Linda Knol practises in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on contract disputes, aboriginal law and shareholder remedies.
Linda has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (including the specialized Commercial List court in Toronto), the Ontario Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal for Ontario, and the Supreme Court of Canada. She also represents clients in mediation and arbitration proceedings.
Linda has authored articles on aboriginal law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy and insolvency matters.
Linda’s experience includes being involved in the following significant matters:
- An appeal before the Court of Appeal for Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada involving constitutional and aboriginal law principles, and the interpretation of a First Nations treaty. (Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources), 2013 ONCA 158; aff’d 2014 SCC 48)
- An action involving the interpretation of an underwriting agreement in the context of a failed bought deal transaction. (Stetson Oil & Gas Ltd. v. Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc., 2013 ONSC 1300)
- A proceeding, which included a 42-day arbitration hearing, an appeal before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Commercial List), and a motion for leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal for Ontario, involving allegations of breach of contract, negligent misrepresentation, and breach of the Arthur Wishart Act. (Healy v. Canadian Tire Corp., 2012 ONSC 77, leave to appeal to CA denied)
- A private arbitration proceeding involving a 42-day hearing before a three-member arbitral panel concerning allegations of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of the duty of good faith.
- A case involving contract interpretation principles, which included an eleven-day trial and an appeal to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. (Commercial Alcohols Inc. v. Suncor Energy Products Inc., 17 B.L.R. 4th 86 (Ont. S.C.J.); aff’d 44 B.L.R. 4th 23 (C.A.))
- A motion and appeal concerning the convenient forum for a contract and oppression remedy dispute. (BNP Paribas (Canada) v. BCE Inc., 24 C.B.R. (5th) 233 (Ont. S.C.J.); aff’d 33 C.B.R. (5th) 163 (C.A.))
- A proceeding at the application and appellant levels regarding an interpretation of the arrangement provisions in the Business Corporations Act (Ontario) in the context of an acquisition. (McEwen v. Goldcorp Inc., 21 B.L.R. (4th) 262 (Ont. S.C.J.); aff’d 21 B.L.R. (4th) 306 (Div. Crt.))
- A proceeding at the application and appellate levels respecting the interpretation of a shareholders’ agreement involving a first right of refusal in the context of a takeover bid. (BNY Capital Corp. v. Katotakis, 2 B.L.R. (4th) 71 (Ont. S.C.J.); aff’d 1 B.L.R. (4th) 168 (C.A.))
Before joining Cassels Brock, Linda spent her articling year as a law clerk to the justices at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, where she worked closely with the Honourable Justice Morden, the Honourable Justice MacPherson and the Honourable Justice Cronk.
Linda graduated as the bronze medalist from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2002, where she earned academic awards in Civil Litigation, Commercial Law, Business Associations and Torts. Called to the Ontario Bar in 2003, she finished second overall in the Ontario Bar Admission Course.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Economics at the University of Western Ontario in 1991, Linda worked as a financial analyst. She applies her analytical and problem-solving skills she developed as a financial analyst to the practice of law.
- The Advocates' Society
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association