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Alan J. LencznerQ.C.

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Alan* is one of the bar’s senior counsel and one of the premier litigators in Canadian history. Along with his wife Joan, Alan has three children, six grandchildren, and a farm north of Toronto, where he has been known to drive his old tractor around while pondering cases. But in the courtroom, he wins§ respect from everyone, including his opponents. Canadian Lawyer says Alan "has built a stellar reputation in the world of corporate-commercial clashes, and for the past four decades he has acted on some of the biggest matters hitting the docket" and others have called him a "happy warrior" for his jovial attitude when litigating. It is his smart, analytical, and exacting style for which everyone in the profession knows him mostly due to his overwhelming experience in the courtroom. Overall, Alan has argued more than 200 full trials and appeals. It’s that experience that gives him a stellar reputation and credibility with judges across the country. .

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Alan J. Lenczner , Q.C.

is one of the five founding partners at Lenczner Slaght.

"Alan J. Lenczner is a dean of the commercial litigation bar who has built a stellar reputation in the world of corporate-commercial clashes, and for the past four decades he has acted on some of the biggest matters hitting the docket." — Canadian Lawyer

Widely acknowledged as one of Canada's leading litigators, Alan has applied his skills and insight as an advocate to yield precedent-setting decisions in nearly every area of civil litigation. Since 1969, he has pursued an intensive trial and appellate practice with emphasis on civil commercial matters, complex construction cases, professional liability and corporate securities litigation. Drawing on an extraordinary depth of experience in mastering complex issues, he appears regularly before courts at all levels across the country, as well as many professional and government tribunals. He has also appeared as counsel before the High Court and the Court of Appeal in the U.K. In aggregate, he has argued more than 300 full trials and appeals.

A frequent lecturer on a broad range of legal subjects, from fiduciary duties to constitutional law, Alan has helped to guide a generation of lawyers into the profession. He has taught trial advocacy at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall law schools and also participates in an annual one-week trial advocacy program for the Quebec Bar.

Alan was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1982.

In aggregate, Alan has argued more than 200 full trials and appeals, including Pezim v British Columbia (Superintendent of Brokers), Standard Investments v CIBC, International Corona Ltd, v Lac Minerals Ltd, Tagish v Prime Resources Ltd, Yaiguaje v Chevron, Ontario Securities Commission v West, Penvidic Contracting Ltd. v INCO, Society of Lloyds v Daly, Standard Investments Ltd v Nova Scotia Savings and Loan, Kerr v Danier Leather Inc, Link v Venture Steel Inc and Smith v Inco Ltd.

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  • American College of Trial Lawyers - Fellow

  • The Advocates' Society

  • Ontario Bar Association

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  • The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (2012 - 2015)

    Class Actions, Corporate Commercial Litigation

  • Benchmark Canada (2012-2015)

    Local Litigation Star - General Commercial, Professional Liability and Regulations, Securities

  • Best Lawyers (2006-2016)

    Bet-the-Company Litigation, Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, Director and Officer Liability, International Arbitration, Medical Negligence, Legal Malpractice Law, Securities Law

  • Canadian Lawyer (2013)

    Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers - Corporate Commercial Law

  • Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (2012-2017)

    Class Actions, Commercial Arbitration, Litigation - Corporate Commercial, Litigation - Directors' & Officers' Liability, Litigation - Securities, Professional Liability

  • Chambers Global (2012-2015)

    Dispute Resolution: Ontario: Canada

  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (2015)

    Commercial Litigation, Class Actions, Securities Litigation

  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (2015)

    Commercial Litigation, Class Actions, Securities Litigation

  • Lexpert Zenith Award (2012)

  • Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (2013-2014)

    Class Actions, Corporate Commercial, Securities


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