Geoff Hall

PartnerMcCarthy T├ętrault LLPCommercial; In-House Counsel

Geoff R. Hall is a partner in the Litigation Group based in McCarthy Tétrault's Toronto office. Mr. Hall's practice focuses primarily on corporate/commercial litigation, and he also has extensive experience in bankruptcy/restructuring litigation, constitutional and administrative law litigation.

Geoff R. Hall is a partner in the Litigation Group based in McCarthy T├ętrault's Toronto office. Mr. Hall's practice focuses primarily on corporate/commercial litigation, and he also has extensive experience in bankruptcy/restructuring litigation, constitutional and administrative law litigation.

Mr. Hall is a widely published author and teaches extensively in both contract law and trial advocacy. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law (Markham: LexisNexis, 2007; 2nd ed., 2012), the leading text on contractual interpretation in Canada. The first edition has been cited by courts over 50 times, including three times by the Supreme Court of Canada. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto law school teaching an advanced contract law course. Annually, he instructs at the Osgoode Hall Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop. He's also instructed at numerous trial advocacy programs held by the Advocates' Society and at the Canadian Judicial Institute's Civil Law Seminar: Contract Law.

Mr. Hall holds a B.A. from McGill University (1987, Gold Medallist in Economics), an M.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto (1988, Connaught Scholar), an LL.B. from the University of Toronto (1991, Silver Medallist) and an LL.M. from Harvard Law School (1996). Mr. Hall clerked for the Honourable Justice William Stevenson of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1991-92.

Education

  • Harvard Law School, LL.M., 1996
  • University of Toronto, LL.B., 1991
  • University of Toronto, M.A., 1988
  • McGill University, B.A., 1987

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1993

Experience

  • Leon's Furniture Limited v. Alberta (Information and Privacy Commissioner), [2011] A.J. No. 338 (C.A.): counsel in the Alberta Court of Appeal for the successful appellant in a privacy law dispute with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta
  • Dynasty Furniture Manufacturing Ltd. v. The Toronto-Dominion Bank, [2010] O.J. No. 3101 (C.A.): counsel in the Ontario Court of Appeal for the successful respondent in a case that narrowly defined the duty of care in tort owed by a bank to non-customers harmed by the activities of a customer
  • Re Grant Forest Products Inc., [2010] O.J. No. 1993 (C.A.): counsel in the Ontario Court of Appeal in an insolvency matter involving stakes of $10 million
  • 1413910 Ontario Inc. cob Bulls Eye Steakhouse & Grill v. McLennan, [2009] O.J. No. 1828 (Div. Ct.): counsel in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and on appeal in the Ontario Divisional Court for a successful oppression remedy complainant
  • Kipfinch Developments Ltd. v. Westwood Mall (Mississauga) Ltd., [2008] O.J. No. 3373 (S.C.J.), vard [2010] O.J. No. 211 (C.A.): counsel at trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and on appeal in the Ontario Court of Appeal in a case arising from the aborted sale of a commercial property; damages claimed were $25 million, but they were assessed at trial at only $330,000
  • TimberWest Forest Corp. v. Canada, [2007] F.C.J. No. 197 (F.C.), affd [2007] F.C.J. No. 1649 (C.A.): counsel in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal on a challenge to the legality and constitutionality of the federal government's log export restrictions in British Columbia
  • Toole v. Acres Inc., [2007] O.J. No. 1337 (S.C.J.): counsel at trial in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to a private corporation in the successful defence of allegations of corporate oppression of a minority shareholder
  • International arbitration conducted in Dallas, Texas under Texas law (2006): counsel to a Canadian distributor of audio-visual equipment in a contract dispute with the U.S. manufacturer of the equipment