At Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS), we believe that collaboration is essential to providing outstanding professional service. Working together with a shared vision, we are devoted to serving our valued clients. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness and communication, providing better results for clients.
When we’re retained, we will refer you to the TDS lawyer with the ideal level of experience in your field, or alternatively, a legal team will be assembled to work towards a suitable solution. We aim to deliver a full-service firm that makes our team, our clients, and those who aspire to join us feel that they are free to lead.
With Manitoba roots that run more than 130 years deep, TDS has long been recognized as a leading full-service law firm dedicated to serving clients and delivering high quality work. The firm provides services in over 25 areas of practice to clients locally, nationally and internationally across every major sector. TDS has long been recognized as a centre of excellence in the areas of corporate and commercial law, labour relations, employment law and civil litigation. (Learn more about our long history here)
Exclusive Service Offerings
Acumen Corporate Development – Fuel for Business Growth™: Always leading, always collaborating, TDS strives to stand apart from market alternatives with a dedication to client service; anticipating our clients’ needs. The unique alliance between TDS and Acumen Corporate Development Inc. has allowed the firm to expand strategically beyond legal services, offering new resources to clients who wish to grow their business.
Lex Mundi – Global Reach: The firm is one of the founding members, and is the exclusive member firm in Manitoba for Lex Mundi – the world’s leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. As part of the Lex Mundi global network, TDS can provide clients with preferred access to more than 21,000 lawyers around the world. Collectively, Lex Mundi firms provide global legal resources with unmatched depth and breadth. Collaborating with other Lex Mundi firms, TDS is able to seamlessly handle clients’ most challenging cross-border transactions and disputes.
The firm has been recognized by LEXPERT® on numerous occasions as being the leading corporate law firm in Manitoba. TDS has also been ranked and recommended by Chambers Global, Benchmark Litigation and recognized as one of the top regional firms in the prairies by Canadian Lawyer Magazine. In addition, several of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized by Best Lawyers® in Canada and LEXPERT® as leaders in their respective practice areas.
One of TDS’ Core Values is being community minded. We are engaged in the communities in which we live and work. Across our nine Manitoba offices, TDS gives back and is mindful of its responsibility to make a positive contribution to our local communities. Each year TDS contributes over $250,000, supporting more than 100 worthwhile community initiatives across Manitoba that includes the arts, environment, education, the advancement of medical care, local economic development, children’s causes and providing access to legal services for disadvantaged community members. In addition, TDS lawyers contribute hundreds of hours of their time providing pro bono legal services.
A recent and notable economic development example was the firm’s decision to become the first tenant and founding partner in True North Square, playing a role in the continued revitalization of downtown Winnipeg.
Another attribute of importance to many clients is bench strength.
TDS has over eighty-five lawyers and offers services in English, French, Portuguese, and Italian. Our professionals are assisted by a support staff of close to 100, including paralegals, legal assistants, law clerks, accountants, systems and human resources personnel. We occupy four floors at Winnipeg’s premier business address, 201 Portage Avenue, in the heart of the City’s business district. This premier office space benefits clients by having access to our facilities which include numerous well-finished boardrooms of various sizes, as well as state-of-the-art HD video conferencing capabilities.
In the Community
TDS is rooted in the legal and business communities of Manitoba. We also encourage our lawyers to be significantly engaged in wider community matters and many have held and continue to hold positions of leadership in that regard.
Acumen Corporate Development
Acumen Corporate Development Inc., a strategic partner of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, focuses on providing North American companies with a structured, comprehensive approach to the planning and execution of growth by acquisition, financing and other strategic opportunities. Acumen spearheads the corporate development function for businesses, providing the experience and resources required to achieve extraordinary results.
Acumen Corporate Development & Languages
Acumen Corporate Development
Acumen (a strategic partner of TDS) spearheads the corporate development function for businesses, providing the expertise and resources required to achieve extraordinary results. Acumen acts as the “quarterback”, linking senior management with other professional services providers including legal, accounting and financing partners.
