Four IADC members have been named Canada’s Most Influential Class Action Defense Lawyers of 2023 by Business Today.
In Canada, some of the largest cases are fought by litigation teams specializing in dispute resolution: class action (defense). Among the most significant players in this field are expert solicitors who work tirelessly to protect their clients. Here, we present some of these outstanding lawyers and the firms in which they practice. These exceptional lawyers work all across Canada from Vancouver to Toronto handling cases that range from consumer protection and data privacy to product liability and competition. They are committed to delivering practical and effective strategies.
Tim Pinos is a partner in the Litigation Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in Toronto. Tim has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. In the course of his wide-ranging commercial litigation practice, Tim has built up substantial expertise in complex litigation and class action issues, including in the areas of copyright and intellectual property litigation.
Sylvie Rodrigue is a managing partner of Torys LLP in Montréal. She is known nationwide for her strong class action, product liability, and commercial disputes experience, and she is one of the few counsel in Canada who defends cases in both Québec and common law provinces.
James Sullivan, KC is a partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Vancouver, with experience in a wide range of complex litigation matters. He has appeared as counsel in British Columbia, Alberta, and Ontario, as well as at the Supreme Court of Canada. Jim has represented clients in numerous major corporate-commercial, class action, energy, contaminated site, regulatory offence, constitutional, and product liability cases.
Jill Yates is a partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Vancouver. Jill is the Chair of the firm’s National Class Actions Group and Practice Lead of the firm’s Vancouver Litigation group. She is also a member of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation group and Consumer and Retail group. Jill assists clients with large, complex legal disputes. Jill works with major international and Canadian companies operating in diverse industries, including financial services, retail and consumer markets, technology, pharmaceuticals, forestry, and manufacturing.