Martin Sclisizzi

Martin Sclisizzi  

Senior Counsel

Executive Summary

Martin (Marty) Sclisizzi is a senior counsel in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Marty practises civil litigation and administrative law, appearing as counsel before all levels of courts, including Superior Court of Justice, Court of Appeal for Ontario, Federal Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada and regulatory bodies and alternate dispute resolution tribunals. His practice involves extensive trial and appellate experience in a broad range of civil litigation, including class action proceedings, commercial disputes, shareholder and corporate disputes, banking, environmental, real property, labour injunctions, employment, education law cases, judicial review and appellate practice. Marty has been certified since 1989 by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Civil Litigation Specialist.

Representative Work

Representing corporate clients and individuals in a vast variety of corporate and commercial litigation matters, including shareholder disputes, directors' and officers' liabilities, oppression and other corporate litigation, banking, environmental, estate, real property, labour and employment and education law matters, defamation cases and in class action proceedings.

Representing banks and other financial institutions, since called to the Bar, in a vast variety of banking and financial institution litigation matters, including lender liability issues, receiverships, insolvency, mortgage and other security enforcement, bills of exchange, letters of credit, breach of trust and fiduciary duties and class action proceedings.

Representing clients in the petroleum industry; has acted as trial counsel in a variety of environmental cases.

Has extensive trial, appellate court and judicial review experience, appearing as counsel in the following reported cases:

