Peter Roy is the firm’s senior litigation counsel and is a founding partner in Roy Elliott O’Connor LLP. Peter is very experienced in all aspects of civil litigation involving both individual and class proceedings. He has particular expertise in complex corporate commercial and securities litigation, Director and Officer Duties and Responsibilities, mining related litigation and Class Actions. He has been recognized by Benchmark Canada as a National Securities Litigation Star and an Ontario Securities and Class Action Litigation Star.
Peter had been a senior partner, litigation co-chair and executive committee member of one of Canada’s largest firms. Peter decided to join in the formation of our boutique litigation practice in order to be free of the myriad of conflicts that routinely arise in a large full service firm.
Peter has been counsel on many noteworthy reported cases. His more recent and on-going publicly disclosed cases include his work as senior litigation counsel for:
Pre-1986 and past-1990 Hepatitis C plaintiff class that resulted in a $1,000,000,000 settlement in favour of those claimants;
BHP with respect to claims against the Government of Canada for contribution toward the long term tailings maintenance costs arising from Cold War uranium production.
Oppression remedy claims by the shareholders and former board members of Coalcorp Mining Inc.;
Defending a proposed securities class action on behalf of Directors of Western Coal;
An action commenced under the Class Proceedings Act against Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP with respect to allegedly negligent tax advice;
Hislop same sex survivor pension benefits class action against the Federal Government;
An action commenced under the Class Proceedings Act with respect to unpaid overtime against the Bank of Nova Scotia;
An action commenced under the Class Proceedings Act with respect to alleged misclassification of employees and related overtime entitlements against CNR;
Indemnification and damage claims on behalf of the founder of Unique Broadband Systems including CCAA proceedings and related Take Over Bid Injunction;
BMO Nesbitt Burns with respect to the Defence of various national and international multi-billion dollar individual and class proceedings arising out of the collapse of Bre-X Minerals;
Kinross Gold Corporation with respect to contractual and fiduciary claims arising out of the acquisition and disposition of Greek mining assets;
Peter is a frequent contributor to professional development conferences. He has written and presented papers on complex and international litigation, electronic discovery and arbitration in Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Peter is a frequent speaker on class action proceedings and trial practice.
Class Action Litigation
Admissions and Affiliations
Called to the Bar of Ontario 1976
Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1989 when the certification program was introduced