Lawyers

Melvyn L. Solmon

416.947.1093 ext. 333
Melvyn L. Solmon was called to the Bar in Ontario in 1976. Thereafter he obtained his Masters of Law Degree from Harvard University in 1974. His articling experience included a clerkship at the Supreme Court of Canada in 1974 – 1975 under the Honourable Mr. Justice Spence. Melvyn L. Solmon is also called to the Bar in the State of New York.

He has practiced commercial litigation and civil litigation exclusively since 1976. He has extensive trial and appellate experience, and does appellate work, on referral. He has been involved in numerous reported decisions, including such ground breaking decisions as Re Imperial Broadloom Co. (1978) 22 O.R. (2d) 129, Watkin v. Open Window Bakery Limited [1996] O.J. No. 894, Elfe Juvenile Products v. Bern [1993] O.J. No. 2241, Barkin v. Royal Trust Co. [2002] O.J. No. 661, Fuss v. Fidelity Electronics of Canada Ltd. [1998] O.J. No. 2339, E.J. Hannafin Enterprise Ltd. v. Esso Petroleum Canada [1994] O.J. No. 424, and Lingg v. Mills [2003] O.J. No. 3358. Melvyn L. Solmon has taught extensively about litigation, and has been a member of the faculty of the Osgoode Hall Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program for 24 years. He has also taught Trial Advocacy at the University of Toronto. He has written articles on a number of issues, and has specialized in articles for the profession with respect to the practice of advocacy and litigation.

Randall M. Rothbart

416.947.1093 ext. 328
Randall M. Rothbart was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1983 after attending Osgoode Hall Law School. He articled with Goodman and Goodman, now known as Goodmans LLP. He is a senior partner of the law firm of Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP. He has over 26 years of experience in a wide range of commercial and civil litigation matters. A very significant portion of his practice is in the area of commercial landlord-tenant litigation and strategic solutions related thereto. Further areas of practice include real estate litigation matters, constructor liability issues, fraud claims, solicitor client issues, banking disputes, corporate and shareholders matters, partnership disputes and enforcement of foreign judgments. He represents a number of the major building owners and landlords in the greater Toronto area. He is legal counsel to the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Toronto and serving on its Board of Directors. He is the chair of the BOMA Public Relations Committee and a member of the Regulatory Affairs Committee. He has participated as a member of and legal advisor to, the National Pandemic Task Force for Building Owners and Managers which published an industry leading Pandemic Guide for Building Owners and Managers. His is the creator of LEAP (Lease Enforcement Action Plan), and has lectured to property managers for major landlords concerning lease enforcement tactics and strategies. He has also lectured for the Law Society of Upper Canada, the ICSC (International Council of Shopping Centres), BOMA and BOMEX. Recent articles he has authored are published in the latest version of Shopping Centre Leases (Haber 2009) which include “Landlord’s Waiver of its Right to Forfeiture – A Practical Guide” (Click here to read) and “Pandemic Preparedness for Building Owners and Managers”. (Click here to read) He has recently made successful submissions to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) concerning Energy Retailers and their practice. (Click here to read) He has completed an intensive mediator’s training course known as “Mediation for the Professional” situate in Washington D.C., taught by Lewis & Singer. Randall Rothbart is a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Ontario Bar Association, and various sections included therein.

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Mark L. Goodman

416.947.1093 ext. 323
Mark L. Goodman was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario in 1983 after attending the University of Western Ontario Law School. Mark L. Goodman has developed an extensive commercial litigation practice that focuses on shareholder and partner disputes, debt collection and insolvency matters, and civil actions that run concurrent with criminal prosecutions. In addition, Mark L. Goodman provides counsel for corporate and insolvency issues as they arise in a Family Law context. Recent decision where he was counsel include Mega Blow Moulding Ltd. v. Sarantos [2001] O.J. No. 3444, Karteri v. Sugarman [1999] O.J. No. 7, and Almad Investments Ltd. v. Mister Leonard Holdings Ltd. [1996] O.J. No. 4074. Mark L. Goodman teaches annually at the Bar Admission Course and is the co-author of a number of advocacy articles. Mark L. Goodman has completed the Harvard Law School Mediation Court and is able to provide counsel on alternative methods to resolve disputes as well as being a direct mediator.

