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Meet Emily Y. Fan

Commercial Litigation Lawyer
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Professional Highlights

  • Deputy Practice Group Leader, Commercial Litigation Practice Group (2021 to present)
  • Partner, Lerners LLP (2019 - present)
  • Associate Lawyer, Lerners LLP (2015 - 2019)
  • Associate Lawyer, Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP (2011-2015)
  • Articling and Summer Student,  Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP (2009-2011)
  • Legal Intern, International Bridges to Justice (Xi’an, China Office) (2008)

  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Business and Contractual Disputes
  • Directors’ and Officers’ Liability
  • Bankruptcy, Receiverships, and Other Creditor Remedies
  • Competition Litigation
  • Securities
  • Administrative and Public Law
  • Wills and Estates Litigation

  • Volkswagen TDI Class Actions – defence counsel on national class proceedings
  • Counsel to shareholders in complex oppression actions involving commercial property
  • General Motors – defence counsel in breach of contract claim brought by a former supplier; and defence counsel on national class proceedings re Ignition Switch, Antifreeze, Takata Airbag
  • Counsel to the receiver in various court-ordered receivership matters
  • Hollinger Inc. and certain subsidiaries – counsel for the Litigation Trustee of Hollinger on claims brought by the trustee against directors of Hollinger and its advisors
  • Counsel to a financial institution in an investigation by the Ontario Securities Commission
  • Counsel to majority shareholders in an oppression action relating to hotel businesses
  • Counsel to a thermal boiler manufacturer defending breach of contract and economic torts claims
  • Defence counsel to one of the world’s largest steel producers in the first prosecution under the Investment Canada Act, a competition statute with a 40-year history
  • Counsel to a group of health service providers in a judicial review application seeking to suspend regulations absent a constitutional challenge

  • Selected by her peers to be included in Best Lawyers in Canada (2022)
  • Recognized and ranked in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and Lexpert Consistently Recommended – Corporate Commercial Litigation (2020 - 2021)

  • Speaker, “Second Chair, Not Second Fiddle,” The Advocates’ Society, October 6, 2021
  • Speaker, “Simplifying the Complex Motion,” Law Society of Ontario, October 5, 2021
  • Speaker, “E-Discovery, Information Governance and Privacy,” Osgoode Professional Development Certificate Program, September 20, 2021
  • Speaker, “Commercial Priorities for Real Estate and Business Lawyers,” Law Society of Ontario, March 3, 2021
  • Speaker, "Mastering Examinations for Discovery", Ontario Bar Association, August 12, 2020
  • Chair and Speaker, “Key Principles in Commercial Litigation,” Law Society of Ontario, April 24, 2020
  • Speaker, "Civility and Cultural Sensitivity in the Courtroom," Law Society of Ontario Program, Trial Strategies: Promoting Efficiency in the Process, November 18, 2019
  • Faculty, “The 23rd Annual Course on Written Advocacy,” Osgoode Professional Development and The Advocates’ Society, October 18-19, 2019
  • Speaker, "Professionalism Issues When Advising the Privately Held Company," Law Society of Ontario, September 18, 2019
  • Speaker, "E-Discovery, Information Governance and Privacy," Osgoode Professional Development Certificate Program, September 16-20, 2019
  • Speaker, “Discoveries: Building a Great Case,” Ontario Bar Association, March 1, 2019
  • Speaker, “Evidence for Litigators,” Law Society of Ontario, January 18, 2019
  • Speaker, “Class Actions Update,” Law Society of Ontario, November 8, 2018
  • Co-Chair, “Fall Forum – The Litigator of the Future,” Young Advocates’ Standing Committee, October 19-20, 2018
  • Speaker, “Mediation Bootcamp: The Essential Guide to Excelling at Mediation,” Ontario Bar Association, September 24, 2018
  • Speaker, “The Resilient Litigator,” The Advocates’ Society, July 19, 2018
  • Speaker, "Professionalism Issues When Advising the Privately Held Company," Law Society of Upper Canada Practice Gems: Essentials of the Privately Held Company, September 25, 2017
  • Speaker, "Women in Law," Toronto Lawyers Association Nutshell Program, October 25, 2016

  • Board of Directors, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
  • Board of Directors, Making Way Project
  • Commercial List Users' Committee
  • The Advocates’ Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

  • Admitted to New York Bar (2012)
  • Admitted to Ontario Bar (2011)
  • Juris Doctor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science (2005)

  • Volunteer Duty Counsel, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Pro Bono Law Ontario Amicus Project
  • Volunteer Duty Counsel, Law Help Ontario Walk-In Centre, Pro Bono Law Ontario
  • Languages: proficient in spoken Mandarin and conversant in Cantonese

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