Erika Anschuetz

Erika Anschuetz is our exclusively recommended Civil Litigation expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Erika directly using the contact details listed above.

Erika practises in all areas of commercial and civil litigation, with a focus on securities litigation, contractual disputes, and class actions.

Erika has represented individuals, businesses, financial institutions, and regulatory bodies in a range of disputes before the Small Claims Court, Superior Court of Justice, and Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Erika joined us as a summer student in 2015 and returned to complete her articles in 2016.

While in law school, Erika Anschuetz competed in the Gale Cup Moot and volunteered with the Student Legal Information Clinic and Pro-Bono Students Canada. Erika maintained Dean’s List designation throughout law school, graduated among the top 10 students in her class, and received the Bryden Family Prize in Administrative Law and the McInnes Cooper Prize in Trial Advocacy. Before law school, Erika worked in learning and development for a global human capital management company.

Firm Overview:

Our lawyers and agents service a broad range of institutional and entrepreneurial clients in Toronto and national markets in major practice areas and across key industries. These include financial institutions, energy, infrastructure, mining and commodities, transport, technology and innovation and life sciences and healthcare. Our practice strengths include banking and finance, corporate, M&A and securities, dispute resolution and litigation, employment and labour, antitrust and competition, patents and trademarks and brands.

Axis Geffen

Axis Geffen is our exclusively recommended Investigation Services expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Axis directly using the contact details listed above.

Axis is the founder and president of AXIS VERO INCORPORATED, an Ontario, Canada-based Private Investigation Firm that offers an extensive array of investigative services to a broad spectrum of clients as well as providing investigative support, training and security consulting to a number of established Private Investigation and Security Agencies worldwide.

Axis is an Information Gathering Specialist with extensive experience in Technical Surveillance Countermeasures (TSCM), Anti-Terrorism and Narcotics Investigations. Axis is relied on by Security and Investigation Agencies as well as Formal Investigative Bodies. He is a commissioned author, mentor and his investigative experience encompasses all aspects of the investigative industry including;

  • Undercover (Covert) operations
  • Surveillance (Overt and Covert),
  • WSIB and Insurance investigations,
  • Family Law investigations
  • Fraud investigations,
  • Privacy matters,
  • Research and Due Diligence,
  • Mergers and Acquisitions investigations,
  • Digital Forensic investigations,
  • Data Retrieval,
  • Post-Termination investigations,
  • Employment Law Investigations,
  • Harassment/Sexual Harassment/Bullying investigations,
  • Counter-Surveillance investigations,
  • Missing Persons and Heir Location investigations,
  • Corporate investigations,
  • Criminal investigations,
  • Vandalism and Theft investigations,
  • Internal Corporate investigations,
  • Labour Dispute Management / Resolution,
  • Interviews and Statement Taking,
  • Background Research,
  • Civil and Domestic investigations
  • Process Service,
  • Hague Law related investigations,
  • Intellectual Property (IP) investigations,
  • Site Security Analysis,
  • Risk Assessment and Prevention,
  • Loss Prevention Operations,
  • Personal and Physical Security,
  • Personal Injury Claims Support and Accident investigation,
  • Drone investigations,
  • Marine investigations,
  • Commercial Airline/Airline investigations,
  • Cold Case investigations,
  • Social Media/Alternate Identity Locate investigations,
  • Witness location and location for international service investigations,
  • Design / Installation of Camera systems,
  • Troubleshooting / repair of sensitive electronics and various security systems.

Axis Geffen is also one of the very few individuals in the Province of Ontario to be awarded with the distinction of Non-Lawyer Notary Public (NLNP), which permits him to verify evidence and Affidavits for use in court within the USA and internationally. At the time of this writing, Mr. Geffen is the only Private Investigator in Ontario, Canada to have ever been permitted this achievement.

Finally, Mr. Geffen is known to assist a number of charities around the world, serving in the capacity of adviser, as well as conducting due diligence & various investigations. Mr. Geffen is an active/participating member in good standing of the World Association of Detectives, the International Association of Financial Crimes Investigators, and the California, Texas, and Florida Associations of Licenced Investigators.


Angela Bespflug

Angela Bespflug is our exclusively recommended Class Action Lawsuits expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Angela directly using the contact details listed above.

