Philip Underwood

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Phil recognizes the underlying interests in any dispute and focuses on providing solutions that create value and maintain important relationships for his clients.

Phil has a broad litigation practice with experience in corporate and commercial litigation, including multijurisdictional litigation, shareholder disputes, insolvency, regulatory matters, and arbitrations.

Phil has counselled clients across a wide range of industries, including retail, real estate, energy, insurance, financial services, and telecommunications. Phil has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court and Court of Appeal, the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, the Federal Court of Appeal, and the Supreme Court of Canada. He has been part of the legal teams in some of the largest and most high-profile commercial litigation and insolvency matters in Canada of the past several years.

Clients rely on Phil for his candour and strategic insights. He is able to sift through the details of complex litigation matters to determine the most valuable elements for his clients’ cases and build compelling arguments in both judicial and arbitration proceedings. Phil has been recognized as “Associate to Watch” by the Chambers Canada Guide.

Phil previously practised at the New York office of a leading international law firm, acting on several large regulatory investigations, antitrust matters, and international commercial arbitrations, and serving as counsel to a creditor in the Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities bankruptcy proceeding.

At law school, he was the captain of Harvard’s Jessup International Law Moot Court team, and was involved with the Harvard International Law Journal, the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and the Law and International Development Society.


  • Called to the Ontario Bar, 2017
  • Admitted to the New York Bar, 2015
  • J.D. (cum laude), Harvard Law School, 2014
  • B.A. (with honours, Phi Beta Kappa), University of Chicago, 2010
  • Chambers Canada 2024: Associates to Watch - Litigation: General Commercial (Ontario)
  • The Best Lawyers™ in Canada: Ones to Watch, 2024: Corporate and Commercial Litigation; Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
  • The Best Lawyers™ In Canada: Ones to Watch, 2023: Corporate and Commercial Litigation