Archie Rabinowitz Partner


Speaks:  English

: 2018 - Chambers High Net Worth Guide 2018

Year of Call: 1984 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416 862 4696

Fax: +1 416 862 7661

Email: archie.rabinowitz@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto



Archie Rabinowitz

Archie Rabinowitz is a partner and senior litigation lawyer at Gowling WLG. Based in Toronto. He assists clients in the areas of estates and trusts law as a member of the firm’s global Private Client Services Group.

With extensive trial and appellate experience in fiduciary litigation, Archie represents trust companies, government agencies and individuals in matters involving:

  • Contested passing of accounts
  • Validity of wills
  • Estate claims
  • Breach of trust actions
  • Undue influence claims
  • Interpretation of wills
  • Appointment or removal of trustees or guardians


Archie’s practice also involves working with the Canada Revenue Agency on rectification/repairs to defective wills and trusts, and with LawPRO as preferred counsel on professional negligence claims arising out of estate matters.

Consistently recognized as a leading lawyer in directories such as Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers in Canada and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Archie is a past recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates, as well as its Widdifield Award.

He speaks and publishes frequently on the subject of estates and trusts law, and has co-chaired the Law Society of Upper Canada’s prestigious Annual Summit on Trusts and Estates.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory — Estate & Personal Tax Planning - Estate Litigation (2007-2016)
    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Chambers Canada (Spotlight Table) — Private Client: Contentious Trusts (2016, 2017)
    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Best Lawyers in Canada — Alternative Dispute Resolution (2013–2017), Trusts and Estates (2006–2017)
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada "Lawyer of the Year" in Trusts and Estates, Toronto
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      2014
      Ontario Bar Association Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates, 2014
  • 2008

    • Rankings & Awards
      2008
      Ontario Bar Association Widdifield Award
  • 1984

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1984
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1982

    • Education
      1982
      University of Western Ontario, JD
  • 1979

    • Education
      1979
      University of Toronto, BA

Articles

  • Co-author, "The Presumption of Resulting Trust and Beneficiary Designations: What’s Intention got to do with it?" Alberta Law Review, Volume 54, Issue 1, 2016; University of Toronto Faculty of Law, June 2016
  • Co-author, "Identifying Drafting Errors During an Administration," Practice Gems: The Administration of Estates 2014, September 23, 2014
  • Co-author/contributing author, “Solicitor’s Liability, Key Developments in Estates and Trust Law in Ontario,” Canada Law Book, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 editions
  • Co-author, "Passing of Accounts," Estate Litigation Practice Essentials 2012, October 30, 2012
  • "Limitation Periods in Estate Litigation," Practice Gems: The Administration of Estates 2012, September 13, 2012

Presentations

  • Co-chair, Annual Estates and Trusts Summit, Sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Co-presenter, “Skills Building: Perspectives on Effective Advocacy in the Mediation Process,” 2013 ALOC/Government of Ontario Education Conference, November 19, 2013.
  • Co-presenter, “Limitation Periods for Fiduciary Claims,” Practice Gems: The Administration of Estates 2013, Sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada, September 19, 2013
  • Co-presenter, “Understanding Trust Issues,” The 2nd Annual Recent Developments and Complex Issues in Property and Equalization, Sponsored by Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development CLE, June 5, 2013
  • “Pretrials, Settlement Conferences and Trials,” Managing, Mediating and Litigating Estate Disputes, Sponsored by Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development CLE, June 3, 2013
  • “Guardians for Property – Adults under Disability,” Best Practices for Passing of Accounts Applications by Fiduciaries, Sponsored by the Law Society of Upper Canada, April 24, 2013
  • “Invalidating Transfers of Property,” 2013 National Elder Law Conference, April 15, 2013.
  • Co-presenter, “Tips for Success at Mediation,” Sponsored by the Ontario Bar Association, OBA Institute 2013, February 7, 2013
  • Co-presenter, “Estate Trustee Liability,” Sponsored by STEP – Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners, January 9, 2013
  • Co-presenter, "Passing of Accounts," Estate Litigation Practice Essentials Program, October 30, 2012
  • Burton v. Assaf: (2013) ONCA 658
  • Burton v. Assaf: (2013) ONSC 2198
  • Daradick v. McKeand Estate: Estate of Ruth Caroline McKeand; (2012) ONSC 5622
  • Smith v. Rotstein Estate of Ruth Smith: (2011) ONCA 491
  • Smith v. Rotstein Estate of Ruth Smith: (2010) ONSC 2117
  • Zimmerman v. McMichael Estate: 2010) 57 E.T.R. (3d) 101; 103 O.R. (3d) 25
  • Nugent v. Lang et al. re Binkley Estate: (2009) 50 E.T.R. (3d) p. 44
  • Balaz v. Balaz, et al.: (2009)O .J. No. 1573 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Kaptyn Estate: (2008) 43 E.T.R. p. 219
  • Goldfarb v. Goldfarb: (2007) 30 E.T.R. (3d) 311 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Re Flaska Estate: (2002) O.J. No. 1072 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Re Flaska Estate: (2001) 43 E.T.R. (2d) 42 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Re Flaska Estate: (2001) 39 E.T.R. (2d) 171 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Leve Estate v. Igel: (2001) O.J. No. 45 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Leve Estate v. Igel: (2000) O.J. No. 5670 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Leve Estate: (2000) O.J. No. 2072 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Silver Estate v. Silver: (2000) 35 E.T.R. (2d) 287 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Leve Estate: (2000) O.J. No. 1532 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Mesesnel (Attorney of) v. Kumer: (2000) O.J. No. 1897 (Ont S.C.J.)
  • Picov Estate: (2000) O.J. No. 682 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Blatchford (Litigation Guardian of) v. Gardiner: (2000) 32 E.T.R. (2d) 18 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Blatchford (Litigation Guardian of) v. Gardiner: (1999) 29 E.T.R. (2d) 141 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Blatchford (Litigation Guardian of) v. Blatchford Estate: (1999) 45 O.R. (3d) 784 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Silver Estate: (1999) 31 E.T.R. (2d) 256 (Ont. S.C.J.)
  • Doyle v. Doyle Estate: (1998) 22 E.T.R. (2d) 17 (C.A.)
  • Granovsky v. Ontario: (1998) 21 E.T.R. (2d) 25 (Ont. Ct. Gen. Div.)
  • Lipton Estate v. Hivert: (1996) O.J. No. 3616 (Ont. Ct. Gen. Div.)
  • Federman Estate: (1994) O.J. No. 1088 (Ont. Ct. Gen. Div.)
  • Re Wolfman Estate: (1989) O.J. No. 1450 (Ont. Surrogate Ct.)