Angela is a class action lawyer with extensive experience representing the interests of class members. Angela has been class counsel in a number of high-profile national class actions, with combined settlement values totalling over $800 million, and Angela has been recognised by the Federal Court of Canada as “a leading practitioner in this field.” Angela was also named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2020 by Canadian Lawyer magazine and is recognised as a leading class action lawyer by Global Law Experts and Who’s Who.

Class actions operate as a vehicle for positive change within society and offer critical access to justice for survivors who do not have the resources to pursue individual litigation. These class actions ultimately hold defendants accountable for their behaviour and deter future misconduct.

Angela was class counsel in the first gender discrimination class action brought against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) on behalf of female members. This case was complex and unprecedented. Angela was then lead counsel on a second class action against the RCMP, on behalf of women who suffered sexual assault, harassment or discrimination while working or volunteering with the RCMP in non-member roles. Despite the legal and logistical challenges associated with this action, Angela successfully negotiated a settlement with an estimated value of $100 million.

Angela has been class counsel in several class actions focused on Indigenous rights, including the Sixties Scoop class action, the Indigenous Boarding Homes class action and the Indigenous Hospitals class action. And Angela was counsel on motion for Gowling WLG at their fee approval hearing in the Indigenous Day Schools class action litigation, where they were awarded a $55 million fee.

Angela also acts for class members in commercial contexts and have been class counsel in many successful cases involving price-fixing and other commercial wrongs.

Angela Bespflug has appeared as counsel in proceedings before the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal, the BC Supreme Court, the BC Court of Appeal, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, the Court of Queen’s Bench for Saskatchewan, and the Court of Queen’s Bench of Manitoba.

Laurent Roy

Laurent Roy is our exclusively recommended Labour & Employment Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Laurent directly using the contact details listed above.

Laurent obtained his law degree from the University of Montreal in 1973. He has been a member of the Barreau du Québec since February 18, in which he became a member of the labor law section and of the administrative law section. He’s also member of the Order of Certified lndustrial Relations Consultants of Quebec (CRIA) and of the Canadian Bar Association.

He is one of the founding members of Roy Bélanger, a law firm constituted in 2016.

Laurent joined Trudel Nadeau in 1974. He became senior partner of this law firm in 1981, member of the executive committee in 1988 and acted as managing partner from 1993 to 2015. He acts as managing partner of Roy Bélanger since the founding of this firm.

Laurent first practiced in the areas of criminal and civil law. Since 1977, he has specialized in the areas of labor and employment law, administrative law, pension law and human rights, representing exclusively unions or employees, both as a negotiator or litigator.

On November 19, 2019, the Barreau du Québec awarded him the honorary distinction of Advocatus Emeritus. This distinction is given to members of the Order whose professional actions are worthy of recognition, thus highlighting an exceptional career and a significant contribution in strengthening the image and influence of the profession.

Recognized by L’Expert, Best Lawyers in Canada, Martindale-Hubbel and Chambers as one of the best lawyers in Quebec in labour law, employment law and in the field of industrial accidents, leading lawyer of the Quebec union movement to access the Guide To The World’s Leading Labour and Employment Lawyers, Me Roy has extensive experience both before civil courts (Court of Quebec, Superior Court, Court of Appeal of Quebec, Supreme Court of Canada) and before all administrative courts competent in the field of labour, employment and human rights.

Me Roy has extensive experience in labour law, including grievance arbitration, administrative and constitutional law, as well as occupational injuries and occupational health and safety. He devotes a significant part of his professional activities to acting either as a spokesperson or as an advisor in planning and strategy in the context of the negotiation of collective agreements, pension plans, human resources and occupational injuries. He also has given numerous conferences and published numerous articles on various subjects that relate to his field of expertise.

He works generally on behalf of trade unions as well as in the private, public or municipal sectors. Me Roy acted as a legal advisor to major unions such as the Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec (FTQ). Since July 1st, 2012, he has dedicated his law practice exclusively on behalf of the Fraternité des Policiers et Policières de Montréal (FPPM).

He represents the Fraternité des Policiers et Policières de Montréal (FPPM) as well as the Fédération des Policiers Municipaux du Québec (FPMQ) and the Syndicat des pompiers et pompières du Québec (SPQ) in the context of constitutional cases brought before the Superior Court of Quebec regarding Act 15 about pension plans in the municipal sector. The Honourable Judge Benoît Moulin took this case under advisement on August 30, 2019, after 95 days of hearing. The judge. This case is now pending before the Court of Appeal of Quebec.

