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Trust Matters: Requirements for intention to create a trust without a written agreement

The Ontario Court of Appeal recently confirmed the requirements for “certainty of intention” to create a trust in the absence of formal trust documentation. An objective standard must be applied to determine the intention from the acts of all the parties. In Corvello v. Colucci, the parties disputed the ownership of a land use permit for a recreational property in Kenora, Ontario. The permit, originally obtained from the provincial government in 1974, was in the name of Arthur Colucci only. At the time, the permit could not be issued in more than one name. The permit allowed holders to build ... [more]

GAP in the Contract? COVID-19 Does Not Excuse a Tenant from Paying Rent

By now, we have become all too familiar with the hardships that businesses in Ontario have had to endure in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In a recent ... [more]

Dirty Diesel: The Challenge of Isolating Compensable Losses in a Motion for Certification

In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency of the United States (EPA) made waves when it determined that millions of Volkswagen “clean diesel” cars sold worldwide were cheating government emissions tests. ... [more]

Court Finds Employee’s Reaction to Missed Promotion was Cause for Dismissal

In a recent decision, Thomas v. Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority Inc., the Court of Appeal of Saskatchewan re-affirmed the governing principles applicable to dismissal for cause. This case provides guidance ... [more]

2021: Contracts year in review

Commercial litigators often lament the fact that Canada’s highest court sometimes appears increasingly uninterested in commercial issues and unwilling to grant leave to appeal in commercial cases – even ones ... [more]


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Michael Binetti

Michael Binetti

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Michael Binetti, a partner of the firm, brings a proven litigation background plus extensive experience in arguing both trials and appeals. He has demonstrated his strategic legal capability and expertise in wide-ranging areas of litigation. Michael’s peers and clients have commented that Michael is an “excellent and creative lawyer,” “finds unique solutions to complex problems,” and that “Michael gets it and knows how to win.”

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Adam Casey

Adam Casey

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Adam’s litigation practice includes a range of matters involving civil and commercial litigation, shareholder disputes, administrative law, competition law, and insurance defence. Adam joined AGM having completed his articles at a leading international law firm and graduated from the McGill University Faculty of Law.

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Kenneth A. Dekker

Kenneth A. Dekker

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Kenneth Dekker, a partner of the firm, is a successful trial and appellate lawyer who is valued by his clients as a resourceful and practical litigation counsel. Over more than two decades, Ken has litigated noteworthy cases in a range of fields that include class action defence, securities and broker-dealer litigation and regulatory defence, corporate and shareholder disputes (including oppression and winding up cases), defamation, civil fraud litigation, disputes over contracts, injunctions, professional liability litigation, employment litigation and cross-border litigation issues. Ken has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal for Ontario, as well as before the Supreme Court of Canada. Ken also represents and advises clients in regulatory matters before the Investment Industry Organization of Canada (IIROC), the Mutual Fund Dealers Association of Canada (MFDA) and the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Ken has been ranked as Repeatedly Recommended for Securities Litigation by Lexpert, for Corporate and Commercial Litigation by Best Lawyers of Canada, and he has been given the highest available rating of AV, or pre-eminent, by his peers on Martindale-Hubbell.

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Alyssa Hall

Alyssa Hall

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Alyssa’s growing practice encompasses a broad spectrum of litigation matters including corporate commercial disputes, employment matters, class actions, and competition law. She continues to develop a wide-ranging litigation practice. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Alyssa became dedicated to understanding the intersection of public and private sector interests while working for a public policy centre and a non-profit organization that remains focused on raising investor awareness for Ontario’s advanced manufacturing industry.

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Meredith Hayward

Meredith Hayward

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Meredith has earned an impressive reputation for her skill and abilities in Commercial Litigation and Administrative Law, appearing at all levels of court in Ontario, before the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and before the Supreme Court of Canada.

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Masiel A. Matus

Masiel A. Matus

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Masiel has a broad commercial litigation practice and represents both national and international clients in a variety of complex matters. Masiel has experience litigating cases involving professional negligence, commercial leasing and real property disputes, insurance, contract disputes, shareholder disputes, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of trust, employment matters and defamation claims.

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Kyle J. Peterson

Kyle J. Peterson

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Kyle's commercial litigation and advocacy practice offers particular expertise in securities, insurance, construction and employment disputes. A fierce advocate for clients, Kyle has a proven ability to approach client issues in a strategic manner, always balancing their business and commercial interests with their legal rights. Kyle's clients benefit from his experience in business and politics, and appreciate his common sense and results-driven style.

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Ardita Sinojmeri

Ardita Sinojmeri

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Ardita joins AGM as an Articling Student from Western Law, following several summers working in the mining industry. During law school, Ardita co-founded a program to provide free assistance to small businesses in the Greater Toronto Area struggling through COVID-19. At AGM, Ardita leverages her extensive legal, business, and community engagement skills in all of the firm’s practice areas.

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Christopher Somerville

Christopher Somerville

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

Chris Somerville has a record of diligent and resourceful advocacy in a wide range of cases. His experience and skills cover commercial and civil litigation in general, and securities litigation, administrative law, and employment disputes in particular.

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David N. Vaillancourt

David N. Vaillancourt

Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP

David's practice expertise focuses on all matters of Commercial and Civil Litigation, Competition and Administrative Law. David has acted for clients in a wide range of disputes, including shareholder and partnership disputes, securities litigation, class action defence, proceedings under the Competition Act, employment law disputes, contract disputes, breach of confidence/intellectual property disputes, fidelity bond claims, and professional negligence claims. David has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and has also appeared before the Competition Tribunal and the Federal Court of Appeal. David has appeared as lead counsel in numerous trials, hearings, and motions. David has been successful in numerous adversarial proceedings, and also has successfully negotiated the resolution of dozens of cases.

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