Richard Lizius is a member of our Litigation Group in Toronto. He maintains a general litigation practice, with a focus on complex commercial disputes, including telecommunications and banking law, judicial review and administrative law, appellate law and advertising law.
Richard has particular expertise representing businesses and individuals in highly regulated industries. Those mandates include integrating litigation, judicial review and appeal strategy into a broader regulatory strategy and providing pre-litigation advice.
Richard has appeared as counsel before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal, as well as the Federal Court, Federal Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Canada.
Richard’s notable engagements include:
- Appearing as counsel for two parties in the “administrative law trilogy” currently under reserve at the Supreme Court of Canada (and as counsel before the Federal Court of Appeal);
- Appearing as counsel for major Canadian telecommunications companies in numerous appeals of CRTC decisions, including as lead counsel;
- Appearing as counsel for a major Canadian bank in a precedent-setting fraud trial;
- Appearing as appeals counsel on a leading litigation funding case in Ontario;
- Representing a major Canadian bank in a conspiracy class action;
- Representing Canadian media companies in innovative Internet piracy cases;
- Representing Canadian media companies in constitutional challenges to advertising decisions, including by a controversial political campaign;
- Representing Canadian broadcasting companies in major patent litigation in respect of IPTV services, and
- Acting as counsel in constitutional and administrative law litigation concerning fisheries regulation.
In 2016-2017 Richard completed a secondment at a major telecommunications company where he worked on developing a litigation and regulatory strategy to respond to Internet piracy.
Richard regularly volunteers as duty counsel through Pro Bono Ontario.
Before joining the firm, Richard clerked for Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Richard received his J.D. from the University of Toronto in 2013. He graduated as the Gold Medalist and won academic prizes for contract law, property law and legal process and ethics. Richard received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto in 2010 as the Gold Medalist in political science. At university, he was actively involved in debating and mooting, winning prizes as the second place debater in the world, and as top debater at the North American University Debating Championship and at the Canadian National University Debating Championship.
Richard is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.