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Advocacy: Litigation And Dispute Resolution Overview

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP has been recognized  by Lexpert® as having one of the best litigation departments in the province. With the added advantage of having the largest litigation group in Manitoba, we are also able to work collaboratively with our clients to ensure they receive innovative, cost effective representation.


Our litigators give incisive advice in all areas of the law for insurers, large corporations, small businesses and for individuals. Our litigation department regularly handles matters in the following areas:

  • bankruptcy
  • builder’s liens matters
  • class actions
  • construction litigation
  • contractual disputes
  • debt collection
  • labour and employment matters
  • expropriation cases
  • health law
  • insurance litigation
  • intellectual property disputes
  • pension litigation
  • personal injury claims
  • professional negligence
  • regulatory/governmental affairs
  • tax litigation
  • wills, estates and trusts litigation

Our knowledge enables our litigation department to handle all disputes, including Business and Corporate Commercial Law Litigation matters. We also provide advice on Regulatory matters to a number of entities in both the Public and Private Sector, and we are counsel and advisors to numerous Health Care Sector groups and authorities. Our firm also acts as counsel to employers dealing with complex pension disputes.


Our procedural and advocacy experience includes regular appearances before all levels of Court in Manitoba and other jurisdictions, from Small Claims to the Court of Appeal, as well as the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. In appropriate circumstances, our litigators have also used alternative dispute resolution (ADR) methods to resolve matters, including arbitration of disputes, mediation, and Judicially Assisted Dispute Resolution.

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  • Canadian Association of Farm Advisors (CAFA) Presentation - Farm Liability - Risk Management November 20, 2014 10:30 am to 11:15 am

    Canadian Association of Farm Advisors Presentation  Farm Liability - Risk Management Panel Discussion with TDS Law Agribusiness Lawyers Paul Brett and Art Stacey: An overview of the Safe Food for Canadians Act (which comes into effect on January 1, 2015) Potential Producer Liability in Crop Production and Merchandising Commercial Trends in Agribusiness The grain trade, rail transportation and ‘inter-switching’ zones An Ounce of Prevention Beats a Pound of Cure Preventing  family litigation and disputes in farm succession The Value of Unanimous Shareholder Agreements An Update on Motor Transportation in the Agriculture Industry Click here for the full program agenda or click here to register. Read more...

  • Women in Leadership Conference May 22, 2014 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

    This event is being organized by Career Women Interaction (FCI-CWI). FCI-CWI is a provider of conferences for women executives, lawyers, accountants and other professionals across Canada, and is not affiliated with TDS Law. Vivian Rachlis, a partner with the firm, has been asked to speak at the conference being held in Winnipeg on May 22nd. Details of Vivian’s session entitled “Managing Conflict” (from conference brochure): Most of us would rather live and work without conflict, yet no environment is conflict-free. The life cycle of effective conflict management involves planning for conflict, not going into denial when it rears its head, resorting to dispute resolution mechanisms if necessary, and moving on. Read more...

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    In the case of St. Arnaud et al. v. The Queen, the CRA assessed a large group of taxpayers from across Canada on the basis that investments in Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSP) were not in qualified investments and that the amount of the investment was less than the fair market value, triggering a taxable income inclusion under the RRSP provisions of the Income Tax Act. While the investors thought they were purchasing valid investments, the investments were in fact worthless. Read more...

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    Acted as co-counsel for the Canadian National Railway Company in seeking injunctive relief to relating to the blockade of railway lines within Manitoba. Read more...