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Jason Wadden


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

Tel:   416.597.5165
Fax:   416.979.1234

Jason Wadden is a partner in the Litigation Group at Goodmans. His practice focuses on complex litigation involving a wide array of business law disputes, including cross-border matters, insolvency and restructuring matters and their resulting litigation, corporate stakeholder disputes, corporate governance issues, pensions, employment and internal investigations. He also has particular expertise advising and litigating matters on behalf of regulators and others regarding the regulation and management of financial services entities and matters involving corruption and fraud.

Jason has appeared before a range of courts and tribunals across Canada  He is frequently counsel on matters before the Commercial List in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, which specializes in complex commercial, corporate, securities and insolvency cases.  


Jason’s representative work includes acting for:

  • a financial services regulator in its regulatory enforcement of a large financial services company and resulting litigation
  • the trustee in bankruptcy and investor protection fund in the bankruptcy of a securities firm and resulting litigation against the former officers and others
  • the court-appointed Monitor of Nortel Networks in its cross-border litigation concerning multi-billion claims and various pension-related matters
  • directors and others in regulatory and civil matters arising from the collapse of a network of companies
  • the court-appointed liquidators of various insurance companies
  • the liquidator in the largest liquidation of a credit union in Ontario and the resulting litigation against the former officers, directors, auditors and others
  • a company in its efforts to recover damages for fraud from a former partner and officer, including cross-border asset freezing and recovery orders
  • the asset-backed bank lenders in the insolvency proceedings involving Sears Canada
  • the court-appointed monitor in the insolvency proceedings of Target Canada in respect of various claims against the company
  • various companies in advising on foreign corruption matters under the Corruption of Foreign Public Officials Act and similar legislation
  • purchasers and vendors in disputes arising from the sale of businesses, including disputes regarding misrepresentations and earn-out agreements
  • the receivers appointed by a foreign bank for the protection and recovery of assets in a cross-border fraud perpetrated by a former client
  • a bank in litigation concerning the liability of various banks for having accepted cheques in what was then Canada’s largest fraud scheme
  • various stakeholders in numerous other insolvency proceedings, including Arc Productions, Cash Store, Urbancorp, Frontera Copper, Primus, SemCanada, Allen-Vanguard, Chemtura, Calpine, Ivaco, Cotton-Ginny, and Muscletech


Jason has been ranked as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in Canada for corporate/commercial and insolvency litigation.


Jason’s expertise in governance matters comes from his practice and also his experience as a director on boards in the public sector. He is currently a member of the Halton Regional Police Services Board, the civilian governance body for the Halton Regional Police Services, and has held other publicly-appointed director positions, including positions on governance and other committees. He is currently a director on the Ontario Association of Police Service Boards, the leading voice of police governance in Ontario that assists local police services boards fulfill their legislated responsibilities and advocates for improvements in public safety laws and regulations.

Jason is an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Ontario, where he teaches commercial litigation to senior law students. In addition to writing on a range of topics, Jason has spoken at various conferences, lectures and in the media on a numbers of issues, including cross-border litigation, corruption, insolvency litigation, shareholder remedies and the emerging issues in litigation arising from social media.

Jason is currently Chair of The Advocates’ Society’s Insolvency Litigation Practice Group.

Jason sits on the inaugural advisory committee for the Halton Chapter of ProAction Cops and Kids, a charity that raises funds to bring cops and kids together in skill-building and mentoring programs to create trust, respect and safer communities.

Education University of Western Ontario (LL.B., With Distinction, 2001)
Wilfrid Laurier University (B.B.A., 1998)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Canadian Bar Association
Advocates’ Society 

Year of Call

2002 Ontario