Mervyn D. Abramowitz

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  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1988
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1986
Mervyn Abramowitz
 Overview

Mervyn has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial litigation (including disputes involving contracts, real estate, negligence, fiduciary obligations, as well as corporate, partnership, employment and shareholder disputes), as well as in commercial bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring matters. He is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in both Civil Litigation and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law, and appears regularly before all levels of the trial and appellate courts of Ontario.   

Mervyn is regularly consulted and retained by other law firms in Toronto, as well as across Canada and the United States, for his experience, expertise, and insights in commercial litigation and insolvency matters. He is very active in several professional organizations, including the Canadian Bar Association and the Commercial List Users' Committee.

 Education
  • LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 1986
 Practice Areas  Called to the Bar
  • Called to the Bar of Ontario, 1988
 Assistant  Experience
  • Commercial Litigation

    • Counsel to a national lessor of heavy equipment in its dispute with its customer regarding specialized excavation equipment used in the construction industry
    • Counsel to British Columbia-based construction contractors in their dispute with various equipment lessors
    • Counsel to a national computer distributor in enforcing its claims against a Chinese manufacturer of drones and other technological equipment
    • Successful trial and appellate counsel to a national refrigeration manufacturer in its legal action against a transportation company for negligence and breach of contract
    • Counsel to an equipment supplier and logistics firm in Toronto in its dispute with a large German manufacturer
    • Counsel to a contractor in its dispute with a sub-contractor over work performed at a number of venues constructed for the Pan-American Games in Hamilton and Milton
    • Counsel to a condominium developer in Mississauga in its dispute with another condominium developer 
    • Counsel to several equipment lessors and financiers in Quebec and Ontario in various legal actions in Ontario
    • Counsel to a Toronto film production company in its action against its lawyers for negligent legal advice leading to the loss of valuable film rights 
    • Court-appointed representative counsel to a group of individuals in a large, commercial mortgage enforcement action involving the determination of their rights as life-lease holders
    • Counsel to an Ontario corporation in a multi-jurisdictional shareholder dispute with an Israeli corporation
    • Counsel to a U.S.-based Tier 1 automobile parts supplier in a dispute involving parts suppliers withholding tools and parts destined for several OEM's
    • Counsel to a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a breach of contract action with international scope involving the construction of custom equipment and several large foreign entities in Germany, Switzerland and the United States
  • Bankruptcy & Insolvency

    • Counsel to the Monitor in the court-ordered winding up of a corporation involved in blockchain and cryptocurrencies investments
    • Counsel to a Quebec-based customer in the Bionx bicycles receivership and in the litigation commenced by the receiver
    • Counsel to a Quebec-based franchisor in its dealings with a bankrupt franchisee in Ontario
    • Counsel to a Chinese toy manufacturer / supplier in the Toys R Us CCAA proceeding
    • Counsel to a manufacturer of Internet-connected household appliances in its BIA proposal proceeding 
    • Counsel to Martin Ross Group Inc., a jewellery manufacturer, in its CCAA filling
    • Counsel to a Taiwanese creditor in the Comark Canada CCAA filing
    • Counsel to a New Brunswick lender in its recovery efforts involving clients of a bankrupt law firm
    • Counsel to the U.S. purchaser of several claims of various Canadian and international creditors of Target Canada in its CCAA filing 
    • Independent counsel to one of the former partners of Coopers and Lybrand in its CCAA restructuring
    • Counsel to creditors, nationally and internationally, in the cross-border CCAA restructurings of Vallefoam, Canwest, Angiotech
    • Counsel to various secured and unsecured creditors in several court-appointed receiverships and bankruptcies in the high-tech and biotech spheres, including Botaneco, Seven Group Data Management Group, Sprint Network, Gloplug and others
    • Counsel to several trustees and receivers dealing with various Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent transactions
    • Counsel to a large, Quebec financial institution seeking the appointment of a receiver over various commercial entities in Ontario
    • Counsel to several statutory and court-appointed receivers in southern Ontario in the social housing area
 Recognition

Recognition

  • Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law
 Speaking  Publications
 News
 Memberships

Memberships

  • Chair, Sections, Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Turnaround Management Association
 Community

Community

  • Chair, Canadian Bar Association National Insolvency Law Section Executive
  • Chair of Sections, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, Commercial List Users’ Committee
  • Past Chair, Ontario Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Executive
  • Former Instructor, Ontario Bar Admission Course, Civil Litigation & Insolvency Sections

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