Ian is a Partner in the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. Ian's wide-ranging practice includes: commercial litigation with an emphasis on shareholder and partnership disputes, insurance litigation and coverage disputes, construction litigation (including highway construction and lien matters), real estate disputes, matters before the Office of the Integrity Commissioner (Ontario) and the Mining and Lands Tribunal (Environment and Land Tribunals Ontario), professional negligence, bankruptcy and insolvency litigation, estate litigation, employment disputes, commercial landlord and tenant disputes, environmental litigation, transportation litigation and health law disputes.
Ian represents lawyers, law firms and politicians on litigation and non-litigation matters. He also acts for individuals, corporations and estates on matters which include: shareholder and partnership disputes, oppression remedy proceedings, insurance coverage disputes, injunctive proceedings including employment-related injunctions and Mareva injunctions, defamation (libel and slander), enforcement of guarantees and theft of goods while in transit.
Ian has a passion for education. He was a Sessional Instructor at the University of Windsor - Faculty of Law where he taught Commercial Law - Secured Transactions during the Winter 2017 term. He was also an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School where he taught Commercial Law during the Winter 2019 term.
Ian has represented clients before the Ontario Court of Appeal, Divisional Court, Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice, and various tribunals, including the Licence Appeal Tribunal. Ian was counsel on one of the leading cases decided by the Court of Appeal for Ontario on the interpretation of the Tarion Addendum in residential agreements of purchase and sale, and co-counsel on one of the leading cases decided by the same court dealing with the termination of a lease between a commercial landlord and tenant.
NOVEMBER 06 2020
Evidentiary Issues on Motions and Applications: Overcoming Problems and Presenting Properly
This Paper was presented at the The Civil Litigator’s Survival Guide to Evidence conference organized by Osgoode Professional Development.
APRIL 23 2020
Can Insurers Deny Coverage For Loss of Business Income or Business Interruption Arising From The COVID-19 Pandemic?
Implications of the Decision in MDS Inc. v. Factory Mutual Insurance Company (FM Global), 2020 ONSC 1924 on Business Interruption Claims Arising from the COVID-19 Pandemic
MARCH 30 2020
The Court of Appeal for Ontario Sets The Record Straight Concerning The Applicability of The Tarion Addendum in Residential Agreements of Purchase and Sale
In its release of the highly-anticipated decision in Ingarra v. 301099 Ontario Limited (Previn Court Homes), 2020 ONCA 103 on February 11, 2020, the Ontario Court of Appeal addressed the issue of whether an agreement between lawyers (made orally and through the exchange of faxes and emails) to extend the agreed upon "Firm Closing Date" to the "Interim Closing Dates" (with adjustments remaining as at January 11, 2018) superseded the operation and effect of the provisions of the Tarion Addendum.
FEBRUARY 09 2016
A Win for Landlords at the Court of Appeal: Mapleview - Veterans Drive Investments Inc. v. Papa Kerollus VI Inc. et al.
Ingarra v. 301099 Ontario Limited (Previn Court Homes), 2020 ONCA 103
Counsel for the appellant on an appeal involving whether an agreement between lawyers (made orally and through the exchange of correspondence) to extend a residential closing date superseded the operation and effect of the provisions of the Tarion Addendum.
Treelawn Capital Corp. et al. v. IAMGOLD Corporation, 2019 ONCA 1022
Counsel for the appellant on an appeal involving the jurisdiction of the Mining and Lands Tribunal to hear a dispute concerning a claim for expenditures under section 181 of the Mining Act.
Treelawn Capital Corp. et al. v. IAMGOLD Corporation, 2019 ONSC 1935
Counsel for the applicant on an Application under section 107 of the Mining Act to transfer a proceeding commenced under section 181 of the Mining Act before the Mining and Lands Tribunal to the Superior Court of Justice.
Bisquip Leasing Corporation v. Coco Paving Inc. et al., 2019 ONSC 341
Counsel for the responding party on a motion for summary judgment.
