Advocacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution

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Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP has been recognized by Lexpert® as having one of the best Litigation departments in the province.

Our litigators give​ advice in all areas of the law for insurers, large corporations, small businesses and for individuals. With the added advantage of having the largest Advocacy, Litigation and Dispute Resolution group in Manitoba, we are also able to work collaboratively with our clients to ensure they receive innovative, cost effective representation.

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​ 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.

Contact practice group leader, Jon Woolley for assistance with litigation and dispute resolution.

Advocacy, Litigation & Dispute Resolution Service Areas

  • Our firm advises provincial and municipal governments, and large-scale resource users and managers concerning the impact of Indigenous and treaty rights. We have dealt with the effects of Aboriginal law on… Learn More

  • Our firm acts as counsel to a number of administrative tribunals in both the public and private sectors. Our lawyers provide advice on both procedural and substantive issues and routinely… Learn More

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) encompasses an array of processes for the resolution of disputes outside the courtroom. TDS lawyers are committed to introducing clients to ADR options, where appropriate, so… Learn More

  • We have a multidisciplinary team of transactional lawyers and litigators who can provide comprehensive legal services on projects of every scale.  We provide legal services to: Owners and developers General… Learn More

  • We understand the criminal justice system can be a daunting and stressful experience, which is why we are dedicated to helping you navigate the complex legal system and ensuring your… Learn More

  • Our clients include large-scale resource users, business and industrial concerns, governments, individuals and non-governmental organizations. We have extensive experience in representing clients in negotiations with regulatory authorities, assisting clients in… Learn More

  • Featured Podcast Ask a Vexxpert: TDS lawyer John Stefaniuk discusses how people are looking more closely at how businesses measure up on environmental, social, and governance criteria.  TDS brings… Learn More

  • We negotiate or litigate all issues arising in the family law context. Our firm advises clients in marital property valuations, accountings of family and commercial interests and apportionment of property,… Learn More

  • Lawyers practising in this area are experienced in representing clients in dealing with and appearing before federal, provincial and municipal government bodies, regulators, boards, councils and commissions. Our lawyers regularly… Learn More

  • TDS offers comprehensive services to individuals and organizations navigating through all facets of human rights laws. Services to individuals An individual’s human rights can be negatively impacted in a variety… Learn More

  • The TDS Injunction Team can move quickly to protect the interests of our clients whether it be to obtain an injunction or to defend a motion for an injunction.  We… Learn More

  • These services include the preparation of various forms of security agreements, the enforcement and realization of security, and the resolution of priorities issues between competing creditors. We represent clients (both… Learn More

  • Our insurance lawyers also deal extensively with investigations into fraudulent claims, arson and other deviant claims activity. As well, our insurance lawyers carry on a very vigorous liability defence practice, together… Learn More

  • Our firm assists its clients with respect to all of their intellectual property needs, including, acquisition, use, development, registration, licensing, protection, financing, enforcement and sale. We provide advice to a… Learn More

  • TDS is legal counsel to many rural and urban municipalities.  We appreciate the unique nuances of municipalities and understand how a municipality is different than a typical corporation or business. … Learn More

  • We frequently provide advice regarding pulp and paper operations, oil and gas development, mining rights, hydro-electric development, exploration, mine operations and closures, forest management licenses, First Nations and related treaty… Learn More

  • Our wills and estates lawyers are involved in all aspects of estate planning and estate administration, including: the drafting of wills inter vivos trusts powers of attorney and health care… Learn More