sex intimacy between adults to be unconstitutional. Partner Nadia Chiesa represented the Claimants in this Constitutional challenge to successfully overturn the “buggery laws” in St. Kitts and Nevis. The Court found these laws contravened Constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of expression and personal privacy. 

July 2022: WeirFoulds (Ontario) announced that Ben Kates has joined the partnership effective June 6, 2022. As the newest addition to the partnership, Ben brings a wealth of experience in practising civil litigation for public and private sector clients, and has also acted as counsel to a number of industry regulators. Ben brings expertise in civil, corporate-commercial, and administrative matters, having handled corporate and contractual disputes, as well as professional liability, media defamation, and class actions. Ben joins the firm from the Law Society of Ontario, where he served as Discipline Counsel. Throughout his career, Ben has litigated for a boutique Canadian law firm, helped to launch a consultancy based in London, UK focused on strategic risk, been an active member of is a current member of The Advocates’ Society’s 10+ Committee, and has written numerous articles in a range of publications. The firm also announced the successful challenge to anti-LGBTQ laws in Antigua and Barbuda. On July 5, 2022, Antigua and Barbuda’s High Court of Justice declared laws which criminalize consensual, private, same-sex intimacy between adults to be unconstitutional. With this landmark decision, Antigua and Barbuda becomes the first country in the Eastern Caribbean to strike down its “buggery and serious indecency laws” as unconstitutional. WeirFoulds LLP and Partner Nadia Chiesa have supported this Constitutional challenge since it was launched by the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) in 2020. This case is part of ECADE’s five-country legal challenge to laws deemed unconstitutional and an impediment to the human rights and dignity of the region’s LGBTQ+ community. Nadia Chiesa and WeirFoulds LLP worked as part of a team of lawyers from across the Caribbean dedicated to social justice, including Douglas Mendes SC, Andrew O’Kola, and Veronica S.P. Cenac, as well as the Faculty of Law UWI Rights Advocacy Project, to support ECADE in this litigation. The firm also announced that a number of lawyers have been selected to serve on the Ontario Bar Association’s Law Sections as Law Section executives for the 2022-2023 year.

May 2022: WeirFoulds (Ontario) announced Carleigh Bassett has rejoined WeirFoulds as a partner in its Private Equity Practice Group, effective March 28, 2022. As the newest addition to the partnership, Carleigh brings with her a wealth of experience as a corporate and commercial lawyer who has worked in both private practice and in-house roles. Carleigh began her legal career at WeirFoulds where she worked as an associate in the private equity group from 2015-2020. In 2020 she moved to an international accounting firm as a senior commercial lawyer on their in-house legal team, where she assisted with merger transactions as well as day to day contract negotiations and governance matters. WeirFoulds also announced several associates to the firm. Delara Emami is an associate in the Private Equity practice group. Prior to joining WeirFoulds, Delara practiced corporate and commercial law at an established business and technology law firm specializing in emerging growth companies and venture capital in Toronto, after practicing with the corporate and technology group of a well-known full-service regional law firm in British Columbia. Jeremy Power is an associate in the infrastructure and construction law practice groups. Prior to joining WeirFoulds, Jeremy practiced at a full-service international law firm and at a top ranked boutique commercial real estate firm. Jeremy’s practice includes construction law, infrastructure law, roofing law, public law, corporate and commercial law, and commercial real estate. Seth Holland is an associate to the firm’s Labour and Employment Law Practice Group. Seth practices in all areas of labour, employment, and human rights law, and has a background in both Canadian and U.S. law. He is experienced in representing employers and employees before courts, administrative boards and tribunals, and regularly provides advice and representation to both provincially and federally regulated employers. Seth has also presented at a number of educational speaking engagements on developments in the law impacting employers, and has written on various topics and trends in employment law for a number of publications. Kirk Brown is an associate in the Construction Law Practice Group. Prior to joining WeirFoulds, Kirk practiced at one of Canada’s leading boutique construction law firms where he also completed his Articles. Kirk has experience in a wide variety of matters ranging from complex transportation infrastructure projects to handling actions in the Small Claims Court. Most recently, Kirk worked as in-house Counsel for a major insurance company supporting its Surety line of business. Dylan Dilks is an associate in the Construction Law Practice Group. Prior to joining WeirFoulds, Dylan practiced as a commercial and civil litigator at a multi-service law firm in Ottawa. He has significant experience in successfully representing his clients in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, Small Claims Court, and Ontario Court of Justice. His practice includes commercial law and construction law, and previously included estate law.