Coco Paving Inc. v. Durham (Municipality), 2018 ONSC 2849 - Counsel
Counsel for the responding party, Coco Paving Inc., on a motion to stay several actions pending the outcome of an arbitration under s. 106 of the Courts of Justice Act
Di Giorgio v. Rao, 2018 ONSC 7427
Counsel for the vendor in an aborted residential real estate transaction, in which damages were awarded for difference in the sale prices of the two agreements of purchase and sale for the property in question, together with carrying costs/expenses and legal fees on a substantial indemnity basis.
The Vinyl Company Inc. v. Magnolia Windows and Doors, LLC, 2018 ONSC 2561 - Counsel
Counsel on a motion to strike certain paragraphs of a Statement of Claim and on a cross-motion to amend the Statement of Claim.
Houle et al. v. Sostarich et al, 2017 ONSC 6025 - Counsel
Counsel on a motion for summary judgment and for an Interpleader Order and on a cross-motion for partial summary judgment.
ON Main Inc. v. Kempf,  ONSC 5152 - Counsel
Counsel on a motion with respect to defeating an Easement By Prescription and related relief claims on behalf of a development client.
Mapleview-Veterans Drive Investments Inc. v. Papa Kerollus VI Inc. (Mr. Sub), 2016 ONCA 93 - Counsel
Counsel on an appeal concerning the termination of a commercial landlord and tenant lease, and the ability of a tenant to renew when in default under the lease.
Sky Solar (Canada) Ltd. v. Economical Mutual Insurance Company et al., 2015 ONSC 4714 - Counsel
Counsel on a motion for an Order that privilege was waived by the opposing party and for production of a further and better Affidavit of Documents.
Bandiera (Re),  O.J. No. 1654 - Lead Counsel, 2012
Counsel on a Motion to lift a stay of proceedings under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act, and to validate a Mareva Injunction nunc pro tunc.
Canadian Managed Healthcare Ltd. v. Appleton et al.,  O.J. No. 3821, 2011 ONSC 5054 - Counsel, 2011
Counsel on a Motion for Security for Costs, which were ordered in the amount of $50,000.00
Cecilio v. Turnberry Green Homes Inc. et al.,  O.J. No. 5663, 2010 ONSC 7077 - Lead Counsel, 2010
Counsel to one of several defendants, in which Ian's client sought and obtained Summary Judgment dismissing the Plaintiff's action
Gemstar Canada Inc. v. George A. Fuller Co.,  O.J. No. 4878, 2009 CarswellOnt 7151 - Lead Counsel, 2009
Counsel to Gemstar Canada Inc. in the successful opposition to a Motion setting aside amendments to a Statement of Claim and to a Motion challenging the Ontario Court's jurisdiction over the action.
York University, Osgoode Hall Law School – Toronto, Ontario
January 2019 – August 2019
Adjunct Professor – Commercial Law
Prepared all course materials, including weekly PowerPoint slides and the final examination, and instructed a class of 40 students on commercial law, which was primarily based upon an analysis of the Ontario Personal Property Security Act (PPSA), Sale of Goods Act, Consumer Protection Act, 2002, related provincial and federal statutes, and applicable caselaw.
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law – Windsor, Ontario
January 2017 – May 2017
Sessional Instructor – Commercial Law (Secured Transactions)
Prepared all course materials, including weekly PowerPoint slides and the final examination, and instructed a class of 60 students on the law of secured transactions in personal property and suretyships, which was primarily based upon an analysis of the Ontario Personal Property Security Act (PPSA), related provincial and federal statutes, and applicable caselaw.
- Medico-Legal Society of Toronto, 2009
- Law Society of Ontario, 2007
- Canadian Bar Association
- The Advocates' Society
- Canadian Corporate Counsel Association
- Ontario Bar Association
Evidentiary Issues on Motions and Applications: Overcoming Problems and Presenting Properly” at The Civil Litigator’s Survival Guide to Evidence conference (Osgoode Professional Development, November 6, 2020)
A Case Study of Di Giorgio v. Rao: What to do When Faced with an Aborted Real Estate Transaction? (Fogler, Rubinoff LLP - Sept. 11, 2019)
Shareholder Litigation in the Closely-Held Company: Managing Disputes in the Family Business (Fogler, Rubinoff LLP – Dec. 2, 2015)
- Admitted to Ontario Bar, 2007
- University of Windsor, LL.B., 2006
- University of Waterloo, B.A. (Hons.), 2002
- Notary Public