Litigation in Canada

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Businesses and individuals considering or responding to litigation in Canada benefit from an experienced legal team that understands not only the intricacies of Canadian law, but also the nuances of navigating the Canadian court system. From our office in Toronto, Canada, Dickinson Wright’s creative and highly effective team of litigators serve the needs of Canadian and U.S. clients across a variety of industries. Backed by over a century of experience, our team works seamlessly cross-border, providing litigation risk analysis and experienced advocacy to mitigate risks and help you achieve your goals.


We understand that litigation is costly and time-consuming and may not always be in the best interest of each client, so we proactively address issues and assist both our domestic and cross-border clients with establishing effective risk-avoidance strategies to avoid the courtroom. But, when action is necessary, our clients benefit from our creative and efficient approach to litigating disputes in Canada.


Our Team


Members of our Canadian Litigation practice have appeared before all levels of provincial and federal courts as well as regulatory tribunals and the Supreme Court of Canada. They are regularly cited for their work by Best Lawyers in Canada®Chambers Canada®Chambers Global®, Canadian Lexpert®, and other leading evaluating organizations.


Our Services


From automotive to banking and finance to entertainment to franchising to gaming to real estate, and everything in between, we assemble the best litigation team across multiple markets to deliver personalized legal solutions for each of our clients, no matter the situation.  Our  key litigation services in Canada include:



Canada-U.S. Platform

Our Canada-U.S. Platform (CUSP) eliminates the traditional challenge faced by cross-border companies that need to retain multiple legal service providers in Canada and the U.S. and then coordinate the various – and often, conflicting – sets of advice. Our unified representation reflects our clients’ cross-border operations and ensures that you have a one-stop analysis for all your legal and regulatory issues. For more information, visit our CUSP page.


Canada and U.S. Litigation Differences


When considering whether to litigate in Canada, our U.S. clients must be aware of the differences between litigating in the two countries. The most significant of these differences relates to the various rules that govern pretrial discovery and legal costs. Unlike in the United States, where litigants are afforded broad powers to elicit and obtain oral and documentary evidence, the pretrial discovery process in most Canadian jurisdictions is far more restricted. Additionally, the cost of litigation in Canada is considerably less than in the United States due to the differences in the rules of procedure that govern litigation. For more information, see Canada and U.S. Litigation Differences

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