Referrals from Lawyers, In-House Counsel and Attorneys and Solicitors

Referrals for Family Business and Divorce and Separation
Referrals for Injunctions | Referrals for Fraud Recovery Actions
Referrals for Property Disputes | Referrals for Business Disputes
Referrals for Enforcement of Judgments and Arbitration Awards

Gilbertson Davis LLP is a highly respected Canadian downtown Toronto boutique law firm dedicated to the practice of insurance law, business and commercial litigation, cross-border litigation, international arbitration, real estate litigation and business law. We aim to deliver outstanding legal counsel, innovative solutions and thoughtful client service.

Why Referral or Co-Counsel Arrangement?

You are a busy lawyer, in-house counsel, attorney, solicitor or legal consultant whose practice focus is transactional or non-contentious business, or perhaps a litigator who by choice, conflict or different practice experience, would prefer to refer your client to a litigation boutique which has experience in practice areas relevant to a client dispute.

Our lawyers are often consulted and retained in the practice areas outlined on our Homepage, including these practice areas:

  • We can act for and regularly are retained by those seeking injunctions and other urgent judicial remedies and by those who are responding to (defending) such orders of the court. We can also advise and act for those who are not parties to existing or intended legal proceedings, but who are subject of a court order or affected by it.

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    Our lawyers have worked with local and international businesses as well as individuals, purchasers, vendors, landlords, tenants, builders, contractors, agents and insurers with respect to a wide variety of real estate issues. We have the experience and the business-minded approach necessary to provide efficient and effective solutions with respect of any real estate issue.

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    Our lawyers have acted in Ontario and other jurisdictions for small and mid-sized Ontario partnerships, limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and joint ventures. We also can act for US based clients and with their US Counsel in Ontario litigation and in international arbitration.

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    Having been involved in a number of summary judgment motions our team has developed a timely and efficient process to determine the best way forward in legal proceedings – including a determination whether a motion for summary judgment, rather than a traditional trial, would be proportionate, more expeditious and a less expensive means to achieve a just result in the case.

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  • Divorce and separation often call for advice and representation to protect, preserve and realize your participation and interests in a business, whether through a corporation or a partnership. Our core practice areas include family law and business litigation. We have lawyers that work together to provide you with efficient and cost-effective representation in both related practice areas.

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    We have considerable experience acting for clients outside Ontario in legal proceedings commenced in Ontario. Some of our lawyers have acted for clients based in the US and in Europe and one of our lawyers has acted for clients based in China.

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    Our lawyers can act in both large and complex debt collection matters to enforce creditor’s rights. Our lawyers seek cost efficient debt recovery before and after judgment is obtained.

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    Our lawyers have acted in Ontario and other jurisdictions for small and mid-sized Ontario corporations, partnerships and joint ventures, shareholders, directors, officers, executives and creditors. We also can act for US clients and with their US Counsel / Attorneys in Ontario litigation and in international arbitration.

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Keep Your Valued Clients

We respect referrals and your relationship with your client.

We offer a free initial consultation during which we can discuss which retainer agreement  best suits your client: a referral or co-counsel retainer. The nature of the dispute often requires the continued involvement of the referring lawyer, especially in matters with a cross-border or international dimension, where there are proceedings in more than one jurisdiction or where issues of choice or law, jurisdiction or forum remain to be considered. In other circumstances, where the referring counsel has a conflict, we would report directly and only to the client. We are open to considering a referral fee arrangement consistent with our governing ethics requirements.

Why Gilbertson Davis LLP?

We founded the firm in 1982 to respond to the insurance industry’s need for specialized, client-centred counsel and from that we have grown our practice to include representation in commercial disputes involving diverse businesses and industries, often having international dimensions, or requiring urgent relief from the courts.

Our mission is simply to provide the greatest value, most astute counsel and trusted advice to our clients. Everything we do is dedicated to that end. Our approach to delivering value is characteristically unique: we strive to be Easy to work withAnd Tough to oppose.

Here are the key features and traits that help make us so:

Easy to Work With Tough to Oppose
Thoughtful client service
Early issue identification and risk reduction
Well-planned case management
Diverse perspectives, singular solutions
Dedicated to Dispute Resolution
Good people
Dedicated to insurance and commercial litigation
Passionate advocacy
Tenacious and prepared
A strategic grasp of the adversary’s position

International Referrals – Working with US, UK and Other Lawyers and Their Clients

We have strength and experience in advising US, UK and other foreign clients involved in litigation or arbitration in Ontario and across its borders.

We are often consulted by those located in the United States, and in the past have been consulted by or retained in litigation by those (or matters located) in Alaska, California, Washington, Nebraska, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Louisiana, Florida and Texas.

Internationally, we have also been involved in litigation or arbitration with clients (or matters) located in the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, England, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Cyprus, Malta, Monaco, Guyana, Liberia, South Africa, Angola, The Bahamas, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Kuwait, India, Bangladesh, South Korea, Hong Kong, PRC and Australia.

Some of our lawyers have been admitted and practised law in foreign jurisdictions (including England, Bermuda and New York), have both foreign and local legal education, including in the U.S. and U.K.

Some of our lawyers have been admitted and practised law in foreign jurisdictions, have both foreign and local legal education, and a number of our lawyers and law clerks speak languages including French, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian, Russian and Cantonese.

If you are a lawyer, solicitor, attorney, legal consultant, please contact us for a free initial consultation on 416 979 2020.

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    Our Lawyers

    John L. Davis

    B.A. (Hons.), J.D.
    Managing Partner

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    Joan C. Takahashi

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    David Alderson

    Counsel – Commercial Litigation
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    David Street

    Business Counsel
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    Sabrina Saltmarsh

    Litigation Associate
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    Nick P. Poon

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