New Address: 330 Front Street West, Suite 104 | Toronto, Ontario | M5V 3B7 | 416 369 4165

NOTICE:  After encountering a recent intensification of the challenges facing mid-sized law firms in Canada, Minden Gross regrets to announce that the firm will be winding down operations after over 70 years of service. NOTE: Starting MARCH 1, 2024, we have a new mailing address: 330 Front Street West, Suite 104, Toronto, ON  M5V 3B7. 

A. Irvin Schein *


p: (416) 369-4136
f: (416) 864-9223

* Partner through Professional Corporation

Client Services

Core Specialties

  • Applications for injunctive relief and judicial review
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial development disputes
  • Commercial leasing disputes
  • Corporate and commercial disputes
  • Defamation
  • Employment litigation
  • Environmental litigation
  • International litigation
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • Negligence and tort claims
  • Pension and employment benefits disputes
  • Professional malpractice claims
  • Prosecution and defense of solicitors' negligence
  • Real property litigation
  • Sexual abuse litigation
  • Shareholders' rights and remedies
  • Tax Litigation
  • Wrongful dismissal
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Irvin is a senior partner and Chair in the firm's Litigation Group and is an experienced mediator and arbitrator. He also serves in management on the firm's Executive Committee.

Irvin has represented clients in a vast number of areas, including: shareholders' rights and remedies, applications for injunctive relief, wrongful dismissal, defamation, corporate and commercial disputes, real property litigation including commercial development disputes and commercial leasing disputes, and solicitors' negligence and professional malpractice claims.

Irvin has substantial experience with litigation for international clients. He routinely handles numerous matters for companies based in the United States and the United Kingdom.

Irvin is a former member of the Board of Directors of Meritas, a global affiliation of law firms of which Minden Gross LLP is the Toronto representative. He also serves as the chair of its North American litigation section.

Irvin is also a frequent author and lecturer on litigation practice-related matters. He regularly publishes on his blog,

Irvin earned his LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2014. He has substantial experience in arbitration and mediation proceedings and is listed as an arbitrator by the Canadian Commercial Arbitration Centre based in Montreal, QC. To determine Irvin's availability for your mediation or arbitration, please contact his assistant, Robin Finklestein by email at or by telephone at (416) 369-4301 x 1302.

Irvin has developed a wide breadth of knowledge in a number of industries. Clients appreciate his 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 40 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.

Industry Expertise

Professional Affiliations

  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, Chair, Litigation Section
  • Meritas Law Firms Worldwide, Board of Directors (2019-2022)

Tribunals, Boards and Levels of Court

  • Ontario Supreme Court and Divisional Court
  • Ontario Court of Appeal
  • Tax Court of Canada

A. Irvin Schein *


T: (416) 369-4136
F: (416) 864-9223
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* Partner through Professional Corporation


  • Admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1980
  • York University, Osgoode Hall Law School – LLM (Alternative Dispute Resolution), 2014
  • York University, Osgoode Hall Law School – Hons LLB, 1978
  • McGill University – Hons. Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), 1975

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