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Aird & Berlis LLP is consistently recognized as a leading Canadian law firm by several international and national guides to the legal profession, including:

- Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business
- Legal Media Group’s Guides to the World’s Leading Lawyers
- Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
- Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business
- The Legal 500 Canada
- Who’s Who Legal: Canada
- The Best Lawyers in Canada
- The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
- The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

In addition to our accolades, we are repeatedly acclaimed by clients, peers and market commentators during the research process conducted by various legal publications. A selection of published commentary is highlighted below:

Corporate Finance/M&A

Provides advice on the Canadian aspects of cross-border M&A and corporate finance deals, as well as acting on a range of domestic commercial matters. The firm has established a particularly solid reputation for mid-market private equity transactions, and offers specialised expertise in capital formation, frequently representing clients in connection with the TSX Venture Exchange and Capital Pool Company programme and the TSXV reverse takeover process. "A very good firm - they are practical and have our best interests at heart." Chambers Canada 2017

Martin Kovnats is recommended by clients for his "knowledge of the local market, outstanding legal ability and responsiveness." His practice covers both M&A and capital markets and he acts as the chair of the firm's international team. Chambers Canada 2017

The 'first-rate' team at Aird & Berlis LLP sets itself apart through its 'outstanding and client-driven lawyers'. In particular, department chair Martin Kovnats is 'extremely knowledgeable and very responsive'. The Legal 500 Canada

"A very professional law firm - we get excellent service and quality from them." Chambers Canada 2016

Department head Martin Kovnats "is a good lawyer who understands his clients' objectives," say sources. Chambers Canada 2016

Aird & Berlis LLP attracts praise for its ‘excellent service’ and ‘exceptional value for money’, with clients highlighting the team as ‘very strong with outstanding business acumen’. Martin Kovnats is ‘exceptional in all areas’. Thomas Fenton is also a key contact. The Legal 500 Canada

Martin Kovnats at Aird & Berlis is commended for his “active” practice which covers takeover bids and public and private debt and equity financings. He is chair of the M&A team and co-chair of the international team. Who's Who Legal: Canada

Aird & Berlis LLP is distinguished by its ‘strong commitment to client service’ and for its ‘competence across a broad range of skill sets’. In particular, M&A chair Martin Kovnats is singled out for ‘working diligently to familiarize himself with the client’s business to give practical advice’. The Legal 500 Canada

Martin Kovnats is co-chair of the international team and chair of the M&A team at Aird & Berlis LLP. He specializes in cross-border and multinational matters and "excels" in takeover bids. Who's Who Legal: Canada

Corporate Tax

Head of the international tax group Jack Bernstein is known for his international tax and corporate work. One client identified his main strengths as his "knowledge of the local market, outstanding legal ability and responsiveness." Chambers Global 2017/Chambers Canada 2017

Barbara Worndl is well regarded for her cross-border corporate and partnership tax expertise. One interviewee highlighted her "personable and friendly" demeanour and her "talent for explaining things clearly and in layman’s terms." Another focused on her "very broad knowledge of taxation matters in Canada and worldwide." Chambers Global 2017/Chambers Canada 2017

Aird & Berlis has a particularly strong tax offering under the stewardship of Jack Bernstein, who is seen as a leading figure in tax planning, M&A, reorganisations and financing. “He is extremely strong - a number of players see him as the star of the tax bar,” notes one peer. Barbara Worndl is also seen as a key figure at the firm. Who’s Who Legal Corporate Tax/Who's Who Legal: Canada

Barbara Worndl is "always clear in her thoughts and practical in her advice." Who's Who Legal: Canada

Referral favourite Aird & Berlis LLP has strong links with global US and UK firms, ensuring a steady flow of local roles on major cross-border transactions. The Legal 500 Canada

A popular choice among multinational companies for international planning, cross-border M&A, financings and restructurings. Offers a depth of knowledge in a number of tax law areas, including dispute resolution. "They're really our go-to organisation, and the more complex our issues are, the more added value they provide." Chambers Canada 2017

Featuring in the top 10 most highly regarded individuals, Jack Bernstein at Aird & Berlis is a “seasoned veteran of the Canadian tax bar” having practised for over 30 years in this area. According to respondents, Bernstein is a “world-class tax planner” with a wealth of experience in advising clients on international tax planning and the structuring and tax-related aspects of M&A transactions, restructuring and financing. Who’s Who Legal Corporate Tax

