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Allison J. Speigel

EDUCATION

  • J.D. (2007-2008: honours) – University of Toronto (2008)
  • B.Sc. (great distinction) – McGill University (2004)

PRIOR LAW FIRM EXPERIENCE

  • Shearman & Sterling LLP (New York City)
  • McKool Smith P.C. (New York City)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Ontario Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Eastern District of Texas

LANGUAGES

  • English and French

PROFESSIONAL & COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES

  • Leader of the Shop Locally, Professionally Initiative (2015-present)
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Peel Law Association
  • Advocates' Society
  • Mississauga Board of Trade
  • Member of the Young Advocates' Standing Committee (2015-2017)
  • Chair of the Future of the Profession Event Series (2015-2017)
  • Member of the Mississauga Board of Trade Women's Leadership Committee (2015)

Allison J. Speigel

Partner

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e-mail: allison@ontlaw.com
PROFILE
ARTICLES + SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Allison Speigel is commercial litigator who has broad industry experience. She has represented clients dealing with issues emanating from business disputes of all kinds.

Allison was once described as being “annoyingly ethical, but the best person to have in a dog fight.” In a 2018 decision released after a 26 day trial during which Allison sat first-chair, the Court noted that Allison “decimated” the plaintiff in cross-examination. Allison thoroughly enjoys taking on clients with matters that are considered to be uphill battles and never shies away from making novel legal arguments.

Allison, however, also recognizes and has written extensively about how flawed our legal system is and how taxing litigation can be. Despite her innate desire to battle it out in court, Allison is always thinking about creative ways to settle matters and makes every attempt to do so.

Allison represents clients with litigation issues in the context of construction, complex commercial, contract, insolvency, real estate, and professional negligence. Allison also regularly represents clients dealing with fraud-related litigation. Allison is an asset to the firm’s debt collection and enforcement team because she has the tenacity needed to battle fraudsters who are intent on hiding money.

Having also been involved in high-stakes project finance and debt restructuring transactions, Allison has insight into the deal-making process and associated strategies. This provides her with an enhanced ability to handle the litigation that ensues when negotiations or deals of any size or nature break-down.

Allison spent the first five years of her career litigating high-profile cases in New York City. Allison and her husband, however, decided that life in the great white north was too good to give up and moved back to Toronto, their hometown.

Since returning home to Toronto, Allison joined the team of Speigel Nichols Fox LLP and has helped the firm develop an innovative approach to the business of law. Allison was instrumental in moving the firm to a paperless practice. She also helped to develop the firm’s alternative billing structure. With Allison’s help, the firm was one of the first in Canada to offer flat fee, value based-billing on all litigation matters.

Allison is constantly thinking about how law firms can evolve to better serve their clients and create better working environments for their lawyers. In the client context, she believes that law firms should always be focused on 3 things: results, service, and efficiency. As for lawyers, she believes that lawyers do their best work when they are enjoying what they do.

When not working, Allison enjoys spending time with her family and arguing (with just about anybody) for sport.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

While in Canada

  • Represented developers in disputes concerning sale of development property
  • Represented commercial property owner in dispute concerning claims of nuisance and injurious affection with the City of Toronto and a property developer
  • Represented shareholder in a commercial dispute with over $10M at stake
  • Represented property owner against large developers and the City of Toronto with million at stake
  • Represented subcontractor in a dispute concerning a tender contract
  • Represented general contractor in construction litigation relating to the proposed construction of an addition to a commercial property ($1M at stake)
  • Represented subcontractor in construction arbitration relating to non-payment for work and deficiency claims (over $7M at stake)
  • Represented lawyers alleged to have behaved improperly ($30M at stake)
  • Represented financial institutions and insurance companies in litigation relating to the collection of outstanding debts
  • Represented clients in disputes arising from commercial real estate transactions
  • Represented private and public corporations in contractual disputes
  • Represented client seeking Mareva injunction in a fraud case to ensure that funds currently in Canada were not removed to China
  • Represented lawyer in partnership dispute
  • Represented condominium owner in an oppression action
  • Represented home owner in dispute concerning flooding of land
  • Represented Ontario client responding to a letters rogatory

While in the US

  • Represented a large international corporation on a breach of contract case worth $5.5B that threatened the existence of the corporation
  • Represented international corporations facing securities-related governmental inquiries
  • Represented leading manufacturer of smart-cards in enforcing fundamental patents that enable the use of the Java programming language on resource-constrained devices
  • Represented Canadian client in patent infringement litigation against leaders in the laptop, router, semiconductor, and handset industries, involving patents that provide wireless capabilities
  • Represented a corporation against leading financial institutions in patent infringement litigation involving data compression technology used in the realtime delivery of market data
  • Advised a large international client in drafting a compliance handbook
  • Represented a large international corporation being sued by the Republic of Iraq based on a number of claims relating to the alleged payments of kickbacks to the Saddam Hussein government in connection with the Oil-for-Food programme
  • Advised clients and helped negotiate contracts ranging from under $100k to over $1B

Pro Bono Matters

  • Represented French-speaking, Congolese client seeking asylum in the United States
  • Represented Holocaust survivors applying for compensation from the German government
  • Represented mentally-handicapped client seeking disability payments
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