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Toronto, ON  M5H 3C2

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Year of Call

Ontario, 2002


LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2001

B.A. (Hons), University of Toronto, 1997

Derek Ronde

“Strong and persuasive in court.”
Client Testimonial, Chambers Canada

Derek Ronde is a partner in our Litigation Group, and has a wide-ranging corporate-commercial litigation practice. He has significant experience in a multitude of areas including class proceedings, franchise litigation, product liability, securities litigation, employment litigation, contract disputes, regulatory investigations, injunctions and other commercial litigation practice areas.

His experience includes acting for:

  • A Canadian franchisor in the successful defence of a $100 million class action over rebates brought by franchisees
  • Counsel to corporate defendants on a variety of class proceedings
  • A minority shareholder in the successful challenge to a multi-billion dollar plan of arrangement
  • An international consulting firm in a variety of regulatory-related matters and class proceedings
  • A Canadian manufacturing company in a variety of dealership actions and arbitrations
  • An international corporation in a proposed class proceeding by national shareholders
  • An international manufacturing company in a New Brunswick product liability action brought by a large corporate customer
  • An international manufacturing company in an Ontario product liability action by a customer seeking to add the company as a defendant in an ongoing proceeding
  • Various Canadian and international franchisors on a variety of ongoing litigation matters

Client Commentary

  • “A litigator who is well known in the franchising space.” – Chambers Canada (Franchising)
  • “Clients find him ’quite thoughtful and practical’ and ‘strong and persuasive in court.’” – Chambers Canada (Franchising)

  • Chambers Canada (Franchising)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015–2018 (Franchise Law)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017-2019 (Franchise Law)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2017 (Franchise)
  • Franchise Times, "Legal Eagle" (2016-2018)


  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association
  • International Bar Association
  • International Franchise Association
  • Ontario Bar Association (Former Member, Class Actions Section; Current Member, Franchise Law Executive, 2014-2017)
  • The Advocates' Society
Publications, Newsletters and Articles Publications, Newsletters and Articles

Product Liability e-COMMUNIQUÉ - June 2018

Ontario Court Finds Franchisee Personally Liable for $1.7 Million Dollar Costs Award in Failed Class Action

Class Actions e-COMMUNIQUÉ - April 2018

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - February 2018

Ontario Government Makes Changes to Ontario’s Franchise Legislation

Fast and Furious: Recent Canadian Legislation Changes That May Affect Franchisors and Franchisees

Ontario Court Weighs In On Franchise Disclosure and Rescission

Not Enough to File and Smile: BC Supreme Court Refuses to Certify Class Proceeding, Confirms That Low Bar Does Not Mean No Bar

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - October 2017

Canadian Securities Litigation Outlook 2017: Trends to Watch for Capital Markets Participants

The Supreme Court of Canada Dismisses Franchisee Attempt To Avoid Guaranty Obligations

Ontario Government Introduces Proposed Amendments to Franchise Legislation

A Bigger Slice of Post-Judgment Interest: Ontario Court Upholds Franchise Agreement Provision Entitling Franchisor To Higher Interest

The Ontario Labour Relations Board Opens the Door to Franchisee Unionization in the Canada Bread Certification Case

The Ontario Labour Relations Board Opens the Door to Franchisee Unionization in the Canada Bread Certification Case

Ontario Government Introduces Proposed Amendments to its Franchise Legislation

They're Watching: Securities Regulators Announce Increased Scrutiny of Conflict Transactions

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - May 2017

Reason to be Crabby? Ontario Court Grants Partial Summary Judgment Against Franchisor, but Makes Interesting Finding on Lease Disclosure as Grounds for Rescission

Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Collection of Amounts Owed by Franchisee Under Guaranty

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - January 2017

Introducing Our Newest Partner, Stéphane Teasdale

Ontario Court Upholds Franchisee’s Obligation to Pay Percentage Rent

The End of A Saab Story?: The Ontario Court of Appeal Upholds Lower Court Decision on Jurisdiction Over a Franchise Dispute

Franchise Law e-COMMUNIQUÉ - November 2016

Supreme Court of Canada Delivers the Final Word on Pet Valu Class Action

Cassels Brock Contributes To Response To The Ontario Government’s Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report

Supreme Court of Canada Delivers the Final Word on Pet Valu Class Action

Ontario Court Imposes New Disclosure Requirement Prohibiting the Common Practice of Determining Location After Signing a Franchise Agreement

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