January 2022: WeirFoulds (Ontario, Canada) announced 15 associates have been promoted to partner. Commercial LitigationMac Allen has a diverse practice in a range of commercial and civil litigation matters. Professional Self-Regulatory BodiesDebra McKenna is focused on professional self-regulation and civil litigation. Construction LawPhilip Carpenter has extensive experience working on complex construction litigation files for all levels of the industry. Information Technology and Intellectual PropertyLisa Danay-Wallace has key experience in a diverse range of sectors and a particular interest in new and emerging technologies. Commercial Leasing: Robert Eisenberg focuses on property development and commercial leasing. Professional Self-Regulatory Bodies: Lara Kinkartz focuses on administrative, regulatory and public law. Construction Law: Brian Kuchar has a diverse litigation practice that also includes commercial and civil matters as well as leasing and employment matters. Employment & LabourMegan Mah has a diverse practice that focuses on human rights, employment, civil litigation, administrative, and constitutional law. Commercial LitigationMarie-Pier Nadeau focuses on subrogation and recovery. She has a thorough understanding of the insurance industry and regularly provides her clients with clear and practical advice. Wills, Trusts and EstatesHayley Peglar advises clients on a diverse range of civil and commercial litigation matters, with a focus on estate, trusts, and capacity. Construction LawJeff Scorgie focuses on drafting and negotiating contracts and advising on other ‘front end’ aspects of construction projects. Construction LawCaitlin Steven focuses on drafting, negotiating, and advising on contracts in the construction industry. Real EstateChristina Tereshyn focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate, including the acquisition, sale, financing, co-ownership, and development of all classes of commercial properties. Commercial Litigation/CaribbeanKayla Theeuwen helps clients resolve complex commercial and multi-jurisdictional disputes in Canada, Central America, and the Eastern Caribbean. Professional Self-Regulatory BodiesSarah Yun focuses on public law. Her expertise includes law relating to professional regulation, privacy, non-profit corporate and governance matters and commercial agreements. The firm also announced that it has been ranked first in Novae Res Urbis‘ (NRU) 23rd annual ranking of the top 10 planning and development law firms operating in the GTHA. According to NRU, WeirFoulds “returns to the top spot in this year’s ranking with involvement in over 30 separate planning appeals throughout the GTHA over this year’s decision reporting window. The firm continues to represent a mix of private developer clients, residents’ groups and neighborhood associations, and municipalities across a range of appeals.”

November 2021: WeirFoulds (Ontario, Canada) announced that Clare Burns, Partner, Trusts and Estates, has been ranked for a fourth consecutive year in the top band of the Private Wealth Disputes – Canada category by Chambers HNW: The World’s Leading High Net Worth Advisors, 2021. The firm has once again been recognized in Chambers Canada: Canada’s Leading Lawyers for Business. In the 2022 edition, five of their partners are ranked as leaders in their fields. WeirFoulds’ Partner Raj Datt and Senior Associate Marie-Pier Nadeau successfully uphold $24.3 million trial award for oil pipeline leaks – read more. WeirFoulds’ Partner Raj Anand assisted the Assembly of First Nations in obtaining the Federal Court’s decision in upholding landmark compensation order for First Nations children. The firm also announced that Lucinda (Lucy) E. Main has joined the firm as a Partner and Co-Chair of their Wills, Trusts and Estates group. Lucy has been repeatedly recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in Estates & Personal Tax Planning and by Best Lawyers in Canada for her expertise in Trusts and Estates Law.

June 2021: WeirFoulds (Ontario, Canada) welcomed Partner Peter Gross to its Municipal, Planning, and Land Development Group.  Peter is recognized by the Law Society of Ontario as a Certified Specialist in Municipal Law: Planning and Development and by Best Lawyers in Canada as a leading lawyer in Municipal Law, 2021. He represents a range of municipalities and developers across Ontario and provides strategic and practical advice helping clients navigate complex development approval processes and obtain timely and cost-effective results. WeirFoulds was honored to announce that in the memory of their Partner, colleague and dear friend, Barnet Kussner (“Barney”), they have established the Barnet H. Kussner Memorial Award at the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. The bursary will be awarded to a full-time student at the University’s Faculty of Law with a focus on municipal and planning law. The firm also announced that they have once again been recognized by their peers and colleagues as one of the top 10 Ontario regional law firms in Canadian Lawyer’s 2021 survey. . Finally, WeirFoulds announced that former Partner Marie-Andrée Vermette has been appointed as Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario (Toronto). The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced the appointment.

