Chris J. Matthews

Chris J. Matthews (Toronto, Ontario)

Chris J. Matthews

Attorney in Toronto, ON
Chris Matthews is a partner with the firm's Litigation Group. Prior to joining A&B, Chris practised commercial litigation for 25 years with a national law firm.


Chris is a well-respected commercial litigator. He handles a broad range of disputes, including securities, product liability, forestry regulation, auditing and accounting, information technology, and matters involving issues of confidentiality and fiduciary duty. Chris is the immediate Past President of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Chris has extensive experience in prosecuting and defending injunction proceedings and judicial review applications, constitutional and aboriginal matters, and has defended clients involved in class action proceedings, including claims in the travel, accounting, mining, forestry and securities industries.

Additionally, Chris has expertise in mediation and arbitration, and advises several non-profit organizations with respect to risk management and governance.

Community Involvement

Board of Governors and Chair of Governance, Havergal College
Board of Trustees and Chair of Finance, Trinity College, University of Toronto
Trustee, Trinity College School

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Confidentiality of Board Minutes: An Important Commercial Interest

February 1, 2011
Chris Matthews

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Peer Rating 4.4 of 5

Areas of Law

Areas of Law
  • Litigation
  • Technology and Science
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution

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4.4 out of 5.0
  • Meets very high criteria of general ethical standards
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Experience & Credentials

Firm Details
Admission Details
Admitted in 1986, Ontario
Law School Attended
University of Victoria
Class of 1984
University Attended
University of Toronto, Trinity College
Class of 1981

Middle Temple, London, U.K.
Fox Scholar
Associations & Memberships


Toronto Lawyers' Association
The Advocates' Society
Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society

Professional Activities

Past President, Toronto Lawyers Association
Commercial List Users Committee, Ontario Superior Court

