Edwin Upenieks

Edwin Upenieks
Lawrence, Lawrence, Stevenson LLP
ADR, Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Corporate

Edwin Upenieks, a partner with the firm Lawrence, Lawrence, Stevenson LLP in Brampton, Ont., focuses on litigation, mediation and arbitration. He has been certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a specialist in civil litigation since 1998.

He graduated with high distinction from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Science in 1978 and earned his Bachelor of Laws from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1981. Mr. Upenieks was called to the Ontario Bar in 1983.

Practising as a litigator since his call to the bar, Mr. Upenieks chairs the litigation group at the firm. His areas of practice include corporate and commercial litigation, real estate litigation, expropriations, partnership and shareholder disputes, estates litigation, and assessment of costs.

He represents corporations, law firms, and individuals before all levels of court, including the Ontario Court of Appeal.

In addition, Mr. Upenieks handles mediations and arbitrations. He completed the mediation program at Harvard University in 1995 and is certified by the ADR Institute of Canada as both a mediator and arbitrator.

Mr. Upenieks has been a deputy judge in small claims court since 2010 and was pro bono duty counsel from 2010 to 2013 for the Law Society of Ontario.

In 2015/2016, he served as the elected president of the Ontario Bar Association, after holding various positions in the organization since 2007. He has held a number of roles with the Canadian Bar Association, including vice-chair and the national membership committee chair.

A writer on legal topics, in 2016 Mr. Upenieks published the second edition of Enforcing Judgments and Orders, a standard legal textbook. He has taught the Bar Admissions Course at Sheridan College and given lectures for the Ontario Bar Association, the Law Society of Ontario, The Advocates’ Society, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Peel Law Association, the Young Lawyers' Division East, the Institute of Law Clerks of Ontario, Queen’s Law School, and the American Bar Association.

Mr. Upenieks was honoured with the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Ontario Heart of Gold Award in 1997, the Peel Law Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017, and the Ontario Bar Association's Linda Adlam Manning Award for Volunteerism in 2018.

Edwin Upenieks Posts

Court-ordered sale often the fix for joint property dispute

When property co-owners disagree on whether or not to sell, an application under the Partition Act may be an effective, court-directed means to resolve the dispute, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Tactics for success in high-stakes mediations

A vital part of a mediator’s responsibility in helping disputing parties reach a settlement is to outline the risks of not resolving the matter, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Points to consider in selecting a suitable mediator

People who choose to resolve disputes through alternative dispute resolution (ADR) should opt for a mediator who has proficiency in the field, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

ADR mitigates risk, enables custom resolutions: Upenieks

Relying on mediation to solve disputes rather than litigating in court can save time, money and relationships, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Beneficiary designations key when taking out life insurance

Lawyers and their clients must learn to distinguish between revocable and irrevocable beneficiaries of life insurance policies following a recent judgment by the Supreme Court of Canada, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Overturned dismissal for delay a warning shot to lawyers

A recent decision involving a case that was dismissed for delay should serve as a reminder to lawyers to impose a robust “tickler system” at their firm, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Six tips for avoiding legal fee assessments

Prevention is the best way for lawyers to avoid legal fee disputes, Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

'One Judge' case management promises big efficiency gains

A Superior Court pilot project has the potential to significantly boost the efficiency of the civil justice system, Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks tells AdvocateDaily.com. Read more

Upenieks to share insights on one-judge case management

Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks will participate in an upcoming Ontario Bar Association (OBA) webinar to discuss the province’s one-judge civil case management pilot. Read more

Upenieks’ Dispositions Without Trial explores benefits of summary judgments

A 2014 Supreme Court of Canada decision that overhauled the summary judgment process and created a culture shift that still reverberates is explored in a new edition of Dispositions Without Trial , co-written by Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Truth-telling critical when meeting with lawyer

Clients may be tempted to hold back embarrassing details about their case, but it’s important to tell lawyers the whole truth, says Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks. Read more

Lawyers' lawyer Upenieks serves local and legal communities

Brampton civil litigator Edwin Upenieks is every inch the lawyer’s lawyer. Read more