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.
Acting for an institution with worldwide activities in its opposition to a request made by a foreign state to Canada by virtue of the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty and the Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act. This matter is important because it involves a large and cross-border fraud investigation that is under international public scrutiny.
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.
Representing Honeywell International Inc. against an action in damages claiming approximately $14 million in damages, brought by Bombardier Inc. and Short Brothers PLC.
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. in the context of a $450-million claim in relation to various contracts for the supply by Honeywell of aircraft propulsion units for Bombardier's Challenger 300, Challenger 350 and CSeries 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.
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.
ADR Institute of Canada, CanArb Week 2020, “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards”; Webinar
Sept. 24, 2020
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...
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...
Country Perspective: Canada, co-author
Dec. 16, 2019 - Perspectives in Practice of the UNIDROIT Principles 2016: Views of the IBA Working Group on the Practice of the UNIDROIT Principles 2016 (International Bar Association)
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In the News
George Pollack and Michael Lubetsky Reflect on Landmark Maritime Law Ruling in Canadian Lawyer and Lawyer’s Daily
Dec. 11, 2019 - Following the Supreme Court of Canada’s ruling in Desgagnés Transport Inc. v Wärtsilä Canada Inc., George Pollack and Michael Lubetsky, who represented the respondent defendants along with Joseph-Anaël Lemieux, spoke to Canadian Lawyer and The Lawyer’s Daily to share...
Desgagnés Transport v Wärtsilä Canada: Canadian Maritime Law Enters Uncharted Waters
Dec. 04, 2019 - The Supreme Court of Canada has plotted a new course for Canadian maritime law in Desgagnés Transport v Wärtsilä Canada, 2019 SCC 58. Distinguishing over 30 years of precedent, the Court held that provincial legislation that regulates private law matters (such as the Civil Code of...
Juris Conferences, “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards–Current Legal Challenges in Enforcement”; Amsterdam, NED
Sept. 21, 2018
In the News
George Pollack Quoted in The Lawyer’s Daily About Québec Court of Appeal Decision
Oct. 17, 2017 - Davies partner George J. Pollack was quoted in The Lawyer’s Daily regarding a case he successfully argued on behalf of Wärtsilä Canada Inc. before the Québec Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal held that the trial judge in a dispute between Wärtsilä and Transport Desgagnés Inc. (TDI)...
Barbarians at the Firewall: Data Breaches, Cross-Border Commerce and Notification Requirements in Canada and the United States
Nov. 20, 2015 - In this article, which originally appeared in Lexpert’s 2015 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, Davies partner George J. Pollack discusses the fallout of data breaches for companies and examines Canadian and U.S. data-breach notification rules. ...
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...
Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys—Commercial (Litigation Star); Insolvency (Litigation Star); Securities (Litigation Star)
Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
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 and 2021, Montréal)