Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP
Member firm for Canada, Manitoba

Firm Overview

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (“TDS Law”) is one of the largest full-service firms in Manitoba with more than 75 lawyers and a history that dates from 1887. TDS provides legal services to its clients locally, nationally and internationally in English, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish.

The firm has the expertise necessary to help its clients take advantage of every opportunity and to develop creative solutions to legal challenges in a timely and cost-effective way. TDS Law has long been recognized as a center of excellence in business law, labor relations and employment law, and dispute resolution. Lexpert®: The Business Magazine for Lawyers has recognized TDS Law on numerous occasions as the leading corporate law firm in Manitoba. The firm was also recognized by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in 2011 as one of the top 10 regional firms in the Prairies. A number of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized by Lexpert and Best Lawyers® in Canada as being among the leading Canadian lawyers in their areas of practice.

Business Law Recognized as having a leading corporate and commercial practice in Manitoba, TDS Law advises businesses in all areas, including: banking; financing and securities; franchising; mergers and acquisitions; business immigration; and taxation.

Dispute Resolution The firm’s litigation department is the largest in Manitoba, having the reputation for skill, experience and success in representing its clients before various tribunals and at all court levels, as well as in alternative dispute resolution systems. Substantial experience is available in the following areas: bankruptcy and insolvency; commercial disputes; competition; construction; health; insurance; tax dispute resolution; medical malpractice; personal injury; products liability; and trade and regulation.

Government and Regulatory The firm represents a significant number of government agencies, corporations and municipalities. Because of TDS’ involvement with both private sector and public sector clients, the firm has been involved in projects in which those sectors have worked successfully together. TDS Law has extensive experience with federal and provincial crown corporations and professional associations, as well as expertise in: environmental law; hydro-electric power generation and sale; natural resource development; telecommunications; and utility operations.

Labor and Employment Law The firm’s labor and employment practice group is also the largest in Manitoba, covering all areas of dispute between labor and management in both organized and individual circumstances. TDS Law has earned recognition for its proficiency in the areas of: collective bargaining; employee dismissal; employment standards; human rights; labor arbitration; pensions; sports and entertainment; workers compensation; and workplace safety and health.

Property and Development TDS Law is experienced in all aspects of commercial property and development, specifically: construction; leasing; and purchase and sale.