Top Litigator Joins ThorntonGroutFinnigan LLP

    TORONTO, Sept. 18 /CNW/ - ThorntonGroutFinnigan LLP is pleased to
announce that Michael E. Barrack will join the firm as a partner in its
litigation practice effective October 1, 2008.
    "I am excited about the personal and professional prospects of working
with the leading restructuring and litigation boutique in the country," said
Barrack. "Joining TGF opens scope for my litigation practice plus I like the
focussed and entrepreneurial platform they have created."
    "Michael is one of the top litigators in the country and a perfect fit
for us," said Bob Thornton, a founding partner of TGF. "This represents an
important milestone towards our goal of creating Canada's premiere 'go to' law
firm in the areas of commercial litigation and restructuring. We are excited
that Mike shares our vision and we look forward to adding his considerable
talents to the TGF team."
    Michael's addition comes as the firm builds its momentum through a number
of high profile litigation briefs including BCE, Hollinger, Portus and
Norshield. "The addition of John Porter last year and now Mike Barrack are
proof of our commitment to create a 'best in class' commercial litigation
firm," added John Finnigan, also a TGF founder.
    Mr. Barrack joins TGF from McCarthy Tétrault where he was a partner in
the Toronto office and a prominent member of the litigation group.
    Recently he acted as lead counsel to Stelco during its contentious
restructuring proceedings that involved over 60 court appearances. TGF acted
as counsel to the Monitor in that matter. Courtney Pratt was the CEO of Stelco
during the restructuring and worked closely with Michael and the TGF lawyers
for more than two years. "They worked exceedingly well together in intense
circumstances. I have enormous respect for everyone involved. I know that
together they will be a dynamic and formidable combination," said Pratt.
    Recognized across Canada and internationally as a top litigator,
Mr. Barrack enjoys a broad and successful practice. He has appeared in a full
range of matters throughout Canada, including trials, arbitrations, mediations
and appeals before both federal and provincial courts across the country
including the Supreme Court of Canada. In addition, he has appeared in England
at the London Court of International Arbitration on behalf of a client against
the Government of Ecuador.
    The breadth of his practice is supported by his listing in the 2008
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in eight litigation categories - Corporate
Commercial, Securities, Class Actions, Insolvency and Financial Restructuring,
Directors and Officers Liability, International Commercial Arbitration,
Corporate Tax and Medical Negligence. He was named one of the 100 Most
Creative Lawyers in Canada.
    Mr. Barrack is past president of The Advocates' Society, a former
founding director of Pro Bono Law Ontario and a member of the Supreme Court
Institute. He received a B.Comm from the University of Toronto in 1977, his
LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1980 and was called to the Ontario bar in

    TGF is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Firmly established as a leading
restructuring firm, including major mandates in matters such as Air Canada,
Stelco and Hollinger, the litigators at the firm have also played leading
roles in many recent cutting edge and high profile cases including
representing a successful group of bondholders in the Calpine restructuring,
representing the Receivers in the Portus and Norshield hedge fund scandals and
most recently, representing a blue chip group of institutional bondholders
before three levels of Court including the Supreme Court of Canada in the BCE
privatization proceeding.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Kelly Sheard,
CriticalCommunications,, O: (416) 703- 2823,
C: (647) 227-2310; Robert I. Thornton, ThorntonGroutFinnigan,, O: (416) 304-0560, C: 416 277 2009,

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