Jack Bernstein, of Aird & Berlis, is a vastly experienced tax practitioner who is described as "absolutely top of his game." His advisory practice involves tax planning, mergers, acquisitions, corporate restructuring, reorganisations, and financing work both in Canada and internationally. Who’s Who Legal Canada

Aird & Berlis LLP’s national tax group is led by Barbara Worndl. Worndl recently acted as Canadian tax counsel to MeadWestvaco in the integration of its Canadian operations following its $9bn merger with RockTenn. International tax head Jack Bernstein is 'a very service-oriented partner with a great track record'. The Legal 500 Canada

Jack Bernstein from Aird & Berlis in Toronto chairs the firm’s international tax practice and is praised for his "exceptional abilities." Peers describe him as being in a "league of his own." Who's Who Legal Corporate Tax

"Their technical knowledge is amazing, the service is excellent, and the team is very responsive. They always look for the best practical answer." Chambers Canada 2016

Jack Bernstein leads the firm's international tax department and is well regarded for his personal and offshore tax planning practice. Sources say: "He's very good, very practical and has got a lot of experience. It's a delight working with him." Chambers Global 2016/Chambers Canada 2016

Barbara Worndl is especially highly regarded within the personal income tax space. Sources commend her "great customer service and really strong technical knowledge." Chambers Global 2016/Chambers Canada 2016

Lawyers at Aird & Berlis LLP are valued by clients for their ‘excellent technical and communication skills’ and ‘strong service levels’. In particular, Jack Bernstein is highlighted for his ‘broad and deep knowledge of Canadian taxation’, and Barbara Worndl impresses for her ‘good business sense’. The Legal 500 Canada

Sources say (the Aird & Berlis LLP Tax Group has) “Excellent oral and written skills, as well as excellent judgement and strategic insights.” Chambers Global

Clients say (Jack Bernstein) is "high-profile, business development-oriented and very successful." Chambers Global

Barbara Worndl of Aird & Berlis LLP does a significant amount of tax planning work and is regarded as a "contemplative and thorough individual" by her peers. Chambers Global

Jack Bernstein from Aird & Berlis impresses with his “wealth of experience” and is “extremely well regarded” in the market. He chairs the firm’s international tax group, and specialises in tax planning and M&A deals. Barbara Worndl at the firm is also recommended for her “encyclopaedic knowledge”. Who's Who Legal: Canada

Jack Bernstein is listed in the section on Corporate Tax as “a phenomenal practitioner” and is featured in the publications’ breakdown of the top ten most nominated individuals in the world in its research. Who’s Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

Jack Bernstein is the chair of Aird & Berlis' international tax practice in Toronto. He is "indefatigable" in his work and his wide-ranging tax practice is "truly phenomenal." Who’s Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers

Aird & Berlis LLP’s ‘exceptionally capable team’ is held in high regard by clients for its ‘quick response times, excellent technical skills, practical approach and reasonable fees’. International tax chair Jack Bernstein is ‘creative and closely tuned to changes in the Canadian and US tax landscape’ and ‘extremely knowledgeable and technical’ tax head Barbara Worndl is ‘one of the best’. The Legal 500 Canada

“We’re very happy with Aird & Berlis” declared one client, reflecting the views of many. With a burgeoning reputation outside the USA where it is based, the firm has been expanding and is now a significant player in Canada. Chambers Global 2015

Jack Bernstein is the chair of Aird & Berlis LLP's international tax practice. "He is an effective advocate, knows the law very well and is the best in terms of service." Chambers Global 2015

Practice group leader Barbara Worndl chiefly works on the tax elements of corporate transactions, but also has notable experience in dispute resolution and transfer pricing. Chambers Global 2015

Chair of Aird & Berlis’ international tax practice Jack Bernstein is “very well known outside of Canada” and deals with both public and private corporations. Barbara Worndl is a “well regarded” tax practitioner with an emphasis on corporate and partnership taxation. Who's Who Legal: Canada

Jack Bernstein is selected by the publication as one of the most highly regarded individuals in the area of Corporate Tax. Who’s Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

Chair of the firm's international tax practice, Jack Bernstein is "renowned" for his "in-depth expertise" in tax planning. He frequently advises hedge funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds. Who’s Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers

Working with Aird & Berlis’ Tax Experts is “a seamless experience, as the lawyers are up to speed on all aspects of transactions and are always available to offer advice,” praise clients. The group is a well-recognized name in the USA and offers a sophisticated tax practice to mid-market entrepreneurial businesses. Chambers Global 2014

