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Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
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Toronto, ON  M5H 3C2
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Year of Call

Ontario, 1983

Glenn M. Zakaib_unpub

gzakaib@casselsbrock.com
Telephone: 416 869 5711
Fax: 416 350 6907
Toronto
Suite 2100, Scotia Plaza
40 King Street West
Toronto, ON
Canada
M5H 3C2

"I've not seen a better strategist in terms of overseeing national litigation." - Client Testimonial, Chambers Global

Glenn Zakaib is a partner in the Advocacy Department and the Product Liability and Class Action Specialty Practice Groups at Cassels Brock. The main focus of his practice is on product liability (e.g., drug and medical devices, automotive and aviation products, and electrical equipment and home appliances), as well as class proceedings (e.g., product liability, life insurance and misrepresentation claims and Competition Act claims). He has been involved in numerous precedent-setting cases.

Glenn is recognized as a leading lawyer by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, Who's Who Legal: Canada and Best Lawyers. Chambers Global notes that Glenn is "a very good lawyer who brings good judgement to the table. He is a thoughtful lawyer who will provide practical advice and take reasonable positions that will be a success in the long run." The publication also quotes a source as saying: "I've not seen a better strategist in terms of overseeing national litigation...he really gets the big picture issues and he's at the top of my list for handling nationwide matters."

Glenn speaks regularly to professional and industry groups about legal issues that pertain to product litigation and class proceedings. He has delivered speeches to MEDEC and Osgoode Hall Professional Development Program, Quebec Bar Association, as well as the Canadian Institute, the Insurance Institute of Ontario and the Practicing Law Institute. Glenn is a member of the Defence Research Institute (DRI) Product Liability Committee, Drug and Medical Device Committee, Commercial Litigation Committee and International Committee. He is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only honorary trial lawyer society.

Glenn is past Chair of the DRI International Committee. Appointment to the prestigious position of Chair of this association of civil defence lawyers recognized Glenn Zakaib's ability and accomplishment in the area of International Law. DRI’s International Law Committee’s mission is to develop a global network of lawyers focused on the international and multi-national aspects of the practice of civil defence litigation. The International Law Committee brings together international clients and in-house and outside counsel who represent them, as well as US multi-national companies and their inside and outside counsel. Glenn has also been reappointed to the Law Institute of DRI, is a past Canadian Regional Director with DRI, Chair of the Automotive SLG, and past Chair of the International SLG with the Product Liability Committee for the DRI. The Law Institute of DRI is the group within the organization responsible for the development and oversight of all Continuing Legal Education Seminars held by DRI.

Glenn joined Cassels Brock in 1987, and in 1993 he served as the firm's Managing Partner. Glenn describes his approach to law as "client goal oriented." He believes strongly in the firm's network of expertise and the ability to serve the clients' best interests.

Client Commentary

  • "He is very bright, practical and willing to think outside the box and come up with creative solutions." - Chambers Global (Class Action Defence)
  • "A very good lawyer who brings good judgement to the table. He is a thoughtful lawyer who will provide practical advice and take reasonable positions that will be a success in the long run." - Chambers Global (Dispute Resolution)
  • "I've not seen a better strategist in terms of overseeing national litigation. I'm really impressed with his clients, he really gets the big picture issues and he's at the top of my list for handling nationwide matters." - Chambers Global (Class Action Defence)
  • "A first class lawyer ... he doesn't take unreasonable stances or approaches." - Chambers Canada (Class Action Defence)

Achievements

  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent™ rating
  • Chambers Canada 2016–2017 [Dispute Resolution: Ontario; Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence); Litigation: Products Liability]
  • Chambers Global 2006–2017 (Dispute Resolution: Class Action, Dispute Resolution: Ontario) 
  • Benchmark Litigation 2016 (Litigation Star: Class Action; Commercial; Product Liability)
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2004–2017 (Class Actions; Litigation - Product Liability)
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2006–2018 (Class Action Litigation; Product Liability Law)
  • Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2008–2017 (Product Liability)
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada 2011–2014 (Product Liability)
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World's Leading Litigation and Product Liability Lawyers 2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2010–2015 (Life Sciences and Product Liability Defence – "Most Highly Regarded Individual" for 2015)
  • Expert Guide’s: Best of the Best (Global) 2014

 

Call to the bar

Ontario, 1983

Associations

  • The Advocates' Society
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian Defence Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute (member of the Products Liability Committee, Drug & Medical Device Committee and Commercial Litigation Committee)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Insurance and Civil Litigation Sections; member and on the executive of the Class Action Committee)
  • Toronto Lawyers Association  
  • International Association of Defense Counsel