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Richard B. Swan

Partner, Co-Head of Litigation Department, Co-Head of Commercial Litigation

Commercial Litigation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution Lawyer at Bennett Jones Toronto

T: 416.777.7479

Richard Swan is Co-Head of the Litigation Department and Co-chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Practice Group and carries on a focused litigation, arbitration and dispute resolution practice. He has comprehensive and extensive trial and appellate experience, regularly appearing before a range of tribunals, arbitral bodies and courts, including all levels of court in Ontario and the Federal Court.

Richard was named by Benchmark Canada as its 2015 Ontario Litigator of the Year.

Richard was a successful counsel in the Waxman litigation, one of the best known, most extensive and factually complex commercial proceedings in Ontario.

Richard's practice focuses on corporate, commercial and public law disputes. He has experience in matters pertaining to corporate, shareholder, oppression, securities, partnership, commercial contract, real property, injunction, domestic and international arbitration, technology, intellectual property, licensing, restructuring, project development, fiduciary duty, and professional negligence disputes, among others.

Richard is recognized for his expertise and standing in the areas of corporate and commercial litigation and dispute resolution by Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business, The Best Lawyers in Canada, Benchmark Canada, Euromoney Litigation Expert Guide and Lexpert (Canada's Leading Litigation Lawyers). Chambers Global observes that his courtroom presentation "leaves judges and even opposing counsel wide-eyed with admiration". In 2002, Richard was named by Lexpert as one of the Top 40 Under 40 Lawyers in Canada.

As well, he regularly speaks on corporate, civil, administration and regulatory law at professional conferences.

Richard joined Bennett Jones from another leading national law firm. Previously, he clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal in Ottawa.

Select Experience

  • Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc., in connection with the sale of Movie Distribution Income Fund's 49 percent indirect interest in Motion Picture Distribution LP. 

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Recent Recognitions

  • 2017, Chambers Canada

    Richard B. Swan, Dispute Resolution: Ontario

    "He quite simply possesses a superior intellect."
  • 2017, Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada

    Richard B. Swan, recognized as a leading corporate commercial litigation lawyer
  • 2016, Chambers Canada

    Richard B. Swan, ranked, Dispute Resolution: Ontario

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