Calie Adamson is a litigation lawyer with extensive experience in class action defence and product liability law. She represents and advises clients in the manufacturing, automotive, life sciences, retail and financial services industries.

Experienced in co-ordinating complex class action defences across Canada, Calie represents clients in proceedings involving automobiles, pharmaceutical products, securities and a variety of consumer protection matters.

Calie advises on settlement strategy, early case assessment and risk management. She is also experienced in shareholder and securities disputes, oppression applications, senior management wrongful termination litigation, and covenant enforcement claims. She acts for chartered banks in lender liability and debt recovery litigation, and for a wide range of manufacturers in a variety of product liability claims.

Appearing at all levels of court in Ontario, Calie has acted as trial counsel before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, argued in Federal Court, and appears regularly before the Toronto Commercial List.

Calie is actively involved with the American Bar Association. She is co-chair of the ABA Connect and Social Media subcommittee of the Woman Advocate Committee, and co-chair of the Appellate Advocacy for the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS). Calie was also selected to serve as a fellow of the ABA’s Young Lawyers Leadership Program (YLLP) for the 2017 and 2018 terms. She is also a frequent guest speaker and content contributor.

Committed to pro bono service, Calie volunteers as duty counsel for Pro Bono Law Ontario.

Representative Matters

Recent Matters Include:

  • Successfully defeating certification of a class proceeding involving allegedly defective mobile devices, upheld on appeal
  • Representing a leading auto manufacturer in the settlement of multiple national class actions, and defending a variety of product liability claims
  • Successfully resisting an injunction brought in connection with a shareholder and employment dispute
  • Representing a global pharmaceutical manufacturer in successfully defeating certification in a product liability class action, and successfully defending that decision through two levels of appeal
  • Representing a building products manufacturer in connection with class action settlement approval and administration
  • Representing a cannabis company in defence of multiple securities class actions
  • Successfully defended a Canadian chartered bank at trial against a $12 million claim involving lender liability and agricultural commodity hedging
  • Representing a money transfer services company in national consumer protection class actions
  • Successfully defended a Canadian chartered bank against an action seeking to realize upon fraudulent instruments, and successfully prosecuted the bank’s counterclaim at trial
  • Representing an international brewing company in a dispute regarding a Canadian license agreement
  • Acting for a leading concrete construction firm in proceedings against a North American cement producer

Selected Decisions:

  • Richardson v Samsung, 2018 ONSC 6130
  • Boni v. Leonardo Worldwide Corporation,2018 ONSC 1875
  • Batten v. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., 2017 ONSC 6098 (Divisional Court), leave to appeal to the Court of Appeal dismissed, 2018 CarswellOnt 8486 (ONCA)
  • Batten v. Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd., 2017 ONSC 53 and 2015 ONSC 7821
  • XPG, A Partnership v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2017 ONSC 2598, 2016 ONSC 3508
  • Palmerston Grain v. Royal Bank of Canada, 2015 CarswellOnt 15465 and 2014 ONSC 5134
  • RBC Dexia Investor Services Trust v. Goran Capital Inc.,2016 ONSC 1138 (Commercial List)
  • Granite Insurance Company v. Pembridge Insurance Company, 2014 ONSC 5781 (Commercial List) and 2015 ONSC 1251 (Div. Ct.)
  • Granite Insurance Company v. Pembridge Insurance Company, 2015 CarswellOnt 14719
  • RBC Dexia Investor Services Trust v. Goran Capital Inc.,2016 ONSC 1138 (Commercial List)
  • Glube v. Pella, 2013 ONSC 6164
  • Molson Canada 2005 v. Miller Brewing Company, 2013 ONSC 2758 (Commercial List)
  • Novartis Consumer Health Canada Inc. v. Health Canada and the Minister of Health, 2013 FC 508
  • Rehman International v. Royal Bank of Canada,2013 ONSC 2591

Speaking Engagements

“Automotive Class Actions Canadian Update” - Part Automotive Industry Webinar Series

December 2020

"Keeping Up With the Case Law" Seminar Series Ontario Bar Association – Class Actions Law Section

December 2019

"Keeping Up With the Case Law" Seminar Series Ontario Bar Association – Class Actions Law Section

April 2019

New Developments in International Representative, Consumer, and Class Actions American Bar Association, 2018 Paris Sessions, Paris, France

May 2018

Defending Your (Our? Their?) Product: Strategies for Various Stakeholders in Complex Supply Chains (Content Provider) Defence Research Institute

February 2018

Class Actions: Case Law Update and Strategic Implications Canadian Defence Lawyers – Defending Products Claim

February 22, 2017

Update on the Duty of Good Faith in Commercial Negotiations (Bhasin v. Hrynew) Law Society of Upper Canada - The Six Minute Business Lawyer

June 10, 2015

Let's Be Honest: The New Canadian Duty of Honesty in Contractual Performance McMillan Webinar

January 2015

Judicial Scepticism Toward Expert Evidence: Some Implications for Practice Federated Press, Expert Witnesses in Business Litigation Seminar

May 2013


Rankings & Recognition

  • Cheryl Stacey Leadership in Mentoring Award (2018)
  • ABA Young Lawyer Leadership Program Fellow (2017 and 2018)
  • Geoff Weller Memorial Prize, Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS)

Directorships & Affiliations

  • The Advocates’ Society
  • American Bar Association
  • Defence Research Institute
  • Ontario Bar Association

Education & Admissions

Called to the Ontario bar
JDUniversity of Western Ontario
BA (Honours)Queen's University



Insights by Calie Adamson (4 Posts)

No Compensable Loss? No Class Action – Maginnis v FCA Canada

Nov 5, 2020

This bulletin discusses the decision in Maginnis v FCA Canada, where the court refused to certify an automotive class action for a lack of compensable loss.

A Comma-dy of Errors: Ontario Superior Court Dismisses Pensioners’ Class Action

Dec 3, 2019

In Austin v. Bell Canada, a class proceeding was brought, certified, and dismissed on summary judgment, in
connection with the provision of a pension plan.

Let’s Be Honest: The New Duty of Good Faith in Contractual Performance

Nov 21, 2014

The Supreme Court of Canada issued a landmark decision that dramatically impacts the obligations of all parties to commercial contracts in Canada.

OSFI issues new draft corporate governance guideline

Sep 26, 2012

OSFI issues new draft corporate governance guideline