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April/May 2020

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24 the BC Securities Commission; representation of developers on significant condo and mixed-use projects including Art Shoppe Condos; representation of many Indigenous communities on large-scale energy and infrastructure partnerships Star alumni: Ed Sonshine, founder and CEO of RioCan REIT; Jay Hennick, founder and chairman of FirstService Corporation and CEO of Colliers International Group Inc.; Eugene McBurney, co-founder and chairman of Griffiths McBurney & Partners; Ontario Superior Court Justice Arthur Gans; Pinar Ozyetis, general counsel at LoyaltyOne; Lesley Munk, vice president and general counsel at RSA Canada Affiliations: International Lawyers Network Firm history: Fogler Rubinoff, with 25 lawyers, was created in 1982 through a merger of the firms of Siegal Fogler and Rubinoff & Rubinoff. In the 38 years since the merger, the firm has more than quadrupled in size and has diversi- fied its areas of practice, creating a full-service business law firm. 7. Lerners LLP TOTAL LAWYERS: 127 LAWYERS BY OFFICE: London: 76; Toronto: 49 Strathroy: 2 Core practice areas: agribusiness; appel- late advocacy; class actions (plaintiff and de- fence) commercial arbitration, commercial litigation; corporate commercial; education; family law; health law; insurance defence; land development and planning; privacy; product liability; professional regulation; plaintiff personal injury; real estate and plan- ning; workplace investigations Key clients: Lawyers Professional Indemni- ty Company; Canadian Medical Protective Association; Frank Cowan Company; CPA Professional Liability Plan; Deloitte; Chubb Insurance; General Motors; Durham Regional Police Services; Telus; Hensall Co-operative; University of Waterloo. Notable mandates: Town of Oakville v. Club- link; Martin v. Barrie (City); lead defence coun- sel on national class proceedings in General Motors class actions regarding ignition switch, EPS, antifreeze and Takata air bags; Langen- feld v. Toronto Police Services Board; Sheridan Chevrolet v. Tokai Rika et al. Smith v Ontario (Attorney General); 1688782 Ontario Inc. v. Maple Leaf Foods Inc., et al.; National Steel Car Limited v. Independent Electricity System; Intact Insurance v. Gore Mutual Insurance Co. Firm history: Lerners was established in 1929 by Mayer Lerner. His brother Samuel Lerner joined the firm in 1939 and together they built Lerner & Lerner. The firm has progressively grown to become one of Southwestern Ontar- io's largest firms, with offices in London, To- ronto, Strathroy and Owen Sound. Now known as Lerners LLP, the firm supports more than 100 charities and not-for-profit organizations on an annual basis. In 2019, in celebration of its 90 th anniversary, the firm launched a char- itable giveaway that saw $90,000 donated to charities and not-for-profit organizations nominated by staff, clients and friends and selected by the public. Star alumni: Nathalie Des Rosiers, former Liberal MPP for Ottawa-Vanier; former Su- perior Court justices John Kennedy, Thomas Granger and Margaret McSorley; Ontario Superior Court justices Jasmine Akbarali, Ian Leach, Mary Anne Sanderson, Michael Varpio and Kelly Tranquilli; Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Bradley Miller; David Shore, television writer for NYPD Blue, Family Law, Due South and creator of House, Battle Creek, Sneaky Pete and The Good Doctor; Bryce Rudyk, climate program director of the Guarini Center TOP 10 ONTARIO REGIONAL FIRMS

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