Advocates believes that no law firm can be all things to all people and, from its inception, chose to restrict its practice to litigation and dispute resolution in the areas of:


Practice Description

At Advocates LLP, our lawyers have experience working for clients in all aspects of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency process. Regardless of whether you are a creditor seeking to collect an unpaid debt, a receiver or trustee in bankruptcy requiring legal assistance with the administration of an estate, or an insolvent individual or company requiring advice with respect to a bankruptcy or restructuring, we can assist you.

We represent a variety of stakeholders in both secured and unsecured collection matters, bankruptcy and restructuring files and receivership proceedings. Our clients include:

  • Financial institutions such as banks, credit unions and leasing companies;
  • Mortgage and private lenders;
  • Commercial landlords and tenants;
  • Judgment creditors;
  • Court appointed and private receivers;
  • Trustees in bankruptcy;
  • Bankrupts and proposal debtors;
  • Businesses; and
  • Farmers.

Practice Description

At Advocates LLP we have a team of lawyers with significant experience and skill in representing clients in all facets of commercial or business litigation and dispute resolution. This representation includes litigation relating to shareholder relations, partnerships, joint ventures, real estate matters, injunctive relief, creditor and debtor rights, commercial tenancies, and investment adviser malpractice.

Do not hesitate to contact either Angelo D’Ascanio or Jeff Van Bakel for legal consultation or representation in relation to any commercial or business dispute which may impact you.


Practice Description

Advocates LLP’s special expertise focuses on providing legal services to general contractors and subcontractors at all stages of development for a large variety of projects. These include urban infrastructure and ICI developments, large commercial and residential projects, highways, roads and bridges throughout Ontario.

The firm’s services cover all aspects of a project, including contract negotiation, tender claims, bond claims, construction liens and claims, and occupational health & safety matters.

Advocates LLP also represents and defends engineers engaged in structural, civil, geotechnical and environmental disputes.


Practice Description

Complex, multi-party commercial disputes, whether they involve construction claims or professional liability claims are difficult to resolve. Our experience has shown us that, in the right circumstances, with the right mediator the parties often negotiate a final resolution, or at the very least narrow the issues that can assist in advancing the case.

Jim LeBer and Marcia Oliver have extensive, practical hands-on experience in dealing with such disputes, and bring those insights to bear when they work with other lawyers and their clients as mediators, helping them get to practical solutions to complex problems. They would be pleased to speak with you about how either of them can work with you and the others involved in your case, to design alternative dispute resolution solutions, including mediation or arbitration and other more creative approaches that go beyond “typical” litigation. They offer their services to lawyers and clients acting as either mediators or arbitrators, and invite you to get in touch to discuss how they can assist.


Practice Description

  • Insurance Defence for Architects & Engineers;
  • Accountants;
  • Lawyers;
  • Securities Brokers/Dealers; and
  • Financial Advisors.