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Summary Judgment Motions Four Years after Hryniak

Summary Judgment Motions Four Years after Hryniak

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100 minutes
Moya Graham
Brooke MacKenzie
Paul Perell
Christina Porretta
Stephen Ross
Toronto Lawyers Association (TLA)
100 minutes
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In 2014, the Supreme Court in Hryniak mandated a “culture shift” by saying more cases should be determined by summary judgment motions. They enhance access to justice as a cheaper, faster alternative to full trials. Thus, in the last four years, this formerly under-used procedure has become one of the most important tools of civil litigators. This topical program will update you on post-Hryniak developments pertinent to your practice.


Moya Graham

Moya Graham is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Litigation Group in Toronto. Moya maintains a broad litigation practice, with a focus on corporate and commercial litigation, professional liability, and infrastructure and construction disputes. In addition to a variety of commercial disputes, Moya focuses on cases involving allegations of breach of fiduciary and other employment duties and misuse of confidential information claims. She also regularly provides real time strategic litigation risk management advice on a variety of procurement law matters in the infrastructure and construction industries. Moya was co counsel on the summary judgment case: Hryniak v. Mauldin at the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada. Moya received her BA (Hons.) in Political Science and Economics from McGill University in 2006, and her JD from Queen’s University in 2009. She was called to the Ontario Bar in 2010.

Brooke MacKenzie

Brooke MacKenzie is the co-founder of MacKenzie Barristers, a litigation

boutique focusing on civil appeals and professional responsibility and liability

issues. She began her career as a litigator at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, where her

practice focused on professional liability matters, commercial disputes, and

opinions. Brooke has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Superior Court, and the Federal Court, as well as various administrative bodies. She also advises lawyers, law firms, and members of other regulated professions on professional responsibility issues.

Mr. Justice Paul Perell

The Honourable Mr. Justice Paul M. Perell, B.A., LL.B., LL.M, Ph.D, is a judge of theOntario Superior Court of Justice, appointed in May 2005. He is a former adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and former partner at WeirFoulds LLP where he practiced in the areas of civil litigation and legal research and writing.

He was a member of the Secretariat of the Civil Rules Committee for the Court of

Appeal for Ontario and the Superior Court of Justice from 1985 to 2006, as well as

Co-Chair of the 1995 and 2002 Law Society of Upper Canada Special Lectures. He is also the former editor of the Ontario Reports and the author of numerous articles and books, including The Law of Civil Procedure in Ontario (with John W. Morden).

Christina Porretta

Christina is a partner in the Advisory Research group in Toronto, which provides opinions on complex or novel legal issues to clients and lawyers within the Firm. In her practice, Christina provides advice to corporate clients faced with potential litigation, and works closely with litigators to provide strategic support to clients already engaged in litigation. Drawing on her previous experience as a litigator, Christina develops legal arguments and pleadings, and advises on contractual or statutory interpretation, unclaimed property, conflict of laws, and numerous other corporate and commercial matters. She is regularly called upon to prepare written materials for appeals to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada and has played a significant role in cases involving professional negligence, complex commercial disputes and insurance matters. Christina is the Chair of the Firm’s Student Committee and is also responsible for the training and development of the research and writing skills of the articling and summer students in the Firm’s Toronto office.

Christina is a frequent publisher and was cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in CIBC v. Green, the securities class action trilogy, for her work on limitation periods. Christina also maintains Dentons’ Limitations Law Blog, which provides updates on key developments on laws involving limitation periods in Ontario.

Prior to joining Dentons, Christina clerked at the Federal Court of Appeal for the Honourable Mr. Justice Brian Malone and practiced civil litigation at another national law firm in Toronto. Christina also obtained an LL.M. at Osgoode Hall, focusing her research on conflict of laws.

Christina brings her prior experience as a litigator and judicial law clerk to her practice in order to produce practical answers designed to assist the Firm’s clients and advocate for their interests.

Stephen Ross

Stephen Ross is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario where he received both his B.A. (Dean’s Honour List) and LL.B., and was called to the Bar

in 1993. Stephen is a senior partner at the Toronto based litigation boutique of Rogers Partners LLP. Stephen has a broad based civil litigation practise with a focus on insurance law. Stephen has experience and expertise in almost all aspects of insurance litigation including: automobile claims litigation; general liability claims, including class actions and occupiers’ liability matters; professional liability claims including construction litigation and claims against legal, medical and other professionals.

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