March 2021: WeirFoulds (Ontario, Canada) welcomed two former associates, Rochelle Perera and Thomas Wong, to the partnership. Ms. Perera is a member of the Corporate Commercial practice group with a practice focused on mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financing, and corporate law. Mr. Wong is also a member of the Corporate Commercial practice group and is focused on intellectual property, information technology law, and privacy law. They also welcomed senior insolvency and corporate restructuring lawyer Wojtek Jaskiewicz. Wojtek is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law and represents clients in court proceedings, arbitrations, mediations and negotiations. As of 2021 and part of their commitment to wellness, WeirFoulds introduced extended Mental Health Support Coverage for all employees and their eligible dependents. Additionally, WeirFoulds’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (“EDI”) Committee launched an Anti-Black Racism education series in celebration of Black History Month. The events will feature expert guest speakers on various topics designed to educate the community.

December 2020: WeirFoulds (Ontario, Canada) Commercial Leasing Group is pleased to launch part two of the second season of WeirTalking Leasing – a legal podcast series highlighting the top commercial leasing trends in Ontario and Canada. In this season, our lawyers and guest speakers discuss key topics through the lens of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as navigating the real estate market, landlord and tenant issues, and how to prepare for future crises. Tune in here. The firm announced that Janet Bobechko joined the environmental law practice. Janet is a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law and a nationally recognized senior practitioner with extensive experience in all aspects of environmental law, specializing in environment, governance, and compliance. Additionally, Philip Cho, Partner and Member of the Insolvency and Restructuring Practice Group, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the International Association of Korean Lawyers (IAKL). Philip has been an active member of IAKL for many years and is recognized for his community leadership and volunteer work. The firm has been recognized as “Ontario Law Firm of the Year” by the Canadian Law Awards.  Also commercial litigator Nadia Chiesa was recognized as a 2020 Lexpert Rising Star.

October 2020: WeirFoulds (Ontario, Canada) represented Kontrol Energy Corp. in an acquisition of 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of New Found Air, the client team included Daniel Thomson and Rob Eberschlag. Daniel Wong, Partner and Chair of the Labour and Employment Practice Group, has been elected to the board of directors for the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Ontario). Seven WeirFoulds partners have been recognized in the 2020 Lexpert Special Edition on Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers. The listed lawyers include: Glenn Ackerley, Sandra Astolfo, Denise Baker, Lisa Borsook, Jeff Cowan, Barnet Kussner, Max Shafir.

July 2020: Leading Questions is a new biweekly web series that explores everyday legal issues, hot topics in business and professional development, and more. The series is hosted by Megan Mah, Julia Sydorenko and Kayla Theeuwen, members of WeirFoulds Women, and features a variety of guests ranging from lawyers at WeirFoulds, to in-house counsel and professionals from other industries.  In episodes 1 and 2 lawyers answer pandemic-inspired questions about whether employers can reduce salaries during COVID-19, how tax residency may be affected by a pandemic, what to look out for when negotiating service contracts, rent relief for residential tenants, and whether now is the right time to update wills and powers of attorney. Episode 3 focuses on employment issues that have arisen as a result of COVID-19, including employee termination rights, CERB qualification, eligibility for wage subsidies, and job protections for employees who may have contracted COVID-19. Our episodes are available on our YouTube channel.

WeirFoulds is pleased to announce that Marie-Andrée Vermette, Partner and Chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group, has been appointed Vice-President of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario (AJEFO). Marie-Andrée has been a member of the AJEFO’s Board of Directors for three years, and a member of the Executive Committee for one year. The Board is responsible for managing and supervising the activities and affairs of the AJEFO. Marie-Andrée specializes in complex litigation cases, including high-profile commercial disputes, class actions and public law cases. She is called to the bar in both Quebec and Ontario. To learn more about Marie-Andrée Vermette, please click here.

