George J. Pollack

Partner

George Pollack

George J. Pollack

Partner

Expertise
Bar Admissions
  • Ontario, 1991
    Québec, 1981

For more than three decades, clients have turned to George for his expertise in complex commercial litigation.

George advises public and private companies on extraordinary remedies, debt recovery, the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and judgments, sovereign immunity claims, shareholder rights and oppression remedies, and contractual disputes. He also counsels on investigations and litigation arising out of data breaches and other cyber-related matters.

His wide-ranging practice includes specialty insurance litigation, such as coverage for disputes involving business interruption, product liability, professional liability and other liability claims. As one of Canada’s leading transportation law practitioners, George routinely advises on international issues, acting on instructions from insurance markets and leading international law firms.

George represents clients at all levels of court and appears before administrative tribunals and commissions of inquiry. His extensive dispute resolution experience leads clients to regularly call on him to represent them in arbitrations and mediations.

George J. Pollack

Partner

For more than three decades, clients have turned to George for his expertise in complex commercial litigation.

George advises public and private companies on extraordinary remedies, debt recovery, the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and judgments, sovereign immunity claims, shareholder rights and oppression remedies, and contractual disputes. He also counsels on investigations and litigation arising out of data breaches and other cyber-related matters.

His wide-ranging practice includes specialty insurance litigation, such as coverage for disputes involving business interruption, product liability, professional liability and other liability claims. As one of Canada’s leading transportation law practitioners, George routinely advises on international issues, acting on instructions from insurance markets and leading international law firms.

George represents clients at all levels of court and appears before administrative tribunals and commissions of inquiry. His extensive dispute resolution experience leads clients to regularly call on him to represent them in arbitrations and mediations.

Kerry Logistics (Canada) Inc.

Acted for Kerry Logistics (Canada) Inc., an international freight forwarder and logistics services provider, in the restructuring under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act of its customer, Stokes Inc., a tableware and kitchenware retailer with 147 retail locations across Canada.

Honeywell International Inc.

Defending Honeywell International Inc. against an action brought by Bombardier Inc. and its subsidiary Short Brothers PLC. The latter are claiming approximately $14 million in damages from Honeywell in an extra-contractual dispute involving Honeywell's supply to Short Brothers of thermal anti-ice valves and related to the events surrounding the failed negotiation of an agreement between the parties.

Wärtsilä Canada Inc.

Acted for Wärtsilä Canada Inc., a Finnish based engineering firm, before the Supreme Court of Canada in connection with a product liability litigation arising out of the manufacture and supply of marine engines and associated equipment.

Honeywell International Inc.

Representing Honeywell International Inc. against Bombardier Inc, which is claiming approximately $450 million in damages from Honeywell in a dispute respecting the parties' rights under three contracts for Honeywell's supply of aircraft propulsion units for Bombardier's Challenger 300, Challenger 350 and C Series programs.

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust

Acting for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust  in an injunctive matter involving Librairie Raffin and Librairie Renaud-Bray in connection with the leasing of commercial premises.

Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Acted for Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, a Turkish construction company, in its application before the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario for the recognition and enforcement of an arbitration award rendered against the Kyrgyz Republic in a case of illegal expropriation of an hotel it owned and operated in Bishkek, capital city of Kyrgyzstan.

MSG Lac Mirabel s.e.c., Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) IV Mirabel Trust and others

Acted for MSG Lac Mirabel s.e.c., Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) IV Mirabel Trust and others in defence of a $55-million lawsuit with respect to an alleged agreement for the purchase and sale of a 7.2-million square foot site in Mirabel, Québec, on which a large shopping centre and residential project are now underway.

First Capital Realty

Acted for First Capital Realty, a shopping centre developer, in connection with the contestation of one of its tenant's proceeding as he was seeking to avoid cancellation of his lease to allow centre to be redeveloped.

El Paso Corporation

Acted for Parachem and El Paso Energy Corp. in the case of a $2-million action and a counterclaim in the amount of $25 million in regard to a chemical spill.

Canadian Forum Investments Inc.

Acted for the current owners of the Pepsi Forum, Canadian Forum Investments Inc., who sued Pepsi for the recovery of unpaid sponsorship fees for an amount of $5 million.

Cormark Securities Inc.

Acted for a broker that was sued for the recovery of damages in the amount of $1.5 million for libel and slander consisting of statements made in a reporting letter.

Navamar Inc.

Acted for Navamar Inc., a Greek shipyard in an action worth $2.7 million arising out of a ship repair contract.

