Ivan Y. Lavrence

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  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1995
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1993
  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1990
Ivan Lavrence
 Overview

Ivan has practiced commercial litigation for more than 20 years. In that time he has developed expertise in all aspects of real property litigation. This expertise includes title and conveyancing disputes, commercial lease disputes (acting for both landlords and tenants), mortgage enforcement and priority disputes, contract disputes and partnership disputes.

More recently, Ivan has a developed a significant expertise in environmental litigation, and is one of Blaney’s leading practitioners in that area. His experience includes both prosecuting and defending environmental contamination claims, relating to numerous contaminants that are unfortunately all too common  - dry cleaner chemicals, hydrocarbons, metals and PCBs.

Ivan also has expertise in the electrical utility industry. He has significant experience is defending tort and contract claims arising from power quality issues - whether real or imagined. He has a solid familiarity with the regulatory framework that utilities function within; he has acted as counsel in several “test cases” which successfully clarified and extended the binding effect of the Conditions of Service which each distribution utility must publish.

As a result of his experience, Ivan also has significant expertise in related areas; some examples are bankruptcy and insolvency matters (including CCAA proceedings), civil fraud such as fraudulent conveyances and a successful history of acting for insurers - defending claims and advancing subrogated claims.

Ivan’s emphasis is always on the “bigger picture” and his clients' business objectives. Timely and cost-effective resolution is always the goal, often using alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration under both Ontario and international legislation. Despite this, when necessary Ivan is able and willing to effectively represent his clients in court as well. He has significant trial experience (including long trials) and can guide a client through every aspect of the litigation process.

 Education
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1993
  • B.A., University of Toronto, 1990
 Practice Areas  Called to the Bar
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1995
 Assistant  Experience
  • Cowan v Hydro One Networks Inc, 2011 ONSC 6377 -

    Successfully defended a utility at trial and on appeal, and obtained a dismissal of an action alleging that livestock was harmed by tingle voltage

  • Polywheels Inc, Re, 2010 ONSC 1265 -

    Successfully obtained the return of a deposit, on behalf of a purchaser of real property who exercised an option to terminate an agreement or purchase and sale

  • Miller v Sloan, 205 OAC 94 (Ont CA) -

    Acted for investors in a partnership dispute,  obtaining a distribution of proceeds following termination of a limited partnership

  • Sittuk Investments Ltd v Aylen Estate, 61 OR (3d) 546 -

    Successfully represented a group of timeshare investors in a cottage resort, in enforcing their  rights against an insolvent resort operator

  • Counsel for an electrical utility in arbitrating rent to be paid for a lease of utility corridor lands

  • Counsel for a public agency in several claims involving public lands which were contaminated by lessors

  • Prosecuted multiple claims arising out of errors and omissions by environmental contractors, in remediating a former industrial property

  • Counsel for an electrical utility in a class action, arising from a transformer vault fire

Recognition

 Speaking  Publications
 Memberships

Memberships

  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
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