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Faculté de droit

Université de Toronto

Admission au barreau

Ontario, 2004

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Brandon Kain is a partner in our Litigation Group in Toronto. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, class actions and regulatory/administrative law. He has successfully acted for a wide variety of clients in major litigation, including AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, Bell Canada, Cathay Pacific Airways, Chrysler Canada, HSBC Holdings and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

Brandon has a national practice. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan courts, as well as in commercial arbitrations. Seven of his cases are included in Lexpert Magazine’s annual list of the Top 10 Business Decisions in Canada for the years 2013-2016, with three ranked #1.

He has extensive experience in appellate advocacy, having acted in 12 appeals before the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as cases in the Federal, British Columbia and Ontario Courts of Appeal. He is co-founder of our National Appellate Litigation Group, and the editor-in-chief of its award-winning blog, Canadian Appeals Monitor.

A significant part of Brandon’s practice involves advising clients on commercial disputes. He successfully represented the appellant in the leading Canadian case on the principle of good faith in contracts, Bhasin v. Hrynew, 2014 SCC 71. In addition, he successfully represented the respondent in the leading Canadian case on the tort of fraud, Bruno Appliance and Furniture, Inc. v. Hryniak, 2014 SCC 8. He has taught Advanced Contracts at the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law since 2012, and Economic Torts at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law since 2015.

Brandon acts regularly in class actions. He appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in both the securities class action trilogy (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Green, 2015 SCC 60) and the competition class action trilogy (Pro-Sys Consultants Ltd. v. Microsoft Corporation, 2013 SCC 57), and has served on the executive committee of the Class Actions Section of the Ontario Bar Association since 2014. His cases often involve cross-border issues, and he successfully acted in the first Canadian decision to dismiss a proposed secondary market securities class action under Part XXIII.1 of the Ontario Securities Act based on lack of jurisdiction over a foreign issuer: Yip v. HSBC Holdings plc, 2017 ONSC 5332.

Brandon has achieved particular success for clients in prescription pharmaceutical class actions, having acted in the first such cases where certification was defeated in both Ontario and British Columbia: Martin v. AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals PLC, 2012 ONSC 2744, aff’d 2013 ONSC 1169 (Div. Ct.); Charlton v. Abbott Laboratories, Ltd., 2015 BCCA 26. He also successfully represented the defendants in the first pharmaceutical class action to be defeated on summary judgment in Canada: Wise v. Abbott Laboratories, Ltd., 2016 ONSC 7275.

Brandon is frequently engaged to act in litigation involving the broadcasting and telecommunications industries. He has appeared in several appeals from the CRTC to the Federal Court of Appeal, along with the judicial review of a Cabinet decision in the Federal Court. He successfully acted in the first case where a Canadian court granted a permanent injunction to prohibit the unauthorized retransmission of conventional television services over the Internet in violation of the Copyright Act: 2251723 Ontario Inc. v. Bell Canada, 2016 ONSC 7273.

A prolific author, Brandon has written or co-written articles in the Advocates’ Quarterly, Alberta Law Review, Annual Review of Civil Litigation, Banking and Finance Law Review, Canadian Bar Review, Canadian Business Law Journal and Supreme Court Law Review. His publications have been cited in more than 10 cases by the Supreme Court of Canada and the Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec courts. He is a regular speaker on legal issues, and has presented for the Canadian Bar Association, Canadian Centre for Ethics & Corporate Policy, Canadian Defence Lawyers, the Canadian Energy Law Foundation, the Canadian Institute, the Commons Institute, the Law Society of Upper Canada, Osgoode Professional Development, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Brandon obtained his LL.B. (Honours) from the University of Toronto in 2003, where he received the Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP Award for Academic Excellence in first year, and graduated with Honours Standing. He also obtained his MA in philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1999 and his BA (First Class Honours) in philosophy from Queen's University in 1998.