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.

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Valport Maritime Services Inc.

Successfully defended Valport Maritime Services Inc. and its president against accusations by indictment under Part II of the Canadian Labour Code which resulted in a definitive stay of the criminal prosecution against our clients by way of nolle prosequi.

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YMCA of Southwestern Ontario

Acting for YMCA of Southwestern Ontario in a dispute over its business interruption insurance coverage provided by Northbridge General Insurance Corporation in relation to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

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Creditors

Acted for several creditors in applications to enforce in Canada arbitration awards and judgments rendered against the Republic of Iraq.

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ING Bank NC

Acted for ING Bank NC against the Republic of Zimbabwe for the enforcement in Canada of a foreign judgment relating to a default under various loan facilities.

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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.

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Confidential Client

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.

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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 which turned on the application of the Civil Code of Québec to a claim governed by Canadian maritime law.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Speaking Engagement
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Information Management Network, International Litigation Finance Forum, “Enforcements and International Arbitration”; London, U.K.

Oct. 18, 2022

Speaking Engagement
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ADR Institute of Canada, CanArb Week 2020, “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards”; Webinar

Sept. 24, 2020

Bulletin
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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...

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

Sept. 21, 2018

In the News
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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)...

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

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The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory—Litigation: Corporate Commercial

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The Best Lawyers in Canada—Alternative Dispute Resolution; Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Insurance Law; Maritime Law; Transportation Law (Lawyer of the Year 2017 and 2021, Montréal)

Bar Admissions
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Ontario, 1991
Québec, 1981

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

Professional Affiliations
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Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters
Canadian Maritime Law Association

Board Memberships
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Maimonides Hospital

Community Involvement
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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.

Valport Maritime Services Inc.

Successfully defended Valport Maritime Services Inc. and its president against accusations by indictment under Part II of the Canadian Labour Code which resulted in a definitive stay of the criminal prosecution against our clients by way of nolle prosequi.

YMCA of Southwestern Ontario

Acting for YMCA of Southwestern Ontario in a dispute over its business interruption insurance coverage provided by Northbridge General Insurance Corporation in relation to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Creditors

Acted for several creditors in applications to enforce in Canada arbitration awards and judgments rendered against the Republic of Iraq.

ING Bank NC

Acted for ING Bank NC against the Republic of Zimbabwe for the enforcement in Canada of a foreign judgment relating to a default under various loan facilities.

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.

Confidential Client

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.

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 which turned on the application of the Civil Code of Québec to a claim governed by Canadian maritime law.

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.

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.

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.

Speaking Engagement

Information Management Network, International Litigation Finance Forum, “Enforcements and International Arbitration”; London, U.K.

Oct. 18, 2022

Speaking Engagement

ADR Institute of Canada, CanArb Week 2020, “Enforcement of Arbitral Awards”; Webinar

Sept. 24, 2020

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...

Article

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)
Read the article.

Speaking Engagement

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

Sept. 21, 2018

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; Insurance Law; Maritime Law; Transportation Law (Lawyer of the Year 2017 and 2021, 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