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Francy Kussner

Partner

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

Tel:   416.597.4188
Fax:   416.979.1234

Francy Kussner is a partner in the Litigation Group at Goodmans and serves as Alternate Section Head for the group. Her practice covers a wide range of areas, including real estate litigation, estate litigation, banking and insolvency litigation, contractual disputes, directors’ and officers’ liability insurance matters, representation and warranty insurance matters, professional negligence litigation, shareholder and partnership disputes, and numerous other commercial matters.

Francy frequently appears before the Superior Court of Justice, including the specialized Commerical List, and the Ontario Court of Appeal, and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada.  She has appeared before the Federal Court of Canada and various tribunals, including the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the Ontario Securities Commission. Francy has experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution, including mediations and arbitrations.

Francy is involved with work allocation, as well as lawyer engagement, morale and development within the Litigation Group. She is also involved with the internal and external Continuing Professional Development initiatives for the group. Francy is active in the firm’s articling student and litigation associate development programs and co-chairs the Student Review Committee.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

Francy’s representative work includes acting as:

  • co-counsel on certain litigation claims for the court-appointed monitor of Target Canada Co., in connection with Target’s CCAA proceedings
  • legal advisor for numerous real estate investment trusts and special purpose acquisition companies, in connection with directors’ and officers’ liability insurance and public offering of securities insurance
  • counsel for a major multinational mining corporation and others in obtaining the summary dismissal of an action seeking damages in excess of $1 billion
  • lead litigation counsel for a real estate developer in connection with a lease dispute with a U.S.-based corporation, which resulted in a favourable settlement
  • counsel in various commercial cases involving disputes among family members, achieving successful resolutions through mediation or arbitration

PRO BONO AND PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

Francy led pro bono efforts at Goodmans to address key legal issues connected with the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking’s launch of Canada’s first-ever hotline designed to support victims and survivors of human trafficking and to educate the public about the issue. 

Francy acted as pro bono co-counsel to various intervenors in an appeal before the Supreme Court of Canada in respect of the judicial review of a high profile deportation matter.

Francy has published articles in the Abstract Page and the Commercial Litigation Journal. She has spoken at various symposiums, including the Institute for Professional Development Inc.’s symposium on Major Business Agreements - Practical Negotiating and Drafting Strategies, and has co-chaired a conference for the Ontario Bar Association on Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Mortgages (and were afraid to ask).  Since 2005, she has chaired the bi-annual conference for the Law Society of Ontario on Safeguarding Real Estate Transactions.  Francy has also spoken on Ethical and Professional Considerations for Counsel at the Osgoode Short Course in Debtor-Creditor Litigation.

Francy is on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto.

Education Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.B., 1987)
York University (B.A., 1984)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
Ontario Bar Association
The Advocates’ Society
Toronto Lawyers Association

Year of Call

1989 Ontario