Jack Bernstein is a renowned practitioner and chair of the firm’s international tax practice. He has advised hedge funds, venture capital funds and real estate funds, and clients say: “We are absolutely thrilled with his advice.” Chambers Global 2014

Described as a “bright and creative lawyer with plenty of energy and skill,” Jack Bernstein is a major figure in the team. He is heavily involved in International tax planning, with M&A and corporate restructuring projects also forming part of his workload. Chambers Global 2013

Jack Bernstein is chair of the firm’s international tax practice and is “extremely commercial and very visible” in the market. He also enjoys a “tremendous reputation south of the border” and is also known for his “prolific writing.” Chambers Global 2012

A key driver of its (Aird & Berlis LLP’s) profile is chair of international tax in Toronto Jack Bernstein, who is “reputed to be among the best tax attorneys in the country.” Chambers Global 2011

Barbara Worndl specializes in income tax, particularly corporate and partnership taxation. “She’s just great — a very capable lawyer” comment sources. Chambers Global

Barbara Worndl receives real praise from her clients for her “technical proficiency, good judgement and responsiveness” and they value her “creative, clear and concise answers.” Chambers Global

Competitors rate Barbara Worndl as “smart, pleasant and proactive.” Chambers Global

Jack Bernstein and Barbara Worndl at Aird & Berlis are highly recommended by competitors. International Tax Review — World Tax

The internationally lauded Jack Bernstein is one of two lawyers featured from Aird & Berlis LLP. One client reported, "I cannot even put into words how truly superb Jack is," and peers suggested that he "could not be rated highly enough." At the same firm, Barbara Worndl is practice group leader of the tax group and an absolute whizz at anything related to income tax." Who's Who Legal: Canada

The “remarkable” Jack Bernstein at Aird & Berlis LLP is described by peers as “one of the country’s best tax experts” and is also one of the most highly nominated names in our research overall. He is joined by Barbara Worndl who has impressed for her work in structuring cross-border acquisitions, reorganisations and franchising structures.” Who's Who Legal: Canada

“At the very top of our research, the “phenomenal, indefatigable” Jack Bernstein is a praised “rainmaker” at Aird & Berlis LLP, the recipient of mountains of international acclaim from the industry’s foremost practitioners and a lawyer “without whom the list would be simply incomplete.” Who's Who Legal: Canada

“Featuring in our top 10 most highly regarded individuals, Jack Bernstein at Aird & Berlis LLP is a “world-class” lawyer. Chair of the firm’s international tax practice, he is renowned for the depth of his expertise.” Who’s Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers

Barbara Worndl is noted for being “superb” and “an absolute pleasure to work with.” Who’s Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Corporate Tax Lawyers


[Ron] Clark knows his way around power sector procurement contracts. Who's Who Legal: Canada

Skilled Ontario team, providing regulatory advice to public and private sector clients, including utilities, distributors, financial institutions and governments. Offers additional expertise in energy commercial and capital market matters, as well as domestic and international power generation projects and M&A. Chambers Canada

Ron Clark is described by sources as a "good, strong guy who is certainly knowledgeable in the field." He advises power generators, distributors and retailers on project development, procurement and restructuring. Chambers Canada

Fred Cass is the co-chair of the firm's energy team. He has long-standing experience providing regulatory assistance before all levels of court, the Ontario Energy Board and the National Energy Board. Chambers Canada

Toronto firm Aird & Berlis LLP has a broad power practice that regularly handles corporate work, project development, regulatory matters and litigation. Fred Cass and Dennis O’Leary co-chair a department that also includes highly regarded transactional specialist Ron Clark. The Legal 500 Canada

"The lawyers are responsive, have a depth of knowledge and a willingness to take an out-of-the-box approach." Chambers Canada

Ron Clark advises energy clients on procurement, project development and contractual matters. Interviewees say: "He provides excellent service, and is prompt, timely and correct." Chambers Canada

Fred Cass regularly acts before the Ontario Energy Board and National Energy Board. Sources note that he "is very well known and highly respected" and comment on his experience of both electricity and gas regulation matters. Chambers Canada

