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Campion on Advanced Civil Litigation and Arbitration. Part 3. Causes of Action

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45 minutes
John Campion
Nadia Campion
Maria Scarfo
Paul Steep
Susan Vella
John Campion
110 minutes
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Quality mentorship is hard to come by in the legal profession these days. Especially for young civil litigators, getting trained by someone who has not only been to trial but to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada is rare.

Such a mentor has designed this program.

As counsel in over 300 reported cases, John Campion has litigated in courts and tribunals across Canada – at all levels. With over 20 years of teaching experience and 40 years of mentoring lawyers, John’s students have gone on to public service, the Court of Appeal, Trial Division, head legal departments and manage law firms.

In this 10-module program, you will be taught a three-step system to understand any area of law quickly: Analysis, Process and Strategy.

Drawing on an eclectic combination of jurisprudence, law, process and everyday wisdom, John and his faculty of leading judges and practitioners will unpack each step. Upon successful completion of the program, you will become a better advocate for your clients!

More about John A Campion: Retired Partner and Chair at Fasken (’74 to ’17), Adjunct Professor at Osgoode and Toronto, Emeritus Bencher, President of the Federation of Law Societies, and currently a Partner at Gardiner Roberts LLP.


John Campion Partner

John Campion has been a force within the Canadian legal community throughout his career. He has been involved in many of the cases that have defined the interaction between Canadian business and law for four decades, from gold mines to boardrooms, from oil fields to isotopes. He has served as an Emeritus Bencher and Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada, President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, President of the Empire Club of Canada, chair of the Audit Committee of the CBC, counsel to two Prime Ministers and much more, serving everyone from heads of state to underprivileged children during a storied career.

John Campion is nationally and internationally recognized (Chambers, Best Lawyers, Lexpert, International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell) as one of Canada’s leading senior trial, appeal and arbitration counsel. He has been an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada since 2000 and was President of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, representing Canada’s 100,000 lawyers nationally and internationally. He has been active in his community: President of The Empire Club of Canada, counsel to the Director of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and an adjunct professor of law, Toronto and Osgoode. He is an author of Professional Liability in Canada and publishes and lectures broadly throughout Canada and internationally.

Nadia Campion Partner

Nadia has a broad civil litigation practice that includes complex commercial disputes, shareholder oppression applications, director and officer liability, estates matters, class actions and professional liability. She has extensive trial experience, having acted as counsel in trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings involving a number of industries and subject-matters, including corporate and shareholder disputes, professional liability, regulatory matters and corporate fraud. She has appeared repeatedly before the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as the Ontario Securities Commission and the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC). She has particular expertise in Toronto Commercial List proceedings and has an active land development and real estate litigation practice.

Nadia has both Canadian and U.S. law degrees and is also fluent in French, representing clients from Quebec and Montreal. In 2018, Nadia was ranked by Lexpert and by Benchmark Litigation as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under the age of 40. She has also been recognized in Best Lawyers Annual Guide for securities litigation for the last three years. Nadia is known in the community as a frequent speaker, writer and commentator on a variety of legal topics for the Law Society of Ontario, the Ontario Bar Association, the Advocates’ Society, The Lawyer’s Daily, the Law Times and Corporate Disputes Magazine. She was reelected to the OBA’s executive committees for class actions and civil litigation for a second term.

Community Involvement & Associations

  • L’Association des juristes d'expression française de l'Ontario, Frequent Speaker
  • Advocates’ Society, Frequent Speaker
  • Ontario Bar Association, Executive Committee Member
  • Trial Lawyers Association, Frequent Speaker
  • Women’s White Collar Criminal Defense Association
  • LPP Trial Advocacy Program, Instructor


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2006
  • B.A. (with Honours), McGill University (Top 5%)
  • LL.B, University of Ottawa (Magna Cum Laude)
  • JD, Michigan State University (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Certificate in Civil Law from Universidad de Panamericana in Mexico
  • Clerkship: Superior Court of Justice (Ottawa)

Maria Scarfo Partner

Maria Scarfo’s career has been devoted to finding effective solutions for her clients while contributing to the management and growth of Blaney McMurtry. As the firm’s Managing Partner, Maria combines her expert litigation and negotiation skills with a proven ability to solve problems and build strong teams in order to ensure that both her clients and colleagues receive strong leadership and results.

