Iris Antonios
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3349

Iris has a broad commercial litigation and arbitration practice, with experience in regulatory investigations, mining litigation, environmental matters, construction litigation, and all manner of complex commercial disputes. She represents clients in a variety of industries including financial services, insurance, pension plans, energy, telecommunications and municipalities.

Iris completed a secondment at the London office of a magic circle firm in the U.K., where she was part of a team advising a large financial institution in connection with regulatory investigations by authorities in the U.K. and elsewhere.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Recent representative matters include:

  • Co-counsel to a number of clients in various industries undertaking workplace investigations, both internal and in response to regulatory investigations
  • Co-counsel to the owner of an energy plant in a complex multi-party construction litigation involving several interrelated court actions
  • Co-counsel to a supplier of industrial gases in a contract dispute with a distributor
  • Co-counsel to a mining and natural resources company in an appeal of a decision of the Ontario Mining and Lands Commissioner relating to an easement over unpatented mining claims
  • Co-counsel in an arbitration of disputes under right-of-way agreements between governmental corporations and energy pipeline companies
  • Co-counsel in an arbitration of disputes between two air carriers over payments to be made under a capacity purchase agreement
  • Co-counsel to a mining and natural resources company in a judicial review application related to a federal environmental assessment and the Crown's duty to consult with First Nations
  • Co-counsel representing a First Nation in ongoing litigation against the federal and Ontario governments relating to fiduciary obligations owed by the Crown in respect of management of lands and monies
  • Co-counsel representing an electricity generation company in a judicial review application by a First Nations group in respect of the environmental assessment for a hydroelectric redevelopment project
  • Co-counsel representing a municipality in response to a judicial review application relating to the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act, and in a response to a subsequent motion for leave to appeal
  • Co-counsel in several injunction matters, including advertising claims by Internet service providers, road blockades and unauthorized use of a charitable corporation's trade-mark
PUBLICATIONS
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Blakes Bulletin on Construction Dispute Resolution, August 18, 2017.
Co-author: The $50 billion reversal - Dispute between Russia and oil company shareholders underlines importance of arbitral jurisdiction
The Lawyers Weekly, June 17, 2016 Issue, pp. 13-14.
Blakes Bulletin on International Dispute Resolution and Litigation & Dispute Resolution, June 9, 2016.
Blakes Update on Litigation & Dispute Resolution/ Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution/Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, August 2015.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: CETA and Investor-State Dispute Settlement: What It Means for Your International Business Strategy
Blakes Business Class Webinar, September 21, 2017.
Co-speaker: Litigation and Arbitration Across Borders
Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum, Benchmark Litigation, New York, NY, September 19, 2017.
Co-speaker: Ethics Primer for New In-House Counsel
Canadian Spring Training Camp, Corporate Counsel Association, Toronto, Ontario, April 2, 2017.
Co-speaker: Understanding and Navigating Today’s Environmental Risks
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 23, 2016.
Co-speaker: Creative Arbitration Design and Case Management
2016 Annual National Conference, ADR Institute of Canada, Toronto, Ontario, October 14, 2016.
Speaker: Dispute Resolution Methods and Strategies
Contract Performance Management Conference, The Canadian Institute, Toronto, Ontario, September 29, 2016.
Co-speaker: Litigation and arbitration in different jurisdictions
Benchmark Women in Litigation Forum, Benchmark Litigation, New York, NY, September 20, 2016.
Co-speaker: Benchmark Risk, Emerging Challenges and Lessons Learned
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, March 1, 2016.
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