June 2020: WeirFoulds‘ Lisa Borsook joins The Prosperity Project to help stop COVID-19 from setting back Canadian women. Economic insecurity, increased caretaking responsibilities, and domestic violence are just a few examples of how women and young girls are disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Prosperity Project (TPP) is a new not-for-profit organization working to mitigate these impacts and ensure women are supported through this crisis. Click here to read the full article. WeirFoulds is also pleased to announce that Partner Raj Anand has been appointed Chair of the Board of Governors of the Law Commission of Ontario (LCO), effective April 16, 2020. Raj practices in the areas of human rights, constitutional and administrative law, labor relations, civil litigation, professional negligence and discipline. He is a former Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and was an elected bencher of the Law Society of Ontario from 2007 to 2019. Raj has held an extensive list of professional titles throughout his career and received a wide array of awards. Click here to read the full announcement. In March 2020, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, the Federation of Ontario Law Associations, and the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association established an E-Hearings Task Force (the “Task Force”) to work towards the expansion of virtual access to the courts during the COVID-19 crisis. Co-chairing the Task Force is Marie-Andrée Vermette, WeirFoulds partner and chair of the Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Click here to read the full article.

May 2020: WeirFoulds LLP’s Commercial Leasing Group is pleased to launch part one of the second season of WeirTalking Leasing – a legal podcast series highlighting the top commercial leasing trends in Ontario and Canada. The first few episodes of season two explore trending topics including changes to the Construction Act that impact leases, distribution center leases and co-tenancies. The discussions are geared toward all facets of the commercial leasing landscape, providing insights, tips and reminders to both new and seasoned landlords, tenants, property managers and others, on some of the most important – and evolving – areas of commercial leasing law. For first time listeners of the series, season one, released in September 2019, explored cannabis and leasing law, unattractive properties, terminating leases and more. Click here to learn more.

March 2020: Glenn Ackerley of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds received the Donald P. Giffin, Sr. Construction Industry Achievement Award at the Toronto Construction Association’s annual meeting last month. The most prestigious of TCA’s annual Best of the Best Awards, the Giffin Award recognizes individuals and organizations that through major contributions they have made to its progress and development have benefitted the construction industry. Also at WeirFoulds, Greg Richards is one of two recipients of the Ontario Bar Association’s 2020 Joel Kuchar Award for Professionalism and Civility, which honors an OBA member who has consistently demonstrated exemplary commitment to the ideals of professionalism and civility in the practice of law.  

February 2020: Robert Eisenberg, Alexandra DiCenzo and John Shrives of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds have authored “Goodbye to ‘Ghost Hotels’: Tribunal Upholds City of Toronto’s Efforts to Regulate Short-Term Rentals,” an analysis of changes being made in Toronto’s zoning regulations with respect to permitting short-term rentals. To read the article in its entirety, click here.

January 2020: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has named Nadia Chiesa a partner in the firm, effective this month. Ms. Chiesa joined the commercial litigation practice group as an associate in 2011, after working at the firm as a summer student and articling student. She has since been building a highly successful practice focused on Caribbean and offshore law, and frequently represents clients before all courts in the Caribbean. Ms. Chiesa also regularly appears before all courts in Ontario and is active in the commercial litigation bar in Ontario. She was awarded her J.D. by Osgoode Hall Law School. Also at WeirFoulds, Steven Rukavina led a team of Richard Arezes and Christina Tereshyn of the firm’s commercial real estate group and Adrian Howard of its private equity group representing Knightstone Capital Management in its recent acquisition of the Sheraton Gateway Hotel located in Terminal 3 of Toronto Pearson International Airport from an affiliate of Marriott International for approximately $130 million. Finally, Glenn Ackerley, Lisa Borsook, and Bryan Finlay, QC, have once again been listed in the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. Mr. Ackerley is recognized in the construction law category; Ms. Borsook, in the property leasing category; and Mr. Finlay, in the litigation, corporate commercial category.

December 2019: Bryan Finlay, QC, Derry Millar and Frank Walwyn of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds have been recognized in the 2019 Lexpert Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Litigation Lawyers. Mr. Finlay has been engaged throughout his career in some of the most complex commercial, constitutional, tort and public law issues. Mr. Millar is a former treasurer and life bencher of the Law Society of Ontario. His practice covers corporate and commercial, products liability, intellectual property and class action litigation matters. Mr. Walwyn’s corporate and commercial litigation practice extends beyond Canada to the Caribbean. He is consulted and appears frequently as counsel on complex multijurisdictional litigation matters, many of which have led to precedent-setting judgments.

November 2019: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds technology and intellectual property partner James Kosa has been named by Lexpert as a 2019 Rising Star, Leading Lawyers Under 40. Mr. Kosa was presented with the award at the annual Rising Stars Awards Gala earlier this month. He has since joining the firm been growing a client list of technology companies in a wide variety of high technology fields, including telecommunications, cloud computing and artificial intelligence companies, software development companies, as well as hosting service providers and infrastructure as a service provider.

