Toronto Commercial Litigation Lawyer Larry W. Keown
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YEAR OF CALL: 1997
EDUCATION: Brandon University, Osgoode Hall Law School
ASSOCIATIONS: Law Society of Ontario, Canadian Bar Association.

Larry W. Keown

B.A., LL.B.


TORONTO COMMERCIAL LITIGATION LAWYER


Larry is a corporate litigation lawyer who formed the commercial litigation group at DSF after articling at the firm in 1995/1996; Larry was called to the Bar in 1997 and admitted as a partner in the firm in 2003. Larry is now the managing partner of the firm.

Larry has been involved in a broad range of commercial litigation matters over the years including: shareholder and partnership disputes, bankruptcy and insolvency, construction liens, mortgage priority and enforcement disputes, commercial leasing and tenancy matters, fraud litigation, employment law disputes, commercial contract disputes, real estate and mortgage litigation, banking recovery litigation, title insurance litigation, receivership proceedings, franchise disputes, injunctions, estate litigation and collections.

Larry’s clients include a broad range of individuals, corporations and institutions including: major banks, lenders, title insurers, trustees in bankruptcy, receivers, shareholders, employers, employees, commercial landlords, commercial tenants, property managers, insurers and others.

He has significant courtroom experience, having appeared before the Small Claims Court of Ontario, the Superior Court of Justice, the Divisional Court in Ontario and the Ontario Court of Appeal on numerous motions, applications, trials and appeals. Larry has also appeared before many tribunals including: the Financial Services Commission, the Work Place Safety and Insurance Tribunal and the Ontario Labour Relations Board. He also has participated in many alternative dispute forums including: arbitrations and mediations.

To see what some of Larry’s clients have said about him: Client Testimonials

For more information on commercial litigation, you may contact corporate litigation lawyer Larry Keown today.



Publications

Many of Larry's cases have been subsequently reported by the online legal reporting services, and Carswell Practice Cases:

Royal Bank of Canada v. Bodanis, 2017 ONSC 6850 (CanLII)

Royal Bank v Bodanis, 2016 ONSC 2929 (CanLII) — 2016-05-02

Superior Court of Justice — Ontario — discovery plan — lawyer — costs — examinations for discovery — motion

The Cannington Group Inc. v. Cut Above Natural Stone Ltd., 2014 ONSC 6181 (CanLII) — 2014-10-23

Superior Court of Justice — Ontario — summary judgment motion — affidavit — delay — dismissal — evidence

Public Cash & Carry Ltd. v. Stephen Mitchell Realty Ltd.

Real Property – Lease Interpretation - Injunction Undertakings – Pierce Corporate Veil.

North York Family Physicians Holdings Inc. v. 1482241 Ontario Ltd.

Real Property.

National Leasing Group Inc. v. Silani Sweet Cheese Limited, 2008 CanLII 76305 (ON SC) — 2008-06-03

Superior Court of Justice — Ontario — process server — jurisprudence — evidence — motion — delay

Barber Greene Business Park v. L & R Fitness

PropertyLandlord and tenant --- Renewal of Lease - Option to renew - Notice of renewal.

Freedman v. Allianz Insurance Co.

Insurance; Civil Practice and ProcedureConflict of laws --- General principles - Substantive versus procedural law. Insurance --- No-fault automobile insurance - Threshold issues - General.

Lumley v. Rodneys Oyster House

Corporate and CommercialCorporations --- Winding-up - Under provincial Acts - By order of court - Under relief from oppression remedy. Corporations --- Shareholders - Shareholders' remedies - Relief from oppression - Orders for relief - General.

Schafer v. Royal Bank of Canada

Civil Practice and Procedure; PropertyInjunctions --- Availability of injunctions - Injunctions in specific contexts - Enforcement of security.

