Chris Stanek is a partner in Gowlings' Toronto office, practising in the area of advocacy.
Chris specializes in civil fraud, construction, insurance and commercial disputes. He has been privileged to serve numerous financial institutions and corporations based in Canada, the United States and other countries as well as partnerships and individuals in a wide range of commercial disputes.
Chris has acted for lenders and mortgage insurers on numerous fraud matters, retail banking disputes and issues involving the Bills of Exchange Act, R.S.C. 1985 c.B-4. Chris also has extensive expertise in the use of s.437 (2) of the Bank Act, S.C. 1991, c.46, to freeze proceeds of fraud.
Chris has appeared before every level of court in Ontario and several administrative tribunals. Chris has also successfully argued numerous appeals, in Superior Court and at the Ontario Court of Appeal, both as an appellant and as a respondent.
Chris ranked in the top seven students each year throughout his law school career. Prior to joining Gowlings, he served as a clerk to the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories. Before attending law school, Chris was a constituency assistant to a member of provincial parliament for several years.