Spring Symposium

Spring Symposium   TAS American College of Trial Lawyers

The Advocate Matters

The Advocates' Society and the American College of Trial Lawyers invite you to attend the 16th Annual Spring Symposium. This practical and critical program features the latest developments, strategies, tools and tips for success in your everyday practice.


Spring Symposium

Thursday, April 27, 2017

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The Carlu, College Park

444 Yonge St., 7th Floor

Toronto, ON.

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Premier Sponsor:



Collins Barrow Victory Verbatim CPS


Professional Court Reporters Inc.


Conference Chair:

J. Thomas Curry, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP


Michelle C. Awad, Q.C., McInnes Cooper

Wendy R. Berman, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

D. Brian Foster, Q.C., Rose LLP

Keynote Speaker:

Francis M. Wikstrom, Parsons Behle & Latimer

Francis M. Wikstrom
Fran Wikstrom is a "generalist" trial lawyer. He enjoys mastering complex factual and legal scenarios and teaching them to judges and juries who are also "generalists." Most of his practice consists of complex civil litigation and white collar criminal cases. He has tried cases in numerous states involving patent infringement, trade secrets, contracts, real property, shareholder disputes, construction claims, employment, premises liability, and franchises. He has also handled cases involving toxic tort, CERCLA, RCRA, and TSCA, trade dress, environmental crimes, tax fraud and securities fraud. He is a Fellow and Past President of the American College of Trial Lawyers and practices with Parsons Behle & Latimer in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Faculty Includes:

The Honourable Justice Clément Gascon, Supreme Court of Canada

The Honourable Chief Justice J. Michael MacDonaldChief Justice of Nova Scotia and Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal

The Honourable Chief Justice George R. Strathy, Chief Justice of Ontario

The Honourable Justice Mary V. Newbury, Court of Appeal for British Columbia

The Honourable Colin L. Campbell, Q.C.Colin L. Campbell Dispute Resolution Services Inc.

Bradley E. Berg, FCIArb, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Luciana Brasil, Branch MacMaster LLP

J. Thomas Curry, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith & Griffin LLP

Julianna A. Greenspan, Greenspan Partners LLP

Professor Jasminka Kalajdzic, University of Windsor
Jeff Kehoe, Director of Enforcement, Ontario Securities Commission

Inspector Ann Koenig, GTA Financial Crime, RCMP
Naomi D. Loewith, Bentham IMF Capital Limited

Melissa MacKewn, Crawley MacKewn Brush LLP
Joseph J. Markson, Markson Law Professional Corporation
Paul Michell, FCIArb., Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

Doug Mitchell, Irving Mitchell Kalichman

Linda R. Rothstein, LSM, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
Berkley D. Sells, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Megan E. Shortreed, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
David V. Tupper, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Benjamin Zarnett, LSM, Goodmans LLP

Topics Include:

  • Cross-Canada Year in Review - Key Updates, Trends and Developments: Top Commercial Cases, Internet Sourced Evidence & Social Media andClass Actions Updates
  • Judges’ Panel: Effective Advocacy
  • Practical Privilege Issues – The Intersection between Criminal and Civil Law
  • Panel: “To Arbitrate or Litigate?”
  • Third Party Funding of Claims
  • Good Faith in Contractual Performance in Commercial Cases
  • Intersection of Civil, Criminal & Regulatory Issues – What Every Trial Lawyer needs to Know



Accredited CPD Total CPD: This program contains 2.0 Professionalism Hours and is elgible for up to 4.0 Substantive Hours.

The Advocates' Society has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Upper Canada.









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