Thompson Dorfman Sweatman believes that collaboration is essential to providing outstanding professional service. Our collegial workplace fosters greater teamwork, responsiveness and communication. Working together with a shared vision, provides better results for clients.
TDS is a full-service firm of 100 lawyers providing services in over 25 areas and has language capabilities in English, French, Russian, Spanish, Hebrew, Italian, and Portuguese. TDS is the exclusive member firm in Manitoba for Lex Mundi - the world's leading network of independent law firms with in-depth experience in 100+ countries worldwide. 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 has long been recognized as a center of excellence in business law, labour and employment law and dispute resolution. Lexpert®: The Business Magazine for Lawyers has recognized TDS on numerous occasions as the leading corporate law firm in Manitoba, and Canadian Lawyer Magazine has recognized the firm as one of the top 10 regional firms in the Prairies. A number of the firm’s lawyers have also been recognized by Lexpert, Chambers Global and Best Lawyers® in Canada as being among the leading Canadian lawyers in their areas of practice.
Recognized as having a leading corporate and commercial practice in Manitoba, TDS advises businesses in all areas, including: banking; financing and securities; franchising; mergers and acquisitions; IP; business immigration; and taxation.
The firm’s litigation department is the largest in Manitoba, having a reputation for skill, experience and success in representing 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; expropriation; health; injunctions; 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 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; indigenous law; natural resource development; privacy law; cybersecurity and data protection; telecommunications; and utility operations.
Labour and Employment Law
The firm’s labour and employment practice group is also the largest in Manitoba, covering all areas of dispute between labour and management in both organized and individual circumstances. TDS has earned recognition for its proficiency in the areas of: collective bargaining; employee dismissal; employment standards; workplace investigations; human rights; labour arbitration; accommodation; pensions; sports and entertainment; workers compensation; and workplace safety and health.
Property and Development
TDS is experienced in all aspects of commercial property and development, specifically: construction; P3; financing; environmental; expropriation; condominium leasing; and purchase and sale of commercial real estate.