Chris practices predominantly in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation, public procurement law and corruption of foreign officials matters. Chris represents local, national and international clients and has appeared at all trial and appellate levels in Ontario, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.
With respect to his corporate and commercial litigation practice, Chris regularly represents clients involved in shareholder disputes, oppression remedy matters, complex commercial disputes, fraud recovery (including complex and organized schemes) and bankruptcy matters. In addition, Chris represents clients with product liability and employment related matters.
With respect to his public procurement practice, Chris regularly provides advice to clients responding to procurement opportunities with federal, provincial and municipal governments. Chris also represents clients in public procurement disputes against governments at all levels (bid challenges, judicial review, breach of "contract A/B"). In this respect, Chris has acted for clients in a wide variety of industries including defence/intelligence, aerospace, telecommunications, construction, and professional services.
Chris also provides counsel to clients in relation to matters arising under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act, the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Bribery Act, and Chris has represented clients in respect of World Bank (MDB) Sanctions proceedings.
- Bio-Test Laboratory Inc. v. 1070253 Ontario Inc. (Bank Medical Centre) (ONSC). Counsel to plaintiff in shareholder dispute. Successfully argued collateral contract concept as a means of circumventing the Statute of Frauds.
- Maynes v. Allen-Vanguard Technologies Inc. (Med-Eng Systems Inc.) (ONCA). Counsel to former directors in shareholder dispute. Successful in defeating appeal by plaintiff shareholders.
- Counsel to an international client in successful ACAN contract negotiation under Canada’s $2.6 Billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.
- Counsel to professional services provider on complex, policy based litigation relating to fairness and awardee obligations arising after the award of a federal government contracts.
- Counsel to a large Canadian construction company in challenging one of the largest federal public procurement projects in the National Capital Region.
- Counsel to technology/communications provider in transit related municipal procurement dispute.
- Counsel to telecommunications companies looking to enter the Canadian marketplace selling to various levels of government.
- Counsel to an international company in World Bank sanctions proceedings.
- Counsel to energy and telecommunications companies in respect of CFPOA compliance and program implementation.
- Represented various corporate stakeholders (shareholders, directors/officers, and creditors) in a number of “oppression” disputes including appearances at the appellate level.
- Counsel to Ottawa property owners in successfully defending complex “cottage property title dispute”.
- Awarded Law Society of Upper Canada’s Award for Academic Achievement
Activities and Affiliations
- Member, Canadian Bar Association
- Member, Law Society of Upper Canada
- Member, County of Carleton Law Association
- Member, The Osgoode Society
- Member, Advocates’ Society
Community Involvement and Pro Bono
- United Way Ottawa, Next Generation Cabinet
- Past-President and Former Chair of the Riverside South Community Association, 2008-2010
- Volunteer, Pro Bono Law Ontario
- Panelist, Government of Canada, Economic Action Plan Roundtable: "Helping Businesses Sell to the Government of Canada", 2011
- “Tendering Law: The Evolution of the Duty of Fairness and What it Means for Clients”, Presentation, 18th East Region Solicitors Conference 2012