Mervyn D. Abramowitz

Abramowitz, Mervyn D.

Mervyn D. Abramowitz


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Location: Downtown Office

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Bar Admission
  • Ontario, 1988
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B. (1986)


Mervyn is a senior partner within the firm and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in both Civil Litigation and Insolvency Law.  He has extensive experience in all aspects of commercial litigation (including disputes involving contracts, real estate, negligence, fiduciary obligations, as well as corporate, partnership, employment and shareholder disputes), as well as in commercial bankruptcy, insolvency and restructuring matters. He appears regularly before all levels of the trial and appellate courts of Ontario.  

Mervyn is regularly consulted and retained by other lawyers and law firms in Toronto, and across Canada and the United States, for his experience, his expertise and his insights in commercial litigation and insolvency matters.

Mervyn is also very active in several professional organizations.  He is the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Insolvency Law section executive, and the Chair of Sections of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA).  He is also a past chair of the OBA’s Civil Litigation section executive, and he held several positions on the OBA Insolvency Law section executive.  He is also a member of the Commercial List Users’ Committee, a joint committee of judges and senior members of the Bar that works to facilitate the practise of law on the specialized Commercial List court in Toronto.

Mervyn is also a regular participant and speaker on various topics related to his areas of practice, and was an instructor for many years at the Ontario Bar Admission Course (Civil Litigation and Insolvency sections).

Recent Notable Matters

Commercial Litigation
• Successful trial and appellate counsel to a national refrigeration manufacturer in its legal action against a transportation company for negligence and breach of contract
• Counsel to an equipment supplier and logistics firm in Toronto in its dispute with a large German manufacturer
• Counsel to a contractor in its dispute with a sub-contractor over work performed at a number of venues constructed for the Pan-American Games in Hamilton and Milton
• Counsel to a condominium developer in Mississauga in its dispute with another condominium developer
• Counsel to several equipment lessors and financiers in Quebec and Ontario in various legal actions in Ontario
• Counsel to a Toronto film production company in its action against its lawyers for negligent legal advice leading to the loss of valuable film rights
• Court-appointed representative counsel to a group of individuals in a large, commercial mortgage enforcement action involving the determination of their rights as life-lease holders
• Counsel to an Ontario corporation in a multi-jurisdictional shareholder dispute with an Israeli corporation
• Counsel to a U.S.-based Tier 1 automobile parts supplier in a dispute involving parts suppliers withholding tools and parts destined for several OEM's
• Counsel to a pharmaceutical manufacturer in a breach of contract action with international scope involving the construction of custom equipment and several large foreign entities in Germany, Switzerland and the United States

Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring

•   Counsel to Martin Ross Group Inc., a jewellery manufacturer, in its CCAA filling
•   Counsel to a Taiwanese creditor in the Comark Canada CCAA filing
•   Counsel to a New Brunswick lender in its recovery efforts involving clients of a bankrupt law firm
•   Counsel to the U.S. purchaser of several claims of various Canadian and international creditors of Target Canada in its CCAA filing
•   Independent counsel to one of the former partners of Coopers and Lybrand in its CCAA restructuring
•   Counsel to creditors, nationally and internationally, in the cross-border CCAA restructurings of Vallefoam, Canwest, Angiotech
•   Counsel to various secured and unsecured creditors in several court-appointed receiverships and bankruptcies in the high-tech and biotech spheres, including Botaneco, Seven Group Data Management Group, Sprint Network, Gloplug and others
•   Counsel to several trustees and receivers dealing with various Ponzi schemes and other fraudulent transactions
•   Counsel to a large, Quebec financial institution seeking the appointment of a receiver over various commercial entities in Ontario
•   Counsel to several statutory and court-appointed receivers in southern Ontario in the social housing area

Recent Speaking Engagements and Publications

• June 2016, Co-chair, Commercial List Retreat, Education program, Richmond Hill, ON
• October 2015, Chair, Litigating Effectively in the Commercial List, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, ON
• June 2015, Co-chair, Commercial List Retreat, Education program, Richmond Hill, ON
• April 2015, Co-chair, The Perfect Pleading, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, ON
• March 2015, Speaker, Recent Cases and Current Developments,  Ontario Bar Association Institute, Insolvency Law program, co-authored paper with Jeffrey Rosekat, Toronto, ON
• February 2015, Co-chair, Putting on the Red Sash, An Evening with Recently Appointed Judges, Insolvency Law section, Ontario Bar Association, Toronto, ON
• March 2014, Speaker, Insolvency Proceedings – Which to Choose and How to Use Them, The Essential Update in Insolvency Law program, co-authored paper with Patrick Shea, Ontario Bar Association, Ottawa, ON
• January 2014, Speaker, Practice Management and the Rules of Professional Conduct, and the Lawyer’s Responsibility to the Profession, co-authored paper with Isida Ranxi, The Commons Institute, Toronto, ON
• February 2013, Speaker, Vesting Orders In and Outside of an Insolvency, Commercial Priorities for Real Estate and Business Lawyers program, co-authored paper with Stephen C. Wolpert, Law Society of Upper Canada, Toronto, ON
• September 2012, Moderator, judges panel, Pan-Canadian Insolvency Law conference, Canadian Bar Association, Halifax, NS
• October 2011 – Speaker, Insolvent Landlords: Concerns of a Commercial Tenant, Six Minute Debtor/ Creditor and Insolvency Lawyer program, Law Society of Upper Canada, co-authored paper with Stephen C. Wolpert, Toronto, ON
• September 2011 - Co-chair of Canadian Bar Association Pan-Canadian Insolvency Law Conference, Toronto, and introduced key note speaker, Agathe Cote, Deputy Governor of the Bank of Canada

Professional Associations

  • Ontario/Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Turnaround Management Association