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April 27, 2022

Benchmark Litigation Stars

Benchmark Litigation Awards

Congratulations to Tyr partners Jim Bunting, Sean Campbell, Jim Doris, Anisah Hassan, Sandeep Joshi, Pinta Maguire, Michael O'Brien, Carlos Sayao and Jason Wadden for being recognized as stars of the litigation bar by Benchmark Litigation. A special congratulations to our partner Michael O'Brien who has been shortlisted as Emerging Talent Litigator of the year, and to the full Tyr team for our nomination as Boutique Firm of the Year.

Benchmark conducts extensive peer interviews with litigators and clients in its research to identify Canada's leading litigation practitioners.

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April 19, 2022

Osgoode

Sandeep Joshi speaks at Osgoode’s Prosecuting and Defending Professional Discipline Cases Program

The head of Tyr's Investigations and Regulatory Defence practice, Sandeep Joshi, speaks at Osgoode’s Prosecuting and Defending Professional Discipline Cases Program about managing the production/requests for a documentary evidence in regulatory hearings. The panelists will discuss vital issues including regulatory requests and demands, anticipating the use of search and seizure of powers, internal investigations, and privilege disputes.

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March 4, 2022

MLST

Pinta Maguire speaking at annual Medico-Legal Society Conference

The head of Tyr's Medical Malpractice Group, Pinta Maguire, will be speaking at the Annual Medico-Legal Society Spring event on March 9, 2022. She will be discussing the recent decision in Kamateros v. Women’s College Hospital on pleading allegations of a physician's prior negligence. The Medico-Legal Society of Toronto is an organization formed by a group of doctors and lawyers to promote medical, legal and scientific knowledge, cooperation and understanding between the professions in the best interests of patients, clients and justice. Click below to learn more and register.

March 9, 2022 - 5:30pm

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February 25, 2022

Lexpert 2022

5 Tyr Partners Ranked in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2022

Tyr LLP is proud to announce that 5 of our partners have been recognized in the 2022 edition of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Our lawyers have been recognized across 10 practice areas based on peer review surveys and interviews with senior members of the profession. Congratulations Jim Bunting, Sean Campbell, Jim Doris, Pinta Maguire and Jason Wadden.

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory is an annual guide to legal talent in Canada and identifies leading lawyers across the country. For more information on the Lexpert Directory, survey process and ranking criteria, visit Lexpert’s website.

February 24, 2022

Walker Law Moot

Good luck to participants of the Walker Health Law Moot

Pinta Maguire, head of Tyr's Medical Malpractice Group, will be judging the Walker Health Law Moot this weekend. The Walker Health Law Moot was created by Matthew Walker in 2020 and operates as a not-for profit law competition, whereby law students compete against each other in a virtual court forum on Zoom, representing either plaintiff or defendant in a complex medical case. Judges consist of prominent legal and medical professionals around the globe. Good luck to all the participants!

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February 5, 2022

Opening Ceremony

Tyr representing Jamaican flagbearer and decorated Olympian bobsledder

Tyr is honoured to represent Jazmine Fenlator-Victorian in her appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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January 3, 2022

Tyr LLP welcomes partner Jason Wadden and associate Theo Milosevic

Tyr LLP is growing

Tyr is thrilled to welcome partner Jason Wadden and associate Theo Milosevic to the firm.

In addition to continuing his broad-based business law litigation practice, Jason will head up Tyr's Insolvency and Restructuring Litigation Practice. Prior to joining Tyr, Jason was a senior litigation partner at Goodmans LLP. His practice covers all areas of complex business law litigation including restructuring related litigation, corporate stakeholder disputes, regulatory matters, fraud investigations and recovery, foreign corruption and economic sanctions. An accomplished litigator known for his sound legal and business judgement, Jason regularly provides governance and strategic advice to boards and senior management on a broad range of governance and business issues.

