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Harvard University

Law School

Yale University

Bar Admission

New York, USA, 2015
Ontario, 2015

A skilled advocate and trusted advisor, Adam helps clients achieve their objectives in complex disputes.

Adam Goldenberg is a litigator in our Toronto office. His trial, arbitration, and appellate practice focuses on commercial and regulatory disputes, as well as constitutional litigation. An experienced courtroom lawyer, Adam has represented clients in private arbitrations and before courts across Canada, including in more than a dozen appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada. 

" Adam is truly a brilliant lawyer. I’m always intrigued by his ability to expose critical, innovative perspectives of a case most would never contemplate. His personable, client-centric approach provides you with a great deal of confidence. "
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In his commercial litigation practice, Adam acts in contractual, shareholder, partnership, employment, and real property disputes, as well as in class actions, product liability matters, and disputes concerning the use of confidential information. He regularly handles matters (including urgent matters) on the Commercial List in Toronto and in private arbitrations.

In his public law practice, Adam represents businesses, organizations, and individuals in administrative and constitutional law matters, including in judicial review proceedings, regulatory investigations, and appeals. He also regularly acts pro bono in significant litigation for individuals and public interest organizations, among them Egale Canada Human Rights Trust, the Canadian Constitution Foundation, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, and the Canadian Mental Health Association (Ontario Division).

Adam’s public law expertise includes emergency law and political law. He is the co-author of Emergency Law in Canada: Commentary & Legislation and the host of McCarthy Tétrault’s award-winning podcast, Law in the Time of COVID-19. Adam also advises organizations and individuals on their legal obligations in the political sector, including ethical compliance, conflicts of interest, election finance, political advertising, and lobbying law.

" Having worked with Adam on several complex litigation files, I find him to be extremely responsive, strategic and pointed in his advice. He synthesizes information quickly and applies sound judgment under pressure to produce pragmatic advice. I have requested Adam to work on our most messy, challenging files because he has a way of simplifying and delivering a superior (and fast) work product in the midst of stress and complexity. "
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Early in his legal career, Adam was a law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada, and to Justices James MacPherson, Janet Simmons, and Eleanore Cronk of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He previously served as speechwriter to the Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of Canada and as an advisor to a Cabinet minister in the Government of Ontario. Adam has taught appellate practice and procedure as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Toronto, and has lectured at law schools across Canada on constitutional and administrative law.

Adam’s scholarship and commentary have appeared in the Supreme Court Law Review, the Yale Journal of International Law, and the Michigan State International Law Review, as well as in the Globe and MailNational PostToronto StarOttawa CitizenSlateMaclean’s, and Policy Options. He is the co-founder and a director of Teach For Canada, a non-profit organization that works with northern First Nations communities to recruit, prepare, and support teachers. He was selected to be an Action Canada Fellow in 2010 and is a member (and former Chair) of Action Canada’s Board of Directors. He was named a “Leader To Be Proud Of” by Start Proud, a national LGBTQ+ organization, in 2014, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 2017.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Adam received his law degree from Yale, where he was a Kirby Simon Human Rights Fellow. He holds an undergraduate degree with high honours from Harvard, where he was a John Harvard Scholar and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honour society.