  • Raza Kayani LLP v. Toronto-Dominion Bank, 14 C.C.L.T. (4th) 175; 378 D.L.R. (4th) 729 (Ont. C.A.)
  • Fulawka v. Bank of Nova Scotia, 69 C.P.C. (7th) 134
  • Evans v. Wilson, 55 C.P.C. (7th) 141
  • Raza Kayani LLP v. Toronto Dominion Bank, 9 C.C.L.T. (4th) 154
  • Setia et al v. Appleby College, 52 Admin.L.R. (5th) 338 (Ont. Div. Ct); 118 O.R. (3d) 481 (C.A.)
  • Oakdale Kitchens Inc. v. Bank of Nova Scotia, 3 B.L.R. (5th) 323
  • Ivandic v. The Bank of Nova Scotia, 3 C.C.P.B. (2d) 1; 3 C.C.P.B. (2d) 20 (C.A.)
  • Re Collections Inc. v. Toronto-Dominion Bank, 20 C.P.C. (7th) 195
  • Brookfield Properties Ltd. v. Heath, 5 C.P.C. (7th) 393
  • Fulawka v. Bank of Nova Scotia, 111 O.R. (3d) 346 (CA)
  • Silverberg v. 1054384 Ontario Ltd., 84 RPR (4th) 85 (CA)
  • Phinny v. Macaulay 75 RPR (4th) 66
  • Silverberg v. 1054384 Ontario Ltd., [2008], 77 RPR (4th) 102
  • Maystar General Contractors Inc. v. International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 1819, (2008), 90 O.R. (3d) 451 (CA)
  • Chapman v. The Bank of Nova Scotia (2007) 58 CCEL (3d) 25
  • Good Life Corporation v. Hazeldean Properties Inc. et al, 63 RPR (4th) 267
  • Mohawk Square Development Ltd. v. Suncor Energy Inc. (2007) 62 RPR (4th) 100
  • McLaine v. London Life Insurance Co., 59 CPC (6th ) 235
  • McLaine v. London Life Insurance Co., 53 CPC (6th ) 135 ( Div. Ct. )
  • Daimler Chrysler Corp. v. Liberty Motor Co., 54 CPC (6th) 318
  • FL Receivables Trust 2002 - A v. Cobrand Foods Ltd. (2007) 85 OR (3d) 561 (CA)
  • Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Assn. v. Toronto Catholic District School Board, 222 OAC 23
  • Maystar General Contractors Inc. v. International Union of Painters and Allied
  • Trades, Local 1819, 280 DLR (4th) 692
  • Benjamin v. Toronto-Dominion Bank (2006) 80 OR (3d) 424
  • Mastrogiuseppe v. Bank of Nova Scotia, 61 CCEL (3d) 1 (CA)
  • Cumming (Litigation Guardian of) v. DeSouza (2005) 74, OR (3d) 197
  • Clark v. Scotiabank (2004), 25 CCLT (3d) 109
  • Aquicon Construction Co. v. Vaughan (City), 29 CLR (3d) 164; 42 MPLR (3d) 84
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board v. Ontario English Teachers Association (2002), 55 OR (3d) 782 (Ont. CA)
  • Unisys Canada Inc. v. York Three Associates Inc., et al (2002), 44 RPR (3d) 138 (Ont. CA)
  • Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) v. Pharmacia Canada Inc. (2001), 12 CPR (4th) 317
  • Bank of Nova Scotia v. Toronto-Dominion Bank (2001), 200 DLR (4th) 549 (Ont. CA)
  • Unisys Canada Inc. v. York Three Associates Inc. (2001), 39 RPR (3d) 220
  • Apotex Inc. v. Hoffman LaRoche Ltd. et al (2001), 195 DLR (4th) 244 (Ont. CA)
  • Almel Inc. v. Sunoco Inc. (1999), 125 OAC 128 (Ont. CA)
  • Veer v. Dover Corp. (Canada) Ltd. (1999), 45 CCEL (2d) 183 (Ont. CA)
  • Metropolitan Toronto Condominium Corp. No. 539 v. Chapters Inc. (1999), 24 RPR (3d) 319
  • Berry et al v. Indian Park Association (1999), 44 OR (3d) 301; (1999), 23 RPR (3d) 169 (Ont. CA)
  • Dimascio v. Ontario (Minister of Education and Training) (1999), 172 DLR (4th), 421 (Ont. CA)
  • 713860 Ontario Limited v. Royal Trust Corporation et al (1999) 43 OR (3d) 159 (Ont. CA)
  • Dent Wizard International Corp. v. Brazeau 31 CPC (4th) 174
  • Armstrong Baum Plumbing & Heating v. Toronto Dominion Bank (1997), 32 BLR (2d) 230 (Ont. CA)
  • Berry et al v. Indian Park Association (1997), 33 OR (3d) 522
  • Shek v. Bank of Nova Scotia (1996), 17 CCEL (2d) 236
  • Semelhago v. Paramadevan (1996), 136 DLR (4th) 1 (SCC)
  • Associates Commercial Corp. v. Scotia Leasing Ltd. (1994), 24 BLR (2d) 310 (Ont. Gen. Div.)
  • F.G. and J.M. v. Board of Education of Scarborough (1994), 68 OAC 308 (Ont. Div. Ct.
  • Semelhago v. Paramadevan (1994), 19 OR (3d) 479 (Ont. CA)
  • Armstrong Baum Plumbing & Heating v. Toronto-Dominion Bank (1994), 15 BLR (2d) 84
  • Mison v. The Bank of Nova Scotia (1994), 6 CCEL (2d) 146; (1994), 6 CCEL (2d) 159
  • Re Clinton 's Flowers & Gifts Ltd. (1993), 14 OR (3d) 24 (Ont. CA)
  • Ash et al v. Lloyd's Corporation et al (1992), 9 OR (3d) 755 (Ont. CA); Leave to appeal to SCC.
  • Ash et al v. Lloyd's Corporation et al (1992), 8 OR (3d) 282 (Leave to Appeal)
  • Ash et al v. Lloyd's Corporation et al (1992), 6 OR (3d) 235 (Ont. Gen. Div.)
  • St. Jane Plaza Ltd. v. Sunoco Inc. (1992), 24 RPR (2d) 161 (Ont. Gen. Div.)
  • Director of Support and Custody Enforcement v. Jones (1991), 5 OR (3d) 499 (Ont. Gen. Div.)
  • Manufacturers Life Property Corporation v. Senkow (1990), 75 OR (2d) 254 (Div. Ct.)
  • Re National Energy Board, [1988] 2 FCR 196, 48 DLR (4th) 596 (FCA)
  • Re Maubach and The Bank of Nova Scotia (1987), 62 OR (2d) 220 (Ont. CA)
  • Re Maubach and The Bank of Nova Scotia (1987), 60 OR (2d) 187 (HCJ)
  • Corporate Properties Ltd. v. Manufacturers Life Insurance Company (1987), 60 OR (2d) 263 (HCJ)
  • Re Yustin Construction Ltd. (1986), 57 CBR (NS) 320
  • General Motors Acceptance Corp. v. The Bank of Nova Scotia (1986), 55 OR (2d) 438 (Ont. CA)
  • General Motors Acceptance Corp. v. The Bank of Nova Scotia (1985), 50 OR (2d) 84 (HCJ)
  • Re Mac's Convenience Stores and Minister of the Environment (1985), 48 OR (2d) 9 (Div. Ct.)
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia v. Terry (1984), 46 OR (2d) 180; 9 DLR (4th) 101 (Ont. CA)
  • The Bank of Nova Scotia v. Terry (1984), 141 DLR (3d) 438; 26 RPR 233 (HCJ)
  • Re Urman (1984), 44 OR (2d) 248; 3 DLR (4th) 631 (Ont. CA)
  • Re Urman (1984), 128 DLR (3d. 33; 38 CBR (NS) 261; 15 BLR 165; 20 RPR (HCJ)
  • Chantler v. Applied Power Ltd. 1 CCEL 141 (HCJ)
  • Profit Sharing Investors of Canada Ltd. v. Coffee Vending Services (Ottawa) Ltd. (1983), 41 OR (2d) 470; 146 DLR (3d) 320 (HCJ)
  • Plibrico (Canada) Ltd. v. Suncor Inc. (1982), 35 OR (2d) 781; 27 CPC 5 (HCJ)
  • Re Williams (1982), 33 OR (2d) 180; 124 DLR (3d) 337; 14 BLR 215 (HCJ)
  • Re Karelia Ltd. (1981), 31 OR (2d) 153; 118 DLR (3d) 175 (HCJ)
  • Brett et al v. Fleet (1981), 30 OR (2d) 397; 116 DLR (3d) 516 (HCJ)
  • Diegel & Feick Inc. v. Donia Consulting Corporation (1980), 35 CBR (NS) 134 (HCJ)
  • Gulf Canada Ltd. v. Turbo Resources Ltd. et al (1980), CPC 146 (HCJ)
  • Re Balaji Apartments Ltd. and Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (1980), 25 OR (2d) 275; 100 DLR (3d) 693 (HCJ)
  • Re Leifer (1979), 28 CBR (NS) 291 (HCJ)
  • Re Polsak (1978), 19 OR (2d) 570; 85 DLR (3d) 748 (HCJ)
  • Re Comrie Lumber Co. Ltd. and Tomlinson Construction Services Ltd. (1977), 15 OR (2d) 613 (HCJ)
  • Beyer et al v. Absamco Developments Ltd. (1977), 12 OR (2d) 768 (DCO)
  • Great Canadian Oil Sands Limited v. Deputy Minister of National Revenue, [1976] 2 FCR 281 (FCA)

