"Peter Mantas made headlines with his representation of Nigel Wright, Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, with respect to investigation concerning an expense scandal at the Senate"

- Benchmark Canada, the definitive guide to Canada's leading litigation firms and attorneys.

“Mantas is citing a lot, and I mean a lot, of case law to back up his arguments … Mantas is even throwing in some case law from the US, just for good measure.”

- Live courtroom Tweet by the CBC during oral argument in Guergis v. Prime Minister Stephen Harper, et al.


  • LLB, 1992
    University of Ottawa
  • BA, Trinity College, 1989
    University of Toronto

Year of Call/Admission

  • Ontario, 1994
  • New York, 1993

Peter N. Mantas

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Peter Mantas is the head of the Ottawa litigation group and a member of the firm’s global Litigation Management Committee.

An experienced litigation lawyer, Peter is valued for his careful preparation, strategic advice and tough but reasonable approach. Described as a Canadian and Ontario litigation star by Benchmark Canada, he has acted as legal counsel in some of the most prominent cases in the country.

Peter has considerable experience in matters involving a large and complex documentary record. He is an avid user and proponent of technology in the litigation process in order to reduce costs and achieve better results.

Peter practises in the following areas of litigation: corporate / commercial; class actions; shareholder and oppression remedies; proceedings involving the federal government; public procurement; governance and ethics; competition, conspiracy and bid-rigging investigations and proceedings; fraud; defamation; injunctions; restrictive covenants; and international disputes. He has experience in both civil and criminal cases.

He has acted as counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Appeal, Federal Court of Canada (Trial and Appeal divisions), Supreme Court of Canada, courts in other Canadian provinces, Canadian International Trade Tribunal and NAFTA and domestic arbitration panels.

Peter was a law student at the Paris office of U.S.-based law firm, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, and at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.

Honours and Awards

  • Nominated for the 2015 Lawyer of the Year Award by Benchmark Canada for White Collar/Enforcement/Constitutional Law
  • Recognized in the 2015 edition of The Legal 500 Canada for Dispute Resolution: Ontario
  • Named as national "litigation star" for white collar criminal law in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Canada.
  • Named as an Ontario "litigation star" for commercial, media/defamation, and white collar criminal law in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Canada.
  • Described as a “rising star” in the 2012 edition of Benchmark Canada, a guide to the top litigation lawyers in Canada.
  • Named one of Ottawa’s top "Forty Under 40" by the Ottawa Business Journal in 2000.

Community Involvement


  • Vice-Chair, 2014-15, Class Actions Section, Ontario Bar Association
  • Registered Canadian Trade-Mark Agent
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Country of Carleton Law Association