Calie Adamson 

Calie Adamson

Toronto
Brookfield Place, Suite 4400
181 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5J 2T3

t: 416.865.7240
e: calie.adamson@mcmillan.ca

overview

Calie is a senior associate in the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. She has experience in product litigation, class action defence, financial services litigation, and complex contractual disputes.

She routinely represents and advises clients in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, banking, insurance, consumer product and retail industries.

Calie has appeared as lead counsel before all levels of court in Ontario. She has acted as trial counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, argued in Federal Court, and regularly appears before Judges of the Toronto Commercial List. Calie is also committed to Pro Bono service, and volunteers as Duty Counsel for Pro Bono Law Ontario.


Calie is actively involved with the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, and was selected to serve as a Young Lawyers Leadership Program (YLLP) fellow for the 2017 and 2018 terms. Calie acts as the Co-Chair of the Sound Advice Subcommittee for the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, and as Co-Chair of Website and Social Media for the Woman Advocate Committee.

 

Calie joined McMillan as a summer student, and articled with the firm before her call to the Ontario bar in 2012. She received her BA from Queen's University and earned her JD from the University of Western Ontario. While at law school, Calie was a Project Leader for Western's Pro Bono Students Canada chapter, chaired student governance committees, and was active in mooting programs.

Representative Matters

Recent Matters Include:

  • Successfully defended Royal Bank of Canada at trial against a $12 million claim involving lender liability and agricultural commodity hedging
  • Representing a global pharmaceutical manufacturer in successfully defeating certification in a product liability class action
  • Representing a leading technology company in product liability class actions
  • Representing a building products manufacturer in connection with class action settlement approval and administration
  • Representing a money transfer services company in national class actions 
  • Successfully defended Royal Bank of Canada against an action seeking to realize upon fraudulent instruments, and successfully prosecuted the bank's counterclaim at trial
  • Representing Miller Brewing Company in a dispute with MolsonCoors regarding a Canadian license agreement
  • Acting for a leading concrete construction firm in proceedings against a North American cement producer

Selected Superior and Federal Court Decisions:

  • XPG, A Partnership v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2017 ONSC 2598, 2016 ONSC 3508
  • Palmerston Grain v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2015 CarswellOnt 15465 and 2014 ONSC 5134
  • Batten v. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., 2017 ONSC 53 and 2015 ONSC 7821
  • Glube v. Pella, 2013 ONSC 6164
  • Granite Insurance Company v. Pembridge Insurance Company, 2014 ONSC 5781 (Commercial List) and 2015 ONSC 1251 (Div. Ct.)
  • Granite Insurance Company v. Pembridge Insurance Company, 2015 CarswellOnt 14719
  • RBC Dexia Investor Services Trust v. Goran Capital Inc., 2016 ONSC 1138 (Commercial List)
  • Molson Canada 2005 v. Miller Brewing Company, 2013 ONSC 2758 (Commercial List)
  • Novartis Consumer Health Canada Inc. v. Health Canada and the Minister of Health, 2013 FC 508
  • Rehman International v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2013 ONSC 2591

Presentations

Class Actions: Case Law Update and Strategic Implications
Update on the Duty of Good Faith in Commercial Negotiations (Bhasin v. Hrynew)
Let's Be Honest: The New Canadian Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance
Judicial Scepticism Toward Expert Evidence: Some Implications for Practice

Publications

The Duty to Negotiate in Good Faith in Commercial Contracts, Before and After Bhasin
Let's Be Honest: The New Duty of Good Faith in Contractual Performance
OSFI issues new draft corporate governance guideline

Education

  • University of Western Ontario, JD - 2011
  • Queen's University, BA (Hons) - 2008

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2012

Practices

business litigation
product liability
construction litigation
litigation
class actions

Industries

corporate real estate
pharmaceuticals
retail

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • Advocates' Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Defence Research Institute
  • Ontario Bar Association

Awards & Rankings

  • Geoff Weller Memorial Prize, Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS)
  • Alexander MacLachlan Peace Prize, Queen's University
  • Dean's Honours List, Queen's University
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Calie is a senior associate in the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group. She has experience in product litigation, class action defence, financial services litigation, and complex contractual disputes.