Publications & Presentations

  • Author, “Strict Compliance with Letter of Credit Not Always Enough – Fairness and Equity in Letter of Credit Transactions,” National Banking Law Review, April 2010 (with Daniel Zacks).
  • Speaker, “Preserving the Right to Enforce Commercial Obligations: Impact of Ontario 's New Limitations Act on Commercial Disputes,” Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) Continuing Legal Education, June 2003.
  • Speaker, “Theory of the Case: How and Why Developed,” Theory of the Case, LSUC Continuing Legal Education, December 1999.
  • Speaker, “When Things Go Wrong: Crisis Management,” Minimizing The Risk of Financial Fraud, Insight, October 1999.
  • Speaker, “Anticipatory Breach, Tender, Time Is of The Essence and Specific Performance,” Curing or Killing the Sick Real Estate Deal: Litigation and Real Estate Strategies, Canadian Bar Association – Ontario, April 1999.
  • Speaker, “Conversion of Cheques: Increased Bank Exposure Following Boma,” Banking Litigation, The Canadian Institute, April 6-7, 1998.
  • Speaker, “Relationship Between The Bank and The Customers,” Banking Litigation, The Canadian Institute, March 1991.
  • Speaker, “The Mortgagee's Obligation to Obtain Proper Price When Selling Under Power of Sale,” Mortgage Remedies and Related Title Problems, Canadian Bar Association – Ontario, May 1989.
  • Speaker, “Section 178 of the Bank Act Security,” Enforcement, LSUC, 1988.
  • Speaker, “Mortgagee's Obligations When Selling Property,” Mortgage Remedies, LSUC Continuing Legal Education, January 1985.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2015 and 2014 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (Corporate Commercial).
  • Recognized as a leading litigator in the 2015 edition of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition.
  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Ontario" and a "Litigation Star: Class Action."
  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Litigation – Corporate Commercial).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition (and since 2008) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ 5 out of 5 Peer Review Rated.