From its Toronto headquarters, Aird & Berlis LLP acts on a healthy balance of regulatory and transactional power work. On the transactional side, Ron Clark is highly recommended and advised Cambridge North Dumfries Hydro in its C$40m acquisition of Brant County Hydro. Fred Cass is the main contact on the regulatory side and represented Toronto Hydro Electric System in its application for the approval of major capital expenditures. The Legal 500 Canada

Aird & Berlis LLP’s practice marries strong regulatory experience with solid project and infrastructure capability. Corporate and commercial partner Ron Clark is a ‘truly responsive and knowledgeable lawyer’ and advised the Ontario Power Authority on its drafting of version 2.1 of the Ontario feed-in tariff program, including the revised rules and standard definitions. The Legal 500 Canada

Highly regarded for its expertise across a range of power matters, including infrastructure, transmission, cogeneration and geothermal electricity. Assists power distribution clients and provides both regulatory and transactional advice. Regularly appears before the Ontario Energy Board and is involved in international regulatory work. Chambers Global

Ron Clark enjoys a strong reputation for his focus on power transactions. He acted for Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro in connection with its proposed acquisition of Brant County Power. Chambers Global

Head of department Fred Cass is recognized for his regulatory practice and recently represented Toronto Hydro before the Ontario Energy Board in the second phase of a rate case. Chambers Global

Significant player in power regulatory matters in Ontario. Notable work for the Ontario Power Authority as well as a number of other electric and gas utilities across the province. Chambers Global

"They are very responsive to client needs." Chambers Global

Ron Clark has established a prominent reputation in Ontario, and continues to be singled out for his work on behalf of the Ontario Power Authority. Chambers Global

Department head Fred Cass is an "excellent advocate and a persuasive litigator" who has a long history in energy law in Canada. Sources say: "He's extremely bright, has really good judgement, is very wise and has dealt with a lot of really tough issues." Chambers Global

(Aird & Berlis LLP's) Toronto-based team is highly rated for its energy regulatory and local distribution practice in Ontario. It acts for a large market share of the province's utilities. Chambers Global

"They are considered one of the top shops in the province." Chambers Global

Ron Clark is well known for his work on behalf of the Ontario Power Authority. "He is immersed in this business," sources say. Chambers Global

Infrastructure and Projects

Aird & Berlis LLP’s ‘smart and client-focused’ group is led by Douglas Younger, who has a strong track record in advising private and public sector participants in PPP projects. The Legal 500 Canada

Toronto firm with a track record advising on PPP work in Ontario. Acts for a range of industry participants in both the public and private sectors on transportation, social infrastructure and energy projects, among others. Chambers Canada

Group head Douglas Younger is well placed to advise on project finance and infrastructure transactions. He assists key stakeholders with all manner of PPP projects. Chambers Global/Canada

Heidi Visser handles commercial and finance matters relating to public-private partnerships. She assists with agreements and lending arrangements relating to projects. Chambers Canada

Aird & Berlis LLP has a 'strong project finance team' that provides 'very good value for money'. Douglas Younger heads the infrastructure department and advised SaskBuilds and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure on the Regina Bypass project. He advised Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx as the sponsors in the C$859m East Rail Maintenance Facility Project. The 'smart and experienced' Heidi Visser is also recommended. The Legal 500 Canada

"They have experience with different PPP models and have provided excellent legal counsel to us." Chambers Canada

Douglas Younger "has a sound knowledge of PPP across different jurisdictions. He understands the evolution of PPP in North America and in Europe." His expertise includes representing all the key players in projects across a broad spectrum of industries. Chambers Global/Chambers Canada

Heidi Visser is commended for her extensive knowledge of the sector. One source commented: "Technically she's really sound and she's got a good approach." She advises on infrastructure projects relating to transport, education and healthcare. Chambers Canada

The ‘communicative and responsive’ team at Toronto-based Aird & Berlis LLP is valued by clients for its ‘accurate and thorough advice’. Infrastructure head Douglas Younger is singled out for his ‘precision in drafting’, and Heidi Visser is highlighted for ‘engaging with clients to a high level’. The Legal 500 Canada

Lawyers at Aird & Berlis LLP are ‘extremely knowledgeable’, ‘proactive at identifying potential issues’ and provide ‘consistently insightful advice’. In particular, infrastructure chair Douglas Younger is highlighted as ‘best in class’ and impresses for his ‘tremendous experience in the project finance field’. The Legal 500 Canada

"They understand all the different perspectives and markets in the PPP space." Chambers Global

