Lisa Parliament 

Lisa Parliament

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

t: 416.865.7801
e: lisa.parliament@mcmillan.ca

overview

Lisa Parliament is a partner in the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Competition Groups. She is also an active member of the firm's Class Actions, Product Liability, and Life Sciences specialized practice groups.

Lisa's practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on class action defence, high-stakes product liability matters, consumer protection, and competition litigation.  Repeatedly identified by Best Lawyers in The Best Lawyers in Canada and by Who’s Who Legal, Lisa is regularly retained to represent leading companies in complex proceedings and regulatory matters. Lisa also acts as national counsel to a number of companies, assisting with coordination and management of their litigation and regulatory matters across Canada and helping them to protect and build their reputation and business in Canada.

Lisa has been lead national counsel in several class proceedings.  She has worked alongside leading companies and institutions to respond to numerous high profile national and international class actions in jurisdictions across Canada.  Her class action experience includes significant and precedent-setting cases on key issues relating to Canadian class action procedure, pre-certification dismissal or discontinuance of class actions, defence recovery of costs, opt-out procedure in Canadian class actions, cross-border and multijurisdictional discovery, expert challenges, multijurisdictional case management, certification and settlement.  She has defended clients in class proceedings involving a wide variety of matters, including pharmaceutical products, automotive parts, consumer products, consumer protection matters, privacy issues, competition matters, financial services and building products.  Lisa has also provided advice and representation to companies in related multijurisdictional investigations and proceedings relating to product, privacy and data breach, competition and compliance matters.

Lisa regularly advises leading companies on regulatory issues and on risk assessment and management. Recognized in the international Who’s Who Legal for Product Liability Defence, Lisa has developed specialized experience in life sciences and federally and provincially regulated products. She routinely advises clients in relation to product liability proactive risk management, contractual negotiations and disputes, compliance matters and the regulatory regimes governing the approval and marketing of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, electrical and consumer products in Canada.  She has extensive experience managing and resolving compliance issues and working with companies to manage domestic and international product recalls.

Lisa has been counsel in numerous international and cross-border regulatory, cartel and conspiracy investigations and litigation. She has extensive experience in the defence of investigations by Canada's Competition Bureau and the Director of Public Prosecutions. She has been involved in defending many of the recent major civil class action cases involving allegations of anti-competitive activities, including the auto parts, air cargo, air passenger, aftermarket autolights, hydrogen peroxide and chocolate matters.

Lisa has developed expertise in alternative methods of resolving disputes, including arbitration and mediation. She has taught dispute resolution (business disputes) as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, one of Canada's leading law schools. She has been admitted as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holds the position of Vice-Chair for the Toronto Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  She has been involved in a number of domestic and international arbitrations. She has also acted as the Assistant to the Tribunal in significant international arbitrations.

Representative Matters

  • Representing a financial services company in proposed national class proceedings and related litigation involving privacy and data breach allegations;
  • Representing a trust company in national class proceedings;
  • Representing a developer in proposed class proceedings in Ontario;
  • Act as preferred national lead counsel for a multinational company with respect to product liability claims;
  • Act as national coordinating counsel for a financial services company, providing advice, advocacy and management of a national claims portfolio;
  • Act as national coordinating counsel for a financial services company, managing and coordinating claims across Canada’s common law jurisdictions;
  • Providing risk management advice and training to leading national and multinational companies and organizations on data and document creation, storage, access, management and destruction protocols and policies;
  • Defending a global chemical manufacturer in competition class proceedings in jurisdictions across Canada;
  • Acting as national counsel to a major global manufacturer in connection with their product liability litigation across Canada;
  • Defending a number of major airlines in multijurisdictional class proceedings involving consumer protection and competition allegations;
  • Representing a global industrial corporation and chemical manufacturer in national and province-wide class proceedings in jurisdictions across Canada;
  • Representing a medical device company in litigation alleging injury and death relating to use of a medical device;
  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in connection with indemnity advice; 
  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in product liability litigation in Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, including proposed national class actions;
  • Representing auto parts companies in multijurisdictional class proceedings involving consumer protection and competition allegations;
  • Acting as national coordinating counsel for a leading company, with oversight responsibility for more than 100 active cases across Canada;
  • Representing a leading automobile company in a national privacy class proceeding;
  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in a class proceeding in British Columbia involving product liability and consumer protection allegations; and
  • Representing a medical device company in connection with numerous claims alleging negligent manufacture.
     

