Jim Patterson

Partner, Co-Head of Fraud Law

Civil Fraud, Commercial Litigation and Class Action Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.6250

Jim Patterson has a general litigation practice with a strong emphasis on civil fraud. He is co-leader of the firm's fraud law practice.

Jim acts in a variety of litigation matters, including internal and special committee investigations, complex contractual disputes, class actions, professional negligence, insurance coverage and reinsurance matters, commercial arbitrations, fidelity insurance claims, directors and officers' insurance issues, foreign corrupt practices investigations, shareholder disputes, corporate governance issues, cybersecurity and data breach investigations.

Jim is counsel to several financial institutions and also acts for corporate and private victims of fraud. Jim conducts large-scale fraud investigations, including working with internal and external auditors, receivers, trustees in bankruptcy and special committees. He has significant expertise in recovery issues related to fraud including, Mareva injunctions, Anton Piller orders, international asset tracing, fraudulent conveyances, offshore banking and money laundering, restitution orders, Norwich Pharmacal orders and proceeds of crime.

Jim has appeared before the courts of a number of provinces and in all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada.

Corporate and individual clients benefit from Jim's counsel on all aspects of integrity issues, including both regulatory and internal compliance.

He is a frequent lecturer on fraud issues to various police, corporate security and other fraud investigators and international conferences.

Jim is editor of the White Collar Crime Section in Legal Alert – Current Legal Developments Critical to Corporate Management (Carswell).

Select Experience

  • Counsel for Receiver plaintiff in large reinsurance matter [Swiss Reinsurance Company v. Camarin Limited, 2012 BCSC 1006]
  • Counsel for proposed representative plaintiffs in connection with a class action relating to an alleged Ponzi scheme alleged to have received in excess of $100 million from Albertan and Canadian investors.  In this regard, have obtained Receivership Orders against the key companies and Attachment Orders freezing the assets of alleged key defendants.
  • CIBC Mellon Trust Company, Computershare Trust Company and BNY Trust Company, in connection with the $35 billion restructuring of the third party ABCP in accordance with The Montreal Proposal.

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