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June 2020

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Page 20 of 51 19 WE'LL TAKE THE FIFTH. Stockwoods is proud to be recognized by Canadian Lawyer for the fifth time as one of the top ten litigation boutiques in Canada. stock Smart Litigation. Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP Calgary Jensen Shawa Solomon Duguid Hawkes LLP is a litigation firm known for high-quality trial representation across multiple industries and practice areas. The firm acts in general corporate and commercial litigation matters, construction claims, oil and gas disputes, data and privacy protection, arbitration and mediations and class action suits — both for plaintiffs and defendants. In the last year, Bryan Duguid says the firm has continued to develop its class action defence practice. "In the past, we've been known more on the plaintiffs class action side. But now we've got a number of cases where we're on the defence side," Duguid says. An example of the trend, says Duguid, is Flesch et. al. v Apache Corporation, et al., a $70-million Canada/U.S. cross-border claim, in which Duguid and Andrew Wilson are acting for Apache. They are defending the Houston-based company against the claim it breached the terms of a compensation plan in the sale of its Canadian subsidiary. The firm also continues to act for the government of Alberta in its multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against the tobacco industry to recover smok- ing-related health-care costs. That case is led by Carsten Jensen, Sabri Shawa and Stacy Petriuk. Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP Toronto Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb partner Jonathan Lisus says a central feature of his Toronto-based litigation firm — and one that is unique among its peers — is its lack of embedded client relationships. "We don't act for banks. We don't act for insurance companies. We don't act for telcos. We don't act for utilities. We don't act for financial institutions. And that's by design. We maintain a completely independent prac- tice," he says. "It preserves independence and enables us to have a greater degree of control over the work." A portion of the firm's work is conflict referral, but the majority is "first-call and one-off mandates," he says. "We jealously guard our independence and that's the way

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