Laurent Roy also represents the same unions in the context of the constitutional case regarding Act 24. He represents the Fraternité des Policiers et Policières de Montréal (FPPM) and the Fédération des Policiers Municipaux du Québec (FPMQ) in the context of two other constitutional cases such as Act 20 about uniforms and the Police Act with regard to the provisions of this law relating to the Bureau des enquêtes indépendantes.

Emma Rhodes

Emma Rhodes is our exclusively recommended Children’s Law expert in Canada on the Advisory Excellence website. If you need assistance in this area, please contact Emma directly using the contact details listed above.

Emma has been involved in many activities to promote education and awareness of youth legal issues, including sitting on numerous panels for Legal Aid Ontario, the Ontario Court of Justice, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Family Lawyers Association, the Ministry of the Attorney General and the Ontario Bar Association. In 2014, Emma testified before the Senate of Canada’s Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights about the overrepresentation of visible minority youth in the criminal justice system. She is a panel lawyer for the Office of the Children’s Lawyer for child protection, custody and access, minor parents, Voluntary Youth Service Agreements (VYSA), and secure treatment hearings.

Emma is on the Executive of the Ontario Bar Association’s Child and Youth Law Section, and sits on Legal Aid Ontario’s Criminal Law Advisory Committee and Criminal Law Youth Panel Standards Advisory Committee. Emma was an Instructor at Osgoode Hall Law School where she taught Trial Advocacy from 2010 to 2016, and was an adjunct professor at University of Toronto from 2012 to 2014 for a course on Youth Criminal Justice. She is the Criminal Lawyers’ Association’s representative for youth criminal justice issues for all of Ontario.

Emma Rhodes was selected to be part of the Ministry of Attorney General’s Independent Legal Advice panel for Sexual Assault Survivors Pilot Program. Emma is co-author of Prosecuting and Defending Youth Criminal Justice Cases (Edmond Publishing) and a contributing editor for Wilson on Children and the Law (LexisNexis), and for Halsbury’s Laws of Canada (LexisNexis). She was the recipient of the Toronto Lawyers Association’s Honsberger Award in 2019 for representing each of the three pillars of the TLA – knowledge, community and advocacy.

Peter W. Hutchins

During his forty years of practice devoted exclusively to Aboriginal peoples, Peter Hutchins has been involved extensively in negotiation, litigation, counsel and special advisor work for First Nations and Inuit across Canada as well as non-Aboriginal Governments. His litigation experience includes numerous appearances before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Courts of Canada, the courts of Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, the Northwest Territories, as well as the United Nations Human Rights Committee (as it then was) and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Mr. Hutchins has developed treaty negotiation positions involving historic, contemporary – including intensive work on the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement – and international treaties and implementation measures on a full range of issues including Aboriginal rights and title, human rights, environmental, constitutional and international law for Aboriginal communities throughout Canada. He has extensive experience in treaty and legislative drafting and has advised the Federal and Territorial governments on Aboriginal governance and treaty implementation issues.

Mr. Hutchins has served as Special Advisor on Aboriginal Self-Government to the Canadian Minister of Indian Affairs. During the Crown/Mohawk crisis of 1990 in Quebec, he acted as special envoy for the National Chief and subsequently as counsel for the Chief Negotiator for the Mohawk community of Kanesatake. He was also legal adviser to the Aboriginal members of the Canadian delegation negotiating amendments to the 1916 Migratory Birds Convention.

In 1980, Mr. Hutchins introduced the Aboriginal Peoples and the Law course at McGill University Faculty of Law which he taught through to 1996. He has written extensively and appears regularly as guest lecturer, chair and panellist addressing Aboriginal, constitutional, environmental and international law issues.

Firm Overview:

At Hutchins, we are dedicated to empowering Indigenous Peoples in asserting their rights, including the right to self-determination, and holding governments to account for their actions and obligations—past, present, and future.

We partner with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations to ensure the recognition and implementation of Aboriginal and treaty rights, and to assert their political, economic and cultural rights, interests, and autonomy.

We are passionate about advancing both the immediate goals and long term visions of our clients. In this work, we strive to ensure that the legal strategies and solutions we provide are firmly grounded in the varied and unique traditions, experiences, and needs of Indigenous Peoples.