Three Dickinson Wright Lawyers Recognized in Chambers Canada 2018

September 28, 2017
Dickinson Wright LLP, Canada’s leading full-service business law firm specializing in cross-border counsel, is pleased to announce that Lawyers Ned Levitt, Michael Lipton, and Brenda Swick have been ranked in Chambers Canada 2018 Guide.

Ned Levitt is ranked as an “Eminent Practitioner” in Franchising – Nationwide. Mr. Levitt is a Partner in the firm’s Toronto office. He is one of Canada’s leading authorities in franchising and distribution law. He has represented some of the world’s foremost franchises, and provides legal services to Canadian and international clients on all aspects of Canadian franchise law. As a member of the Ontario Franchise Sector Working Team, he was instrumental in the creation of Ontario’s franchise legislation and has had significant input in the franchise legislative process throughout Canada. Mr. Levitt is a prolific writer, having published numerous books, papers and articles on franchise and distribution law and he is a noted lecturer having spoken on franchising and distribution matters at programs conducted by various organizations. He is often quoted in the media and has appeared on several television programs including CTV’s W5, CBC’s Venture, CHCH TV’s Let’s Talk…Franchising, Channel 47’s Business Insight, and Report on Business TV. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on Franchising, the Canadian Franchise Association, the International Bar Association, and the International Franchise Association. He is recognized as a leader in his field by several publications including Best Lawyers in Canada, Who’s Who Legal, Canadian Legal Lexpert, and Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Levitt received his B.A. from York University and his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School.

Michael Lipton, Q.C. is ranked in Band 1 for Gaming & Licensing – Nationwide. Mr. Lipton is a Senior Partner in the firm’s Toronto office and heads the Canadian gaming law group. For over 25 years, he has served as senior counsel on several complex gaming law matters including advising on Requests for Proposals from governments to operate commercial and charitable casinos and advising applicants who seek registration with the gaming regulatory authorities throughout North America. He regularly represents and counsels gaming equipment suppliers, institutional investors, governments, racetracks, casinos, First Nations and pari-mutuel operators in all areas of gaming law from both a land-based and Internet perspective. He has presented numerous papers on the various aspects of gaming law at international legal conferences and his gaming law articles have been published on a global basis including the Canadian chapter of the Internet Gaming Report. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the Online Gambling Lawyer and the founding editor of Canadian Gaming Lawyer. Michael’s vast expertise and knowledge in gaming law have been recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in Canada and by Chambers Global from 2008 to present. He is a founding member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and a past President. In 2011, the Canadian Gaming Association presented him with an award for Leadership and Outstanding Contribution to the Gaming Industry. Michael has earned a global reputation for the strength and substance of his practice.

Brenda Swick is ranked in Band 2 for International Trade/WTO – Nationwide and Band 3 for Public Procurement – Nationwide. Ms. Swick is a Partner in the firm’s Toronto office. Her practice focuses on government contracting, anti-trust, regulatory compliance, anti-corruption, export controls and economic sanctions, trade remedies, customs and judicial review of government decisions. She also has a practice in international trade and investment law (including WTO/NAFTA dispute settlement). Ms. Swick is one of Canada’s leading experts on the law of competitive contracting and on trade agreements relating to government procurement. She has represented numerous government contracting disputes, including before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Federal Court of Canada and provincial tribunals. She advises clients on all aspects of federal, provincial and municipal government contracting in Canada, including bid preparation, contract negotiation, assignment and change of control provisions, regulatory compliance, anti-corruption compliance, suspension and debarment, bid challenges and litigation. Ms. Swick is a recognized leader for her international trade and customs practice work in Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs 2015 and in International Trade Regulation in the 2017 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. She received her J.D. from Queen’s University.