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Jeff Dennis Toronto Lawyer

Jeff Dennis

Counsel Fasken
It’s lonely at the top! I want to be the entrepreneur’s first call, the trusted advisor they call first when confronted with an issue or opportunity in their business or personal life. I have a passion for working with founders as they navigate their entrepreneurial journey.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1985
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Jeff Dennis is a lawyer, serial entrepreneur, best-selling author and public speaker. He has over 30 years’ experience with operating and advising entrepreneurial companies and their founders. After a successful career as an entrepreneur, Jeff joined Fasken 10 years ago as Counsel and Entrepreneur in Residence.

Bringing a wide range of experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance, Jeff provides strategic legal and business advice to help companies realize their potential. In addition to providing legal advice, Jeff seeks to intermediate opportunities for all clients, including sourcing qualified investment targets for private equity and venture capital clients and introducing companies to strategic partners and investment groups capable of providing capital. He is also known as providing unvarnished “tough love” feedback to his clients.

Jeff has assisted clients spanning a range of industries, including real estate, hospitality, film production and finance, insurance, cosmetics, franchising, alternative energy and investment management. 

Jeff is a co-author of Lessons from the Edge, the best-selling book which is a collection of stories by entrepreneurs of their biggest mistakes in business and the lessons that they learned.

Jeff speaks all over the world on a wide range of topics relevant to the leaders of high growth companies, including M&A and corporate finance, blockchain and cryptocurrency and his “Lessons from the Edge”. He once spoke to a business group in Kathmandu, Nepal!


  • Runner-Up, Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year, Startup Canada Awards, StartUp Canada Awards 2014
2014 StartUp Canada Awards Runner-Up, Entrepreneur Mentor of the Year, Startup Canada Awards

Client Work

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Career & Education


  • LLB University of Western Ontario

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Chair, TiEQuest Pitch Competition
  • Charter Member, TiE Toronto
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association 
  • Certified Director, Institute of Corporate Directors
  • Co-Founder, Toronto Chapter of the Entrepreneurs Organization, (1991-2011)
  • Executive Committee Member, Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors, (2008-2010)


Fasken Institute



Article Canada’s Immigration Start-Up Visa Lexology
Article A Crackdown in Ontario on Unpaid Internships Start-Up Blog
Article Startup Weekend, Your IP and Unintended Consequences Start-Up Blog

Speaking Engagements

Speaker Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and ICOs: What’s It All About? Fasken Toronto Mini-Symposium 2017 location location Toronto, ON
Access to Capital Panel Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) Knowledge & Networking Forum location location Toronto


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