Ian C. Matthews  


Executive Summary

Ian Matthews is a Partner in the Commercial Litigation Group of BLG's Toronto office. His experience includes complex commercial litigation and constitutional law. He has significant expertise in class actions, representing both plaintiffs and defendants on diverse claims ranging from unpaid overtime to foreign currency exchange issues in Canada and the United States. Ian has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and at the Supreme Court of Canada.

Prior to joining BLG, Ian practiced at a leading Toronto litigation boutique and a large U.S. law firm. He served as a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Marie Deschamps at the Supreme Court of Canada in 2010-11.

Ian is a member of the executive of the class actions section of the Ontario Bar Association and is actively involved with Pro Bono Ontario.

Publications & Presentations

  • Co-author, "Much Ado About § 1782: Compelling American Discovery for Use in Canadian Class Actions," Ann. Rev. Civ. Lit. 269, 2017.
  • Co-author, "Dispute Resolution in Canada (Ontario)" in S. Bushell, ed., Dispute Resolution 2016 (London: Law Business Research, 2016 & 2017).
  • Author, "Revisiting Bhasin v. Hrynew: How Have the Lower Courts Applied the ‘Good Faith’ Doctrine?," (Paper Prepared for the Twelve Minute Civil Litigator 2016, Law Society of Upper Canada, September 2016.
  • Author,"When is a Misclassification Case Not a Misclassification Case: Baroch v. Canada Cartage," Ontario Bar Association (subscription req’d), February 2015.
  • Co-author, "The Supreme Court of Canada’s Class Actions Limbo: Just How Low Can the Certification Bar Go?," Ann. Rev. Civ. Lit. 349, 2014
  • Co-author, "Canada – Law & Practice," in E.R. Chesler, ed., Chambers Practice Guides - Litigation (London: Chambers & Partners), 2014.
  • Author,“SCC Seeks Culture Shift in Strong Endorsement of Summary Judgment,” Canadian Lawyer, January 27, 2014.
  • Co-author, “Playing the Summary Judgment Waiting Game,” (Paper Prepared for the Twelve Minute Civil Litigator 2013, Law Society of Upper Canada, November 2013.
  • Co-author, “Supreme Court Sounds the Death Knell for Fundamental Breach – Tercon Contactors Ltd. v. British Columbia (Transportation and Highways)," 26:2 B.F.L.R. 339, 2011.
  • Author,“Preliminary Merits Review for Class Actions in Ontario: Thanks, but No Thanks!” 6:1 Can. Class Action Rev. 119, 2010
  • Co-author, “Canada [Country Report for the Globalization of Class Actions Conference]” 622:1 The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 41, 2009.
  • Author,“Class action, not representative action, is preferable procedure to resolve dispute over surplus in partially wound-up pension plan, judge rules” (Commentary for Lancaster House Pension & Benefit Law E-Bulletin, Issue #73, October 21, 2008.
  • Co-author, “An Update of Recent Securities Law Decisions: Sears, Re AIT and Felderhof”, Paper Prepared for the Twelve Minute Securities Lawyer, Law Society of Upper Canada, 2008.
  • Co-author, “Corporate Transactions and Pension Law Issues,” Paper Prepared for Pension Law 101 Conference, Ontario Bar Association, October 2007.