What Sets Us Apart
A Vibrant Practice
In the over 90 years since we were founded in Toronto, we've grown into one of Canada's premier law practices. With offices in Toronto and Vancouver, our lawyers are recognized as being among the leaders in their areas of expertise. By serving both large and small companies, we maintain a vibrant client base. Our goal is not to be the biggest law firm, but to create a dynamic working environment for our lawyers and to provide our clients with the highest quality of professional standards in everything we do.
Not Your Typical "Bay Street" Lawyers
We've never been comfortable with the stiff formality often associated with large law firms. While we work on a wide range of complex and high-profile matters for major clients, including many of Canada's largest businesses, financial institutions and emerging high-growth companies, we maintain many of the qualities and attitudes you'll find in a much smaller office.
We're direct, open and informal. We believe that great ideas are definitely not the exclusive domain of senior lawyers and we encourage all of our lawyers and students to offer pragmatic solutions to help meet our clients' objectives. This attitude has earned us the reputation of allowing students and young lawyers to take on greater responsibilities than at many other large firms.
Each of the lawyers in our Toronto office is part of a small group. However, lawyers and students from all groups work closely together so that when a transaction demands it, cross-discipline teams are assembled with ease.
Flexibility, teamwork and camaraderie are the hallmarks of our practice and these qualities enable us to tackle large projects while never losing our small-office feel.
How Does Our Practice Match Your Goals?
One of Canada's top-tier law firms, Goodmans is known for its creative, entrepreneurial approach. We understand opportunity and never dwell on the barriers.
Our unique agility gives our clients a superior edge and is reflected in some fine accolades. According to Chambers and Partners, as Canada’s 21st largest law firm, Goodmans ranks solidly first in Canada on the proportion scale with over 20% of our lawyers recognized as the best in their fields. We are consistently recognized by leading industry guides published by, among others, Lexpert, Lexpert/American Lawyer Media, Global Counsel, Euromoney, Best Lawyers, Practical Law Company and Law Business Research.
At Goodmans our lawyers enjoy a depth of experience and clarity of vision to deal with the most complex of issues in all of the major business law areas.
In The Community
Our lawyers are active in all aspects of the legal profession and also embrace Goodmans’ long-standing tradition of supporting charities, local communities and the arts. Many of our lawyers teach at law schools, are active on pro bono files, contribute to legal and business publications, conduct seminars and workshops, are sports enthusiasts and musicians, play key roles in politics and are involved in the Law Society and the Canadian Bar Association. At Goodmans, we strive to make a positive difference in our community.
Goodmans’ lawyers, students and staff are active in civic and charitable events and are major participants in events to support United Way, the Hospital for Sick Children, the Daily Bread Food Bank, Canadian Blood Services and many others. For example, our students host and cook breakfast for the whole firm to kick off United Way week. They organize and co-ordinate an annual Winter Hope Clothing Drive for the Yonge Street Mission, collecting donations from over 25 firms. They also climb the CN Tower for United Way, ride a stationary bike for Diabetes Research, grow moustaches for "Movember" in support of prostate cancer research (and of course that’s totally optional!), throw a holiday party for the local Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club and many other charitable endeavours. Our students also assist our lawyers on their pro bono files in all areas of practice at Goodmans.