Department head Douglas Younger has an impressive track record in the PPP market. Sources say: "He has broad experience across Canada, and is very good in terms of his client-facing behaviour and time management." Chambers Global

Heidi Visser has an active practice which includes experience acting across a wide range of asset classes. Interviewees say that "she has no preconceptions and looks at things with a fresh eye every time." Chambers Global

“The team was knowledgeable about the field. They were well prepared and applied a practical and reasonable approach to the different challenges, which allowed us to move forward at a rapid pace. They showed a clear understanding and appreciation of our objectives.” Chambers Global

Douglas Younger is described by one client as “extremely experienced in the PPP market and extremely familiar with the PPP procurement process in Ontario and British Columbia.” Another added: “He has both the technical excellence I require and an enormously practical perspective.” Chambers Global

Heidi Visser is viewed as “thorough, insightful, professional and someone who always delivers timely services.” She is praised for her wide-ranging legal expertise and has extensive experience in advising on all aspects of PPP transactions. Chambers Global

(The Aird & Berlis LLP National Infrastructure) Toronto team has strong credentials, and is highly recommended for its practical approach to projects work. It advises a range of industry participants, and is attracting increasing attention for its advisory work outside of Canada. Chambers Global

"They provide top-quality legal work." Chambers Global

“The team is comprised of knowledgeable people who always deliver.” Chambers Global

Heidi Visser and Douglas Younger work closely together, and clients report they are “in tune with the requirements of financially closing PPPs and are very strong technically.” Chambers Global

"The way (Heidi Visser) manages the legal language is very good – she's on top of things." Chambers Global

Insolvency & Restructuring

A distinguished player in mid-market restructuring and insolvency, with substantial experience of lending matters. Regularly acts for secured lenders and other financial institutions, as well as representing bondholders in cross-border transactions. "They are certainly experts in restructuring and insolvency. They are always very approachable and quick to respond." "They are very responsive and understand our industry. They provide great counsel." Chambers Canada

Robb English is held in high esteem by market commentators for his representation of secured lenders. "One of the things I really like about him is his ability to find a common ground to secure agreements, even under difficult circumstances," one client said. Chambers Canada

Steven Graff advises a wide range of clients including court-appointed monitors, debtors as well as institutional lenders and bondholder groups. Sources say: "He is very responsive and very conscious of bringing value for his clients." Chambers Canada

‘Accessible, thorough, great to deal with’, the team at Aird & Berlis LLP represents ‘excellent value for money’, according to clients. The ‘knowledgeable’ Robb English heads a team that also includes ‘very strong lawyer’ Steven Graff. The Legal 500 Canada

Robb English assists both Canadian and US clients with domestic and cross-border restructurings and insolvencies. He serves as the practice leader of the firm's financial services group. Chambers Canada

Steven Graff represented a large accountancy firm both as the court-appointed monitor, and subsequently the receiver and trustee in the insolvency of Redstone Investment and Redstone Capital. Chambers Canada

Aird & Berlis LLP’s ‘outstanding’ team is commended for its ‘very high level of client service’. Robb English is a responsive and committed counsel’ and heads a group that also includes Steven Graff, who is recommended for his ‘strong courtroom skills’. Recent highlights include advising BDO Canada as the court-appointed monitor in BioExx Specialty Proteins’ restructuring. The Legal 500 Canada

Aird & Berlis LLP is lauded as a ‘significant participant in the insolvency community in Ontario’ and lawyers receive effusive praise for their ‘understanding of the urgency of a file’ and for being ‘good insolvency partners and competent litigators’. Most notably, financial services head Robb English is a ‘responsive and highly commercial lawyer’, and Steven Graff ‘impresses with his ability to win respect from judges in the court room’. The Legal 500 Canada

"They are entrepreneurial, creative and flexible on fees." Chambers Global

Robb English acts for banks and secured lenders on domestic and US cross-border files. He was the lead partner acting for TD Bank on the aforementioned receivership of Chartrand Equipment. Chambers Global

Steven Graff is praised by clients for his litigation abilities. One source said: "He keeps things very practical, gives good advice, does not complicate the issues and his work is done in a timely and complete manner." Chambers Global

"They are very responsive, very practical and solution-oriented. They are problem solvers and know what's important to us as a company." Chambers Global

Robb English is "a very good lawyer, who is very experienced and very practical, and works very well with opposing legal counsel in terms of getting a consensus." Chambers Global

Steven Graff "knows what the client wants done but doesn't just tell you what you think you want to hear." Chambers Global