Representative Cases
Representative Cases and Transactions: Chris Matthews; Grassy Narrows First Nation v. Ontario (Natural Resources), 2014 SCC 48; Keewatin v. Ontario (Minister of Natural Resources) and Resolute FP Canada Inc. (2013), 114 O.R. (3d) 401 (C.A.); Setia v. Appleby College, 2013 ONCA 753; W.W., et al. v. Lakefield College School, et al., 2012 ONSC 577; Law Society of Upper Canada v. Watson, 2012 ONLSHP 0053; Essar Algoma Steel Inc. v. Liebherr Canada, 2011 ONSC 1688 and 2010 ONSC 4623; Keewatin v. Minister of Natural Resources and Abitibi Consolidated, 2011 ONSC 4801 and [2006] O.J. No. 3418; Counsel to Strongco Income Trust (Plan of Arrangement) (2010); Counsel to Armtec Infrastructure Fund (Plan of Arrangement) (2010); IDEXX Laboratories Canada v. Abdelmalik (2010) (Grace, J. Ont. S.C.); Global Transactions Inc. v. Yamaha Motor Canada Ltd., 2008 O.J. 2063 (S.C.); Automotive Professionals Inc. v. PentaMark/Worldwide Canada Inc., 2006 O.J. 4363 (Ont. S.C.); Koch v. Upper Canada College (2006) (Spence, J.) (Ont. S.C.); Counsel to Skyservice Airlines Inc. in its acquisition by Gibralt Capital Corporation (2007); Walford v. Jacuzzi Canada Ltd., 2005 CanLII 11188 (ON S.C.); Guindon v. Ontario (Minister of Natural Resources) and Tembec Inc. [2005] O.J. No. 5830 (Div. Ct.); [2006] O.J. No. 303 (Div. Ct.); [2006] O.J. No. 2082 (Div. Ct.); General Electric Capital Canada Inc. v. Deloitte & Touche LLP 2004 CanLII 33096 (ON S.C.); 2004 CanLII 39018 (ON S.C.); Golden Star Resources Ltd. v. IAMGold Corp. (2004), 49 B.L.R. (3d) 36 (Ont. S.C.J.); Keewatin v. Ontario (Minister of Natural Resources) and Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. (2003), 66 O.R. (3d) 370 (Div. Ct.); Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers' Council v. Minister of National Revenue, [2000] F.C.J. No. 1584; [2003] F.C.J. No. 1308; IWA/IBA Canada Local 2995 v. Ontario and Tembec Inc. [2002] O.J. 5202; (Div. Ct.); Marlowe v. Regent Holidays Limited, class proceedings decision of Cullity, J., 2002; Karabogdan v. Regent Holidays Limited, class proceedings decision of Sharpe, J. 2000; Walford v. Jacuzzi Canada Ltd., [2000] O.J. No. 3334 (Sup. Ct.); Chow, et al. v. Bre-X Minerals Ltd., et al.; (2000) Action No. 9701-14434 (Alberta C.A); Avenza Global Technologies Corp. v. Cue Network Ltd. [1999] O.J. No. 3083 (Sup. Ct.); Wahgoshig First Nation v. Abitibi Consolidated Inc., [1999] O.J. No. 4037 (Sup. Ct.); Toronto Truck Centre Ltd. v. Volvo Trucks Canada Inc., [1998] O.J. No. 2965 (Gen. Div.); Avenza Global Technologies Corp. v. Cue Network Ltd., [1998] O.J. No. 4543 (Gen. Div.); [2000] O.J. No. 1524 (Gen. Div.); Patterson v. Sindall, [1998] O.J. No. 5253 (Gen. Div.); [1999] O.J. No. 3992 (C.A.); [1999] O.J. No. 4491 (C.A.); Chiang v. Sunjet Holidays Inc. [1997] O.J. No. 2099 (Gen. Div.); 3M Canada Co. v. Li, [1997] O.J. No. 1663 (Gen. Div.); Canada Colors & Chemicals Ltd. v. Tenneco Canada Inc. [1993] O.J. No. 1486 (Gen. Div.); (1995), 121 D.L.R. (4th) 556; (1995), 21 O.R. (3d) 438 (Div. Ct.); Bank of Montreal v. Unified Homes Ltd. (1994), 10 B.F.L.R. 247 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)); Sheridan Platinum Group Inc. v. Madeleine Mines Ltd., [1994] O.J. No. 1417 (Gen. Div.); Hooey v. Bomze, [1993] O.J. No. 276 (Gen. Div.); Medis Health and Pharmaceutical Services Inc. v. Belrose [1993] O.J. No. 263 (Gen. Div.); Green v. Constellation Assurance Co., [1993] O.J. No. 1445 (Gen. Div.); Elfe Juvenile Products Inc. v. Bern (1993), 19 C.P.C. (3d) 355 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)); Marathon Realty Co. v. Prodevco Immobiliere Inc., [1993] O.J. No. 2191 (Gen. Div.); Srdarev v. McLeod Young Weir Ltd., [1992] O.J. No. 70 (Gen. Div.); Bank of Montreal v. Bonotto, [1992] O.J. No, 214 (Gen. Div.); Jonas v. R. Reininger & Son Ltd. (1992), 55 O.A.C. 178 (Div. Ct.); Ashworth v. Great Lakes Biochemical (Canada) (1992), 42 C.P.R. (3d) 428 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)); National Gypsum Co. v. Dorrell [1988] O.J. No. 2191; (1989), 68 O.R. (2d) 689 (H.C.J.); Chandler v. Ball Packaging Products Canada Ltd., [1992] O.J. No. 3114 (H.C.J.); [1993] O.J. No. 4362 (Div. Ct.); Universal Handling Equipment Co. v. Redipac Recycling Inc. (1992), 4 P.P.S.A.L. (2d) 15 (Ont. Ct. (Gen. Div.)); Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada v. Canada, [1991] 2 C.T.C 284, 91 D.T.C. 5553 (Fed. T.D.); Central Burner Service Inc. v. Texaco Canada Inc. (1989), 36 O.A.C. 239 (Div. Ct.); Re Multi Fittings and International Moulders and Allied Workers Union (1989), 70 O.R. (2d) 328 (Div. Ct.); 423322 Ontario Ltd. v. Bank of Montreal (1988), 65 O.R. (2d) 136 (S.C.)

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Aird & Berlis LLP
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800, P.O. Box 754,
Toronto, ON M5J 2T9
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Chris J. Matthews
Aird & Berlis LLP
Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street, Suite 1800, P.O. Box 754,
Toronto, ON M5J 2T9

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