October 2019: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds’ commercial leasing practice group has launched WeirTalking Leasing, an eight-episode podcast series highlighting today’s top commercial leasing trends in Canada. The series covers a variety of topics from terminating leases and office sharing, to unattractive properties, cannabis and more. The podcast is available on SoundCloud, Apple Podcasts and Google Play, and at

September 2019: Elinor Izmaylov, Alexandra DiCenzo, Jonathan Lee and Claire McNevin have joined Ontario member firm WeirFoulds as associates. Ms. Izmaylov will focus her practice on commercial litigation; Ms. DiCenzo, on leasing; Mr. Lee, on investment funds; and Ms. McNevin, on wills and estates. Also at WeirFoulds, 40 of its attorneys were listed in the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada. Additionally, five of its lawyers were listed for the first time while ten have been listed in the directory for 15 years or more.

August 2019: Raj Kehar has joined Ontario member firm WeirFoulds as a partner in the firm’s municipal, planning and land development group. Mr. Kehar focuses his practice on representing public and private sector clients on all aspects of land use planning and development law. He received his law degree from the University of Western Ontario. Also joining the firm as an associate is Julia Sydorenko. She focuses her practice on information technology law and general commercial matters. Ms. Sydorenko has experience negotiating the purchase, sale, and licensing of technology, advising on privacy and security issues, and assisting with resolving commercial contract disputes. She received her J.D. from Western University. Finally, trusts and estates partner Clare Burns has been ranked for the second year in a row in the top band of private wealth disputes – Canada category of Chambers HNW: The World’s Leading High Net Worth Advisors. She holds an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School and an LL.M. from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

July 2019: Gregory Richards of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has been named the 2019 recipient of the Catzman Award for Professionalism and Civility. The Catzman Award recognizes individuals who demonstrate an exemplary knowledge of the law; integrity, fairness and civility; generosity of time and expertise, with a commitment to mentorship and the advancement of quality legal education; and dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession. Also at WeirFoulds, Sandra Astolfo has been awarded the 2019 Ontario Bar Association Construction and Infrastructure Law Award of Excellence, which recognizes exceptional contributions by individuals both to the law and the construction bar. Ms. Astolfo is the youngest and first female to receive this award. Finally, Daniel Thomson has joined the firm as a partner. His practice focuses on banking and financial services, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and commercial transactions. Mr. Thomson was awarded his LL.B. by the University of Western Ontario.

March 2019: Frank Walwyn, Nadia Chiesa and Kayla Theeuwen of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds’ Caribbean practice group last month hosted its 2nd Annual Caribbean Fête, welcoming more than 200 Canadian, Caribbean and international lawyers and business advisors to the “best party on Bay Street.” Mr. Walwyn, Ms. Chiesa and Ms. Theeuwen have litigated numerous precedent-setting cases and advised on complex corporate and contentious trust matters in the Caribbean. They regularly work with clients in Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as on appeals to the Privy Council.

February 2019: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds recently has added several new partners and associates to the firm. Philip Cho has joined as a partner practicing in the areas of commercial litigation and insolvency and bankruptcy. Janet Sim has become a partner in the trusts and estates practice group, where she focuses her practice on estate planning and administration and estate litigation, mental incompetency issues, domestic contracts, commercial and personal trusts, charities and not-for-profit corporations. F. Philip Carpenter has joined the construction practice group as an associate. He has extensive experience working on complex construction litigation cases at all levels of the industry. Caroline Garrod has joined as an associate. Her areas of practice include complex commercial litigation and civil fraud. Finally, Brian Kuchar has joined as an associate. He has a varied litigation practice, which includes commercial and civil matters, as well as leasing and employment matters. 


December 2018: Lisa Borsook of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds is co-chairing the International Women’s Forum World Leadership Conference, which will be held November 13 – 15, 2019, in Toronto, Canada.?IWF is a non-partisan global membership association of highly accomplished and influential women executives founded in 1974. With a global membership of more than 6,800 women from 33 countries, its members include heads of state, Nobel laureates, CEOs, and leaders in academia, government, and the arts and sciences. The World Leadership Conference is the organization’s largest and most important event. More than 1,000 women leaders from over 40 nations are expected to attend next year’s confab in Toronto. The firm welcomes the participation and sponsorship of any SCG Legal member firm – or any of its clients – that may wish to support IWF’s mission of promoting women’s leadership. Law firm sponsors receive a limited number of conference registrations for their female attorneys, as well as recognition in the conference’s print material, signage, website, and social media. IWF’s leading partners include, among others, Accenture, FedEx, Air Canada, and Walmart. For additional information about the conference, or to sponsor, contact Lisa Borsook at or by calling (416) 947-5003.

