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

Max has a diverse civil litigation practice focused on complex contract, construction, and procurement disputes. He also has expertise in banking litigation, class actions, insolvency proceedings, anti-corruption matters, gaming disputes, and domestic and international commercial arbitrations. He has represented clients at all levels of courts in Ontario, in arbitration proceedings in Ontario, Alberta, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and at the Supreme Court of Canada in the voting rights appeal by expatriate Canadian citizens in Frank v. Canada (A.G.).

Max has successfully completed secondments with the in-house legal teams at Ontario Power Generation and Bell Canada, as well as at Blakes’ Calgary office.

SELECT EXPERIENCE

Max has acted as counsel to:

Commercial Cases

  • 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

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

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

  • An 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

Construction and Procurement

  • A contractor in a dispute involving claims for delay and disruption arising from the construction of a high voltage transmission line

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

  • A global oil and gas producer in a multi-party construction dispute relating to a pipeline failure in Alberta

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

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
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PROFESSIONAL APPEARANCES
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Speaker: Critical Case Analysis of Frank v. Canada (AG) 2019 SCC 1
Ontario Bar Association Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law Program, Toronto, Ontario, April 3, 2019.
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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