Christopher Rae practices civil and commercial litigation. He has broad experience litigating matters involving complex contract disputes, shareholder disputes, fraud and governance issues, product liability, employment issues (particularly those involving departing employees and post-employment obligations), professional negligence, and insurance and insurance brokering. In the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Christopher regularly advises and represents Fasken clients with respect to COVID-specific legal issues, including Section 22 Orders made pursuant to the Health Protection and Promotion Act.
Christopher regularly represents clients across a range of industries, including mining, automotive, transportation (including railway, trucking, and aviation), entertainment, government, construction, 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. 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, and the railway blockades in 2020 (with respect to Canada Post, Christopher acted as lead litigation counsel for Canada Post Corporation nationally and in Ontario). In both cases, Fasken succeeded in obtaining injunctions in various jurisdictions 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 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"), Jetport Inc. v. Jones Brown Inc., 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 currently the Coordinator of the firm’s litigation pro bono programs in Toronto. Christopher is also a Co-Chair of the firm’s United Way fundraising campaign.