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Max Shapiro

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Max has acted as counsel to:

Commercial Cases

  • Canadian Pacific Railway Company in actions against the governments of Canada, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba to recover taxes paid in contravention of a provision of the Railway's 1880 Charter which states that its main line shall "be forever free from taxation"

  • Six Nations of the Grand River Band of Indians in an ongoing large and complex action against the Canadian and Ontario governments

  • 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

  • Banks and other financial institutions on a range of commercial disputes and regulatory issues

  • 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

  • Owners in delay and acceleration disputes relating to the construction of a multi-billion dollar light rail line and the rehabilitation of a highway

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

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

  • 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

Professional Activities

Max is a member of The Advocates' Society and the Canadian and Ontario bar associations. He volunteers with various Pro Bono Law Ontario projects, and has previously been an adjunct lecturer (mooting adviser) at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Professional Appearances
Executive Certificate in International Arbitration, University of Ottawa – 2013
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2011
JD (Hon.), University of Toronto – 2010
Exchange Program, University of Hong Kong – Fall 2009
MSc (with Merit), London School of Economics and Political Science – 2006
BA (Hon.), McGill University – 2005
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