Lloyd Hoffer is an experienced advocate who has assisted clients in managing disputes before a wide variety of courts and tribunals. He is recognized as a leading lawyer in franchising law in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. He is listed in Who’s Who Legal in franchise law. He is listed by Best Lawyers™ in Canada in franchise law and personal injury litigation, and peer rated “AV® Preeminent™” by Martindale Hubble®. He has conducted civil litigation in the trial and appellate courts of three Canadian jurisdictions as well as administrative proceedings before tribunals exercising regulatory powers at both the federal and provincial levels.
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Areas of Practice
Professional liability, personal injury, franchising, commercial litigation, insurance law, health law, intellectual property, media and communications, public law.
Courts, Tribunals, and Regulatory Experience
Ontario Court of Appeal
Ontario Divisional Court
Ontario Superior Court of Justice
Federal Court (Appeal Division)
Federal Court (Trial Division)
Newfoundland Supreme Court (Appeal Division)
Newfoundland Supreme Court
College of Chiropractors
College of Physicians and Surgeons
Health Professions Appeal and Review Board
Private and Mandatory Mediation
Public Hospitals Act Investigations
Law Society of Upper Canada - Member
Ontario Bar Association (Sole, Small Firm and General Practice Section Executive, 2005-2010) - Member
Toronto Lawyers' Association - Member
Advocates' Society - Member
Medico Legal Society of Toronto - Member and Council Member
International Network of Boutique & Independent Law Firms - Toronto Chapter President
Presentations, Publications & Activities
Attended, Canadian Franchise Association National Convention (Niagara Falls, April 7-9, 2019)
Attended, International Franchise Association 59th Annual Conference (Las Vegas, February 24-27, 2019)
Recognized, The Best Lawyers In Canada, 2019 Edition, as a leader in Franchise Law and Personal Injury Litigation
Attended, Canadian Franchise Association National Convention (Ottawa, April 22-24, 2018)
Attended, International Franchise Association 58th Annual Convention (Phoenix, February 10-13, 2018)
Co-speaker"The Measure of a Franchisee's Worth", Ontario Bar Association 17th Annual Franchise Law Conference (Toronto, November 16, 2017)
Co-speaker, “Introduction to the Fundamentals for Retaining, Working with, and Being a Medical Expert”, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto (Toronto, October 26)
Attended, International Network of Boutique & Independent Law Firms Black Tie Weekend (San Francisco, October 19-22, 2017)
Attended, Canadian Franchise Association Franchise Law Day (Toronto, September 26, 2017)
Recognized, The Best Lawyers In Canada, 2018 Edition, as a leader in Franchise Law and Personal Injury Litigation
Attended, Canadian Franchise Association National Convention (Niagara Falls, April 2-4, 2017)
Attended, International Franchising Association 57th Annual Convention (Las Vegas, January 29-February 1, 2017)
Attended, Ontario Bar Association 16th Annual Franchise Law Conference (Toronto, November 17, 2016)
Attended, International Network of Boutique Law Firms 2016 Black Tie Weekend (Chicago, September 15-18, 2016)
Attended, International Franchise Association 56th Annual Convention (San Antonio, February 20-23, 2016)
Attended, Canadian Franchise Association Law Day (Toronto, January 28, 2016)
Speaker, "If, Why, When and How: A Practical Guide To Settling Franchise Disputes", 15th Annual Franchise Law Conference, Ontario Bar Association (November 17, 2015)
Attended, “Supreme Court of Canada Advocacy”, The Advocates’ Society (Toronto, October 20, 2015)
Attended, America Bar Association 38th Annual Forum on Franchising (New Orleans, October 14-16, 2016)
Attended, “Travel Insurance – Is Yours Valid?”, Medico-Legal Society of Toronto (Toronto, May 5, 2015)
Co-speaker, "Worried About Rescission Claims And Other Lawsuits?", Canadian Franchise Association Webinar (May 2015)
Attended, Canadian Franchise Association Annual Convention (Niagara Falls, April 12-14, 2015)
Attended, International Franchise Association 55th Annual Convention (Las Vegas, February 15-18, 2015)
Attended, “Civil Litigation”, Ontario Bar Association Institute (Toronto, February 7, 2015)
Attended, Canadian Franchise Association Law Day (Toronto, January 29, 2015)
Attended, Canadian Franchise Association National Convention (Niagara Falls, April, 2014)
Co-speaker, "Litigation Management: Assisting your Legal Team to Assist You”, Canadian Franchise Association Law Day (Toronto, January 30, 2014)
Roundtable Facilitator, “Notices of Default and Termination – How to Enforce Franchisee Exit from the System”, International Franchising Association 2013 Annual Legal Symposium (May 2013)
Co-speaker, “Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Franchising – Legal and Practical Insights”, Ontario Bar Association Institute: Franchise Law (February 2013)
Roundtable Facilitator, “Bridging Business and the Law”, Canadian Franchise Association Law Day (January 2013)
Roundtable Facilitator, "For Better or For Worse: Franchise Relationships over the Long Term”, 12th Annual Ontario Bar Association Franchise Law Conference (November 2012)
Co-Chair, “Bridging Business and the Law”, Canadian Franchise Association Law Day (February 2012)
Co-speaker, "Recent Judicial and Legislative Developments in Franchise Law in Canada", Canadian Franchise Association Legal Day (March 2011)
Co-speaker, "You Gotta Have Faith – Good Faith and System Changes", Canadian Franchise Association Legal Day (March 2009)
Co-Chair, "Franchise Arbitrations - Strategies, Tactics, Dangers", Ontario Bar Association Joint Sub-Committee on Franchising (February 2009)
Author, "Betamax Revisited: replaying the home video battle in the U.S. courts", Cablecaster Magazine (February/March 2003)
Author, "The Clash Continues: The next step in the legal battle against U.S. DBS distribution in Canada is on the copyright front", Cablecaster Magazine, (August 2002)
Samples of Case Experience
Defense of chiropractors and physicians against allegations of malpractice and allegations of disciplinary infractions.
Prosecution and defense of franchise litigation on behalf of franchisors, master franchisors, developers, and franchisees.
Prosecution and defense of claims related to investment services.
Prosecution of claims related to mining interests and projects.
Defense of lawyers against allegations of negligence in the provision of legal services.
Defense of insurers on accidental death and disability claims.
Prosecution and defense of claims involving real estate disputes.
Prosecution and defense of contract claims in manufacturing, communications and financing contexts.
Defense of a claim relating to flooding and resulting damage to ongoing construction of a hydro-electric facility.
Prosecution of a claim relating to fire loss in a manufacturing context.
Defense of a personal injury claim arising from a major chemical escape from a manufacturing facility.
Defense of Federal Court actions brought on behalf of copyright holders against distributors of television programming nation-wide.
Representation of distributors of television and audio programming in Copyright Board proceedings held to fix royalty rates for distribution of copyrighted material.
Appellate and judicial review proceedings in the Federal Court (Appeal Division) relating to decisions of the Copyright Board of Canada and the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission.
Representation of a telecommunications provider in contractual disputes with other telecommunications providers.
Defense of a class action relating to the provision of internet services.
Application for and execution of civil search and seizure orders in the context of software piracy cases.
Representation of members of Canada's first nations communities in disputes with industry and government in the context of resource development and environmental issues.
Judicial review of a decision of the Chief of the Defense Staff.
LL.B., University of Toronto 1988
B.A. (Hons) Political Studies, Queen's University 1985
Place and Year of Call
Reading and moderate spoken French