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A tenacious and skilled courtroom lawyer, Adam represents clients in high-stakes disputes.
Adam Goldenberg is a partner in our Litigation Group. His trial and arbitration practice focuses on commercial and regulatory matters. He has particular expertise in appeals and judicial reviews.
Clients value Adam’s focused advice on complex business problems, as well as his prowess in the courtroom. He has litigated matters before judges and arbitrators across the country, and has appeared as counsel in more than a dozen appeals to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Among Adam’s notable representations are leading cases on the duty of honest contractual performance (C.M. Callow Inc. v. Zollinger), the enforceability of arbitration agreements (TELUS Communications Inc. v. Wellman), the framework for judicial review of administrative decision-making (Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) v. Vavilov), and the regulation of political speech (Canadian Constitution Foundation v. Canada (Attorney General)).
Adam also regularly acts pro bono for individuals and public interest organizations, particularly in matters affecting the LGBTQ2S+ community. He was named a “Leader To Be Proud Of” by Start Proud in 2014 and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada in 2017.
Adam serves on the Leadership Council of the World Justice Project, an independent, multidisciplinary organization working to advance the rule of law worldwide. He is also a co-founder and a member of the board of directors of Teach For Canada, a non-profit organization that works with northern First Nations to recruit, prepare, and support committed teachers. He is a former chair of the board of directors of Action Canada, a public policy leadership program.
Early in his legal career, Adam was a law clerk to Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin at the Supreme Court of Canada and to the judges of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. He 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.
Emergency Law in Canada: Commentary & Legislation (with Eric S. Block) (LexisNexis Canada, 2021)
Podcast: Law in the Time of COVID-19
“Controversies in the Common Law of Judicial Review”, in Vanessa Gruben et al., eds., Controversies in the Common Law: Tracing the Contributions of Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (University of Toronto Press, 2022).
The Legal 500 - Canada
Étoile montante : Règlement de différends – Ontario
Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory
Avocats chef de file à suivre: Litiges – Droit réglementaire et public
Precedent Innovation Award