Theo joins Tyr from the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP where he gained experience in class actions, securities litigation, regulatory and administrative proceedings and a wide variety of contractual and commercial disputes. Theo brings an efficient and driven approach to high stakes litigation and arbitration. Prior to law school, Theo worked for a boutique corporate advisory firm based in New York City.

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December 20, 2021

Conversations with the President

Jim Bunting interviewed by CBA President, Stephen Rotstein

CBA President, Stephen Rotstein interviewed Jim Bunting for the December edition of the CBA's Conversations with the President podcast. In Leading Lasting Changes in International Athletics, they discuss Jim's aytpical career path, his work in gender equity and sports regulations and the impact of his pro bono and various volunteer roles on the lawyer and person he is today.

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November 22, 2021

CI Conference

Sandeep Joshi speaks at the Canadian Institute's Regulatory Compliance conference for Financial Institutions

The head of Tyr's Investigations and Regulatory Defence practice, Sandeep Joshi, speaks at the Canadian Institute's Regulatory Compliance conference about "Canada's Privacy Regime and How to Avoid Costly Mistakes". The panelists will discuss how to prepare for new provisions and avoid costly data management mistakes along the way.

November 23, 2021 - 11:00am

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November 16, 2021

Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers in Canada - The Globe and Mail

Tyr LLP is proud to be recognized by @globeandmail as among Canada's Best Law Firms in dispute resolution (litigation, arbitration and investigations).

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November 2, 2021

CBA Skilled Lawyers Series

Sandeep Joshi speaks at the CBA Skilled Lawyers Series

Preparing Your Client for the Unexpected and for High-Risk Situations: Action Plan to Mitigate Liability

Over the last two years, the pandemic has exposed many risks that boards were not prepared to manage, leading to extreme financial distress and to increased stakeholder litigation. As a result, boards are highly focused on amplifying their risk management plans to be sure they can mitigate the impacts of the next unanticipated emergency or disaster.

Thursday, November 4, 2021, 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET

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October 5, 2021

Sandeep Joshi speaks at White Collar Crime, Investigations & Compliance Symposium

The head of Tyr's Investigations and Regulatory Defence practice, Sandeep Joshi, speaks at the White Collar Crime, Investigations and Compliance Symposium about the design and implementation of investigative protocols. The panelists will discuss challenges relating to modern investigations and address best practices and strategies for in-house investigation processes.

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October 1, 2021

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Tyr LLP welcomes partner Sandeep Joshi

Tyr LLP is pleased to welcome Sandeep Joshi as a Partner with the firm

Tyr is excited to welcome Sandeep Joshi to the firm. Sandeep will head up Tyr's Investigations and Regulatory Defence group as well as continuing his complex corporate commercial litigation practice.

Sandeep has significant experience conducting complex, sensitive internal investigations and responding to business-critical, regulator-initiated investigations as well as dealing with resulting class proceedings. He is a seasoned litigator having practised for years at Torys LLP and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP before joining BMO Financial Group where he was Associate General Counsel & Managing Director of Corporate Investigations (Canada & International). Sandeep draws on his experience as external and internal counsel to provide proactive, preventative risk management and crisis response services. He is highly regarded for his holistic, client-centric approach to addressing crisis situations and complex organizational challenges.

Sandeep Joshi Profile

September 27, 2021

Tyr Partners again recognized in prominent industry rankings

Tyr is proud that its partners have again been ranked in Lexpert, Chambers, Benchmark and Best Lawyers. Each of these respected peer rankings reflect the firm's excellence and commitment to innovative, exceptional, efficient and result-oriented client service.

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September 7, 2021

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Tyr LLP welcomes Eileen Church Carson as an Associate

Tyr is pleased to welcome Eileen Church Carson to its growing litigation team.

Eileen joins Tyr after a judicial clerkship at the Federal Court of Canada. Eileen is a passionate and focussed advocate who served as Co-Leader for the Indigenous Rights Working Group at the David Asper Centre of Constitutional Rights, worked as a Senior Editor for the Indigenous Law Journal and was a Summer Research Fellow at the Max Plank Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity in Germany. At Tyr, Eileen is developing a broad litigation practice and adding to the firm's breadth of experience in trial advocacy.

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August 26, 2021

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Pinta Maguire Recognized among Best Lawyers in Canada – Medical Negligence

Tyr LLP is proud to announce that Pinta Maguire, partner and head of the firm’s Medical Malpractice Group, has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Medical Negligence. Having previously defended physicians, Pinta is one of the few plaintiff side lawyers who can draw on her experience as defence counsel to effectively advocate for individuals injured by medical negligence. Congratulations Pinta!

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July 21, 2021

Three Tyr LLP partners honoured in the 2021 Benchmark 40 & Under Hot List

Tyr LLP is proud to announce that partners Anisah Hassan, Michael O'Brien and Carlos Sayao have been named to the Benchmark Litigation 40 & Under Hot List for 2021. Benchmark rankings are based on an extensive peer review process, interviews with clients and examination of recent casework handled. Honourees are recognized for their talent and adaptability and considered among the best and brightest law firm partners in their practices and who stand out in their respective litigation communities. Congratulations to our partners for this recognition.

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Anisah Hassan Profile Michael O'Brien Profile Carlos Sayao Profile

May 5, 2021

Tyr Rising

Benchmark Litigation recognizes three Tyr LLP partners as Future Stars of the litigation bar. Congratulations to our partners Anisah Hassan, Pinta Maguire, and Carlos Sayao for receiving this honour and joining the growing Tyr Team of Benchmark ranked litigators, which also includes Jim Bunting, Sean Campbell and Jim Doris.

Future Stars

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May 4, 2021

Lexpert's 2021 Leading Practitioners

Tyr LLP's Founding Partners are proud to have once again been recognized by Lexpert and their peers in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as leading litigation lawyers in Canada.

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Sean Campbell Profile Jim Bunting Profile Jim Doris Profile

April, 2021

McGill

Two generations of McGill Law leading the way at Tyr LLP

Even though James Doris and Carlos Sayao represent different generations of McGill Law, there are several commonalities between their respective experiences at Chancellor Day Hall. Now both partners at Tyr LLP, the two McGill Law alumni shared a strong desire to expand the possibilities of their legal careers when they joined the Tyr team.

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March 16, 2021

Artistic Swimming Class Action Update

Since filing the proposed class action less than a week ago, over 30 National level athletes have contacted counsel to be part of the proposed class. This number includes current members of the National Team. This response is significant and confirms that our clients’ experiences were not isolated. Our clients are looking for CAS to demonstrate that it is prepared to make the changes in its administration and coaching that are necessary to protect its athletes.

Action collective natation artistique - Dernières nouveautés

Depuis le dépôt du recours collectif envisagé il y a moins d'une semaine, plus de 30 athlètes de niveau national ont contacté les avocats pour se joindre au recours. Parmi ces athlètes, on retrouve des membres actuels de les équipes nationales. Cette réaction est significative et confirme que les expériences vécues par nos clients ne sont pas des situations isolées ou exceptionnelles. Nos clients attendent de la Natation Artistique Canada qu'elle démontre être déterminée et prête à apporter les changements dans son administration et son fonctionnement qui sont nécessaires à la protection de ses athlètes.

March 9, 2021

Tyr advancing class action pro bono on behalf of Canadian artistic swimmers

Tyr LLP is honoured to be representing a group of elite artistic swimmers in a proposed class action against Canada Artistic Swimming, filed today in the Quebec Superior Court. The action alleges that members of Canada's national artistic swimming team were subjected to various forms of psychological abuse, neglect, and harassment, including sexual and racial harassment, by coaches and staff employed by Canada Artistic Swimming, the national governing body for the sport in Canada.

