Mark W. Crane

Mark Crane is a partner in the Advocacy Department of Gowling WLG's Toronto office. He is a member of the firm's Commercial Litigation, Energy, Infrastructure & Mining, as well as its Insurance & Professional Liability groups.  Mark is also a member of the Advocacy Department’s Banking, IT and Project Litigation groups.

Mark is one of the leaders of the firm’s International Arbitration and Enforcement Group.

Mark's practice emphasizes both complex commercial and professional liability matters as well as matters relating to fraud, deceit and enforcement. Mark represents clients, both internationally and domestically, across a broad range of industries, including construction, professional engineering, energy and mining, information technology, banking and the public sector.  Mark’s municipal liability practice includes police liability and misfeasance in public office.

Mark has been successful in obtaining excellent outcomes for his clients through litigation, arbitration, negotiation or a combination of these approaches.  He has been recognized by clients as having a practical and efficient approach to problem solving, and he has worked with clients and other counsel across Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Central America.

Mark is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Toronto Lawyers Association.

Prior to his legal career, Mark practised as a management consultant at a global consulting firm.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2014

    • Career
      2014
      Elected as Trustee of the Toronto Lawyers Association
  • 2013

    • Career
      2013
      Admitted to partnership
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      July2012
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
  • 2005

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      2005
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2004

    • Education
      2004
      University of Windsor, LLB
  • 2000

    • Education
      2000
      McMaster University, MBA
  • 1997

    • Education
      1997
      Wilfrid Laurier University, HBA in Political Science

Memberships

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Toronto Lawyers Association

Mark is a frequent speaker at events hosted at the Toronto Lawyers Association.

In 2016, Mark presented in New York to the Latin American Council of the New York Bar Association on the topic of International Arbitrations and International Arbitration Agreements.

In November 2016, Mark presented at the firm’s Fall Construction Forum relating to the proposed changes to the Construction Lien Act. Mark was then quoted in the Commercial Daily News in an article entitled “What could adjudication look like under lien act reform,” dated November 30, 2016. 

Mark is the co-author of an article entitled “Canadian Court Endorses Power of Arbitrator to Determine Competence-Competence,” which was published in Arbitration News, Volume 20, No. 2, September 2015.

In 2015, Mark presented a Webinar hosted by the CBA entitled “Alternative Billing Arrangements: Is The Billable Hour Dead?”

In 2015, Mark was quoted in an article published by Canadian Lawyer entitled “Billable Hour Morphing into Alternative Arrangements.”

Also in 2015, Mark was quoted in an article published by Canadian Bar Association Magazine entitled “Alternative Fee Arrangements.”

Also in 2015, Mark presented at the firm’s Spring and Fall Construction Law Program.

In 2014, Mark authored an article entitled “Ontario Court of Appeal approves Broad Jurisdiction in Claims of Conspiracy,” which was published in the Toronto Law Journal.

In 2012, Mark was a speaker at the LDC Gas Forum Canada, where he provided regulatory updates from Ontario impacting the Industrial Gas Users Association, and was an instructor at the 2012 EUCI Canadian Electricity Regulation Course.

He is the co-author of an article entitled "The Independence Of Expert Witnesses," which was presented at the 2009 Eastern Regional Conference of The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, and was published in the Journal of Business Valuation, 2010, Volume 1.

Insights & Resources

International

  • Counsel to the Canadian affiliate of a leading global information and communications technologies solution provider in a $50 million international arbitration involving a complex contractual dispute
  • Counsel to Greta Energy relating to a fraud arising out of a wind turbine project in Estonia   
  • Counsel to Mak Mera Nigeria Limited in relation to its dispute with James Bay Resources Limited, involving oil and gas assets in Nigeria 
  • Counsel to The Kingdom of Swaziland in relation to a complex aviation dispute
  • Counsel to Haun Welding in relation to cross-border contractual disputes  
  • Counsel to a party in litigation involving a US based ponzi scheme  

Commercial Litigation

  • Counsel to a global engineering company regarding its commercial litigation needs
  • Counsel to a national electricity retailer and gas marketer relating to breach of contract claims
  • Counsel to an Ontario energy services company focused in power distribution in relation to a complex contractual dispute
  • Counsel to a number of large Canadian financial institutions in matters involving fraud and reputational risk
  • Counsel to a Canadian truck body manufacturer in relation to a complex commercial lease dispute
  • Counsel to a national transportation company in relation to a shareholder dispute involving fiduciary duties

Professional Liability

  • Counsel to professional engineering corporations in the context of negligence and tort claims, as well as in the context of discipline matters before the Professional Engineers of Ontario.
  • Counsel to a financial advisor and a financial institution in the context of negligence claims.

Regulatory

  • Counsel to an intervener at the Ontario Energy Board in the context of rate rebasing and leave to construct proceedings.
  • Counsel to a North American energy retailer relating to compliance and licensing issues.

Municipal Liability

  • Counsel to the City of Toronto.
  • Counsel to the Cornwall Community Police Service and its members.

Administrative

  • Acted as Counsel to a party at the Cornwall Public Inquiry.
  • Counsel to the Ontario Real Estate Association in the context of arbitration appeals, and providing advice relating to litigation management issues.
  • Acted as Counsel with the Honourable Pat LeSage in the Report on the Eviction Prevention Policy of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation.