Max Shapiro
Partner | 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 represented clients at all levels of courts in Ontario, at the Supreme Court of Canada, and in arbitration 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.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Max has 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 Canadian American Bar Association on an intervention before the Supreme Court of Canada involving a voting rights appeal by expatriate Canadian citizens

  • The operators of the resort casinos in Ontario owned by the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation for disputes arising from gaming operations

  • A power generation company in dealing with procurement and construction disputes relating to ongoing operations and the refurbishment of one of its nuclear generating stations

  • A global sports apparel company in a sponsorship dispute with a Canadian sports federation

  • A large food and beverage company in a dispute relating to a request for proposals associated with a national fulfillment program

  • 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

  • Cliffs Natural Resources in disputes involving the mining industry

  • Canadian and multinational companies in connection with the development of anti-corruption and anti-bribery policies, and investigating possible individual or corporate misconduct

PUBLICATIONS
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Co-author: Corporate Crime, Fraud and Corruption in Canada: Overview
Practical Law Thomson Reuters, Fall 2018.
Co-author: Corporate and Financial Crimes – Criminal Law 101
Canadian Corporate Counsel, Vol. 27, No. 5, June/July 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance, January 17, 2018.
Blakes Bulletin on Business Crimes, Investigations & Compliance , December 5, 2017.
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.
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Co-speaker: The Cutting Edge of Compliance: Best Practices and Recent Developments in Anticorruption, Investigations and Responding to Government Enforcement
Blakes Seminar, Toronto, Ontario, November 15, 2018.
Facilitator: Law Practice Program
Trial Advocacy Workshop Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, August 25, 2016.
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MEDIA APPEARANCES
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Quoted: Canadian Ex Pats in the U.S. Win Right to Vote Back Home
Interviewed by Andy J. Semotiuk, Forbes, January 16, 2019.
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