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t: 416 869 5982
f: 416 350 6916

Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON  M5H 3C2

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Year of Call

Ontario, 1986


LL.M., Osgoode Hall Law School, 2011

LL.B., Queen's University, 1984

Geoffrey B. Shaw

Geoff Shaw* is a partner in the commercial litigation department where the main focus of his practice is the resolution of business disputes through trial, appeal, mediation or arbitration. Geoff has several specialties including: franchise litigation, professional liability for accountants and financial advisors, securities regulatory work, and income tax litigation. Geoff has numerous reported decisions and rulings in these areas. A few of his notable cases include:

  • Defending franchisors in class proceedings
  • Acting for a number of franchisors to successfully restrict departing franchisees from doing franchise business contrary to their non-competition covenants
  • Successfully acting for brokers and traders on investigations and hearings before the Ontario Securities Commission regarding alleged insider trading and non-registered trading in securities

Geoff is a past instructor at the Bar Admission Course - Civil Procedures Section and Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop - Osgoode Hall Law School in the area of expert testimony and cross-examinations. He is a guest lecturer for the Franchise Law Course at Western University. Geoff is also a former member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) Legal Symposium Task Force, and has recently been described in Who's Who Legal as the "go-to-guy" and "at the top of his game" when it comes to class action defence in franchising.

*denotes Professional Corporation


  • Martindale-Hubbell, BV DistinguishedTM rating
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Corporate Lawyers in Canada 2013–2014 (Franchise Law)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 20082015 (Franchise Law)
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 20102014 (Franchise)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 20062014 (Franchising Law)
  • Franchise Times, "Legal Eagle" (2014)


  • The Advocates' Society
  • American Bar Association/Forum on Franchising
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association (Government Relations Committee Member)
  • Canadian Tax Foundation
  • Ontario Bar Association (Franchise Law Executive Committee Member 2012-2013)
  • Toronto Lawyers Association
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  • Greater Toronto Hockey League (Member of the Board of Directors 2012-2013)