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Benjamin Zarnett


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4204
Fax:   416.979.1234

Ben is a partner in the Litigation Group at Goodmans.  His practice focuses on civil litigation with a special emphasis on commercial cases involving public and private companies, financial institutions and governments.  He has practiced before the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Federal Court Trial Division, and all levels of courts in Ontario as well as various administrative tribunals including the Ontario Securities Commission.  Ben has been lead counsel in some of the most important and high-profile commercial cases to be decided by Canadian courts including the dispute over the allocation of the proceeds of the sale of Nortel assets, the Indalex priority dispute, the Asset Backed Commercial Paper restructuring case, the litigation concerning the acquisition of BCE Inc., the Danier Leather securities class action, the Bre-X Minerals litigation, the Canadian Red Cross restructuring litigation, and the Confederation Life Insurance Company insolvency proceedings.

In 2006, Ben was awarded the Law Society Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the Law Society of Upper Canada, for his outstanding contributions to the legal profession.  In 2007, he received the Award of Distinction from the Toronto Lawyers Association for the excellence of his contribution to the integrity and worth of the law and the legal profession. In 2009, he received the Ontario Bar Association Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation.

Who’s Who Legal ranked Ben as the most highly recommended commercial litigation lawyer in Canada in 2017. He has been recognized by Lexpert Magazine as one of Canada’s Top 25 Corporate Commercial Litigators, and selected by it as one of the 100 Most Creative Lawyers in Canada.  He has been designated as one of Toronto’s most frequently recommended practitioners in the areas of Corporate/Commercial Litigation (since 1997), Professional Liability Litigation (since 1999), Securities Litigation (since 2000) and Class Action Litigation (since 2000) by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and also listed as one of Toronto’s leading practitioners in each edition since 1999 of Lexpert/American Lawyer Media’s Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada in the categories of Class Action Litigation, Corporate Commercial Litigation and Securities Litigation.  Ben is recognized as one of three “Star Individuals” for dispute resolution by Chambers.  Ben has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Canada (since 2006) in seven categories, including “Bet-the-Company” Litigation, and was named the Best Lawyers’ Toronto Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year for 2010 and 2013, its Class Action Litigator of the Year for 2011, 2015 and 2019, its Corporate/Commercial Litigator of the Year for 2012, its Product Liability Litigator of the Year for 2016 and its Director and Officer Liability Litigator of the Year for 2017. He is ranked by Benchmark Canada as a “Litigation Star” for arbitration, class action, competition, commercial, insolvency and securities and was named its 2013 Ontario Litigator of the Year.  Benchmark also recognized Ben as one of Canada’s Top 50 Trial Lawyers.

Ben has an extensive list of publications and public speeches to his credit. He has lectured at conferences and seminars of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Institute, Insight and The Advocates’ Society.  Ben has served on the Editorial Board of the National Real Property Law Review and as a Contributing Editor, Corporate Litigation (Federated Press).

Ben served as President (2004-2005) of The Advocates' Society, an organization of over 3,000 litigation lawyers which is the principal voice of advocates in Ontario; he has also been a member of its Board of Directors and Executive Committee.  Ben is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the North American Committee of the Commercial Bar Association of London, England and was a member of the Dickson Circle, a group of ten leading civil litigation lawyers in Toronto who act for certain pro bono initiatives. Ben is a past Honourary National Legal Counsel to the Canadian Jewish Congress.  He is a member of the Regional Committee for Ontario of the Supreme Court Advocacy Institute. In 2005 and 2006 he served on the Attorney General for Ontario’s Panel on Justice and the Media.

Education Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 1975)
Professional Affiliations

The Advocates’ Society
American College of Trial Lawyers
North American Committee of the Commercial Bar Association of London, England
Toronto Lawyers Association
Ontario Bar Association