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Geoff R. Hall








Harvard University
University of Toronto


Ontario, 1993


Geoff R. Hall is a partner in the Litigation Group based in our Toronto office. Mr. Hall’s practice focuses on corporate/commercial litigation, including contract disputes, shareholder disputes, Aboriginal litigation, administrative law litigation, tax dispute, and insolvency litigation.

Mr. Hall’s recent major engagements include the following:

  • Counsel to Fairmont Hotels Inc. in the Supreme Court of Canada in a case argued in May 2016 that will define the proper test for rectification where there are tax implications (currently under reserve)
  • Lead Canadian counsel to The Toronto-Dominion Bank defending a $5.5 billion action arising from the collapse of Stanford International Bank
  • Counsel to the successful defendant in Re GrowthWorks Canadian Fund Ltd., 2015 ONSC 6875, a dispute over the interpretation of a contract
  • Counsel to one of the successful respondents in Wabauskang First Nation v. Minister of Northern Development and Mines, 2014 ONSC 4424 (Div. Ct.), an application for judicial review alleging a breach of the duty to consult Aboriginal peoples
  • Counsel to the successful responding party in Canada Forgings Inc. v. Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, 2013 ONSC 6145, a summary judgment motion in a major procurement dispute

Mr. Hall is listed in the current edition of the Lexpert/ALM 500 Directory, a guide to the 500 leading lawyers in Canada, and is listed in the current edition of Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of corporate commercial litigation.

In addition to his practice, Mr. Hall is a widely published author and speaker. His book Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law is the leading Canadian treatise on contractual interpretation. The third edition was published in May 2016. Since its initial publication in 2007 it has been cited by courts across Canada over 170 times, including six times by the Supreme Court of Canada. He is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, where he teaches two courses on contracts and contractual interpretation.

Mr. Hall holds a BA from McGill University (1987, Gold Medallist in Economics), an MA in Economics from the University of Toronto (1988), an LLB from the University of Toronto (1991, Silver Medallist), and an LLM from Harvard Law School (1996). Mr. Hall clerked for the Honourable Justice William Stevenson of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1991-92.

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