Ira Nishisato

PartnerBorden Ladner Gervais LLPLitigation and Dispute Resolution

Ira Nishisato is a Partner in BLG's Commercial Litigation Group in Toronto. He focuses on complex commercial litigation; commercial fraud; anti-piracy, anti-counterfeiting and technology litigation; injunctions and extraordinary preliminary, provisional and interlocutory remedies (including Anton Piller (civil search), Mareva (asset freezing) and Norwich Pharmacal (equitable discovery) orders); and international and multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution.

Ira Nishisato is a Partner in BLG's Commercial Litigation Group in Toronto. He focuses on complex commercial litigation; commercial fraud; anti-piracy, anti-counterfeiting and technology litigation; injunctions and extraordinary preliminary, provisional and interlocutory remedies (including Anton Piller (civil search), Mareva (asset freezing) and Norwich Pharmacal (equitable discovery) orders); and international and multi-jurisdictional dispute resolution.

Ira advocates before all levels of courts in Canada, including the Supreme Court of Canada, Federal Court of Appeal, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court, the Ontario Divisional Court and Superior Court of Justice. He appears regularly before the Commercial Court in Toronto.

Ira has litigated cases involving administrative law, asset tracing and recovery, banking, broadcasting and telecommunications, class actions/mass torts, computer and internet law (including privacy, data protection and information security), conflict of laws, constitutional law, contracts, corporate/commercial law, defamation, fiduciary duties, fraud, intellectual property, labour and employment, officer and director liability, product liability, public international law, professional negligence, and shareholder disputes. 

Education

  • University of Cambridge, U.K., Diploma in International Law, 1996
  • University of Toronto, LL.B. (Dean's Key), 1993
  • Trinity College, University of Toronto, B.A. (High Distinction), 1990

Bar Admission

  • Ontario, 1995

Experience

  • Defended global tobacco companies against a $50 billion claim for recovery of healthcare costs by Government of Ontario
  • Prosecuted claim involving a multimillion dollar, worldwide "e-banking" fraud perpetrated across multiple jurisdictions over the internet
  • Obtained emergency interlocutory injunction for U.S. broker-dealer and investment advisory firm Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. in a high-technology contract dispute
  • Designed and executed anti-piracy litigation strategies across Canada for satellite television providers Bell TV, DIRECTV and DISH Network and encryption technology provider NagraStar LLC
  • Designed and executed anti-counterfeiting strategies for brand owners such as Louis Vuitton Mallettier and Zumba Fitness
  • Represented an internet service provider in an action concerning intermediary liability for websites hosted by it
  • Developed nationally recognized expertise in obtaining injunctions and extraordinary interlocutory remedies, including over 80 Anton Piller orders, Mareva injunctions and Norwich Pharmacal orders
  • Appointed as an "officer of the court" in connection with the supervision of Anton Piller orders in large-scale mortgage fraud cases for Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal and in several trade secrets/confidential information cases

Associations

  • International Bar Association (Vice-Chair, Litigation Committee)
  • The Advocates' Society (Co-Chair, National Expert Witness Academy, and Speaker and Skills Instructor)
  • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition (Judge, Canadian National Division and International Division)