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Reuben represents clients in complex and high-profile commercial disputes and has significant experience in white-collar crime and fraud litigation.

With a pragmatic approach to resolving complicated situations, Reuben has helped clients in a wide array of matters, including breach of contract cases, injunctions, employment-related matters and the enforcement of foreign judgments. Reuben has unique expertise in digital asset tracing and recovery, and co-leads the firm’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Digital Assets Group.

Reuben helps clients navigate all stages of litigation, from pre-suit through appeal. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario. In addition to litigating, Reuben advises clients on business issues such as contract drafting and litigation risk management.

Outside the courtroom, Reuben remains dedicated to the law and community service. He is an Honor Roll Volunteer with Pro Bono Ontario and holds leadership positions on the New Lawyers Committee of the Toronto Lawyers Association and the Young Lawyers Committee of the Defence Research Institute.

Representative Matters

Representing a publicly traded company in an action against a former employee who defrauded the company. Obtained and executed Mareva and Norwich injunctions.

Representing a cannabis company in a now stayed action by a former shareholder, alleging breach of contract, fraud and conversion.

Representing a cryptocurrency investor in an action against a hacker related to alleged fraud, conversion, and market manipulation. Obtained and executed first Anton Piller order on cryptocurrency in Canada.

Representing the Regional Municipality of Halton in an action against multiple defendants related to alleged fraud, conversion, breach of trust and conspiracy.

Representing a major cannabis company in an arbitration dealing with the alleged repudiation of a license, supply and distribution agreement.

Representing companies in shareholder dissent applications and related commercial disputes regarding non-payment of invoices and ownership of intellectual property.

Representing a major cinema company in claims totaling US $125 million for breach of contract, breach of confidentiality and conspiracy, arising from a lease termination in one of the largest cinema projects in the Middle East.

Providing advice on risk of product liability litigation in multi-million-dollar corporate acquisition transactions


Media Mentions

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Pro Bono Ontario Honor Roll
  • Osgoode Hall Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Workshop Certificate
  • Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP Prize
  • Association of Professors of University of Ottawa Award
  • Faculty of Common Law Dean’s Honour List

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Ontario, Free Legal Advice Helpline

Directorships & Affiliations

  • Toronto Lawyers Association, New Lawyers Committee
  • Defense Research Institute, Young Lawyers Leadership Council
  • The Advocates’ Society American Bar Association, Litigation Section

Education & Admissions

Called to the Ontario Bar
JD (cum laude)University of Ottawa
BAMcGill University


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Warning For Businesses: Companies Can be Liable for Tort of Bribery Even if They Did Not Intend to Pay or Receive a Bribe

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Part 3 of McMillan Series – DeFi Platform Mango Loses $117 Million in Smart Contract Exploit: Avraham Eisenberg Arrested and Sued

In Part 3 of this series, we describe two important developments in the Mango Markets story, demonstrating challenges DAOs have settling with exploiters.

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Clarity over Breadth: The Court of Appeal Refuses to Limit Liability under Sale of Goods Act

In Pine Valley Enterprises, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirms that exclusion clauses are not effective unless they use "explicit, clear and direct" language.

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Apr 14, 2022
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Commercial Leases During the COVID-19 Lockdown: Where are we Headed?

Ontario has also passed legislation to protect commercial tenants.

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May 17, 2021