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Avrum D. Slodovnick

416.947.1093 ext. 337
Avrum D. Slodovnick was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1989 after attending Osgoode Hall Law School. Some of Avrum D. Slodovnick’s noteworthy and reported decisions include Feeney v.Noble (1994), 19 O.R. (3d) 762 (Div.Crt.) and Citibank v. Cameron (1991) 4 O.R. (3d) 526 (Gen. Div.) affirmed 4 O.R. (3d) 777. He has a particular interest in banking and real estate litigation, a practice which he has specialized in for a number of years. Avrum D. Slodovnick is a member of the Executive and Board of Directors of Beth Radom Congregation. He is also co-author of the best-selling children’s book “The Hockey Card”.

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Nancy J. Tourgis

416.947.1093 ext. 342
Nancy J. Tourgis was called to the Bar in the Province of Ontario in 1995 after attending Osgoode Hall Law School and articling with Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP. Nancy J. Tourgis has a developed a litigation practice that includes shareholder and partnership disputes, debt collection and real estate litigation. Nancy J. Tourgis has co-authored a number of articles on practice and advocacy topics. Some of the noteworthy decisions which Nancy J. Tourgis has been involved in include Watkin v. Open Window Bakery Limited [1996] O.J. No. 894, Elfe Juvenile Products v. Bern [1993] O.J. No. 2241,Superior Propane Inc. v. United York Inc.[1999] O.J. No. 2974, Dimanis v. Yannakis[1998] O.J. No. 2352, Almad Investments Ltd. v. Mister Leonard Holdings Ltd. [1996] O.J. No. 4074 and Michaels Engineering Consultants Canada Inc. v. 961111 Ontario Limited et al 29 O.R. (3d) 273. Nancy J. Tourgis is responsible for Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP’s articling students and education.

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James P. McReynolds

416.947.1093 ext. 338
James P. McReynolds was called to the Bar of the Province of Ontario in 1996 after attending the University of Western Ontario Law School. He articled with Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP. James P. McReynolds has experience in a wide range of litigation, but with a particular interest in commercial landlord and tenant disputes, insolvency litigation, First Nations law and environmental law. He has published an article in the Journal of Environmental Law and Policy. Mr. McReynolds also practices tax litigation and has appearances before the Tax Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal.

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Raffaele Sparano

416.947.1093 ext. 346
Raffaele was called to the Bar in Ontario in 2003 after attending Queen’s University Law School and articling with Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP in 2002. Raffaele was also called to the bar in Alberta in 2006. Since joining the firm, Raffaele has developed a thriving practice in all aspects of commercial litigation encompassing numerous areas of law, with a particular focus on Employment and Debtor/Creditor issues. However, his areas of practice also include litigation related to Bankruptcy, Contractual and Commercial breaches, Tort and Negligence, Residential and Commercial Tenancies, Partnership and Shareholder disputes, Franchising, Real Estate, Intellectual Property and Construction Liens, among others. As part of his extensive commercial litigation practice, Raffaele has worked on a variety of matters, including an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. Raffaele has also appeared before all levels of Court and other boards/tribunals, including the Landlord & Tenant Board, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, various Small Claims Court, the Superior Court of Justice, the Bankruptcy and Commercial Court, the Divisional Court and the Court of Appeal. In addition, Raffaele mentors and trains summer and Articling Students and new Associates of the firm. Furthermore, Raffaele is involved in and hosts a variety of charitable events annually, both within and outside of the firm.

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Matthew Valitutti

416.947.1093 ext. 402
Matthew Valitutti was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2007 after articling with Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP and attending Osgoode Hall Law School where he was the recipient of the award in Debtor Creditor Law upon graduation. Matthew Valitutti is developing experience in all aspects of commercial litigation with a particular interest in contract disputes and has worked on a variety of matters including an appeal in the Tax Court of Canada. He has appeared as counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, administrative tribunals, and has assisted in matters before the Ontario Court of Appeal. He is the co-author of 17th century Solicitors’ Liens for the Unpaid 21st Century Lawyer which was published in the Advocates’ Quarterly.

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Cameron Wetmore

416.947.1093 ext. 348
Cameron Wetmore was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2007 after attending the University of British Columbia Law School and articling with Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP. Cameron Wetmore has experience in a variety of commercial litigation areas, including commercial arbitration. He has a particular interest in contract disputes in the property development context, and professional responsibility.

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Melissa Cunningham

416.947.1093 ext. 350
Melissa Cunningham graduated from the George Brown Law Clerk program in 1994 and was designated by the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario in Litigation June 1, 1995. Melissa often deals with Real Estate closings and large document management while being proficient at Summation, Relativity, Case Map, Teraview and PC Law. She has also assisted on all aspects of Superior Court of Justice and Small Claims Court matters.

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