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Ilan Ishai


Commercial, Employment and Class Action Litigation Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.6238

Ilan Ishai has a general litigation practice, focusing on commercial, employment and class action matters. He has acted on behalf of clients in various complex contractual, competition, fraud, directors' and officers' liability, accountants' liability, wrongful dismissal, and oppression matters. Ilan has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, in addition to various administrative tribunals.

As part of his pro bono activities, Ilan acts as duty counsel to self-represented parties appearing in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and recently represented a victim of a violent crime in a successful appeal before the Divisional Court of a decision of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board.

Ilan joined Bennett Jones after summering and articling with the firm. He is a member of the Advocates' Society, the Canadian Bar Association, the Toronto Lawyers Association, and the New York State Bar Association. Ilan also serves on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Design Offsite Festival, a not-for-profit dedicated to the enhancement and promotion of Canadian design in Toronto.

Select Experience

  • Acted for American book distributor in successful defence of claims alleging various intellectual property infringements [Miguna v Walmart Canada et al., upheld on appeal: 2016 ONCA 174]
  • Served as Amicus Curiae in an appeal from a class action settlement approval motion decision [Waldman v Thomson Reuters Canada Inc.]
  • Acting for the Beer Store in defence of $1.4 billion class action alleging anti-competitive behaviour, conspiracy and unjust enrichment

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