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Timothy St. John Ellam, Q.C
Timothy St. John Ellam, Q.C

A partner in our Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups in Canada, Tim is also a former member of the Firm’s Board of Partners. Focusing on intellectual property, related commercial matters and international arbitrations, Tim advises clients and has appeared as senior litigation counsel in patent, licensing, copyright and technology related trials, arbitrations and hearings including many in the energy sector. Recent cases where he was lead counsel are recognized in Chambers Global (2011-2016) and Lexpert. He frequently works with the Firm’s London office on significant international arbitration matters and on litigation proceedings in the High Court of Justice (Commercial Court).

In the Law Society of England and Wales Tim is a Solicitor Advocate (Higher Courts- Civil), and he holds Rights of Audience in the Higher Courts in that jurisdiction. Tim is the first lawyer in Canada to be awarded the designation of an IBA Fellow in International Legal Practice; a distinction granted by the International Bar Association and the College of Law of England and Wales in 2005. In 2014 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Tim is a member of the Law Society of Alberta, The Law Society of England and Wales, the Canadian Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Association of Defense Counsel, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Solicitors Association of Higher Court Advocates (UK), a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) and also an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.


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Neil Finkelstein

A partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto, Neil has a national practice having appeared in major cases in eight of Canada’s ten provinces. As lead counsel in numerous leading Canadian competition, constitutional, securities, pension, commercial cases Neil has appeared at every level of court up to and including many appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been counsel in 28 appeals in the Supreme Court of Canada, 54 appeals in courts of appeal across Canada, and 99 major trials and hearings in courts and senior administrative tribunals across Canada. He has also acted as successful counsel in five of the six merger cases decided under the Competition Act.

Working for clients including Microsoft, Merck, Lyondell, McDonalds, Sothebys and others, Neil has experience completing numerous cross-border litigation cases both in the class action and general contexts. Cases have involved numerous subject matters including territorial jurisdiction of the courts.

Of 28 appeals Neil has represented in the Supreme Court of Canada, 16 were in the area of constitutional law and of those 8 were in the area of the federal provincial division of power pursuant to the Constitution Act, 1867. In the Competition law area, Neil was lead counsel in Southam, Superior Propane, Hillsdown, Labatt, and CP Ships.


Caroline Zayid
Caroline Zayid

A partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto, Caroline leads the firm’s national litigation practice and has responsibility for the bankruptcy and restructuring, international trade, intellectual property, environmental law and research lawyers across the country. Caroline is experienced representing defendants involved in complex, multi-jurisdictional class action litigation.

Caroline is a contributing author to Defending Class Actions in Canada and Doing Business in Canada. She is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of product liability litigation in Chambers Canada. She also appears in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the areas of class actions, public law litigation, and professional liability.


Allan Reason
Allan Reason

A senior member of the dispute resolution team in our London office, Allan has extensive experience with disputes arising out of the banking, commercial, corporate, energy and property sectors, and in specific areas such as contractual disputes, corporate defence, internal company and shareholders’ disputes, insolvency, international fraud, partnership, professional negligence, regulatory and trusts. He has advised banks, financial institutions, domestic and international corporate entities, overseas law firms (and their clients) as well as high net worth individuals in connection with a range of contentious matters.

Allan also has experience dealing with disputes that encompasses all types of Court applications including interim relief up to and including trial, detailed assessment of costs, disciplinary tribunals and international arbitration (LCIA and UNCITRAL). He is a keen exponent of alternative dispute resolution especially formal and informal mediations.


Junior Sirivar
Junior Sirivar

Junior is a partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto. His practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, including mining cases; securities and shareholder litigation; class actions; and domestic and international arbitration. He regularly appears before all levels of court in Ontario on a variety of civil matters, and has acted as lead counsel in arbitrations before the LCIA and ICC.

Junior is consistently ranked as an Ontario “Litigation Star” by Benchmark Canada and received the 2010 Lexpert Zenith Award honouring him for his pro bono representation of victims of Pogram in Romania before the European Court of Human Rights. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Advocates’ Society, Canadian Bar Association, International Association of Defense Counsel, and Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.


Layne Thiessen
Layne Thiessen

Layne is an associate in our litigation group in Calgary. He has represented clients before all levels of court in Alberta. He has experience litigating, negotiating, and resolving disputes for a wide variety of clients across a number of industry sectors.

While focusing his practice on disputes involving energy and financial institutions, Layne has also been involved with civil claims against the Crown, employment claims, receivership applications, IIROC complaints, and solicitor taxations. He has also assisted with the preparation of and response to regulatory applications before the Alberta Utilities Commission and the Energy Resources Conservation Board (now AER).


Claire Seaborn
Claire Seaborn

Claire is an associate in our Litigation Group in Toronto. She has experience with litigation at all levels of court in Ontario and international arbitration under the LCIA, ICC, ICSID, and UNCITRAL rules. She maintains a broad litigation practice with an emphasis on arbitration, class actions, environmental matters, commercial litigation, and professional liability.

Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Claire worked in the London, UK office of a New York law firm where she gained experience with high-value commercial arbitration and investor-state disputes. Claire is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, International Bar Association, and Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners.