Irvin is a senior partner and Chair in our firm's Litigation Group. He also served in management on the firm's Executive Committee for over 10 years. Additionally, Irvin is chair of the Class Action Group and Vehiculaw – the Minden Gross motor vehicle dealers group.
Irvin has acted as counsel in a vast number of areas including: shareholders' rights and remedies, applications for injunctive relief and judicial review, wrongful dismissal, defamation, corporate and commercial disputes, international litigation, including jurisdictional disputes, negligence and tort claims, sexual abuse litigation, real property litigation including commercial development disputes and commercial leasing disputes, pension and employment benefits disputes, prosecution and defence of solicitors' negligence and professional malpractice claims, and environmental litigation.
Irvin has acted on a number of high profile cases of national importance. He has conducted numerous cases against financial institutions and is particularly well known as having obtained an outstanding result for an entrepreneur client in an action against a financial institution which acted improperly in connection with a loan to the client. Notwithstanding the fact that the actual loan amounted to approximately $200,000.00, as a result of Irvin's efforts, the financial institution was ultimately ordered to pay almost $7 million in damages. Irvin was then successful in defeating the financial institution's appeal to the Court of Appeal. This case is widely regarded as one of the most important lender liability cases of the 1990's.
Irvin has also achieved success on behalf of financial institutions, including a judgment of the Court of Appeal allowing his lender client to recover its funds where its mortgage was discharged in error notwithstanding that the provisions of the Registry Act appeared to dictate the opposite result.
Irvin has substantial experience with litigation of an international nature. Irvin routinely handles numerous matters for companies based in the United States and the United Kingdom.
Irvin serves as a co-chair of the litigation section of Meritas worldwide. He has been very active throughout his career as an author and lecturer on litigation practice related matters.
Irvin has substantial experience in arbitration proceedings and is listed as an arbitrator by the Canadian Commercial Arbitration Centre based in Montreal, QC.
Irvin is able to absorb information rapidly and has developed a wide breadth of knowledge in a number of industries. Clients appreciate Irvin’s willingness to take on their problems and relieve them of some of the burden. A born litigator, his advocacy and courtroom skills are highly developed after over 30 years of practice.
Irvin lives and breathes litigation but his other passions are hockey and wine. Irvin is on the ice three times a week and has had specialized goalie training from Hall of Fame Russian goalie Vladislav Tretiak.