Presentations

"Class Actions for Regulatory Breaches" - Managing Regulatory Risks: Compliance, Inspections and Investigations
"Financing Class Actions"
Best Practices for Corporate Document Retention Policies
Email Communications and e-Discovery: Is Your Organization at Risk?
"Privacy Litigation" - Information Privacy and Data Protection: Technology, Security and Corporate Accountability in Today's Marketplace
Opting In? The Global Effect of Class Action Orders and Potential Conflicts of Law
Staying Kleen: Predictive Coding and Antitrust Litigation
Privacy Litigation
Canada's Consumer Product Safety Act: The Year in Review
Update on Class Actions

Publications

Product Liability Q&A: Canada
Product Regulation, Safety and Recall Q&A: Canada
Getting the Deal Through - Private Antitrust Litigation 2016, Canada Chapter
Recent Developments for Pharmaceutical Class Actions in Canada
Chapter: "Indirect Purchaser Litigation in Canada"
The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada
Supreme Court of Canada trilogy holds that indirect purchasers may advance class action for recovery of unlawful price-fixing
Waiver of Tort and Other Novel Claims in Canadian Product Liability Cases
The Indirect Purchaser Trilogy in the Supreme Court of Canada
Protecting Protective Orders: Misuse of U.S. Discovery in Canadian Antitrust Litigation
Awarding costs under section 36 of the Competition Act: 321665 Alberta Ltd. v. ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.
Forum Shopping North of the Border

News

33 McMillan lawyers recognized in Who's Who Legal Canada 2017
Margaret McNee recognized as Mutual Funds Lawyer of the Year, along with 58 McMillan Lawyers in the 2018 Best Lawyers in Canada Report
61 McMillan lawyers recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2016 recognizes four McMillan Lawyers
Competition and Antitrust Group contribute chapter to the Getting the Deal Through – Private Antitrust Litigation 2016 Edition
60 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 10th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2015 Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan Lawyers Win Summary Dismissal of Pharmaceutical Product Liability Class Action
McMillan lawyers publish The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada
49 McMillan lawyers recognized in the 2014 Best Lawyers in Canada
McMillan client wins 2013 CGCA Litigation Management Award
McMillan hosts an American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law teleseminar

Education

  • University of Toronto, JD - 2003
  • University of Guelph, BA (Hons. with Distinction) - 1996

Year Of Call

  • Called to the Ontario bar - 2004

Practices

litigation
data breach and privacy litigation
product liability
class actions
competition and antitrust
cartels
business litigation
arbitration
product safety regulatory
mediation

Industries

food, beverage and agribusiness
life sciences
pharmaceuticals
biotechnology
healthcare
manufacturing, distribution and retail

Directorships and Professional Associations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb)
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • The Advocates' Society
  • Defense Research Institute

Awards & Rankings

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada 2018 as a leading lawyer in the area of Product Liability Law
  • Named in Who's Who Legal Canada: Product Liability Defence 2017
  • Awarded the Leadership in Mentoring Award (2012)
  • Recipient of the Law Society First Prize in the Ontario-wide bar admission courses (2004)
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Lisa Parliament is a partner in the firm's Litigation and Dispute Resolution and Competition Groups. She is also an active member of the firm's Class Actions, Product Liability, and Life Sciences specialized practice groups.

Lisa's practice focuses on complex corporate and commercial litigation, with an emphasis on class action defence, high-stakes product liability matters, consumer protection, and competition litigation.  Repeatedly identified by Best Lawyers in The Best Lawyers in Canada and by Who’s Who Legal, Lisa is regularly retained to represent leading companies in complex proceedings and regulatory matters. Lisa also acts as national counsel to a number of companies, assisting with coordination and management of their litigation and regulatory matters across Canada and helping them to protect and build their reputation and business in Canada.

Lisa has been lead national counsel in several class proceedings.  She has worked alongside leading companies and institutions to respond to numerous high profile national and international class actions in jurisdictions across Canada.  Her class action experience includes significant and precedent-setting cases on key issues relating to Canadian class action procedure, pre-certification dismissal or discontinuance of class actions, defence recovery of costs, opt-out procedure in Canadian class actions, cross-border and multijurisdictional discovery, expert challenges, multijurisdictional case management, certification and settlement.  She has defended clients in class proceedings involving a wide variety of matters, including pharmaceutical products, automotive parts, consumer products, consumer protection matters, privacy issues, competition matters, financial services and building products.  Lisa has also provided advice and representation to companies in related multijurisdictional investigations and proceedings relating to product, privacy and data breach, competition and compliance matters.

Lisa regularly advises leading companies on regulatory issues and on risk assessment and management. Recognized in the international Who’s Who Legal for Product Liability Defence, Lisa has developed specialized experience in life sciences and federally and provincially regulated products. She routinely advises clients in relation to product liability proactive risk management, contractual negotiations and disputes, compliance matters and the regulatory regimes governing the approval and marketing of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, food, electrical and consumer products in Canada.  She has extensive experience managing and resolving compliance issues and working with companies to manage domestic and international product recalls.

