Eric Hoaken

In Memoriam

It is with profound sadness that we advise that our wonderful friend and partner, Eric Hoaken, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2019.

Eric has a broad commercial litigation practice, including shareholder disputes, contractual disputes, fiduciary duties, and directors’ and officers’ liability. He also has a significant class actions practice and extensive health law experience, representing health care institutions and professionals in a variety of matters. Eric regularly appears in the Ontario courts and has represented parties in proceedings before the Supreme Court of Canada, the courts of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador, and a broad range of administrative tribunals across the country.

Eric has been repeatedly recognized by the Lexpert Directory as a leading practitioner in class actions and by Benchmark Canada’s rankings as a “Litigation Star” for Ontario and for Canada in class actions. He is also ranked in class actions and dispute resolution by Chambers and Partners.

Eric is particularly proud of his mentorship role at the firm, supporting associates with their professional development plans to build their expertise and profiles in the legal community. He is also a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to commercial litigation, advocacy, class actions, and health law. Currently, Eric is a member of the Board of Directors of both the Advocates’ Society and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, of which he is also a Fellow.

Community Involvement & Associations

  • The Advocates’ Society, board member
  • The International Academy of Trial Lawyers, board member
  • Turning Point Youth Services, past board member


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 1994
  • LL.B., Queen’s University, 1992
  • M.Sc. (Econ.), London School of Economics, 1989
  • B.A. (Hons.), Queen’s University, 1988
  • Baroch v. Canada Cartage Diversified GP Inc., 2016 ONSC 5757 (Div. Ct.): Successfully resisted a motion for leave to appeal brought by the defendants pertaining to the scope of documentary productions in a certified class proceeding.
  • Market Surveillance Administrator v. TransAlta Corp. et al., AUC Decision 3110-D01-2015: Successfully argued before the Alberta Utilities Commission that the Market Surveillance Administrator had failed to prove its allegations of improper trading against Scott Connelly. The Commission found that the evidence “failed to demonstrate that Mr. Connelly had or used non-public outage records to trade” and thus concluded that there was no basis upon which to conclude that he had violated the statutory or regulatory scheme.
  • Shah v. LG Chem, Ltd., 2015 ONSC 2628: Successfully acted on behalf of two Japanese corporations in arguing that the Ontario court lacked jurisdiction over them in an alleged price-fixing conspiracy class action.
  • R. v. Conception, 2014 SCC 60: Successfully represented the Respondent, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, before the Supreme Court of Canada. The 5-4 judgment upholds hospitals’ ability to make medical triage decisions about the timing of involuntary treatment for accused persons found unfit to stand trial.
  • Chambers Canada, Band 2 for Class Actions, 2018
  • Chambers Canada, Band 5 for Dispute Resolution, 2018
  • Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, Class Actions, 2018