Christopher Horkins
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Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON
M5H 3C2

Chris Horkins is an associate in the Advocacy Group with a broad commercial litigation practice including franchise, product liability, insolvency, securities litigation and class actions defence. Prior to joining Cassels Brock as an associate in 2012, Chris was both a summer and articling student at the firm.

Chris’s practice regularly involves:

  • Acting for franchisors in franchise disputes, including class actions, rescission and good faith claims brought under the Arthur Wishart Act and the enforcement of post-termination restrictive covenants;
  • Defending original equipment and component manufacturers for automobile, aircraft and watercraft products in personal injury, wrongful death and other product liability actions;
  • Acting for court officers and creditors in Canadian and cross-border insolvency and restructuring proceedings; and
  • Acting for shareholders, directors, officers and other stakeholders in corporate and securities litigation disputes including oppression remedy applications and proceedings before provincial securities regulators.

Chris has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal. He also has experience with arbitration and mediation proceedings as well as proceedings before administrative tribunals, including the Ontario and British Columbia Securities Commissions.

Chris is an active member of the Advocates’ Society. In 2013 he was appointed to the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee (YASC), a standing committee of the Advocates’ Society promoting the interests of advocacy lawyers in their first ten years of practice. Chris also writes regularly for the firm’s Franchise Law and Product Liability E-Communiqués and has been published in the newsletter of the International Bar Association’s Franchise Law section.

Chris graduated in 2011 with a J.D. from Queen’s University Faculty of Law. While at Queen’s Law, Chris volunteered at the Queen’s Legal Aid clinic and was a recipient of the Canada Law Book Company Prize in Torts, the Samworth Advocacy Prize, the MacDougall-Watson Memorial Award and Dennis Marshall Contribution Award. In fall 2010, Chris spent a term studying at the Rijksuniversiteit Gröningen law school in the Netherlands.

Chris regularly acts as pro bono counsel for early childhood education professionals in disciplinary proceedings before the College of Early Childhood Educators as part of the joint legal assistance project administered by Cassels Brock and Pro Bono Law Ontario. Outside of work, Chris is a volunteer board member at RARE Theatre, a not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting the voice of disenfranchised groups through theatre.


Certificate (Business Essentials for Lawyers), University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, 2014

J.D., Queen's University, 2011

B.A. (Hons.) (Political Science and English), Queen's University, 2008

Call to the bar

Ontario, 2012


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Defence Research Institute