November 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds is hosting a seminar Wednesday, November 28, 2018, on hot topics in employment law including marijuana legalization, psychological health and safety issues, enforceable termination clauses and recent developments in employment law. For those planning to attend in person, registration and breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. (EST) at the firm’s office, which is located at 66 Wellington Street West, Suite 4100, in Toronto. For those who’d prefer to participate by webinar, the program will begin at 9:00 A.M. (EST). For more information, or to register, contact the firm by no later than November 22, 2018, at

October 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has had 34 of its lawyers listed in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada including Clare Burns and Bryan Finlay, both of whom were also recognized as Toronto “Lawyers of the Year” in trusts and estates and administrative and public law, respectively. Robert Warren was listed in the 2018 Lexpert® special edition for energy. Caroline Abela was appointed member at-large of the Canadian Bar Association’s wills, estates and trusts section executive committee.  Kayla Theeuwen was featured in a Financier Worldwide article entitled, “UK targets overseas territories transparency,” discussing the imposition of public registers in British overseas territories and how they will affect corporate entities domiciled in those jurisdictions. Finally, Susan Rosales has returned to the firm as a senior land use planner.

September 2018: Bryan Finlay, Q.C., of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds will be awarded The Advocates’ Society Medal at a gala dinner in February 2019. The Advocates’ Society Medal is the highest expression of esteem the Society can confer on one of its members. Also, Frank Walwyn has been named by Canadian Lawyer one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for 2018. Mr. Walwyn’s highly successful corporate and commercial litigation practice extends beyond Canadian borders to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada and St. Kitts and Nevis. In addition, Glenn Ackerley, Raj Anand and Lisa Borsook have all been listed in the 2018 Lexpert® Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada. Finally, partner Raj Anand will be recognized as a “high achiever” in Canada’s South Asian community at this year’s Grant’s Desi Achievers Awards Gala in October.

July 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has announced the launch of its Commercial Litigation Insights blog. Published by the firm’s commercial litigation practice group, which is chaired by Marie-Andrée Vermette, Commercial Litigation Insights will feature commentary on corporate and commercial disputes including contract and shareholder disputes, class actions, cross-border litigation, regulatory issues, and appeals and arbitrations. It is also intended to be a public forum for commentary on current issues. The blog will include case comments on recent decisions and developments of concern to the firm’s clients and potential clients. The blog has been created to be mobile-friendly and has integrated social media sharing features. To visit the blog’s site, click here.

June 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds this month hosted an “enrichment opportunity” and speed mentoring event with Girls E-Mentorship, a Toronto-based charity. Spearheaded by associates Megan Mah and Kayla Theeuwen, the speed mentoring event brought together a diverse group of WeirFoulds lawyers, law clerks, law students, legal assistants and human resources, business development and marketing professionals, who shared their career experiences with GEM girls. At the event, the firm its pledge to provide an annual scholarship to help further a GEM girl’s educational and career aspirations.

May 2018: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds executive partner Lisa Borsook and partner Frank Walwyn have been shortlisted for the Canadian Lawyer Top 25 Most Influential 2018. The list of nominees was decided upon by an editorial panel at Canadian Lawyer, as well as by suggestions from readers and past honorees.Voting closes next Tuesday, May 22nd. The results will be announced in the August 2018 edition of Canadian Lawyer magazine. All readers of SCG Legal’s “eNews” are encouraged to cast their ballots on behalf of Ms. Borsook and Mr. Walwyn. You needn’t be a subscriber to Canadian Lawyer to participate in the poll. To vote, click here.