"They have an excellent reputation in the Toronto marketplace." Chambers Global

“The broadest coverage of the banks – one of the best firms in town for the upper mid-market.” Chambers Global

Robb English "has a very good understanding of risks, brings a very practical approach to files, and helps solve problems." Chambers Global

Robb English is “extremely professional and practical” and has “excellent business judgement, which makes him very good value for money.” Chambers Global

Robb English is largely known for his work representing banks and financial institutions. “He reacts quickly and without delay to get a solution in a reasonable and practical way.” Chambers Global

Robb English is “able to quickly come up with innovative ideas,” commented impressed clients. Chambers Global

The well-liked Harry Fogul can draw on three decades of experience in insolvency to offer his clients a “great deal of common sense.” Chambers Global

Harry Fogul is “an awesome negotiator,” advising small and medium-sized businesses and high net worth individuals on cross-border CCAA matters. Chambers Global

Steven Graff is "an impressive lawyer and he's very effective, personable and bright." Chambers Global

Steven Graff has developed strong ties to numerous financial institutions, and sources note that his practice and good name continue to expand. Chambers Global

Steven Graff has developed a strong reputation as an insolvency practitioner with an impressive knowledge of asset-based lending. Chambers Global

Intellectual Property

Grant Cansfield “provides excellent counsel and advice on a range of trademark issues.” Who’s Who Legal: Canada

Ken Clark is a leading trademark agent and lawyer with “a command of the practice of trademark law.” Who’s Who Legal: Canada

Aird & Berlis's co-leader of the IP group Ken Clark is "an excellent trademark attorney, who shows a great amount of technical knowledge and commercial consideration." Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks 2016

Aird & Berlis’s certified arbitrator Timothy Lowman is "famed for his transactional nous and affinity for the fine print of commercial agreements." Intellectual Asset Management Patent 1000 2016 - The World's Leading Patent Professionals 

Labour & Employment

The firm has strong experience in contentious matters, including wrongful dismissal, human rights issues and grievance arbitration. The Legal 500 Canada


Aird & Berlis LLP consistently ranks as one of the top firms in Novae Res Urbis' (NRU) annual ranking of the most prominent planning and land development firms in both the City of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. NRU noted that "the Aird & Berlis team of lawyers has once again outdone the rest of the competition. The firm continues to represent more clients at the [Ontario Municipal Board] than any other, with a high rate of success."

Aird & Berlis LLP was also recognized as a "Top Listed" firm in Canada in the area of Municipal Law by The Best Lawyers in Canada. "Top Listed" designations are awarded to firms with the most lawyers listed in a particular region and practice area. Robert G. Doumani, Leo F. Longo, John Mascarin and N. Jane Pepino are recognized in the area of Municipal Law. In addition, John Mascarin was named Best Lawyers' Municipal "Lawyer of the Year" for Toronto in 2016 and Leo Longo was awarded Municipal "Lawyer of the Year" for Toronto in 2014. Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is honoured as a "Lawyer of the Year."

Real Estate

The “wonderful” Hayden Solomons is extremely well versed in real estate divestitures, acquisitions and leasing. Who's Who Legal: Canada

Lloyd Cornett runs "a distinguished real estate practice" and is admired as "really, really good" when it comes to commercial leasing. Who's Who Legal: Canada

Toronto firm Aird & Berlis LLP has a robust and broad real estate practice, with market-leading capability in municipal and planning issues as well as niche strength in condominium law. The Legal 500 Canada

Well respected for its experience of municipal property and condominium development in Toronto. Proficient across a range of transactions, with notable expertise in traditional acquisitions, financing and refinancing matters. "They are an excellent firm with great expertise."  "An outstanding team." Chambers Canada

Hayden Solomons of Aird & Berlis LLP is well regarded for his diverse real estate practice. He often advises on divestitures, leasing and financing mandates, as well as REITs transactions. Hayden Solomons is a "great technical lawyer" who is held in high regard for his work for REITs and developers. His experience includes a wide range of acquisitions, divestitures and financing mandates. Chambers Canada

Hayden Solomons of Aird & Berlis LLP advises on all aspects of real estate transactions throughout Ontario and further afield. He acted for Crestpoint Real Estate Investment on its acquisition of a 50% stake in H&R REIT's Telus Building in Burnaby, BC. Chambers Global

