Earl Cherniak

Earl Cherniak
Lerners LLP

Earl Cherniak, partner with Lerners LLP in Toronto, is one of Ontario’s top arbitrators and mediators, with more than 50 years’ experience in a wide range of commercial arbitration, mediation and litigation matters.

Mr. Cherniak earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario before graduating as a Gold Medallist from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1960 — he joined Lerners LLP the same year.

He is also jointly ventured with Cherniak-McDougall Arbitration Services for international commercial arbitrations, located in Toronto, and a member of the arbitration practice at 3 Verulam Buildings Barristers in London, UK.

He has been president of The Advocates Society, was a bencher with the Law Society of Ontario, and a sessional professor at University of Western Ontario Law School.

Earl Cherniak Posts

Groia to appeal divisional court ruling: Cherniak

Toronto lawyer Joe Groia plans to take his case to the Ontario Court of Appeal, following the Divisional Court’s decision this week to uphold the Law Society of Upper Canada’s finding of professional misconduct against him, says Groia’s counsel, Toronto lawyer and arbitrator Earl Cherniak. Read more

Groia appeal in the public interest, says Cherniak

Toronto lawyer Joe Groia has defended his prosecution against a charge of incivility, not only for his own sake, but also in the public interest in the profession, Toronto lawyer and arbitrator Earl Cherniak recently told an Ontario Divisional court panel hearing Groia’s appeal, the Toronto Star reports. Read more

Cherniak recognized as leading litigator

Toronto lawyer and arbitrator Earl Cherniak has been named as one of Canada’s leading litigation lawyers in the December 2014 special edition issue of Lexpert. Read more

Cherniak to receive 2015 TLA Award of Distinction

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Cherniak named to Who's Who Legal list

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Cherniak's long, varied career focuses on arbitration

Over the course of his career, he has handled hundreds of cases and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada more than 40 times. Read more

Debate may follow SCC contract interpretation changes

A recent Supreme Court of Canada decision that introduced a series of sweeping changes to the way contracts are interpreted in Canada and appellate review of contractual interpretation is causing waves in the legal community, says Toronto lawyer and arbitrator Earl Cherniak. Read more

Cherniak named leading practitioner in Lexpert guide

Toronto lawyer and arbitrator  Earl Cherniak has be... Read more

Independent counsel a public interest role: Cherniak

A lawyer in the role of independent counsel before a Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) proceeding has no client and is acting in the public interest – not under the direction of any of the parties, Toronto lawyer and arbitrator Earl Cherniak tells Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Bre-X lawyer headed to court in battle against law society

TORONTO – A prominent securities lawyer and the society that regulates the legal profession in Ontario are bound for court in the latest round of an epic battle started in the aftermath of the billion-dollar Bre-X mining fiasco in the late 1990s. Read more

Cherniak says handling of nude posing justice a 'stain'

TORONTO – The council probing a complaint against a senior Manitoba judge photographed in the nude has drawn scathing criticism, particularly in light of its recently failed attempt to place itself beyond judicial scrutiny. Read more

Benchmark names Cherniak a 2014 litigation star

Toronto lawyer and arbitrator Earl Cherniak has be... Read more

Law Society appeal panel reduces Groia's suspension

In the decision, a five-member panel maintained that Groia – who acted for the geologist at the centre of the Bre-X gold scandal – “engaged in professional misconduct” related to the trial more than a decade ago, but reduced his suspension to just one month, the Globe reports. Read more