Lawyer Profile Detail
Thomas N.T. Sutton
AREA OF EXPERTISE
University of Detroit Mercy
University of Windsor
Tom is a partner in our Litigation Group and co-chair of the firm’s Franchise Disputes Group. He was formerly the chair of the firm’s Litigation Support Services steering committee which established and supervised the firm’s Litigation Support Services and e-Discovery Team.
Tom’s practice focuses on complex commercial, corporate governance and securities disputes and professional liability. According to the Lexpert directory, he is repeatedly recommended by his peers in both of these areas. In particular, he has developed a depth of experience in franchise and complex product and service distribution disputes and is one of our leading lawyers in electronic discovery and related technology issues.
Since joining McCarthy Tétrault after law school in 1996, Tom has appeared as trial and appellate counsel at all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and various arbitral and administrative tribunals in Ontario. Several of Mr. Sutton’s cases have received national media attention including reports on the CBC The National, the CBC World Report, the business sections of The Globe and Mail and National Post, the Lawyers’ Weekly and Law Times, and other national and local media organizations and he is often called upon by the media to comment on issues relating to electronic discovery, the impact of technology on the practice of law and the effective use of legal process outsourcing.
Tom is featured in Understanding Canadian eDiscovery, a McCarthy Tétrault video that introduces and demystifies the issues that clients face in electronic discoveries and his firm publications on a variety of topics, including franchise and distribution law and e-discovery issues.
In recognition of his experience, Tom teaches Trial Advocacy as an adjunct professor with the Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Kingston, ON, and Officers’ and Directors’ Liability as a member of faculty with The Directors College, the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University, Hamilton, ON. Tom is also a regular speaker and seminar leader at The Advocates’ Society, Osgood Hall Law School’s CPD programs, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). He has also served as a director on several charitable boards and has led special committees relating to corporate governance and the corporate re-organization of these charitable organizations.
Tom is recognized as a leading lawyer in the area of medical negligence in the current edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, a guide to the leading law firms and practitioners in Canada.
Tom received his International Baccalaureate from the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in 1988, his BA in International Relations/History/Economics from the University of Toronto in 1992, his MA in International Relations/History from the University of Toronto in 1993, his JD from the University of Detroit-Mercy in 1996 and his LLB from the University of Windsor in 1996. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1998. While in his third year of law school, Tom spent a semester in London, England, where his studies were focused on international business transactions, international arbitration and conflicts of law. While in London, Tom also undertook a mini-pupilage with a group of barristers in chambers at Middle Temple where he assisted counsel in relation to civil matters before the High Court.
Tom’s reported cases can be quickly found on CanLii or other similar electronic databases.
Drafting General Release Clauses in Franchise Agreements: A Cautionary Tale from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Legal Risk Management in Franchise System Change
Franchise Lessons to Be Learned From the Shoppers Drug Mart Certification Decision
3rd Enterprise Risk Management for Corporate Counsel
Ontario e-Discovery Institute 2012
Ontario Court Considers Franchise Class Action Challenging Scope of Franchisors’ Right to Profit From Franchisees
2nd E-Discovery for Government
Ontario Court Releases Comprehensive and Instructive Decision in Franchise Class Action Proceeding
The Ontario e-Discovery Institute: e-Discovery for All Cases and All Lawyers
Canada Trustco Mortgage Co. v. Canada: Focus on Financial Institutions
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