Aird & Berlis LLP’s 'excellent group' is praised for 'supporting the client at every step'. Department chair Michael Brooks particularly impresses for his ability to 'take a detail-oriented approach without wasting time on unimportant matters'. Hayden Solomons is also a key name in the team and advised Skyline Apartment REIT on the C$101m acquisition of a portfolio of residential buildings from Starlight Investments. Andrew Webster is recommended for condominium-related matters and advised Concord Adex on its C$400m acquisition of the residential component of the 500 Lake Shore Boulevard West project. The Legal 500 Canada

"The work they did was flawless and very detail-oriented." Chambers Canada

Hayden Solomons is an active player in Ontario's real estate market, representing public and private REITs, developers and builders. He is well versed in real estate transactions and financings. Chambers Canada

Toronto-based Aird & Berlis LLP is appreciated by clients for its 'very good team approach' and for its 'strong combination of legal knowledge and solid business understanding'. Michael Brooks heads a 13-partner team that also includes the 'technical and extraordinarily practical' Michael Smith and the 'excellent' Norman Kahn. Among its recent highlights, Andrew Webster advised Concord Adex Developments and CityPlace Developments in the C$500m development and sale of the mixed-use Parade 2 Project. Other representative clients include Allied Properties REIT, Canadian REIT and Rice Commercial Group. The Legal 500 Canada

Aird & Berlis LLP has a 'much bigger real estate group and a wider range of experience than some of Canada’s largest corporate firms'. Clients particularly praise its 'very fast response times', 'dedication to the sector', 'knowledgeable lawyers' and its 'good team and backup'. Led by Michael Brooks in Toronto the group also includes the 'proactive and client-focused' Andrew Webster. The Legal 500 Canada

"They provide a comprehensive service and are always mindful of the business side of things." Chambers Global

Hayden Solomons is singled out as "an incredible lawyer," who is "very knowledgeable." He handles a wide range of commercial real estate issues including transactions, financings, development and leasing. Chambers Global

Hayden Solomons is described by clients as "incredibly intelligent and very entrepreneurial." Chambers Global

(Aird & Berlis LLP) is considered a strong player in the mid-market, and is active in the planning, leasing, financing, development and construction of a range of properties. The group is also recognised for its representation of foreign investors entering the Canadian real estate market. Chambers Global

"They're exceptionally skilled. For anything that we need there's a specialist at the firm who can service our requirements. They are an extension of our business." Chambers Global

Hayden Solomons is recognised for his increasing presence in the market, with sources noting that "his name comes up time and time again as someone in the next wave of elite commercial real estate practitioners." He is highly respected for his REIT work, advising a number of significant clients including Canadian Real Estate Investment Trust. Chambers Global

Technology, Telecoms, Media & Broadcasting

Donald B Johnston is recognized for his experience in all aspects of technology including transactions, procurement and data protection. He has "a depth of knowledge in the technology industry and commercial flair." Who's Who Legal: Canada

Aird & Berlis LLP houses a robust telecoms practice, with Stephen Zolf highly regarded for regulatory work. Donald Johnston is recommended for technology matters. The Legal 500 Canada

Stephen Zolf of Aird & Berlis LLP advises on a range of matters relating to telecommunications including copyright and regulatory issues. Sources draw attention to his extensive work in the broadcasting space. Chambers Canada

At Aird & Berlis LLP, Donald Johnston is a key contact for technology work and is advising OntarioMD on procurement matters and issues relating to electronic medical records. Regulatory expert Stephen Zolf is highly regarded for telecoms law and is advising World Wrestling Entertainment on the Canadian broadcasting regime. The Legal 500 Canada

Stephen Zolf of Aird & Berlis LLP "knows the field very well, is on top of developments at the CRTC and provides sound advice." He draws upon his previous experience as a government adviser when representing clients before an array of industry regulators. Chambers Global/Chambers Canada

At Aird & Berlis, Donald Johnston is co-head of the technology team and a “real force” in the Toronto market. He is especially commended for his procurement and licensing abilities. Who's Who Legal: Canada

Stephen Zolf of Aird & Berlis LLP is highly regarded for his knowledge of broadcasting and copyright matters. One source said: "He's very smart, creative and rigorous; it's worth investing in a relationship with him" Chambers Global

From Aird & Berlis LLP, Donald B. Johnston is renowned for his "unsurpassable appreciation" of legal and commercial nuance and his ability of "quickly reach solutions to complex problems." Who's Who Legal: Canada