These strong and courageous women advance this case in an effort to stamp out the psychological abuse and harassment that persists in elite sport in Canada. Doing so is critical not only to protect the health and well-being of our athletes, but also to enable them to reach ever higher levels of athletic achievement.

This proposed class action is being advanced jointly on behalf of the plaintiffs by Tyr and Davies Ward Phillips and Vineberg LLP on a pro bono basis.

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New York Times - Synchronized Swimmers Complain of Abuse

February 26, 2021

Tyr continues to assist Caster Semenya in ECtHR

Tyr LLP is honoured to continue to assist two-time Olympic Champion Caster Semenya in her quest for equality and justice in international athletics, which is now before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Tyr partners Jim Bunting and Carlos Sayao form part of Ms. Semenya's international team of legal advisors, working alongside Schona Jolly QC, Claire McCann, Greg Nott, and Patrick Bracher. The ECtHR will be asked to consider complex and pressing issues around discrimination, the right to physical integrity, fairness, and access to justice in international sport.

Caster Semenya

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January 20, 2021

Macleans

Maclean’s 2021 Power List 50

Tyr clients recognized as Canadian change makers

Tyr is excited to see its clients Akim Aliu and Michelle Douglas recognized on MacLean's 2021 Power List. Both Akim and Michelle are incredibly strong and gifted advocates who strive to bring about necessary change. We are honored to support them on their journey.

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January 18, 2021

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Tyr LLP welcomes Alexandria Matic as an Associate

Tyr is thrilled to welcome Alexandria Matic to its growing litigation team.

Alexandria joins Tyr after practicing at Stikeman Elliot LLP where she gained experience as litigation counsel in international and domestic arbitrations, class actions, administrative law proceedings and a wide variety of commercial disputes. At Tyr, Alexandria will continue her complex litigation practice, adding to the strength and depth of Tyr's trial team.

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January 4, 2021

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Sadhana Holla joins Tyr for a legal internship

Sadhana is completing her Master's in International Sports Law at the ISDE Law Business School in Madrid and joins Tyr virtually from Bangalore, India. She holds a dual degree, Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Law and is called to the Bar in India. Sadhana is a passionate footballer and represented her state in the Indian Nationals.

January 1, 2021

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Tyr welcomes Michael O’Brien to the partnership

Tyr LLP is pleased to announce that Michael O’Brien has been admitted to the partnership effective January 1, 2020.

Michael is a trusted advisor to publicly traded and privately held companies, public institutions, investors and high-profile individuals. He has experience assisting clients in a broad range of industries, in all manner of disputes, including civil, commercial, regulatory and class proceedings. An experienced advocate, he has represented clients at motions, hearings, trials and appeals before various courts and administrative tribunals in Ontario. Businesses and individuals also consult Michael on their obligations in the political sector, including ethical compliance, conflicts of interest and lobbying law.

Michael O’Brien Profile

November 30, 2020

Ontario Bar Association

Anisah Hassan mentors’ young lawyers

Tyr Partner Anisah Hassan spoke on an important panel organized by the OBA's Women's Lawyers Forum about issues and challenges women face when speaking out, and best practices for navigating the complex dynamics of public speaking. This program also included navigating in-person and virtual interaction in today’s world.

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November 27, 2020

Lexpert Recognizes Tyr Lawyers for Litigation Excellence

Tyr lawyers are recognized for excellence in business litigation by peers and senior members of the legal profession in the 2020 Lexpert Special Edition: Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers. The rankings for the special year-end edition are compiled from Lexpert's annual peer review survey that determines Canada's leading lawyers, plus personal interviews with senior members of the legal profession.

