Ilan Ishai has a general litigation practice, focusing on commercial disputes, appellate advocacy and class actions. He has acted on behalf of clients in various complex commercial, competition, fraud, directors' and officers' liability, accountants' liability, wrongful dismissal, and oppression matters. Ilan has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, as well as the Supreme Court of Canada.
As part of his pro bono activities, Ilan recently represented the National Self-Represented Litigants Project in an intervention at the Supreme Court of Canada in Pintea v. Johns, in which the Court ultimately endorsed the CJC's Statement of Principles on Self-represented Litigants and Accused Persons. Ilan also acts as duty counsel to self-represented parties appearing in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, and has 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.