John Piriejohn.email@example.com+ 1 416 865 2325
John Pirie leads the Firm’s Canadian Litigation Group and is a member of the Steering Committee of the North American Litigation Practice Group. He frequently acts for foreign and domestic entities in complex litigation, arbitration and investigations. Mr. Pirie’s practice includes a sizable fraud law and asset recovery component, often involving matters where he acts in coordination with other Baker & McKenzie offices globally. He has expertise concerning recovery strategies and emergency relief measures related to fraud, including Mareva injunctions, Anton Piller orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders, global asset tracing and fraudulent conveyance proceedings. Mr. Pirie has acted as lead counsel on an array of reported cases, and he has been ranked in Lexpert’s Annual Guide to the Leading Canada/US Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers, and in the 2013-14 Legal 500 for Dispute Resolution. He appeared in the Supreme Court of Canada on a case ranked by Lexpert Magazine as Canada’s #1 business decision for 2007. Mr. Pirie has previously been named one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars, an award that recognizes Canadian lawyers with an outstanding record of success.
Matthew Latellamatthew.firstname.lastname@example.org+ 1 416 865 6985
Matt Latella is a veteran in Baker & McKenzie’s Litigation Practice Group. A trial lawyer with over 20 years experience, Matt has deep expertise in recovering assets from fraudsters, regardless of where the funds are located. He has particularly deep aptitude and familiarity with a powerful tool for freezing assets: the Mareva injunction. On multiple occasions, he has represented plaintiffs before courts across Canada, obtaining the most rare and powerful form of that extraordinary remedy, the worldwide Mareva injunction. While on secondment to the Firm’s London, England office, Matt focused on multijurisdictional fraud litigation and “trust-busting” asset tracing proceedings in multiple offshore jurisdictions, including in appeal proceedings before the UK Judicial Committee of the Privy Council. Over the years, he has handled multiple complex commercial disputes, resulting in the successful recovery of many millions of dollars. In matters where the preservation of evidence held by adverse parties was at risk, Matt has obtained and overseen the execution of ex parte Anton Piller orders, allowing the evidence to be seized and preserved. Matt has litigated fraud matters at all levels of Court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, representing a wide range of clients from large multinational Fortune 500 companies and global financial institutions to small businesses and individuals.
Peter MacKay is a Partner in the Baker & McKenzie Toronto office. Prior to joining the Firm, Peter MacKay, PC, QC (Privy Council and Queen’s Counsel), served in the Parliament of Canada for over 18 years and in a ministerial post in the Canadian government for nine years since the Conservative Party formed a government in 2006. Most recently, he served as Canada’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice, a position to which he was appointed in 2013. Prior to this post, Mr. MacKay served as the Minister of National Defence for six years and held joint cabinet positions as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency for 18 months. Mr. MacKay’s practice focuses on government enforcement proceedings and compliance matters, and he provides strategic advice to Canadian companies doing business globally and international companies doing business in Canada.
George Avraamgeorge.email@example.com+ 1 416 865 6935
George Avraam practices trial and appellate litigation. As part of his practice, Mr. Avraam has represented employers whose employees and former employees have engaged in significant misconduct, including committing fraud against their employers, as well misappropriating the employers confidential information or otherwise breaching their fiduciary duties. Mr. Avraam has been lead counsel in a number of cases involving employee and former employee misconduct. Mr. Avraam is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. He was named a leading lawyer in Chambers Global 2013 for Employment, Labour & Pensions: Canada, and was recommended in the 2013 edition of Legal500. Mr. Avraam has been ranked as a leading management side labour and employment lawyer in Canada for 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 in Who’s Who Legal: Canada, was listed in the “Litigators to Watch” category of the 2009 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, and was named one of Lexpert’s Rising Stars – Leading Lawyers under 40 in 2008.
David Gadsdendavid.firstname.lastname@example.org+ 1 416 865 6983
David Gadsden has deep experience in fraud and financial crime matters. He is counsel on multijurisdictional fraud investigations, including related civil disputes and regulatory proceedings. David acted as counsel for a primary defendant in the Sino-Forest litigation, the largest securities fraud class action in Canada. He is known for his pragmatic advice on fraud prevention and investigations, and has extensive expertise in ‘Ponzi scheme’ litigation and asset recapture, including cross-border tracing, Anton Piller orders and Mareva injunctions. David has been recognized as a “Litigator to Watch” in Lexpert’s annual Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada and has been ranked in Legal 500 for dispute resolution.
Michael Nowinamichael.email@example.com+ 1 416 865 2312
Michael Nowina’s litigation practice focuses on a broad range of commercial disputes including advising on the recovery from fraudulent investment schemes, mortgage fraud and credit fraud. Michael’s fraud-related and investigations experience includes representing victims of a Canada-wide investment fraud and ultimately securing recovery of a majority of the proceeds from the fraud, advising numerous creditors in proceedings commenced to recover fraudulent conveyances and preferential payments in multi-jurisdictional litigation, and representing financial institutions in identity fraud cases and in proceedings to recover funds from fraudulent borrowers. Michael also frequently advises clients on insolvency matters involving fraud.
