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Vera  Toppings

Vera Toppings

Partner Fasken
Jurisdiction Ontario, 2008
Language(s) English, Serbian, French
Office(s) Toronto
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Vera Toppings practices commercial and civil litigation, with a focus on complex business and contractual disputes and class actions. She also advises clients on matters relating to product liability, consumer protection, securities, competition law and professional liability.

Vera has particular experience with class action litigation. She has represented Canadian and international clients in significant class proceedings addressing noteworthy and emerging issues in the field. Her experience includes multi-jurisdictional cases involving allegations of price-fixing and other anti-competitive practices in the electronics and automotive industries; product liability, misrepresentations, and breaches of contract and consumer protection law in the telecommunications and automotive industries; and securities misrepresentation in the mining industry.

Vera represents Canadian, American, European and Asian clients doing business across a range of industries including electronics, mining, automotive, software, banking, investments, telecommunications, consumer and industrial goods, real property and professional services.

She has appeared on behalf of clients before courts in Ontario and British Columbia, as well as in domestic and international arbitrations. She also regularly advocates for clients in complex settlements and multi-party mediations.

Vera has been an adjunct professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, as part of the teaching team for the “Lawyer As Negotiator” course. She is also one of the founders of the Osgoode Mediation Clinic and the law school’s Mediation Intensive Clinical Program. As a member of the Fasken Student Development Committee, Vera is involved in the recruitment and professional development of the firm’s summer and articling students.

Vera is ranked as a Future Star in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation 2018, is recognized on the Benchmark Litigation 2018 40 & Under Hot List, and has been shortlisted as a Future Leader in Competition Litigation by Who’s Who Legal and Global Competition Review in 2017 and 2018.

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Education

  • JD Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • B Comm (Hons) Queen's University

Community involvement

  • Fasken Martineau Regional Council - Canadian Paralympic Committee
  • Adjunct Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School (2012-2014)
  • Duty Counsel Project, Pro Bono Law Ontario (2008-2015)
  • Child Advocacy Project, Pro Bono Law Ontario (2010-2014)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Vice-Chair, Competition Litigation Committee, Canadian Bar Association National Competition Law Section (2018-2019)
  • Vice-Chair, Canadian Bar Association National Competition Law section, Young Lawyers Committee (2014-2015)
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association (Competition Law Section)
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association (Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Privacy & Access to Information Sections)
  • Secretary, Ontario Bar Association, ADR Section (2009-2010)
  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, Law Society of Upper Canada 
Book Canadian Legal Practice: A Guide for the 21st Century (2009-2016) Canadian Legal Practice
Williston & Rolls Court Forms 2nd and 3rd Editions, LexisNexis Canada
Speaker Recent Developments in AI and Legal Technologies Fasken Toronto Symposium (8th Edition) location location Toronto, ON, Canada Fasken Toronto Symposium (8th Edition)
Panel Coordinator Can Your Client Bank on It? Innovative Financial Technologies, Business Disruption, and the Competition Law Implications Canadian Bar Association Competition Law Spring Conference location location Toronto, ON, Canada

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