Christopher M. Stanek
Chris Stanek is a partner at Gowling WLG and one of the leading litigators in the firm's Toronto office. Known for his aggressive approach, he specializes in finding creative solutions to difficult commercial problems. He has obtained highly favourable results for numerous financial institutions and corporations in Canada, the United States and around the world.
Chris has a particular expertise in disputes involving land, including construction, leasing and real property disputes. He customizes his dispute resolution strategy based on the needs of each individual client and is dedicated to furthering his clients' goals - even if those goals may not be conducive to traditional litigation. Using this approach, Chris has successfully represented contractors, lenders and developers in many complicated construction disputes, often employing creative solutions to achieve his clients' desired results.
Chris has also acted for lenders and mortgage insurers on numerous fraud matters, retail banking disputes and issues involving the Bills of Exchange Act, R.S.C. 1985 c.B-4. He has extensive expertise in the use of s.437 (2) of the Bank Act, S.C. 1991, c.46, to freeze proceeds of fraud.
Chris has appeared before every level of court in Ontario and several administrative tribunals, and has successfully argued numerous appeals in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal, both as an appellant and as a respondent. He has also successfully represented clients in arbitrations of varying complexity.
From 2017 to 2019, Chris was the co-chair of The Advocates’ Society's Construction Practice Group. Chris is also a member of Division 1: Dispute Resolution of the American Bar Association Construction Forum and is the session co-ordinator for the upcoming 2021 Annual Meeting in New York.
Chris is an instructor in civil trial advocacy in the Law Practice Program at Ryerson University, and has also lectured extensively on construction law, contracts and the Construction Lien Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. C.30, for many different organizations, including the Faculty of Law at the University of Windsor.
Chris ranked in the top seven students each year throughout his law school career. Prior to joining Gowling WLG, he served as a clerk to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. Before attending law school, Chris was a constituency assistant to a member of provincial parliament for several years.