April 2018:  The annual gathering of SCG Legal’s Team Canada took place earlier this month in Toronto at the offices of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds. The two-day conference, which was attended by representatives of all nine Canadian member firms, focused primarily on marketing and business development and featured presentations by in-house counsel from BMO Financial Group, Nissan Canada and Xerox Canada, as well as the editors of Canadian Lawyer InHouse and Lexpert. The event was capped with a reception in honor of former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Thomas Cromwell, an alumnus of the firm, followed by dinner. Next year’s event will be held in Vancouver at the offices of British Columbia member firm Clark Wilson. Also at WeirFoulds, Rob Eberschlag has joined as a partner in the firm’s corporate and securities groups. Mr. Eberschlag has more than 18 years of experience providing strategic advice to clients on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures, investment funds and corporate governance and compliance matters. He also has experience handling Canadian and international mining, energy, and oil and gas transactions, including joint venture, property acquisition and royalty transactions. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Eberschlag was a partner in another major Toronto law firm. He completed his legal education at the University of Victoria.

March 2018:  From complex forms and documents to tax and other commercial issues, the registration process of dealers and advisors comes with a variety of risk and challenges. Ontario member firm WeirFoulds makes the process easy and painless through our “Registration Services Program” – a fixed-fee solution designed to navigate the process in an efficient, cost-effective and creative manner. We are pleased to offer registration services for all categories of registration in Canada. To learn more about this program, please click here.

February 2018: With Canada’s recent enactment of legislation legalizing the use of marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes, Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has launched a cannabis practice group. Composed of attorneys Michael Dolphin, Conor Dooley, Shawn English, Ryan Filson, Ralph Kroman, and Michael McIsaac, the group, drawing on its corporate and securities law expertise, will advise clients on becoming licensed producers, seed financings, equity and debt financings, acquisitions, regulatory compliance, commercial leasing, taxation and employment matters, among other things. For more information, contact partner Michael Dolphin, who co-heads the group.

December 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds partner Jordan Glick has been recognized by his peers as one of Lexpert’s 2017 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40. Mr. Glick is an experienced litigator and plays a key role in the firm’s professional self-regulatory bodies practice group. His public law litigation practice includes acting as external counsel for a variety of professional and industry regulatory bodies where he provides advice on complaints and mandatory reports and prosecutes discipline committee matters. He has also provided litigation support in areas including registration, privacy, proceedings administered under the Provincial Offences Act and civil litigation. Recipients of the 2017 Rising Stars award were selected by an advisory board comprised of senior partners and other counsel from across Canada.

November 2017: Raj Anand of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has contributed an essay to LexisNexis’ one-of-a-kind publication, Canada at 150: Building a Free and Democratic Society. Mr. Anand’s essay is a personal account of his experience with the Quebec Secession Reference, a decision that confirmed lawyers’ obligation to uphold the rights of minorities. His essay is one of more than 50 curated essays on major political and historical developments in Canadian constitutional history. The book offers an insightful, balanced look at Canada’s constitutional past and present, highlighting its achievements while acknowledging persistent injustices. It can be purchased online from the LexisNexis online store.

October 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has donated to relief efforts spearheaded by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Bar Association and GlobalMedic. The firm’s Caribbean practice group works in a number of the affected jurisdictions including the British Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Dominica. Many of the Caribbean practice group’s colleagues, friends and clients are among those who have been affected by the havoc wreaked by the hurricanes. Part of WeirFoulds‘ contribution to GlobalMedic’s relief efforts has included lawyers and staff volunteering their time to assist the charity with packing emergency aid kits destined for regions affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. To learn more about GlobalMedic’s relief efforts in the Caribbean, please visit its website.

September 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has been recognized in as the top Ontario regional firm in Canadian Lawyer‘s survey for the second time in the last three years. The publication commended the firm’s “expert dealmakers and problem solvers” and for having “a range of lawyers with excellent litigation experience and skills,” as well as “a strong complement of corporate and real estate lawyers.” Also at WeirFoulds, Caroline Abela has been appointed co-chair of the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s International Private Client Committee. IPCC is for lawyers whose practices encompass international estate planning, estate litigation and asset protection, as well as the governance and succession of closely held corporations. Ms. Abela’s expertise is in complex estates and trusts litigation and commercial and corporate litigation. She has been recognized as a leading commercial and corporate litigator in the Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory and in 2017 was named an American Bar Foundation fellow.

August 2017: Raj Anand, a senior partner at Ontario member firm WeirFoulds and Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, has been named one of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers for 2017 in the Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal Law category. Mr. Anand has championed human rights in Canada for more than 30 years. He previously served as chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission and founding chair of the Ontario Human Rights Legal Support Center. Most recently, he was appointed by the Law Society of Upper Canada to chair a major research and policy initiative, aimed at confronting issues of systemic racism in the legal and paralegal professions and advancing the public interest.

