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Daniel A. Schwartz


Danny is experienced trial and appellate counsel.

Danny regularly acts for public and private companies in a broad range of disputes including shareholder, estate, financial services, construction and public-private-partnership, automotive franchise, professional liability, commercial fraud, defamation, IT and government procurement.

Danny has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and before arbitral tribunals as lead counsel.  He has conducted numerous complex hearings to completion including trials and lengthy arbitrations.  He has extensive experience with real-time litigation, including bringing and defending injunctions.

Strongly literate in technology, science, and finance, Danny is a quick study in almost any area of business in which his clients operate and provides them with smart, efficient, and cost-effective legal representation, with hands-on involvement and a personal touch.

Prior to joining TGF, Danny was a partner at a leading litigation boutique.

Representative Mandates

Danny has a depth of experience litigating disputes in many different areas.  For example, he has successfully acted for: 

  • Construction joint ventures in numerous, complex construction and engineering disputes involving large, public-private-partnership infrastructure projects across Ontario;
  • Estates and beneficiaries in complex, high value testamentary, capacity and undue influence disputes;
  • Automotive dealers in disputes with manufacturers about termination, facilities imaging, market area, sales penetration and other disputes;
  • Aerospace manufacturers in supply chain and product liability disputes;
  • Software publishers in complex licensing disputes;
  • Hedge funds who obtained recovery against a Tier 1 bank after a false margin call;
  • An international telecommunications company that successfully established ownership of extensive telecommunications assets;
  • A large home builder who obtained an order against a defaulting developer for specific performance for the delivery of almost $100 million of serviced lots;
  • Law firms in professional liability and other confidential disputes;
  • First Nations organizations in disputes with the Federal government;
  • School bus operators in procurement disputes with the Ontario government;

Professional Involvement

Danny is a frequent lecturer, author and instructor on advocacy skills and substantive issues for The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Bar Association, the Toronto Law Association and the Law Society of Ontario.

Danny has a long-standing involvement with The Advocates’ Society, Canada’s premiere organization for litigators.  He is a past chair of the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee and Vice-Chair of the Mediation and Arbitration Practice Group.  For more than a decade, he has served on numerous initiatives and task forces.  He is presently a member of the 10+ year committee.

Danny believes that zealous advocacy can be achieved while adhering to the best standards of professionalism and civility among advocates.  In 2012, he co-chaired a Symposium on Civility in conjunction with the Institute for Civility and Professionalism, which resulted in a Best-Practices publication that was endorsed by the Chief Justices of all three courts in Ontario.

Danny is a member of:

  • The Advocates’ Society 
  • The Ontario Bar Association
  • The Toronto Lawyers Association


  • LL.B., University of Western Ontario, 2004 B.Sc.
  • (Honours) in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, McMaster University, 2000

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