Maria Scarfo is an experienced litigator who defends claims for insurance companies, public authorities and corporations. Her areas of specialty include claims involving institutional sexual abuse and the defence of public authorities; Maria has defended hundreds of public authority defence files and institutional sexual abuse files.

With a well-developed ability to defuse conflict in any situation, Maria is often entrusted to handle sensitive, high profile cases which require a balancing of clients’ reputational, public policy, business and other interests beyond litigation.  By actively listening to her clients’ unique concerns, Maria is able to recommend the most reasonable course of action to achieve her clients’ goals and objectives. Maria has resolved hundreds of cases at mediations and she has an excellent record of finding early resolutions in cases resulting in significant savings in legal fees for her clients.

Maria represents clients in highly contentious litigated matters as well as those more suited to mediation. As a result of her adaptability, agility, and sound judgment, she can effectively and efficiently respond to any client matter.

Paul Steep Partner

Paul Steep is a partner in our Litigation Group. He carries on a broad commercial litigation practice with a specific focus on securities litigation including class actions. He has an active trial and appellate practice before all levels of the Courts of Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Paul's practice involves major commercial disputes, including contractual disputes, all forms of securities litigation, oppression remedies, directors’ and officers’ liability cases, banking litigation, and class actions. He has acted as counsel in contested take-over bids to target companies and on behalf of bidders. He appears regularly before the OSC on a variety of regulatory and enforcement matters. He also regularly acts on behalf of corporations and persons subject to OSC investigation. In addition, he has conducted trials and appeals in major medical malpractice claims. Paul is a past chair of the firm’s Litigation Group, a pre-eminent group of litigators practising in virtually all areas of civil litigation before a wide variety of courts and tribunals throughout Canada. He has also recently served as a member of the firm’s Board of Directors.

Paul is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He  received his BA (Hons.) and his LLB from Queen’s University.

Susan Vella Senior Litigation Counsel

Susan Vella is recognized as one of Canada's foremost practitioners in the areas of civil sexual assault, institutional abuse, civil litigation and multi-victim lawsuits. On June 11th, 2008 Susan received The Advocates' Society Award of Justice. The Award of Justice honours advocates who exemplify the finest traditions of advocacy in representing members in society whose cause may be politically or socially unpopular or against the mainstream. In the September 2003 issue of L'Expert™ magazine and in the National Post, Financial Post section that same year, Susan Vella was named as "one of the 15 top Canadian women lawyers to watch".

On May 28th, 2009, Ms. Vella was awarded the Law Society Medal. The Law Society Medal is presented to Ontario lawyers who represent the highest level of achievement and commitment to serving society and the profession. Upon receiving this prestigious award, Ms. Vella was interviewed by Law Times in relation to her work in the area of civil sexual assault. Click here to view that interview.

Representing victims of sexual and physical assault, mental cruelty, and institutional abuse, her practice was the first of its kind on "Bay Street." Susan Vella has represented individuals and groups of victims for over 25 years, and has achieved many landmark decisions and results for persons whose claims were at one time not recognized as legitimate and worthy of compensation. She represented approximately 200 women who, as girls, were sent to the Grandview Training School For Girls. With her clients, Susan negotiated a precedent setting "healing package" which included an apology from the Government of Ontario, various forms of compensation, and "in kind" benefits. This settlement package has been the subject of much academic, legal and public media commentary because of its precedent setting and multifaceted nature.

Susan Vella had the privilege of representing the first victim to come forward in the Maple Leaf Gardens abuse scandal, Martin Kruze, in the civil litigation context. She assisted Martin Kruze in bringing the Maple Leaf Garden scandal to the attention of Maple Leaf Gardens, the public, and the justice system [see selected excerpt from Globe and Mail article entitled "Scandal Slams Gardens Into the Boards" dated February 22nd, 1997].

As well, Susan Vella was one of the first lawyers to assist First Nations' survivors of clergy sexual abuse, including her landmark settlement on behalf of individuals who were abused by a priest at the Cape Croker reserve, and has represented First Nations survivors who were sexually abused by Ralph Rowe - a former Anglican minister, priest pilot and Boy Scouts Silver Acorn honouree who travelled to various reserve territories in north-western Ontario. In addition, Susan Vella represents survivors of the Indian Residential Schools system both before the courts and in the current Federal Government Indian Residential School settlement process.

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