She routinely represents and advises clients in the pharmaceutical, manufacturing, banking, insurance, consumer product and retail industries.

Calie has appeared as lead counsel before all levels of court in Ontario. She has acted as trial counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, argued in Federal Court, and regularly appears before Judges of the Toronto Commercial List. Calie is also committed to Pro Bono service, and volunteers as Duty Counsel for Pro Bono Law Ontario.


Calie is actively involved with the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, and was selected to serve as a Young Lawyers Leadership Program (YLLP) fellow for the 2017 and 2018 terms. Calie acts as the Co-Chair of the Sound Advice Subcommittee for the Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, and as Co-Chair of Website and Social Media for the Woman Advocate Committee.

 

Calie joined McMillan as a summer student, and articled with the firm before her call to the Ontario bar in 2012. She received her BA from Queen's University and earned her JD from the University of Western Ontario. While at law school, Calie was a Project Leader for Western's Pro Bono Students Canada chapter, chaired student governance committees, and was active in mooting programs.

Recent Matters Include:

  • Successfully defended Royal Bank of Canada at trial against a $12 million claim involving lender liability and agricultural commodity hedging
  • Representing a global pharmaceutical manufacturer in successfully defeating certification in a product liability class action
  • Representing a leading technology company in product liability class actions
  • Representing a building products manufacturer in connection with class action settlement approval and administration
  • Representing a money transfer services company in national class actions 
  • Successfully defended Royal Bank of Canada against an action seeking to realize upon fraudulent instruments, and successfully prosecuted the bank's counterclaim at trial
  • Representing Miller Brewing Company in a dispute with MolsonCoors regarding a Canadian license agreement
  • Acting for a leading concrete construction firm in proceedings against a North American cement producer

Selected Superior and Federal Court Decisions:

  • XPG, A Partnership v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2017 ONSC 2598, 2016 ONSC 3508
  • Palmerston Grain v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2015 CarswellOnt 15465 and 2014 ONSC 5134
  • Batten v. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., 2017 ONSC 53 and 2015 ONSC 7821
  • Glube v. Pella, 2013 ONSC 6164
  • Granite Insurance Company v. Pembridge Insurance Company, 2014 ONSC 5781 (Commercial List) and 2015 ONSC 1251 (Div. Ct.)
  • Granite Insurance Company v. Pembridge Insurance Company, 2015 CarswellOnt 14719
  • RBC Dexia Investor Services Trust v. Goran Capital Inc., 2016 ONSC 1138 (Commercial List)
  • Molson Canada 2005 v. Miller Brewing Company, 2013 ONSC 2758 (Commercial List)
  • Novartis Consumer Health Canada Inc. v. Health Canada and the Minister of Health, 2013 FC 508
  • Rehman International v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2013 ONSC 2591
June 2015
The Duty to Negotiate in Good Faith in Commercial Contracts, Before and After Bhasin
Law Society of Upper Canada - The Six Minute Business Lawyer
January 2015
Let's Be Honest, eh: The New Canadian Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance
Deal Points, Winter 2015 (Volume XX, Issue 1)
September 2012
OSFI issues new draft corporate governance guideline

Insurance Bulletin

May 2012
The Shifting General Impression of Disclaimers
Canadian Bar Association
February 22, 2017
Class Actions: Case Law Update and Strategic Implications
Canadian Defence Lawyers – Defending Products Claims
June 10, 2015
Update on the Duty of Good Faith in Commercial Negotiations (Bhasin v. Hrynew)
Law Society of Upper Canada - The Six Minute Business Lawyer
January 2015
Let's Be Honest: The New Canadian Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance
McMillan Webinar
May 2013
Judicial Scepticism Toward Expert Evidence: Some Implications for Practice
Federated Press, Expert Witnesses in Business Litigation Seminar