Martin Abadi is Counsel in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, and a member of the Insurance and Tort Liability Group, where he provides legal advice on transport law, international trade and customs law. Martin's multimodal transport law practice includes litigation, regulatory compliance, risk management, (marine and road) casualty investigation, and corporate commercial advice specific to transportation services contracts, transportation mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures.
Martin helps companies set up and develop business operations in the transport industry and provides advice on regulatory reviews and with the formulation of corporate, compliance, and safety practices, including carrier safety rating (e.g. CVOR). He also routinely assists companies with international transactions and trade and customs aspects, including export and import controls, sanctions, trade compliance verification controversies, homologation and motor vehicle safety regulations. Martin's practice specifically comprises compliance and risk management aspects of emerging technologies in transportation such as automation, driverless vehicles, interconnectivity, Big Data, and platooning.
As part of his litigation practice, Martin has successfully represented clients at various levels of the Ontario Courts and in the Federal Court of Canada, including the Federal Court of Appeal, and before various administrative tribunals and regulatory bodies. He has also been successfully involved in complex commercial arbitration proceedings arising out of transport-related matters.
In addition to his legal training, Martin holds advanced degrees in Economics and Business Administration (M.A. and M.B.A designations) and has benefited from an international upbringing that enables him to work and communicate in several foreign languages (including Spanish, German, Portuguese, and French) in further support of the international reach of his practice.