Trevor Courtis is an associate in our Commercial Litigation and Business Law Groups. His practice focuses on insolvency and restructuring litigation, distressed asset sales, debt workouts and complex commercial litigation.
His extensive restructuring and insolvency experience includes acting for debtor companies, monitors, trustees and receivers, secured and unsecured lenders, acquirers of assets, and other stakeholders in proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) and Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA), including some of the most significant Canadian insolvencies in recent years such as Sears, Laurentian University, U. S. Steel Canada, Payless and CannTrust. Trevor has also acted for debtor companies and court officers in significant recent cross-border restructurings including Hertz, Moore’s and Takata.
Trevor also has significant and varied commercial litigation experience, regularly acting for clients in the financial, energy, mining, manufacturing, automotive, and cannabis sectors among others.
Trevor regularly appears on contested matters before the Toronto Commercial List and has appeared before many levels of the courts and administrative tribunals in Ontario, including the Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal, the Competition Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
- Associate, Lerners LLP (2021-present)
- Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP (2015-2021)
- Summer and Articling Student, McCarthy Tétrault LLP/RBC Capital Markets (2013-2015)
- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Bloomforex Corp., 2020 ONSC 69: Successfully defended CIBC against summary judgment motion.
- Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Costodian Inc., 2018 ONSC 6680: Brought successful interpleader application on behalf of CIBC in a contested matter.
- 1169822 Ontario Limited v. The Toronto-Dominion Bank, 2018 ONSC1631: Successfully defended The Toronto-Dominion Bank at trial against a claim brought by third party clients of a bank customer.
- Patel v. Harriott, 2017 ONCA 538: Obtained order for specific performance of a residential property sale following the vendors’ refusal to close, which was upheld by the Ontario Court of Appeal.
- Represented owners and occupiers of land in environmental litigation.
- Obtained Anton Piller order permitting retrieval of sensitive and proprietary data belonging to automotive sector client from hacker.
- Obtained emergency injunctions on several occasions to remove trespassers from resource sector client assets.
As a thought leader in the restructuring and insolvency space, Trevor regularly writes articles that have been published in restructuring and other periodicals, which include:
- Commercial Insolvency Reporter: “Firepower: Guidance on Whether Commissions Owed to Salespersons are Held in Trust by a Business and Outside of Insolvency”, February 2020
- Commercial Insolvency Reporter: “Restrictive BIA Appeal Provisions Continue to be Applied Broadly in Receiverships”, December 2019
- Commercial Insolvency Reporter: “(Not) So Long, Astoria: Only 10 Days to Appeal Orders in Receivership Proceedings”, June 2019
- Banking & Finance Law Review: “Scurrying About: Recent Examples of Courts Granting Relief with Respect to Bankruptcy Proceedings Commenced in Other Provinces”, April 2019
- Supreme Court Law Review: “Can You Rely on the Livent Undertaking? An Analysis of the Implications of Deloitte & Touche v. Livent”, February 2019
- Best Lawyers in Canada “Ones to Watch”: Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law; Securities Law
- Turnaround Management Association
- The Advocates’ Society
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- Middlesex Law Association
- Called to the Ontario Bar (2015)
- J.D. (with great distinction), University of Saskatchewan College of Law (2014)
- Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Senior), University of Western Ontario (2010)
- Bachelor of Arts, Economics and Philosophy, University of Western Ontario (2006)
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