Mark Ellismark.firstname.lastname@example.org+ 1 416 865 6991
Mark Ellis is an experienced litigator who appears regularly before all levels of courts and tribunals in Ontario. Mark has also appeared as lead counsel on several occasions at the Supreme Court of Canada. As the author of Canada’s leading treatise on fiduciary obligations and three related books, his opinion is regularly sought in Canada’s boardrooms regarding all aspects of corporate compliance and governance. Mark is a highly-regarded speaker, having chaired over two hundred conferences throughout his career, and spoken internationally regarding compliance, governance and anti-corruption. He is also a visiting professor at Queen’s University.
Kamleh Nicolakamleh.email@example.com+ 1 416 865 6988
Kamleh Nicola is a litigator with over 20 years of experience, with a focus on intellectual property matters. Kamleh has extensive knowedge of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, and she has also acted for an array of multinational clients in the food, consumer goods, cosmetic, media and technology industries. Kamleh’s practice has extended beyond the traditional areas of intellectual property and has included fraud recovery and compliance matters such as advice relating to Norwich Pharmacal orders, breach of confidentiality, internal compliance and regulatory investigations, risk management, misappropriation of intellectual property and injunctive relief to preserve and protect all manner of intellectual property. Kamleh has been recognized in Legal Media Group’s 2013 Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law and 2013 Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. Her commitment to excellence in client service was recognized by Baker & McKenzie’s Global IP Group when she was the recipient of an award for being “Passionately Client Driven”.
Stephanie Vaccaristephanie.firstname.lastname@example.org+ 1 416 865 6976
Stephanie Vaccari has extensive trade mark-related litigation and prosecution experience and began her intellectual property litigation career as a patent litigator. Stephanie has participated in a variety of complex lawsuits dealing with, among others, trade mark and copyright infringement, grey market and counterfeit goods, patent infringement and validity, Internet issues, licensing issues, unfair competition and passing off. She has also assisted large multinational clients, including those in the technology, confectionery, pharmaceutical and fashion industries, with their worldwide trade mark portfolios, protecting their brands and preventing sales of unlawful products into Canada and other jurisdictions. In addition to her practice, Stephanie serves as co-chair of Baker & McKenzie’s Toronto Women’s Networking Group (where she has been recognized as a woman “who has made significant achievements advancing women and promoting gender equality” (International Women’s Day, March 2012)) and is spearheading the Toronto office’s Luxury and Fashion Group.
Ahmed Shafeyahmed.email@example.com+ 1 416 865 6964
Ahmed Shafey maintains a diverse commercial litigation practice, providing advice in the context of contractual disputes, professional liability actions, shareholder disputes, product liability actions, government procurement litigation, international commercial arbitrations and bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings. Ahmed has also been engaged in a number of civil fraud and asset recovery matters as well as business crime investigations, including in tracing preferential payments, investigating complex investment frauds and moving for emergency injunctive relief to preserve and protect assets.
Christina Doriachristina.firstname.lastname@example.org+ 1 416 865 2348
Christina Doria practices complex commercial litigation and arbitration matters and has experience coordinating large-scale internal investigations. She assists clients with cross-border and domestic cases, and is experienced in the enforcement of foreign judgments, recovery in fraud litigation and arbitration, as well as defending fraud allegations in the class action context. She joined Baker & McKenzie as a student, and completed a secondment in the New York office. Christina belongs to various organizations in the local and international legal community. At the University of Ottawa, she was a senior editor of the Law Review.
Sarah Petersensarah.email@example.com+ 1 416 865 2339
Sarah Petersen maintains a diverse commercial litigation practice, providing advice in the context of commercial disputes, professional liability for lawyers, brokers and financial advisors, real estate and title insurance litigation, and contractual disputes. Sarah has been engaged in a number of civil fraud and asset recovery matters, focusing on disputes falling under the Credit Union and Caisses Populaires Act, and fraud in the context of real estate transactions. Sarah has appeared before all levels of Ontario court.
Christopher Burkettchristopher.firstname.lastname@example.org+ 1 416 865 2305
Christopher Burkett is an experienced trial advocate, having appeared before a variety of administrative tribunals, at all levels of trial court, and the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Mr. Burkett’s broad litigation and advocacy practice specifically focuses in the areas of labour and employment law, administrative and public law, professional discipline, corporate anti-bribery compliance, and criminal matters.
Prior to joining Baker & McKenzie in 2011, Mr. Burkett was an Assistant Crown Attorney, where he was the lead prosecutor on numerous criminal trials; including serious commercial fraud prosecutions.
Mr. Burkett’s experience extends to matters involving internal investigations, administrative tribunals, judicial review applications, injunctions, trials, and appeals.
Brendan O'GradyBrendan.OGrady@bakermckenzie.com+ 1 416 865 2333
Brendan maintains a commercial litigation practice that includes class proceedings and all manner of contractual disputes. He has experience with consumer protection and product liability, cybersecurity and breach of privacy, employment standards, condominium and insurance litigation.