Gannon Beaulne advises clients on a wide range of civil litigation matters, including complex commercial, corporate, fraud, and competition disputes. Significant portions of Gannon’s practice are devoted to contract and business-tort disputes (in court or arbitration) and national or cross-border class actions, including cases involving allegations of professional negligence.
Gannon has experience in motions, applications, trials, and appeals before all levels of court in Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada. He recently acted for Bureau Veritas SA, a publicly traded international certification and testing agency, in successfully seeking the dismissal of a $1.85 billion proposed class action at the certification stage. He currently represents accounting and law firms in several proposed class actions related to Canadian charitable-giving tax shelters.
Clients appreciate Gannon’s analytical approach, deep knowledge of the law, and incisive advocacy style. He has extensive experience navigating e-discovery challenges in complicated document-heavy proceedings and leveraging cutting-edge litigation technology to add value (having recently completed a paperless trial).
Gannon has published papers on a variety of private and public law topics, including in The Advocates’ Journal, the Commercial Litigation and Arbitration Review, and the Alberta Law Review. He helped update and revise a leading Canadian law treatise, Class Actions Law and Practice, and contributed to an online resource on Canadian arbitration law. Gannon also wrote a policy paper for a national public policy think tank, spoke at a national law conference, and has been interviewed on the radio and quoted in print media (including the Financial Post and the Toronto Star) on constitutional law.
Gannon volunteers as Pro Bono Ontario duty counsel at the Superior Court of Justice (393 University Avenue). He is a member of The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association (Civil Litigation Section), and the Toronto Lawyers Association.