Christopher Rae practices civil and commercial litigation. He has broad experience litigating a variety of civil and commercial disputes (including contract, shareholder and governance disputes), fraud, breach of confidence, product liability, professional negligence, insurance and insurance brokering. Christopher is also a member of Fasken’s Indigenous Law practice group.
Christopher regularly represents clients across a range of industries, including agriculture, mining, automotive, transportation (including railway, trucking, and aviation), entertainment, government, insurance, professional services, and manufacturers, distributors and retailers of consumer and food products.
Christopher has significant expertise handling matters requiring urgent and extraordinary relief, including injunctions and Anton Piller orders. For that reason, Christopher’s clients have retained him to act as counsel on critical time-sensitive matters of national importance, such as with respect to the unlawful blockading of Canada Post’s facilities in 2018 (in which Christopher acted as lead litigation counsel for Canada Post nationally and in Ontario), and the railway blockades in 2020. In both cases, Fasken successfully obtained injunctions in various jurisdictions across the country to bring an end to the widely reported unlawful blockade activities.
Christopher has been counsel on a number of significant and high-profile litigation matters, including for example Ontario Medical Association v. Ontario, Karahalios v. Conservative Party of Canada, Canada Post Corporation v. John Doe et al., Canadian National Railway Company v. Canadian Pacific Railway Company (a case recognized by Benchmark Canada as one of five "Impact Cases of the Year"), Choc et al v. HudBay Minerals Inc., and Jacobs et al v. Ontario Medical Association.
Christopher believes strongly in giving back to his community. He is actively engaged in pro bono work and is a Co-Chair (Litigation) of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee in Ontario. Christopher is also a member of the Steering Committee for the firm’s Indigenous Reconciliation Committee. Christopher is also a Co-Chair of the firm’s annual United Way fundraising campaign, which each year raises $250,000.