Mass Polymers v. Mendlowitz & Associates

InsolvencyBankruptcy --- Avoidance of transactions prior to bankruptcy - Fraudulent preferences - View to prefer - Intention other than to prefer - Intention to remain in business

CAA Insurance v. Maloney

Insurance; Civil Practice and ProcedureInsurance --- Actions on policies - Practice and procedure - Summary judgment Practice --- Trials - Simplified procedure - Summary judgment

Mahmood v. Royal Bank of Canada (Div. Court)

Corporate and Commercial; Insolvency; Civil Practice and ProcedurePersonal property security --- Practice and procedure - Summary proceedings.

Breadsource Corp. v. Samuel Sarick Ltd. (Ont SCJ)

PropertyLandlord and tenant --- Premises - Repairs - By tenant - Under covenant.

Breadsource Corp. v.Samuel Sarick Ltd (Costs)

Civil Practice and Procedure; PropertyPractice --- Costs - Scale and quantum of costs - Inferior court actions in superior court - General.

Stevens v. Stevens

Civil Practice and Procedure; Family; Property; Estates and TrustsCivil practice and procedure --- Judgments and orders - Amending or varying - Who may vary or amend Family law --- Family property on marriage breakdown - Determination of ownership of property - Application of trust principles - Resulting and constructive trusts - Matrimonial homes.

Stevens v. Stevens (Ont. Ct Appeal)

Civil Practice and Procedure; Family; Property; Estates and TrustsCivil practice and procedure --- Judgments and orders - Amending or varying - Who may vary or amend Family law --- Family property on marriage breakdown - Determination of ownership of property - Application of trust principles - Resulting and constructive trusts - Matrimonial homes

Kumar v. Mastech Systems Corp

Corporate and Commercial ; Civil Practice and Procedure Practice --- Summary judgment - Requirement to show...

86395 Ontario Inc. v. 1576949 Ontario Inc. (Ont SCJ)

Property; Corporate and Commercial; Civil Practice and ProcedureReal property --- Mortgages - Priorities - Between types of creditors - Registered mortgagees - Effect of postponement agreement Civil practice and procedure --- Judgments and orders - Amending or varying - Consent orders.

86395 Ontario Inc. v. 1576949 Ontario Inc.

Property; Corporate and Commercial; Civil Practice and Procedure; ContractsReal property --- Mortgages - Priorities - Between types of creditors - Registered mortgagees - Effect of postponement agreement Civil practice and procedure --- Judgments and orders - Amending or varying - Consent orders

Speight v. Balkwill

Property; Contracts; Estates and TrustsReal property --- Interests in real property - Co-ownership - Creation and incidents - Tenancy in common. Real property --- Sale of land - Option contracts - Exercise of option - Right of first refusal.

Genova v. Giroday

Estates and Trusts and trustees --- Nature of trustee's office - Removal of trustee Trusts and trustees --- Powers and duties of trustees - Duties Estates --- Legacies and devises - Vested or contingent gifts - Nature of interest - Contingent interests (conditions precedent)

Royal Bank v. Wedding Paradise

Corporate and Commercial; Civil Practice and ProcedurePractice --- Summary judgment - Requirement to show no triable issue Banking and banks --- Loans and discounts - General



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Seminars

HR/Employment Seminar - October 26, 2017

HR/Employment Seminar - October 13, 2016

HR/Employment Seminar - June 2, 2016

Termination for Cause, or not for Cause?

Handling For Cause Terminations

At Devry Smith Frank LLP’s Human Resource Seminar, Toronto employment lawyer Larry Keown covers topics related to for cause terminations, which is one of the most interesting and befuddling areas of the law according to Keown. There are many pitfalls and is something that should be taken seriously. Cause is conduct by an employee, which effectively amounts to termination or remediation of the employment contract and it will entitle an employer to end the contract with no reasonable notice or obligations. What constitutes cause is determined by numerous factors such as insubordination, continuous absenteeism and incompetence. Unfortunately, ramifications for getting cause wrong, is severe.

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