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Lauren  Tomasich

Lauren Tomasich

Partner, Litigation


Contact Information

ltomasich@osler.com

tel: 416.862.6434

Office

Toronto

Bar Admission

Ontario, 2008

Education
  • Osgoode Hall Law School, LL.B.
  • University of Calgary, B.A. (with distinction)
Language(s)
English

Lauren is a Partner in the Osler litigation group and Co-Chair of the International Commercial Arbitration and ADR Group. Her corporate litigation practice has particular emphasis on class action defence, securities litigation, regulatory investigations and international commercial arbitration.

Lauren represents various companies facing class actions in a variety of circumstances, including claims of environmental property damages, securities, product liability and pensions and benefits. She has experience at all stages of a class proceeding, including certification motions, various procedural motions, a large common issues trial and appeal, and costs proceedings.

Lauren’s securities litigation practice involves expedited hearings before the Ontario Securities Commission, oppression claims and corporate governance matters. In the regulatory sphere, Lauren has experience with securities regulatory investigations involving multiple Canadian jurisdictions, and also in the cross-border context.

Lauren's international commercial arbitration work has been primarily focused on the mining and resource industries. Lauren has experience with arbitrations under a variety of procedural rules, including as well as in ad hoc arbitrations.

Lauren has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, and has spent some time with Osler’s Calgary office, during which time she appeared before the Alberta courts.

    • Vale (Inco) Limited in a class action trial, and the successful appeal of the trial decision (leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada denied). Lauren also acted on various motions before, during and after the common issues trial including a decertification motion, a motion to disqualify one of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses, and a motion to amend the common issues subsequent to the close of trial.
    • The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in class proceedings dealing with pension surplus and plan amendments, involving complex procedural issues.
    • General Motors of Canada Inc. in class proceedings brought on behalf of a group of former employees in respect of their entitlement to pension benefits following their change of employment.
    • Magna International Inc. in opposing the application before the Ontario Securities Commission, brought by Staff of the OSC and intervening institutional shareholders in opposition to the company’s dual-class share capital reorganization.
    • Merrill Lynch Canada in a proposed class action alleging mismanagement of client accounts.
    • A large global manufacturer of water treatment facilities in a complex multi-jurisdictional product liability case involving many parties.
    • A large international mining company in respect of various claims arising from the construction of a large-scale nickel processing facility

  • Law Help Ontario, Pro Bono Law Ontario, Duty Counsel Volunteer
  • SickKids Innovator

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • The Advocates’ Society (Commercial Litigation Practice Group Co-Chair and Assistant Editor of Advocacy Matters)
  • American Bar Association
  • Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners (YCAP)
  • Women’s White Collar Defense Association

  • GIR Know How: Securities and Related Investigations, Canada (L. Ritchie and L. Tomasich), March 2017
  • Ontario overtime class actions: A map for certification? (L. Fric and L. Tomasich), Canadian Employment Law Today, Mar 20, 2015.
  • Re-Arranging the Arrangement Landscape: The Implications of Re Magna International Inc. (C. Lockwood and L. Tomasich), Canadian Bar Review, Vol. 89, No. 3.