Lawrence G. Theall
Larry is a Senior Partner at Theall Group LLP, in the areas of commercial litigation/arbitration, insurance coverage and product liability. He is honoured to have been repeatedly selected both as a Lexpert Ranked Lawyer (Product Liability and Commercial Insurance Litigation) and for Best Lawyers (Insurance Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution). Larry has acted as lead counsel in over 85 trials and hearings, all of which went to a final decision or verdict. He has extensive experience with interlocutory proceedings, including being lead counsel on more than 15 injunctions, a number of which involved Anton Pillar Orders and Mareva Injunctions. He has appeared before all levels of the Ontario, Federal and Alberta Courts as well as the Superior Courts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Larry acts for global manufacturers in multiple industries, including automotive, aeronautic, construction and medical devices. He handles class actions and catastrophic losses, and has considerable experience with commercial arbitration, particularly the National Automobile Dealer Arbitration Program. Larry regularly represents auto manufacturers, aircraft manufacturers and other fortune 500 companies with respect to insurance, product litigation and regulatory issues. We are proud to include Hyundai, Cessna, and Toyota as current clients.
He has received his qualified arbitrators designation ( Q. Arb.) (2018) from the ADR Institute of Canada.
He is a co-author of, “Product Liability: Canadian Law and Practice” (2001-19) as well as the insurance chapter for Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s Canadian Precedents of Pleadings, 3rd edition (2017) He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, Defence Research Institute, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, Risk Management Society and Advocates’ Society, and has been a speaker at programs on product liability and insurance coverage.
Larry was Hyundai’s Assistant General Counsel, responsible for all litigation and risk management for eight years. He has been Hyundai’s National Trial Counsel since 1995. While at Hyundai, he was a member of the legal subcommittee of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers (“AIAMC”), and worked on various ad hoc committees relating to safety and alternative dispute resolution.
In addition to our primary coverage litigation practice for policy holders, Larry has participated in a number of inter-disciplinary projects involving both risk analysis and alternative risk management structures, captives and re insurance , and assisted clients on a broad range of complex insurance issues.
University of Toronto, LL.B., 1985.
Trent University, B.A. (Great Distinction), 1982.
Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, Gold Standard Course in Arbitration (2017-2018)
Q. Arb. designation (2018) from the ADR Institute of Canada
Laskin Prize, Highest Standing in Constitutional Law, 1985
Larry is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Defence Research Institute, Risk Insurance Society, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and The Advocates’ Society, and has been a speaker at programs of the Law Society of Upper Canada, Canadian Corporate Counsel Association, Ontario Bar Association, Osgoode Hall Law School, Insight, and the Canadian Institute on various topics relating to product liability, commercial litigation and insurance.
Larry is an editor for the insurance chapter to be published in Bullen & Leake & Jacob’s 3rd Edition of Canadian Precedents of Pleadings (2017).
He is a co-author of the annually updated loose-leaf text, Product Liability: Canadian Law and Practice (Canada Law Book)
An expansive list of Larry’s publications and cases is available upon request.
Recent Representative Cases
2023 ONSC 3920: Class Action – certification denied for nuisance claims
Graham-Lockerbie Stanley JV v. Ovivo Inc. – Construction
2023 SKKB 63: Product Liability – limitation period
2023 ABCA 85: Class Action – Certification
D’Haene v. BMW Canada Inc. Class Proceeding
2022 ONSC 5973: Class Action – motion to dismiss for delay.
2022 ONSC 449: Insurance Coverage – Defence Costs for Opioid Class Actions and Defence Reporting
Fuego Digital Media Inc. v. DAC Group (Holdings) Limited,
2018 ONSC 2897: Arbitral Awards – application for judicial review
DAC Group (Holdings) Limited v. Fuego Digital Media Inc.,
2018 ONCA 43: Appeals – motion to quash
Parkhill Excavating Limited v. Robert E. Young Construction Limited,
2017 ONSC 6903: Product Liability – indemnity for defective components
A complete listing of cases is available upon request.
*Practicing through Lawrence Theall Professional Corporation