Acumen helps clients succeed with their growth strategy and/or exit strategy by providing specialized expertise and adding capacity to the clients available resources.
Acumen adds-value by temporarily filling in gaps in expertise and providing critical support to senior management, during the planning and execution of strategic initiatives. This added support allows executives to maintain a focus on important day-to-day operations, which may otherwise be impacted during periods involving strategic initiatives.
Acumen seeks input from management to develop a strategic plan and then teams with management to execute the plan. The Acumen team also uses customized software and project management tools to ensure a smooth and complete process. It is this methodology of creating a comprehensive, customized plan in partnership with clients that sets Acumen apart and allows us to exceed client expectations.
For more information visit www.acumencorpdev.com.
Companies doing business outside of Manitoba, may find that having access to multi-lingual support may be of great assistance in some cases. Several of our lawyers and Articling Students are fluent in languages other than English, including French, Italian, Russian, Hebrew and Portuguese. The individuals who have capabilities in the above languages are listed below.
In the Community
The lawyers and staff at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP recognize the importance of supporting the community in which they work, live and play. Each year TDS contributes over $250,000 to worthwhile community initiatives that support the Arts, the Environment, the advancement of medical care, and the advancement of technology.
Here are some of the causes we support: Children, Education & the Arts, Health & the Environment, Business, Entrepreneurship & Community.
Chambers and Partners have been researching the legal markets of over 180 countries, identifying the leading lawyers and law firms worldwide through interviews with thousands of lawyers and their clients. Chambers and Partners reputation is based on the independence and objectivity of their research.
TDS has been ranked and recommended by Chambers Global for the category General Business Law. According to Chambers Global, sources say the following about TDS: “Very good lawyers with a solid client base.”
In addition to the firm recognition, John Stefaniuk has been ranked and recommended for Environmental Law in Manitoba, and James Ripley has been ranked and recommended for General Business Law in Manitoba.
The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada are two of the most comprehensive guides to legal talent in Canada. these publications identify the most frequently recommended lawyers across Canada in a wide range of practice areas. Both publications have become a resource of choice for in-house counsel and law firms in need of Canadian legal expertise.
Both the firm and individual lawyers have been recognized numerous times over many years by Lexpert®. TDS has been recognized by Lexpert® numerous times as being one the leading corporate law firms, and one of the leading litigation firms in Manitoba. On several occasions the firm has been placed at the centre of the “Bulls-Eye” ranking of corporate/commercial law practices in Winnipeg.
Over the years, several TDS lawyers have been named to the Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as Leading Lawyers in their respective practice areas. Since 2007 seven TDS Partners have been named by Lexpert® as among the Top 40 Leading Lawyers in Canada, most recently Sacha Paul was named one of the Top 40 Leading Lawyers in Canada in 2016.
Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive annual peer-review survey. Because of the rigorous and transparent methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honour.
For several years in a row, numerous TDS lawyers have been listed as among The Best Lawyers in Canada by Best Lawyers®. In 2017 twenty four lawyers were listed across eighteen areas of practice.
Canadian Lawyer delivers reporting and analysis of the legal landscape from coast to coast. Focused on both the practice and the profession, Canadian Lawyer delivers award-winning editorial content that informs, inspires and occasionally inflames the lawyers, corporate counsel, judges, law professors, and students-at-law.
Every few years Canadian Lawyer Magazine returns to the Prairies for their regional law firm rankings. TDS Law has been recognized on several occasions by Canadian Lawyer Magazine as one of the Top 10 Prairie Regional Firms, most recently in 2017, 2013 and in 2011.
The following quotes were obtained based on research and interviews conducted by Canadian Lawyer:
“Prompt and efficient” service, as well as the ability to “find creative alternatives” make TDS the go-to firm of one in-house counsel.
“Great local contacts, top professionals,” added another corporate counsel based in Toronto.
One in-house counsel praised TDS for possessing a “great understanding of law, but also of the political climate,” adding the firm “is another pair of ‘eyes’ in the province for our company.”