Lawyers at Gilbertson Davis LLP are engaged in the communities in which they work.

The Insurance and General Business community, and both the Insurance and Commercial Litigation Bar. They participate in seminars, symposiums and other continuing legal education events. They also participate in insurance and other business focused activities.

Take a look at how Gilbertson Davis LLP stays involved.

Current News & Events


Gilbertson Davis LLP Welcomes Commercial & Insurance Litigation Lawyer Mahdi Hussein
It is with great pleasure that Gilbertson Davis LLP announces that Commercial & Insurance Litigation Lawyer Mahdi Hussein has joined the Firm.  Mahdi obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School (2016) where he served as a Teaching Assistant, and holds an undergraduate Honours B.A.  degree from the University of Toronto, where his successes included placement on the Dean’s List (2009-2013); reserved for the top 10% of Arts & Sciences students), and receipt of the John R. Evans Scholarship (2010) award before graduating with High Distinction.  In the Fall of 2011, Mahdi secured the prestigious Killam Fellowship for studies in Washington, D.C., sponsored by Fulbright, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade and the American Killam Trust.  While with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, Intellectual Property Clinic Placement, as a Law Student in 2015, Mahdi was engaged in the preparation of reports, and undertook policy briefings and research relating to copyright and trade marks.  Before joining Gilbertson Davis LLP, Mahdi acquired experience with Toronto law firms in the fields of Insurance and Commercial Litigation.  He is expected to make extensive contributions to our Firm’s practises in both of these areas.   Mahdi has published articles and made presentations on various topics, including presentations on Privacy and Cyber RiskPrivilege, and Litigating Insurance Disputes, and authored publications on such topics as the duty of care of financial auditors (see:  Holding Accountants to Account: The Supreme Court of Canada Affirms Duty of Care of Financial Auditors(2018 January/February, Advocates Society); and copyright (See: Don’t Shoot the MessengerAuthors Guild v Google Inc., IP Osgoode, December 2015). Mahdi is a member of the Ontario Bar Association and Advocates’ Society.

Lee Akazaki quoted by Global News.
Lee Akazaki, Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation, at Gilbertson Davis LLP, is quoted by Global News, on whether solicitor-client privilege applies to interactions between the attorney general and other officials.

Sentinels of the Hryniak Culture Shift: Four Years On
Gilbertson Davis LLP is pleased to announce a new important publication about summary judgment motions.

David Alderson, Senior Counsel-Commercial Litigation at Gilbertson Davis LLP, is the author of the chapter entitled Sentinels of the Hryniak Culture Shift: Four Years On, included in the Annual Review of Civil Litigation 2018, (Ed. by the Honourable Justice Todd L. Archibald, published by Thomson Reuters Canada Limited.), a copy of which can be accessed here.

“Mr. Alderson has done a masterful job in reviewing the post-Hryniak judgment landscape. He canvasses whether or not our courts have embraced the advocated Hryniak culture shift in civil litigation through the simplification of pre-trial procedures and the principle of proportionality. Before embarking upon a summary judgment motion, all counsel should carefully read Mr. Alderson’s paper because it provides superb guidance concerning the prospects of success not only before the motions judge but on appellate review. Mr. Alderson’s paper is a comprehensive tour de force for all advocates.

–  The Hon. Justice Todd Archibald, Ontario Superior Court of Justice


  • December

    Gilbertson Davis LLP profiled in Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys
    Gilbertson Davis LLP is pleased to announce that as a result of Client Endorsement, the Firm is now profiled in Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys. For further details, visit here.



    Lee Akazaki debated with Prof. Bruce Pardy and Derek Ross
    On October 18, 2018, Lee Akazaki debated with Prof. Bruce Pardy and Derek Ross before a packed lecture hall at the Western Law chapter of the Runnymede Society.  The topic of the event was the balance of ss. 2 and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms as applied to the Supreme Court’s decision in Trinity Western University v. Law Society of Upper Canada.  For more about this event and about the Runnymede Society:


    David Alderson quoted in Law Times Cover Story
    Gilbertson Davis’ David Alderson is briefly quoted in the July 30,1028 Law Times Cover Story “OCA upholds U.S. rabbinical court’s award. Province a leader in international commercial arbitration” concerning Popack v. Lipszyc, 2018 ONCA 635


    David Street spoke at the Law Society of Ontario program
    On April 16, 2018 David Street spoke at the Law Society of Ontario program Business Law Refresher 2018. David’s topic was Closing the Transaction and included comments on Preparing for Closing, Closing Agendas, the Closing and Post-Closing Matters.

    Lee Akazaki Honoured by the Ontario Bar Association at its Annual Awards Gala
    On April 25, 2018, Lee Akazaki will be honoured by the Ontario Bar Association at its annual awards gala, as an inaugural co-recipient of the Joel Kuchar Award for Professionalism and Civility. In 2013, Lee previously received the Linda Alam Manning Award for Volunteerism.