July 2017: Marie-Andrée Vermette, a litigation partner at Ontario member firm WeirFoulds, has been elected a director of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario, whose mission is to promote access to justice in French in the province of Ontario. The board of directors is responsible for overseeing the activities and affairs of AJEFO. Ms. Vermette specializes in complex litigation cases, including high-profile corporate and commercial disputes, class actions and public law cases. She has been recognized as a leading practitioner in corporate and commercial litigation in the 2017 edition of Best Lawyers® in Canada. She is also recognized in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys.

May 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds executive partner Lisa Borsook was honored at the 2017 Canadian Civil Liberties Association annual gala for excellence in law. The gala celebrated extraordinary Canadians from all walks of life and across several different industries. In addition, she was also recently inducted into the Women’s Executive Network’s Top 100 Hall of Fame. A leading authority on property development, commercial leasing and infrastructure, Ms. Borsook represents many of the real estate industry’s leading firms at the local, national and international levels. She is also a member of the SCG Legal board of directors.

April 2017: Michael McIsaac of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds is now a regular panelist on the “Moore in the Morning” free-for-all on NewsTalk 1010. “Moore in the Morning” is hosted by John Moore and is Toronto’s most listened-to morning show. The show focuses on breaking news and live interviews with newsmakers of the day. Mr. McIsaac has appeared on the show several times to share his views on several topics. He has a broad-based practice representing a wide variety of middle-market Canadian companies across a range of industries including investment banking, manufacturing, finance, consumer products, automotive, renewable energy, construction and health services. Mr. McIsaac is also well-known for his 51-kilometer swim across Lake Ontario for a campaign he dubbed “Crossing for a Cause.” The swim raised $155,000 for the Douglas Wright Foundation, a charity organization devoted to fighting melanoma in Canada.

March 2017: Michael Swartz of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has been selected by the Toronto Construction Association nominations and awards committee as the winner of the 2016 TCIC Chancellor’s Award of Excellence. The Construction Institute of Canada is dedicated to raising the level of construction industry professional excellence through education, training and continuing professional development. His selection as the recipient of the TCIC Chancellor’s Award of Excellence is a recognition of his efforts to give back to the industry to which he devotes much of his practice. Mr. Swartz is a frequent speaker at various construction association meetings on issues of concern to the construction industry. He also teaches construction law courses at various postsecondary educational institutions and serves on the Toronto Construction Association industry practices committee, the Ontario Bar Association construction and infrastructure law section, and the task force on construction lien act reform.

February 2017: Ontario member firm WeirFoulds has been shortlisted for Global Competition Review‘s annual award for “Litigation of the Year – Non-Cartel Prosecution: Creative, Strategic and Innovative Litigation on Behalf of Plaintiffs in a Non-Cartel Private Action,” based upon the representation it provided in the Kobo eBooks case. Toronto-based Rakuten Kobo Inc. is one of the world’s fastest-growing eReading services, offering more than 5 million eBooks and magazines to millions of users around the world. WeirFoulds represented Kobo in bringing a precedent-setting antitrust case to set aside a Canadian Competition Bureau settlement agreement that would have adversely affected Kobo’s eBook business, resulting in the first-ever successful challenge to the bureau’s settlement powers. The winner of the award will be decided by online vote. Please register your support for WeirFoulds’ nomination by clicking here. Enter your email address, scroll down to the seventh item (Litigation of the Year – Non-Cartel Prosecution: Creative, Strategic and Innovative Litigation on Behalf of Plaintiffs in a Non-Cartel Private Action), and select choice #3 (Kobo Canada e-books settlement challenge). Voting ends February 24th. A full description of the GCR awards and the Kobo case can be found here. Winners will be announced at GCR‘s 7th annual awards ceremony, which will be held March 28, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

January 2017: Glenn Ackerley, Lisa Borsook, Bryan Finlay QC, and W. A. Derry Millar of Ontario member firm WeirFoulds once again have been ranked in the 2017 edition of the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada. Published since 1997, and produced in collaboration with American Lawyer Media, the Lexpert®/ALM 500 profiles the “most frequently recommended lawyers” across Canada in approximately 35 practice areas identified by means of an extensive, annual peer survey. Mr. Ackerley was ranked for construction law; Ms. Borsook, for property leasing; and Messrs. Finlay and Millar, for litigation corporate commercial.