Commercial Litigation

In today’s competitive business environment, business clients need to access experienced, dynamic, knowledgeable litigation lawyers to assist them in both external and internal business disputes. Commercial litigation is a cornerstone of our practice. Through preparation and effective representation of our clients, both in settlement negotiations and in court, we have achieved success for our clients.


Our commercial litigation team has expertise in all types of commercial litigation, including:

  • Internal disputes between partners and shareholders;
  • External disputes arising from business dealings or contracts;
  • The purchase and development of land;
  • Mortgages, loans, guarantees, bankruptcy, construction, and commercial tenancies; and
  • The improper solicitation of customers by departing employees.

In complex commercial litigation, our team of lawyers may combine their knowledge and skills so that the full resources of the firm are marshalled to best advance or defend the client’s position.


Over the years, we have represented many clients at trial and on appeal and on cases which have resulted in decisions with broad impact on the development of the law and business practices. Our lawyers understand that there are times when the continued existence of a business is dependent upon success in court and, at other times, what is required is the fastest, least expensive resolution to a business dispute. Our services are designed to assist each client in obtaining their business objectives.

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Ben practises in commercial litigation, including insolvency, secured transactions, Internet law, contractual disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, real estate litigation, creditor remedies, debt recovery, estate litigation and commercial tenancy matters.

Gemma practises in the area of commercial litigation, including estate litigation, contractual disputes, construction lien actions, commercial tenancy litigation and real estate litigation.

Gene practises in the area of commercial litigation pertaining to contracts and employment. Gene also practises in the areas of human rights and education law as well as in the energy sector. He appears regularly on matters before the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and various other tribunals across the province.

Frank has 35 years of experience of debtor/creditor work at the local, national, and international level. He has appeared at all levels of Provincial Court on high profile matters and has taught extensively with respect to debtor/creditor matters, secured transactions, and bankruptcy/receivership matters.

Christian practises in the areas of commercial litigation and insolvency law. He obtained his Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in 2003 and his Bachelor of Laws through Western University in 2006. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 2007 and has appeared on behalf of clients before the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice.

Stuart is a lawyer practicing corporate/commercial law and commercial real estate law at our Kitchener-Waterloo office. Prior to joining Cohen Highley, Stuart articled and practiced at a nationally recognized firm. He is an avid soccer fan; certified scuba-diver; filmmaker/photographer; and tech enthusiast.

Paul practises mainly in the areas of environmental law, energy law, and commercial litigation. He is author of "Civil Procedure in Practice" and a regular contributor of articles to various journals. Paul is certified by the Law Society as a Specialist in Civil Litigation.

Travis practices civil litigation, with an emphasis on commercial and estate litigation, and family law. Before joining Cohen Highley as a summer student in 2013, Travis worked in the federal public service throughout his studies, including for Service Canada, the Ministry of Labour, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.