    Lee Akazaki to speak at the law Society of Ontario’s Motor Vehicle Litigation Summit 2018
    On March 26, 2018, Lee Akazaki will speak at the Law Society of Ontario’s Motor Vehicle Litigation Summit 2018 and present “Should Privacy Matter to Car Crash Lawyers? PIPEDA, the LAT and Torts.” Click here for the agenda, and here to register.

    Andrew Ottaway appeared on CTV to discuss online defamation
    Gilbertson Davis LLP’s Andrew Ottaway appeared on CTV’s “Your Morning” to discuss current issues in online defamation. View the video here


    With great sadness, Gilbertson Davis LLP mourns the passing of the Firm’s founder and mentor, Larry H. Gilbertson.

    Larry was a leader among Canadian Insurance Adjusters and within the Ontario Insurance Bar.

    Upon his retirement from the practice of law in 1994, Larry remained active and was much sought after as an Appraiser, Umpire, Mediator and Arbitrator.

    He was much loved, respected and admired by his colleagues at the Firm, at the Bar, and throughout the insurance industry.

    In everything he did, and as he progressed from blue collar jobs to the insurance adjusting and legal professions, Larry demonstrated an extraordinary work ethic in combination with an exceptional regard for the value of the many friendships he made along life’s way.

    We shall miss his broad shoulders, cheery smile, firm handshake and supportive guidance.

    Gilbertson Davis LLP


    Gilbertson Davis LLP Welcomes Business Lawyer David Street
    It is with great pleasure that Gilbertson Davis LLP announces that senior lawyer David Street has joined the Firm as Business Counsel. David has extensive experience in a wide variety of corporate transactional work, emphasizing the establishment and expansion of entrepreneurial businesses, purchase and sale of businesses, commercial lending, corporate finance and reorganization transactions involving private companies. David’s corporate finance and commercial lending practice includes bank financings, venture capital and private offerings of debt and equity securities. David has a special interest in the drafting of complex commercial agreements for use in a broad range of commercial activities. He also does estate planning, including wills and trusts, and estate administration as part of overall business and personal planning. David has an LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and an LL.M. in Business Law from York University. He is a frequent speaker/panelist/author at LSUC Business Law CPD programs and at CPD programs for accountants.


    Restriction on Use of Summary Judgment Where Key Issues Turn on Credibility
    Bianca Thomas writes on the Court of Appeal’s recent decision in Lesenko v Guerette, which challenges the limits of summary judgment.
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    Supreme Court Rules Facebook’s Jurisdiction Clause Unenforceable
    Robert Kalanda blogs on the 4-3 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that Facebook could not enforce a jurisdiction clause.
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    Capturing Online Sales in Shopping Mall Commercial Leases
    Robert Kalanda writes on rent in a shopping mall lease may include online sales revenue.
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    Robert Kalanda on Supreme Court of Canada Narrowly Rules Facebook’s Jurisdiction Clause Unenforceable
    Robert blogs on the 4-3 decision by the Supreme Court of Canada that Facebook could not enforce a jurisdiction clause in its terms of use against the plaintiff.
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    Robert Kalanda blogs on Capturing Online Sales in Shopping Mall Commercial Leases
    Robert writes on the issue of whether rent calculation in a commercial shopping mall lease includes online sales revenue.
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    Andrew Ottaway on Ontario Court Identifying New Presumptive Connecting Factors in Establish Jurisdiction
    Andrew blogs on Arend v Boehm, where the court found it had jurisdiction in an oppression remedy application based on the corporation’s domicile, found to be a presumptive connecting factor.
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    Andrew Ottaway blogs on Possible Changes to Choice of Court Agreements
    Andrew writes on the International Choice of Court Agreements Convention Act, 2017.
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    Robert Kalanda on the Costs of Complying with Copyright Infringement Norwich Order
    Robert blogs on the recent appeal decision of Voltage Pictures, LLC v. John Doe, 2017 FCA 97.
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    Robert Kalanda blogs on The Importance of Branding and Brand Protection
    Robert writes on the importance of branding and the protection available to secure a most important business asset.
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    Robert Kalanda blogs on The Importance of Branding and Brand Protection
    Robert writes on the importance of branding and the protection available to secure a most important business asset.
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    Andrew Ottaway blogs on the International Sales Conventions Act
    Andrew outlines the key differences between the International Sales Conventions Act and the Sale of Goods Act
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    Andrew Ottaway is quoted in Law Times Article
    Andrew Ottaway is quoted in April 24, 2017 Law Times article on International Commercial Arbitration “New laws spur more arbitration in Ontario”
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    Gilbertson Davis LLP will attend Ontario Insurance Adjusters’ Association Trade Show as Exhibitor January 31, 2017

    • David Alderson and Andrew Ottaway quoted in Law Times November 21, 2016 on Access to Justice Where Disputes Allowed to Proceed Both in Arbitration & Court
    • September 30 – Gilbertson Davis LLP hosted its Annual Fall Reception at the Albany Club in support of Alzheimer Society Toronto.


