"At the top of his game." - Client Testimonial, Who's Who Legal
Geoff Shaw* is a partner in the commercial litigation department where the main focus of his practice is the resolution of franchise law disputes through trial, appeal, mediation or arbitration. Geoff has been described by clients in Who's Who Legal as being the "go-to-guy" and "at the top of his game" when it comes to class action defence in franchising. He is also recognized as a "Legal Eagle" by Franchise Times, a designation given to the top 100 franchise lawyers in North America. Geoff has a number of important reported decisions in the franchise law area and his class action work on behalf of Pet Valu was recently highlighted as a "Big Case" by Lexpert magazine.
A few of his notable cases include:
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 teaches Franchise Law at Queen's University. Geoff recently completed his second term as a member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) Legal Symposium Task Force. He regularly speaks and writes for various franchise law conferences and publications and is a contributing editor to Federated Press' Franchise & Distribution Journal and contributing author of Dispute Resolution & Franchise Litigation in Canada, part of the American Bar Association’s publication “Fundamentals of Franchising – Canada”.
Geoff also practices in the field of tax litigation and securities regulatory work. In 2014, he successfully appealed a $16.3 million tax assessment on behalf of his client while achieving a cost award against the CRA in excess of $500,000.00.