Max Shapiro
Associate | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-3305

Max has a diverse civil litigation practice that includes experience dealing with commercial disputes, class actions, banking litigation, insolvency proceedings, defamation suits, shareholder litigation, white collar crime matters, and domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts in Ontario, and as arbitration counsel in proceedings in Ontario, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Max previously worked as a summer associate at a prominent New York law firm, a case-worker for Downtown Legal Services Community Clinic, a consulting associate for a public affairs firm, and a research assistant to Dr. Janice Stein, director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto.


Max has recently acted as counsel to:

  • Banks and other financial institutions on a range of commercial disputes and regulatory issues
  • United States Steel Corporation in successfully asserting a US$2-billion claim against U.S. Steel Canada in which the court provided a revised test for the distinction between debt and equity
  • The operators of the resort casinos in Ontario owned by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, including Caesars Windsor, Casino Rama, Casino Niagara and Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort
  • A multinational oil and gas services company in relation to a construction arbitration in Alberta
  • A major investment management firm in a lawsuit arising from a "liftout" of a team of investment advisors and defamation claims concerning a press release reporting on events
  • A large food and beverage company in a dispute relating to a request for proposals associated with a national fulfillment program
  • Cliffs Natural Resources in disputes involving the mining industry
  • A major pension plan sponsor in an Ontario class action regarding the wind-up of a supplemental pension plan
  • Canadian and multinational companies in connection with the development of anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies
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ADR Perspectives, Vol. 4, No. 3, ADR Institute of Canada, September 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, July 13, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on International Dispute Resolution, May 26, 2017.
Blakes Bulletin on International Dispute Resolution, February 2, 2017.
Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, Blakes Business Class, December 6, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, October 18, 2016
Co-author: Ontario Court Addresses Debt Re-Characterization Argument in CCAA Proceeding
National Insolvency Review, Vol. 33, No. 4, August 2016.
Blakes Business Class on Business Crimes Investigations & Compliance, June 3, 2016.
Blakes Bulletin on Litigation & Dispute Resolution, March 3, 2016.
Co-author: Corporate Crime, Fraud and Corruption in Canada: Overview, Practical Law
Thomson Reuters, Fall 2014
Co-author: Canada - Business Crime 2015
The International Comparative Legal Guide to Business Crime 2015, Global Legal Group Ltd., London, UK, October 2014.
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Facilitator: Law Practice Program
Trial Advocacy Workshop Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, August 25, 2016.
Workshop Leader: From Calamity to Confidence: Best Practices for Effective Crisis Management
Blakes Business Class Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, February 24, 2015.
Facilitator: Civil Trials Symposium
Advocates' Society, Toronto, Ontario, January 28, 2015.
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