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Sean Campbell Profile Jim Bunting Profile Jim Doris Profile

November 4, 2020

Pinta Maguire

Pinta Maguire speaks to Lawyer's Daily

The head of Tyr’s Medical Malpractice group, Pinta Maguire, speaks to The Lawyer's Daily about the Ontario government’s newly proposed Bill 218 designed to protect Long Term Care Operators from liability, stating the bill disproportionately impacts families. The article quotes Pinta stating, "the language of the bill broadly protects long-term care homes when they should have been better prepared. They should have had a better understanding of what to anticipate given the types of services that they provided.

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October 15, 2020

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Tyr wins critical CAS arbitration

Tyr LLP was honoured to represent Aleksandra Shelton in her battle for equality and fairness. Ms Shelton’s victory was featured in the New York Times. The Times quoted Tyr partner Carlos Sayao stating the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport imposes "important checks and balances on the powers of national Olympic committees over their athletes”. (Photo: Mason Trinca for New York Times)

September 23, 2020

Carlos Sayao speaks about human rights in sport

Tyr partner Carlos Sayao joined Allison Sandmeyer-Graves, President of Canadian Women & Sport, in a panel discussion hosted by Egale Canada and Olympic Gold Medallist, Mark Tewksbury OC, on human rights regulations in international sport. The session focused on two landmark cases brought by Olympic athletes, Caster Semenya and Dutee Chand, challenging international sporting regulations restricting the eligibility of women athletes with elevated natural testosterone levels to compete in track and field. Tyr partners Jim Bunting and Carlos Sayao represented Ms. Semenya and Ms. Chand in their respective cases before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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A recording of the Egale panel discussion can be accessed here: https://youtu.be/ox2-URXQOUk

September 10, 2020

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Tyr Partners recognized in prominent industry rankings

Tyr is honoured that its partners have again been ranked in Lexpert, Chambers, Benchmark and Best Lawyers. Each of these are respected peer ranking within the legal profession and Tyr’s inclusion reflects the firm’s commitment to innovative, exceptional, efficient and result-oriented client service.

June 1, 2020

Tyr new offices

Tyr’s New Offices

Tyr is excited to announce that it has moved to a new location at 160 John Street – Suite 500. Our office features an innovative legal workspace designed by Hettel Nana Design Consulting. Our space provides flexibility for the Tyr Team and a comfortable environment for our clients, including best in class workstations supplied by the incredible team at Italinteriors.com.

January 8, 2020

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Tyr LLP welcomes Judith Manger as an Associate

Tyr is pleased to welcome Judith Manger to its growing litigation team.

Judith joins Tyr after working at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP where she carried on a general commercial litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency, and financial services practice. Judith has worked on a wide range of civil and commercial matters as well as proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act. At Tyr, Judith is developing a broad litigation practice with a focused approach to resolving complex legal issues. Judith will work alongside her colleagues at Tyr, adding to the firm's depth of experience in trial advocacy.

January 1, 2020

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Tyr welcomes Anisah Hassan to the partnership

Tyr LLP is pleased to announce that Anisah Hassan has been admitted to the partnership effective January 1, 2020.

Anisah’s civil litigation practice includes a wide range of contractual disputes, intellectual property, entertainment law, securities law, complex international arbitrations and class actions. Anisah is an accomplished advocate and has particular expertise in deploying new technologies in the courtroom and was involved in the first all iPad trial in Ontario.

December 16, 2019

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Tyr LLP welcomes Pinta Maguire

Tyr LLP is pleased to welcome Pinta Maguire as a partner with the firm.

Pinta has joined Tyr to head up our Medical Malpractice group and continue her complex corporate commercial litigation practice.

Pinta has substantial experience in commercial litigation, which she practised at Lenczner Slaght LLP for eight years. She is also experienced in all facets of medical negligence. Pinta has years of experience representing plaintiffs injured through obstetrical negligence, surgical negligence, hospital negligence, delayed diagnosis and catastrophic brain injuries arising from medical negligence. Having previously defended physicians, Pinta is one of the few plaintiff side lawyers who can draw on her experience as defence counsel to effectively advocate for individuals injured by medical negligence. Pinta is a trusted advisor who supports and guides clients through the legal issues that need to be resolved as they fight to recover.

