Patricia Virc

Patricia Virc
Steinberg Title Hope & Israel LLP
Lawyer
Civil Litigation

Patricia Virc is a litigation lawyer with a Master's degree in securities law and formal accreditation as a corporate director. Ms. Virc practises with the civil litigation group at Steinberg Title Hope & Israel LLP in Toronto with a focus on corporate governance, investor disputes, fiduciary duties, oppression and other shareholder remedies, negligence, misrepresentation, defamation, contracts and estates litigation.

Ms. Virc was called to the Ontario Bar in 1991 after receiving her Doctor of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1989. She earned her Master of Laws with a securities law specialty in 2001, and graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a B.A. in Economics in 1986. She received her C. Dir, Corporate Governance in 2009 from McMaster University.

Acting for investors, corporate executives and public and private companies, Ms. Virc has argued some of the leading cases on corporate law and governance in Canada and has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario and in the Supreme Court of Canada.

Ms. Virc has a particular interest in legal technology and innovation.

Patricia Virc In The News
Limitations decision puts plaintiffs in 'scary place': Virc

An Ontario Court of Appeal decision strikes the wrong balance on limitations in the context of smaller claims, Toronto civil litigator  Patricia Virc  tells  AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

Appeal court favours virtuous plaintiff in setting aside settlement

An Ontario Court of Appeal case shows that judges are prepared to take a party's behaviour into account when reaching decisions, Toronto civil litigator  Patricia Virc  tells  AdvocateDaily.com .  Read more

The danger of pre-buying condos in red-hot market

Toronto's hot real estate market is leaving some condo buyers in a catch-22 situation that should be a cautionary tale about buying homes before they are built, says Toronto civil litigator  Patricia Virc . Read more

Supreme Court should resolve controversy over piercing the corporate veil

The Supreme Court of Canada should intervene to clarify the law around piercing the corporate veil after Ontario’s top court refused to hold a Canadian subsidiary liable for a US$9.5-billion award against its U.S. parent, Toronto civil litigator  Patricia Virc  tells  AdvocateDaily.com .    Read more

OCA decision reinforces link between tort law and public policy

A recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision reinforces the role of tort law in encouraging behaviour in the public interest, Toronto civil litigator Patricia Virc  tells AdvocateDaily.com . Read more

Landlords cannot charge potential renters for application

Some Toronto landlords may be taking advantage of desperate renters by illegally charging money just to apply for an apartment, says Toronto civil litigator  Patricia Virc . Read more

Bill brings sexual assault law up to speed with the courts, times

OTTAWA – The Liberal government is changing sexual assault law to make it clear that an unconscious person cannot consent to sexual activity, part of an effort to bring legislation up to speed with the courts – and the times. Read more

OCA rejects ‘involuntary fatherhood’ claim

A recent decision from Ontario’s Court of Appeal puts parents on notice that they can’t dodge financial obligations to their children, regardless of the circumstances of conception, says Toronto civil litigator Patricia Virc . Read more

Limited scope retainer an option for boosting access to justice

With more and more civil litigants choosing to self-represent in court, it is clear that all-or-nothing retainers are deterring ordinary people from seeking legal assistance — and for the sake of all stakeholders in the judicial system, lawyers need to find ways to adapt, Toronto civil litigator Patricia Virc writes in Lawyers Weekly . Read more

Lawyer's move to challenge judge's integrity 'shocking'

A Vancouver lawyer’s claim that a Federal Court judge failed to review a file in an immigration matter was a “misguided” way to challenge a decision — and it is ultimately unsurprising that costs were ordered against the lawyer personally in the case, Toronto civil litigator Patricia Virc tells Legal Feeds . Read more

Virc: civil justice system essentially broken

The Ontario civil justice system is plagued by inefficiencies and delays, forcing litigants to live with results that are only “fair enough” rather than fair, says Toronto civil litigator Patricia Virc . Read more

OCA dismisses appeal in trailblazing defamation case

The Ontario Court of Appeal’s recent dismissal in a trailblazing defamation case presents interesting commentary around tactical issues at trial and the use of judicial discretion to award aggravated and punitive damages and substantial indemnity costs to sanction those who use the Internet as a defamatory communication tool, says Toronto civil litigator Patricia Virc . Read more

Gender diversity report highlights chicken-and-egg problem

The results of a recent gender equality survey of public issuers highlights the circular problem with finding meritorious board members, says Toronto civil litigator Patricia Virc . Read more

OCA clarifies line between oppression and derivative actions

While there are good reasons for the technical distinctions between derivative and oppression actions, Toronto civil litigator Patricia Virc says overlap between the two actions can often occur with closely held corporations. Read more

SCC provides guidance on independence of experts

The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent decision regarding expert opinions provides some guidance on the admissibility and weight of evidence when the expert’s independence or impartiality is called into question, says Toronto litigator Patricia Virc . Read more

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