Edward (Ned) Levitt

PartnerDickinson Wright LLPCommercial; Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Edward (Ned) Levitt is one of Canada's leading authorities in franchising and distribution law. He has represented some of the world's foremost franchises and provides legal services to Canadian and International clients on all aspects of Canadian franchise law. Additionally, from 2000-2007, he was General Counsel to the Canadian Franchise Association.

Edward (Ned) Levitt is one of Canada's leading authorities in franchising and distribution law. He has represented some of the world's foremost franchises and provides legal services to Canadian and International clients on all aspects of Canadian franchise law. Additionally, from 2000-2007, he was General Counsel to the Canadian Franchise Association.
 
Edward is a prolific writer having published numerous books, papers and articles on franchise and distribution law, including Canadian Franchise Legislation (Markham: LexisNexis, 2001). He has contributed articles to numerous business and industry publications, including Canadian Business Magazine, The Franchise Voice, the ABA's Franchise Law Journal, the IBA's Journal of Franchising and Distribution Law, Ontario Restaurant News and The Bottom Line.
 
He is also a noted lecturer and has spoken on franchising and distribution matters at programs conducted by such organizations as the Canadian Franchise Association, the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Franchise Association, the Schulich School of Business, the Ministry of Industry Trade and Technology, the University of Guelph, the University of Toronto, McGill University, the Retail Council of Canada, the International Union of Lawyers, Insight Seminars, the New York Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and the Canadian Institute.
 
Mr. Levitt is often quoted in the media and has appeared on several television programs, including CTV's W5, CBC's Venture, CHCH TV's Let's Talk "Franchising" and Channel 47's Business Insight, and Report on Business TV.

Education

  • Osgoode Hall Law School, York University, J.D., 1973
  • York University, B.A., 1970

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1975

Accreditations

  • Certified Franchise Executive, 2010

Associations

  • International Franchise Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Franchise Association

Awards & Honours

  • Canadian Franchise Association, Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010
  • Canadian Franchise Association, Franchise Support Services Recognition Award, 2005
  • Canadian Franchise Association, Special Recognition Award, 1993, 2007
  • Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers, Franchise Law
  • The Best Lawyers in Canada, Franchise Law
  • Leading lawyer, Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Franchise Law
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Franchise Times, Legal Eagles Top 100 Franchise Lawyers in North America