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Earl A. Cherniak, K.C., Arbitrator, Toronto, Ontario.

Earl A. Cherniak, K.C.

Lerners LLP
225 King Street West, Suite 1500
Toronto, ON M5V 3M2
Tel: (416) 601-2350
Fax: (416) 867-2402
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Civil/Commercial Arbitration

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Earl A. Cherniak, Q.C., LL.B., FCIArb is one of Canada’s leading trial and Appellate Counsel. He is also recognized as a leader in Alternative Dispute Resolution. With over 51 years of litigation experience and over 25 years of specializing in commercial litigation and arbitration, he brings a senior and knowledgeable perspective to any commercial dispute.

He was an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada (1999–2007) and served as Chair of the Proceedings Authorization Committee and Chair of a task force studying multi-disciplinary practices. He was a commissioner of the Ontario Law Reform Commission (1986-1992). He is an elected Fellow of both the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He was awarded The Advocates’ Society Medal in 1996 and is a past president of the Society. Mr. Cherniak was the first recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation. In 2001, he was appointed a member of the (Federal) Judicial Compensation and Benefits Commission, as the nominee of the Judiciary and served in that capacity until his term expired in 2007. He was appointed Independent Counsel by the Canadian Judicial Council to inquire into the conduct of a Superior Court Judge.

Mr. Cherniak is an honorary North American member of the (UK) Commercial Bar Association. He is a member of the Canadian roster of arbitrators of the International Chamber of Commerce and the ADR Institute of Canada. He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and the Litigation Counsel of America, and a member of the international panel of arbitrators for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the international division of the American Arbitration Association.

Case Experience

  • Aboriginal
  • Agricultural
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Insolvency
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Competition Act
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Disability Claims
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas/Nuclear)
  • Environmental
  • Estates & Trusts
  • Expropriation
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Government/Municipalities
  • Health Care
  • Human Rights Act
  • Insurance
  • Labour/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mining
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions / ERISA
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Sports
  • Taxation
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Dismissal


  • Osgoode Hall Law School (LLB) (1960)
  • Gold Medalist, Osgoode Hall Law School (1960)
  • University of Western Ontario (BA) (1956)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member of the arbitration practice at 3 Verulam Buildings, barristers’ chambers in London, UK
  • Bencher, The Law Society of Upper Canada and Chair and Vice-Chair of the Proceedings Authorization Committee (1999-2007)
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • Panel Member, International Arbitrations, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR/AAA)
  • Member, Canadian Roster of Arbitrators, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)
  • Member (Past Chair), Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society

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