900 Howe Street, Suite 750 Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2M4
Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2M4

604 662 8840

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Irwin Nathanson, Q.C. is one of the top trial and appellate lawyers in British Columbia, and has litigated many of British Columbia’s leading complex business disputes.


Leading publications have referred to Mr. Nathanson, saying: “Irwin is still going like a champ, a ‘senior statesmen’ who still doesn’t miss a beat”; “You won’t find a better litigator anywhere in the country”; “He is the biggest gun in Vancouver”; He is “resolute, cool and clinical, not to mention technically brilliant”; “Nathanson can always produce a fantastic team for significant pieces of litigation”; “He is still as good as it gets”; He is known for his “forceful, compelling and indefatigable” litigation style; He “generates unanimous acclaim among Vancouver peers”; He’s “as good a cross examiner as you’re going to find”.


He and Stephen Schachter, Q.C. have been described as a “potent duo”. Most recently, together with Stephen Schachter, Mr. Nathanson acted as trial counsel in Concord Pacific Acquisitions v. Hong Leong Oei, a significant case valued at over $350 million, between Concord Pacific and renowned Singapore businessman Oei Hong Leong. Mr. Nathanson regularly appears in the British Columbia Supreme Court, the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and in the Supreme Court of Canada, including acting in 2019 as respondent’s counsel in Wastech v. GVS&DD, which is expected to provide an opportunity for the SCC to clarify the duty of good faith recognized in Bhasin, and earlier acting as appellate counsel in McCormick v. Fasken Martineau LLP. 


Mr. Nathanson acts as counsel on a broad range of matters, with a focus on corporate commercial litigation, including large contractual and property disputes, class actions, hostile take-over bids, derivative actions, pension litigation, professional negligence, and securities matters, including shareholder disputes. He is often retained to work with major international law firms based in Eastern Canada and the United States.


Mr. Nathanson is at the top of his game; consistently bringing complex matters to successful conclusion on behalf of his clients. 


Last updated March 2020