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Bernie McGarva



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Admitted to the Ontario Bar: 1980

Bernie McGarva has been a partner of the firm since 1992 and is a senior member of the firm's Litigation Group and Tax Litigation Team. From 1980 to 1992, he practised law as a partner of another Canadian law firm.

PracticeBernie McGarva practises in the area of commercial and construction litigation, with a focus on securities litigation, shareholders' rights disputes, and errors and omissions defence. He has appeared before tribunals and all levels of the court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Bernie's portfolio of reported cases includes extensive work in the area of tax appeals acting for commercial clients in disputes with federal and provincial taxing authorities. He has served as a mediator in over 500 disputes focusing on commercial contracts, insurance, professional errors and omissions, construction, and family and estate disputes.  Bernie has frequently served as an arbitrator and Referee in the same fields.

Special Designations

Certified Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada in the field of Construction Law

Recognized in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Construction Law and Professional Liability

MembershipsThe Advocates’ Society
Canadian/Ontario Bar Association (Construction Law Section, Past Executive)
Toronto Lawyers Association


LL.B. (Hons.), University of Toronto, 1978
B.A. (Magna Cum Laude), Harvard University, 1975
Fellow of the John Fitzgerald Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

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