Ivaco Inc.

Acted for Canadian steel giant Ivaco Inc., and several Ivaco subsidiaries, in Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings commenced in September of 2003, including the sale to The Heico Companies, L.L.C., a U.S.-based holding company, of the assets of the Ivaco companies for $375 million.

National Wildlife Federation

Acted for the National Wildlife Federation in litigation before the Superior Court of Québec arising out of the financing and production of IMAX format wildlife films.

Noranda Inc.

Acted for Noranda Inc. in an action before the Superior Court of Québec against the Société générale de Financement for the recovery of amounts owed in connection with the closure of the Magnola magnesium plant in Danville, Québec.

Global Television Network Inc.

Acted for Global Television Network Inc. in an action instituted against it arising out of an alleged copyright violation in respect of the POPSTARS television show.

Bulletin

COVID-19 Insurance Related Considerations - Business Interruption Coverage Update

Apr. 03, 2020 - In an article posted to our website on March 18, 2020, we discussed the potential for the recovery of property and business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. Our advice then was that while the pandemic would likely be considered a fortuity, it was uncertain whether, in the...

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COVID-19: Insurance Claims Considerations

Mar. 18, 2020 - The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenge for all. We are here to assist in this rapidly developing situation. The following provides an overview of insurance claims considerations relating to the COVID-19 outbreak.   Potential Exposures  The COVID-19 outbreak is disrupting global business...

Speaking Engagement

Juris Conferences, “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards–Current Legal Challenges in Enforcement”; Amsterdam, NED

Sept. 21, 2018

Bulletin

Supreme Court of Canada Rules in Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje

Sept. 08, 2015 - On September 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously held in Chevron Corp v. Yaiguaje that the Ontario court has jurisdiction to hear an action brought by Ecuadorian plaintiffs seeking the recognition and enforcement in Ontario of a US$9. 51-billion Ecuadorian judgment for...

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, “Arbitration–Myths & Realities”; Montréal, QC

Jan. 31, 2013

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Commercial (Litigation Star); Insolvency (Litigation Star); Securities (Litigation Star)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Litigation: Corporate Commercial

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Alternative Dispute Resolution; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Maritime Law; Transportation Law (Lawyer of the Year 2017, Montréal)

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1991
Québec, 1981

Education

McGill University, LLB, 1980
Université de Montréal, LLL, 1978

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters
Canadian Maritime Law Association

Board Memberships

Maimonides Hospital

Community Involvement

LegisPratique – Code de procédure civile annoté, contributing editor

For more than three decades, clients have turned to George for his expertise in complex commercial litigation.

George advises public and private companies on extraordinary remedies, debt recovery, the enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and judgments, sovereign immunity claims, shareholder rights and oppression remedies, and contractual disputes. He also counsels on investigations and litigation arising out of data breaches and other cyber-related matters.

His wide-ranging practice includes specialty insurance litigation, such as coverage for disputes involving business interruption, product liability, professional liability and other liability claims. As one of Canada’s leading transportation law practitioners, George routinely advises on international issues, acting on instructions from insurance markets and leading international law firms.

George represents clients at all levels of court and appears before administrative tribunals and commissions of inquiry. His extensive dispute resolution experience leads clients to regularly call on him to represent them in arbitrations and mediations.

Kerry Logistics (Canada) Inc.

Acted for Kerry Logistics (Canada) Inc., an international freight forwarder and logistics services provider, in the restructuring under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act of its customer, Stokes Inc., a tableware and kitchenware retailer with 147 retail locations across Canada.

Honeywell International Inc.

Defending Honeywell International Inc. against an action brought by Bombardier Inc. and its subsidiary Short Brothers PLC. The latter are claiming approximately $14 million in damages from Honeywell in an extra-contractual dispute involving Honeywell's supply to Short Brothers of thermal anti-ice valves and related to the events surrounding the failed negotiation of an agreement between the parties.

Wärtsilä Canada Inc.

Acted for Wärtsilä Canada Inc., a Finnish based engineering firm, before the Supreme Court of Canada in connection with a product liability litigation arising out of the manufacture and supply of marine engines and associated equipment.

Honeywell International Inc.

Representing Honeywell International Inc. against Bombardier Inc, which is claiming approximately $450 million in damages from Honeywell in a dispute respecting the parties' rights under three contracts for Honeywell's supply of aircraft propulsion units for Bombardier's Challenger 300, Challenger 350 and C Series programs.

Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust

Acting for Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust  in an injunctive matter involving Librairie Raffin and Librairie Renaud-Bray in connection with the leasing of commercial premises.

Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi

Acted for Sistem Muhendislik Insaat Sanayi Ve Ticaret Anonim Sirketi, a Turkish construction company, in its application before the Superior Court of Justice in Ontario for the recognition and enforcement of an arbitration award rendered against the Kyrgyz Republic in a case of illegal expropriation of an hotel it owned and operated in Bishkek, capital city of Kyrgyzstan.

MSG Lac Mirabel s.e.c., Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) IV Mirabel Trust and others

Acted for MSG Lac Mirabel s.e.c., Morgan Stanley Real Estate Fund (MSREF) IV Mirabel Trust and others in defence of a $55-million lawsuit with respect to an alleged agreement for the purchase and sale of a 7.2-million square foot site in Mirabel, Québec, on which a large shopping centre and residential project are now underway.

First Capital Realty

Acted for First Capital Realty, a shopping centre developer, in connection with the contestation of one of its tenant's proceeding as he was seeking to avoid cancellation of his lease to allow centre to be redeveloped.

El Paso Corporation

Acted for Parachem and El Paso Energy Corp. in the case of a $2-million action and a counterclaim in the amount of $25 million in regard to a chemical spill.

Canadian Forum Investments Inc.

Acted for the current owners of the Pepsi Forum, Canadian Forum Investments Inc., who sued Pepsi for the recovery of unpaid sponsorship fees for an amount of $5 million.

Cormark Securities Inc.

Acted for a broker that was sued for the recovery of damages in the amount of $1.5 million for libel and slander consisting of statements made in a reporting letter.

Navamar Inc.

Acted for Navamar Inc., a Greek shipyard in an action worth $2.7 million arising out of a ship repair contract.

Ivaco Inc.

Acted for Canadian steel giant Ivaco Inc., and several Ivaco subsidiaries, in Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act proceedings commenced in September of 2003, including the sale to The Heico Companies, L.L.C., a U.S.-based holding company, of the assets of the Ivaco companies for $375 million.

National Wildlife Federation

Acted for the National Wildlife Federation in litigation before the Superior Court of Québec arising out of the financing and production of IMAX format wildlife films.

Noranda Inc.

Acted for Noranda Inc. in an action before the Superior Court of Québec against the Société générale de Financement for the recovery of amounts owed in connection with the closure of the Magnola magnesium plant in Danville, Québec.

Global Television Network Inc.

Acted for Global Television Network Inc. in an action instituted against it arising out of an alleged copyright violation in respect of the POPSTARS television show.

Bulletin

COVID-19 Insurance Related Considerations - Business Interruption Coverage Update

Apr. 03, 2020 - In an article posted to our website on March 18, 2020, we discussed the potential for the recovery of property and business interruption losses arising from the COVID-19 epidemic. Our advice then was that while the pandemic would likely be considered a fortuity, it was uncertain whether, in the...

Bulletin

COVID-19: Insurance Claims Considerations

Mar. 18, 2020 - The COVID-19 outbreak is a challenge for all. We are here to assist in this rapidly developing situation. The following provides an overview of insurance claims considerations relating to the COVID-19 outbreak.   Potential Exposures  The COVID-19 outbreak is disrupting global business...

Speaking Engagement

Juris Conferences, “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards–Current Legal Challenges in Enforcement”; Amsterdam, NED

Sept. 21, 2018

Bulletin

Supreme Court of Canada Rules in Chevron Corp. v. Yaiguaje

Sept. 08, 2015 - On September 4, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously held in Chevron Corp v. Yaiguaje that the Ontario court has jurisdiction to hear an action brought by Ecuadorian plaintiffs seeking the recognition and enforcement in Ontario of a US$9. 51-billion Ecuadorian judgment for...

Speaking Engagement

Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, “Arbitration–Myths & Realities”; Montréal, QC

Jan. 31, 2013

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Commercial (Litigation Star); Insolvency (Litigation Star); Securities (Litigation Star)

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Litigation: Corporate Commercial

The Best Lawyers in Canada—Alternative Dispute Resolution; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Maritime Law; Transportation Law (Lawyer of the Year 2017, Montréal)

Bar Admissions

Ontario, 1991
Québec, 1981

Education

McGill University, LLB, 1980
Université de Montréal, LLL, 1978

Professional Affiliations

Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters
Canadian Maritime Law Association

Board Memberships

Maimonides Hospital

Community Involvement

LegisPratique – Code de procédure civile annoté, contributing editor