Lisa has been counsel in numerous international and cross-border regulatory, cartel and conspiracy investigations and litigation. She has extensive experience in the defence of investigations by Canada's Competition Bureau and the Director of Public Prosecutions. She has been involved in defending many of the recent major civil class action cases involving allegations of anti-competitive activities, including the auto parts, air cargo, air passenger, aftermarket autolights, hydrogen peroxide and chocolate matters.

Lisa has developed expertise in alternative methods of resolving disputes, including arbitration and mediation. She has taught dispute resolution (business disputes) as an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, one of Canada's leading law schools. She has been admitted as a member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and holds the position of Vice-Chair for the Toronto Chapter of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.  She has been involved in a number of domestic and international arbitrations. She has also acted as the Assistant to the Tribunal in significant international arbitrations.

  • Representing a financial services company in proposed national class proceedings and related litigation involving privacy and data breach allegations;
  • Representing a trust company in national class proceedings;
  • Representing a developer in proposed class proceedings in Ontario;
  • Act as preferred national lead counsel for a multinational company with respect to product liability claims;
  • Act as national coordinating counsel for a financial services company, providing advice, advocacy and management of a national claims portfolio;
  • Act as national coordinating counsel for a financial services company, managing and coordinating claims across Canada’s common law jurisdictions;
  • Providing risk management advice and training to leading national and multinational companies and organizations on data and document creation, storage, access, management and destruction protocols and policies;
  • Defending a global chemical manufacturer in competition class proceedings in jurisdictions across Canada;
  • Acting as national counsel to a major global manufacturer in connection with their product liability litigation across Canada;
  • Defending a number of major airlines in multijurisdictional class proceedings involving consumer protection and competition allegations;
  • Representing a global industrial corporation and chemical manufacturer in national and province-wide class proceedings in jurisdictions across Canada;
  • Representing a medical device company in litigation alleging injury and death relating to use of a medical device;
  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in connection with indemnity advice; 
  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in product liability litigation in Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia, including proposed national class actions;
  • Representing auto parts companies in multijurisdictional class proceedings involving consumer protection and competition allegations;
  • Acting as national coordinating counsel for a leading company, with oversight responsibility for more than 100 active cases across Canada;
  • Representing a leading automobile company in a national privacy class proceeding;
  • Representing a leading pharmaceutical company in a class proceeding in British Columbia involving product liability and consumer protection allegations; and
  • Representing a medical device company in connection with numerous claims alleging negligent manufacture.
     
2017
Product Liability Q&A: Canada

Practical Law – Thomson Reuters

2017
Product Regulation, Safety and Recall Q&A: Canada

Practical Law – Thomson Reuters

June 2014
Recent Developments for Pharmaceutical Class Actions in Canada
RX for the Defense
2014
Chapter: "Indirect Purchaser Litigation in Canada"
Indirect Purchaser Litigation Handbook
ABA
December 2013
The Essential Guide to Settlement in Canada
LexisNexis Canada
December 2012
Waiver of Tort and Other Novel Claims in Canadian Product Liability Cases
Lexpert ALM 500
December 2012
The Indirect Purchaser Trilogy in the Supreme Court of Canada
ABA Business Torts & RICO News
Summer 2012
Protecting Protective Orders: Misuse of U.S. Discovery in Canadian Antitrust Litigation
Antitrust
March 2012
Awarding costs under section 36 of the Competition Act: 321665 Alberta Ltd. v. ExxonMobil Canada Ltd.
Competition Bulletin
also in ABA Unilateral Conduct Committee Newsletter "Monopoly Matters"
February 2012
Forum Shopping North of the Border
Think Globally, For the Defence
December 2015
"Class Actions for Regulatory Breaches" - Managing Regulatory Risks: Compliance, Inspections and Investigations
Lexpert
August 2014
"Financing Class Actions"
Third Party Litigation Financing – Opportunity, Threat or Both?, Corporate Counsel Seminar
June 2014
Best Practices for Corporate Document Retention Policies
Speaker, The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2014, The Law Society of Upper Canada
January 2014
Email Communications and e-Discovery: Is Your Organization at Risk?
Corporate Counsel Series
December 2013
"Privacy Litigation" - Information Privacy and Data Protection: Technology, Security and Corporate Accountability in Today's Marketplace
Lexpert
April 2013
Opting In? The Global Effect of Class Action Orders and Potential Conflicts of Law
Speaker, American Bar Association, Section of International Law
March 2013
Staying Kleen: Predictive Coding and Antitrust Litigation
Speaker, American Bar Association, Section of Antitrust Law
December 2012
Privacy Litigation
Lexpert Conference - Information Privacy & Data Protection: Technology, Security and Corporate Responsibility in Today's Marketplace
November 2012
Canada's Consumer Product Safety Act: The Year in Review
Corporate Counsel Series
January 2012
Update on Class Actions
Panel for the Canadian segment of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Antitrust Law teleseminar series entitled "Navigating the Globe: Cartel Enforcement Around the World"