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Horkins, Christopher


Phone: 416 815 4351

Chris Horkins is a partner in the Advocacy Group with a diverse civil litigation practice including franchise, product liability, insolvency, intellectual property and all manner of commercial litigation matters. Chris also has experience with the defence of class proceedings. Prior to joining Cassels Brock as an associate in 2012, Chris was both a summer and articling student at the firm.
Some of Chris’s most recent notable experience includes:

  • Defending a multi-national quick service restaurant franchisor in a class action commenced by its Canadian franchisees;
  • Defending automobile and aircraft manufacturers in personal injury and wrongful death actions;
  • Acting for court officers and creditors in various Canadian and cross-border insolvency proceedings; and
  • Defending a renowned Canadian performing arts company in a copyright infringement action regarding one of its theatrical productions.

Chris has appeared before a number of courts and tribunals, including the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Appeal, and also has experience with arbitration and mediation proceedings.
Chris is an active member of the Advocates’ Society. In 2013 he was appointed to the Young Advocates’ Standing Committee (“YASC”), a standing committee of the Advocates’ Society promoting the interests of advocacy lawyers in their first ten years of practice. Chris also writes regularly for the firm’s Franchise Law and Product Liability E-Communiqués and has been published in the newsletter of the International Bar Association’s Franchise Law section.
Chris graduated in 2011 with a J.D. from Queen’s University Faculty of Law. While at Queen’s Law, Chris was a recipient of the Canada Law Book Company Prize in Torts, the Samworth Advocacy Prize and the Dennis Marshall Contribution Award. Chris volunteered at the Queen’s Legal Aid clinic and was recognized for his work with the MacDougall-Watson Memorial Award in 2009. In fall 2010, Chris spent a term studying abroad at the Rijksuniversiteit Gröningen law school in the Netherlands.
Outside of work, Chris is a volunteer board member at RARE Theatre, a not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting the voice of disenfranchised groups through theatre.