Ronald has been with the firm since 1988.  He practices exclusively in the area of Commercial Litigation with specialties in real estate and related disputes as well as default enforcement.  Ronald’s practice often involves Receivership and Bankruptcy matters.  He has recently represented several clients in bankruptcy proceedings against debtors in mortgage default situations and was also recently involved in a mortgage enforcement involving a number of limited partners who refused to honour their covenant obligations in the circumstance of a failed limited partnership. 

Experience
  • Extensive knowledge of all areas of commercial litigation; and
  • Formal training in mediation and dispute resolution
Education

1970  Call to the Bar in Ontario
1965  B.A., University of Toronto 1968  LL.B., University of Toronto Law School

Training

Basic and advanced course in Mediation, Stitt Feld Handy Group in Toronto

Mediator

Ron has conducted Mediations in the past and is now focusing on expanding his practice.

Areas of focus for Mediation
 
Ron intends to focus on real estate and related matters, as well as commercial and business disputes, multi-party cases, wrongful dismissal cases and professional negligence.
 
Approach to Mediation
 
Ron believes that the most effective style of Mediation is similar to a Pretrial, with particular emphasis on creative efforts to meet the needs and interests of the parties.
 
Ron believes that this can best be achieved by carefully examining the position of the parties, considering the relative likelihood of success in continuing the litigation within the context of the costs involved in proceeding to trial.  The achievement of a cost effective resolution of the dispute is always the end goal.
 
Please contact Ron directly or his assistant to book a Mediation. 

Mandatory Mediation (2 parties):

  • Half day Simplified Procedure (3 hours) -                             $1,100.00
  • Half day Standard Track (3 hours) -                                       $1,500.00
  • Full day Standard Track (6 hours) -                                        $2,800.00

 
ADDITIONAL TERMS
 Add $200.00 per additional party represented by separate counsel

  • Additional time is billed at $400.00 per hour, or part thereof
  • Fees are divided equally between the parties unless otherwise agreed
  • HST, private room rentals and disbursements are extra
  • Half day room rental fee at Garfinkle Biderman LLP, located at 1 Adelaide Street, East, Suite 801 (Yonge & Adelaide Street East), is an additional fee of $150.00
  • Travel time charges are applicable to mediations held outside of the GTA and are billed at the rate of $150.00/hour in addition to the mediation rate
CANCELLATION POLICY
  • Cancellation with at least 20 business days’ notice – no cancellation fee
 
Cancellation within 20 business days of the mediation are subject to cancellation fees:
  • Simplified and Standard Track half-day bookings - $500.00 cancellation fee
  • Full day Standard Track ($2,800 fee for the day) - $1,000.00 cancellation fee
  • Room charge cancellation fee, if any, in addition to above fees 

Associations/ Memberships
  • Long-standing member of the Metropolitan Toronto Lawyers Association;
  • Board Member of the Toronto Chapter of the Canadian Friends of Hebrew University of Jerusalem;
  • Past member of the Board of Governors in Adath Israel Congregation; and
  • Former director of the United Synagogue Day Schools.
Also Noteworthy
  • Published update to article entitled “The Real Estate Broker, his Rights and Obligations”; 
  • Contributor to Garfinkle Biderman newsletter on various topics related to Commercial Litigation; and
  • Outside of work, enjoys spending time with family and practicing sports where his “feet are on the ground”, particularly jogging, tennis and golf.

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(416) 869-7616
rbirken@garfinkle.com

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