Advocacy: Litigation And Dispute Resolution

Events & Seminars


  • October 5, 2016
    8:30 am - 5:00 pm

The 2016 Westman Human Resources Conference will provide managers and HR professionals with practical, easily implementable strategies to enhance employee productivity and avoid common HR pitfalls. Stephen Beernaert will be speaking on Common Employment Law Mistakes and How to Avoid Them.


  • October 13, 2016
    7:30 am - 3:30 pm

Join the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters in Morden on October 13. CME’s annual Southern Manitoba Manufacturers’ Summit will feature industry-leading keynote speakers, breakout presentations spotlighting local manufacturing success stories and exhibits from industry and service providers. The theme of the event is “The Sustainable Business” – Managing your pillars of sustainability in the workplace; Social, Economic and Environmental. TDS is proud to be a sponsor of this event.


  • October 13, 2016 - October 16, 2016
    8:00 am - 5:00 pm

TDS Lawyer Russell Dufault will be presenting at BreakOut West, an annual music industry event held in conjunction with the Western Canadian Music Awards. He will be speaking on a panel of Canadian entertainment lawyers and will be participating in workshops and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

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

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