December 3, 2019

Tyr honoured to represent Akim Aliu

Tyr is honoured to represent Akim Aliu in his battle of systemic racism in professional hockey. After meeting with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, the CBC quoted Akim stating, "I think there's some big change coming and it's long overdue. I'm excited to see it come to fruition."

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November 6, 2019

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Adam Soliman joins Tyr

Adam joins Tyr LLP after articling at a leading full-service firm in Ottawa where he developed a diverse trial practice on matters including commercial disputes, class actions, intellectual property, entertainment and privacy law. Adam has been a lead researcher with Samuelson-Glushko Centre for Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic and assisted counsel with oral and written submissions for interventions at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Adam will work alongside his colleagues at Tyr, adding to the firm's depth of experience in trial advocacy.

October 7, 2019

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Michael O’Brien joins Tyr

Tyr LLP is excited to welcome Michael O'Brien to its growing litigation team. Michael joins Tyr after seven years with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where he carried on a diverse trial practice focused on complex matters.

Michael has been lead counsel in trials, hearings and appeals before various courts and administrative tribunals in Ontario and is a trusted advisor to publicly traded and privately held companies, public institutions, investors, professionals and high-profile individuals.

Michael is the Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section subcommittee on Class Actions, and is an editor and regular contributor to the Class Actions chapter in the ABA’s annually updated Recent Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation. He is active in the community and has held a number of leadership positions on the Boards of charitable organizations.

Michael will work closely with his colleagues at Tyr to continue to achieve success for his clients inside the courtroom and out.

July 30, 2019

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Carlos Sayao joins Tyr

Tyr LLP is delighted to announce that Carlos Sayao has joined the firm as a partner. Carlos was previously a litigation associate at Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP, where he developed a broad commercial and class actions litigation practice. Carlos has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as numerous arbitral and administrative tribunals.

A former competitive swimmer who represented Canada at the World Championships and Commonwealth Games, Carlos has extensive experience in sport governance and dispute resolution. He has appeared before the Court of Arbitration for Sport on multiple occasions on behalf of both athletes and sports organizations. Carlos is a Director of Swim Ontario, the provincial governing body for the sport of swimming.

In his new role at Tyr, Carlos will add to the firm’s depth of experience in commercial and civil litigation and will be a key member of the firm’s sports litigation practice alongside founding partner, Jim Bunting.

June 30, 2019

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Anisah Hassan joins Tyr

Tyr LLP is thrilled to welcome Anisah Hassan to its litigation team. Anisah was previously a litigation associate at Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and Necpal Litigation where she carried on a diverse litigation practice.

Combining her background in physics with court room experience, Anisah brings a practical approach to her cases – often involving highly technical engineering and technology matters – and to the practice of law – including acting in the first all-electronic trial on the Commercial List.

Anisah is a valuable addition to Tyr and enhances the firm’s existing skill set, especially in the area of technology related litigation.

June 1, 2019

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Tyr LLP is founded

Jim Bunting, Sean Campbell and Jim Doris have announced that they are leaving Davies, Ward, Phillips & Vineberg LLP to found a new litigation firm, Tyr LLP. The three former Davies partners have over 55 years of experience litigating at one of Canada’s top litigation firms.

Although it is bittersweet to leave friends and colleagues at Davies, the three partners are enthusiastic about their new venture. The name of the firm, Tyr (pronounced like the word “tier”), is derived from an ancient Norse war god, who was responsible for upholding law and justice. Tyr was known for his bravery and by legend sacrificed one of his arms to uphold the law and protect his people. The decision to name the firm Tyr, rather than using the names of the firm’s founding parties, reflects the firm’s collaborative and team oriented approach, as well as the firm’s desire to grow from the strong foundation provided by its founding partners.