    • John Davis and Rob Kalanda presented at a Knowledge Group Webcast on Legal & Insurance Aspects of Cybersecurity
    • John Davis attended at the Above Security Cybersecurity Conference in Miami
    • David Alderson was a panelist at the Law Society of Upper Canada Continuing Professional Development program, The Annotated Partnership Agreement 2015, on September 29, 2015 (alternate date, November 20, 2015) on the panel entitled “Review of the Differences (Legal and Drafting) Between a Partnership and a Joint Venture – Understanding the Significant Consequences“. Moderator of the panel (and Chair of the program) was  Alison Manzer, of Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP and co-panelist was Sunita Doobay, of TaxChambers LLP.
    • Andrew Ottaway and David Alderson wrote the following article: U.S. Defendants: Sued in Ontario, Canada? So You want Out, Eh? Challenging Jurisdiction, The Newsletter of the DRI International Committee, Volume 4 Issue 1.
    • Lee Akazaki-OBA Awards Committee member-presented the 2015 Linda Adlam Manning Award to Ryerson General Counsel Julia Shin Doi at the Ontario Bar Association Awards Gala. Ms. Doi later tweeted: “Thanks to Lee Akazaki for a beautiful introduction – a gifted orator & a true trailblazer.” (Lee won the Award in 2013.)
    • Lee Akazaki Co-Chaired Canadian Defence Lawyers Conference on Alternative Business Structures – April 16
    • Robert Kalanda Appeared on CityTV Interview Discussing Internet “Selfie” Issues – April 15
    • David Alderson was a member of the faculty of the Osgoode Professional Development program entitled Shareholder Litigation and the Closely-Held Company, held on April 7, 2015
    • Andrew Ottaway appeared on CityNews Interview Discussing Legal Pitfalls of Social Media – March 5, 2015
    • Lee Akazaki discusses Insurance Adjusters’ Errors and Omissions Exposures in the April/May issue of Claims Canada Magazine, p. 36
    • Lee Akazaki received 2014 JusticeNet Patron Council Award in recognition of his leadership role within the legal profession, together with his sense of integrity, high ethical standards, and record of service worthy of the highest praise, and being an individual in Canada whose career has been marked by a distinguished record of work that exemplifies JusticeNet’s ideals of a more open and accessible justice system.  The Award was presented at an Awards Ceremony on May 1, 2014.
    • Lee Akazaki to speak at Law Society Sole and Small Firms Conference – June 12
    • David Alderson was the Chair / Moderator of Osgoode Hall Law School’s webinar entitled Summary Judgment in the Supreme Court of Canada: Hryniak v Mauldin and Its Implications. Panelists:  The Honourable Justice David M. Brown, Superior Court of Justice (Ontario), Professor Janet Walker, Osgoode Hall Law School and Cynthia B. Kuehl, Lerners LLP – March 26
    • Lee Akazaki served as Moot Court Course Supervisor presided as Chief Justice in University of Toronto Upper Year Compulsory Moot – January 27
    • Andrew Ottaway appeared on Global News to discuss insurance issues caused by the Toronto Ice Storm – December 22
    • Lee Akazaki featured debater at University of Toronto Faculty of Law Centre for the Legal Profession – October 16
    • Lee Akazaki appointed Chair of OBA Foundation Chief Justice of Ontario Fellowships Selection Committee – September
    • Lee Akazaki appointed to Editorial Board – August
    • Lee Akazaki reappointed to Ontario Bar Association Governance Committee – August
    • Lee Akazaki featured in Spring 2013 Law Society Gazette (attached)
    • Lee Akazaki reappointed to Canadian Defence Lawyers Board of Directors – June
    • R. Lee Akazaki to receive OBA’s Linda Adlam Manning Award
    • Joan Takahashi comments on punitive damages & Fernandes v. Penncorp in Law Times News
    • 2012 Canadian Law Blog of the Year
    • GDE Hits the Links at the 2012 CICMA Golf Tournament
    • John L. Davis Published in Canadian Journal of Insurance Law
    • Gilbertson Davis Emerson LLP Hosts Booth at OIAA Trade Show February 8, 2012
    • Andrew Ottaway Joins Gilbertson Davis Emerson LLP
    • Congratulations to Lee Akazaki for winning a Canadian Law Blog Award for one of the “Best New Blogs” in 2011.
    • 3rd Annual Boat Cruise Fundraiser in Toronto on August 18, 2011
    • John L. Davis to speak at CDL 7th Annual Insurance Symposium
    • Martindale Hubbell Recognizes Lee Akazaki
    • Lee Akazaki takes the helm at the Ontario Bar Association