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Gideon Forrest Toronto Lawyer

Gideon Forrest

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1995
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Gideon Forrest’s litigation and dispute resolution practice is focused on corporate and commercial matters. Regularly appearing before all levels of court in Ontario, Gideon assists clients with a broad range of commercial litigation and arbitration matters.

Clients frequently rely on Gideon’s expertise in corporate and shareholder disputes and oppression remedy applications, as he has acted for both majority and minority shareholders in oppression and winding up proceedings. With experience with contractual disputes, dealership, distributorship and franchise disputes, domestic and international arbitration, family business disputes, Gideon also advises on estates litigation, contested wills, breach of trust, employment/wrongful termination, restrictive and non-competition covenants, and corporate/commercial injunctions. His experience also extends to public law and administrative law matters.

For the last several years, Gideon has been involved in the complex family business dispute Waxman v. Waxman. Among the most extensive, factually complex and widely reported cases in Ontario, the case involves issues of oppression and breach of fiduciary duties. After our client was restored as 50 percent owner of the family business, Gideon has continued to be involved in further proceedings to uphold and enforce the judgement, including:

  • obtaining orders governing the running of the family business

  • the freezing of all of the assets of the defendants, preventing their dissipation pending enforcement proceedings; and

  • in a court -ordered reference to which established the damages suffered by our client at almost $40 million.

In related bankruptcy proceedings, Gideon was also involved in a case concerning the doctrine of equitable subordination.

Gideon is actively involved in continuing legal education, lecturing on evidence issues in practice. His expertise has been recognized by Benchmark Canada and he is rated as BV Distinguished by Martindale Hubble.


  • Recognized in Corporate and Commercial Litigation in Toronto, The Best Lawyers in Canada 2022
  • Recognized in Ontario as a Litigation Star in Arbitration and Commercial, Benchmark Litigation Canada 2018 to 2021
  • "Litigation Star" in Arbitration and Commercial Litigation in both Ontario and Canada, Benchmark Canada 2017

Client Work

Date Client

Career & Education


  • LLB Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • BA, Political Studies Queen's University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association



Book Motions Court Practice and Procedure 2nd Edition LexisNexis Canada
Book Motions Court Practice and Procedure LexisNexis Canada
Ten Tips for Discovery Practice The Advociates' Society Spring Symposium 2007

Speaking Engagements

Overview of the Law on Damages Client Seminar location location Toronto


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