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Paul Martin Toronto Lawyer

Paul J. Martin

Partner Fasken
In complex litigation, clients value our ability to offer high quality, client-centered work which couples efficiency with an awareness of and sensitivity to their business needs.
Jurisdiction Ontario, 1984
Language(s) English
Office(s) Toronto


Paul Martin is co-chair of the firm’s Class Actions practice group. With extensive experience in commercial, administrative and quasi-criminal litigation, Paul assists clients predominantly in the areas of class actions and complex cross-border litigation. His defence and trial practice primarily involves product liability, shareholder rights, employment, financial institutions, insurance, securities regulation, competition, pensions and benefits, consumer protection, and intellectual property matters.


Paul has acted as counsel in matters before all levels of court in Ontario as well as the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, the Ontario Municipal Board, the Tax Court of Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal, the Pensions Appeal Board and various administrative tribunals.


He is considered one of Canada’s leading practitioners in class actions and has been counsel in a number of landmark Canadian class action matters. Paul has acted on one of Canada’s broadest array of class action cases having defended matters covering such well known subjects as breast implants, prescription drugs, international cartel price fixing, toxic mould, defibrillators and pacemakers, vanishing premiums, contaminated food and water, aftermarket auto parts, insurance salvage deductibles, bank and credit card charges, mass terminations, overtime classifications,  pension surpluses and deficits, investment fraud, secondary market liability,  and systemic institutional abuse. He is a frequent lecturer in areas relating to advocacy, class proceedings and cross-border litigation.

Paul previously held a position as an Adjunct Lecturer at Queen’s University Faculty of law, where he taught a course on class actions. Recognized for his expertise by leading legal directories, Paul has been ranked in Legal 500 Canada, Benchmark and the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.


Client Work

  • Airbus Helicopters defended financial loss claims arising from groundings enforced by various international aviation authorities,
  • Guyana Goldfields Inc. defends proposed securities class action for alleged misrepresentations about business and operations, Ongoing since March 2020
  • Just Energy Group Inc. defends securities class action alleging claims of common law negligent misrepresentation and an oppression claim, Ongoing since November 2019
  • TELUS Communications Inc. v. Wellman, 2019 SCC 19,
  • Canadian property and casualty insurers successfully defeat proposed class actions related to auto claimants' allegations of improper calculation of benefits limits, Ongoing since October 2018
  • Urlin Rent a Car Ltd. v. Furukawa Electric, 2016 ONSC 7965,
  • Omarali v. Just Energy, 2016 ONSC 4094,
  • “Hi! Neighbor” v. Hickory Springs, 2015 ONSC 7422,
  • Bancroft-Snell v. Visa Canada Corporation, 2015 ONSC 7411,

Career & Education


  • LLB University of Toronto
  • B Comm Queen's University

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association (Section of Litigation - Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee and Antitrust Litigation Committee)
  • Member, Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Instructor, Bar Admission Course and Ontario Centre for Advocacy Training (OCAT)


Fasken Institute



Speaking Engagements

Consumerism 2.0: New Legal Challenges for Canadian Business location location Toronto
What Number Do You Want It To Be? - The Changing (and Challenging) Role of the Expert in the Corporate and Litigation Environment Toronto Fasken Martineau Symposium (4th Edition) location location Toronto
Systemic Negligence and Aggregate Damages in Class Proceedings: Pleadings, Discovery, Trial and Beyond Presentation to Ontario Government location location Toronto


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