Aird & Berlis

Brookfield Place, 181 Bay Street Suite 1800
Toronto, ON M5J 2T9, Canada

Contact: Karen Oliveira

  • 416.863.1500
  • 416.863.1515

Practice/Organization Description

Located in the heart of Toronto’s Bay Street business district, the firm of Aird & Berlis LLP comprises a diverse group of more than 140 of Canada’s most talented lawyers. The firm provides a wide range of legal services for Banking, Corporate/Commercial, Corporate Finance, Energy, Environmental, Insolvency and Restructuring, Litigation, Municipal and Land Use Planning, Real Estate and Tax. For more information, view our practice groups, industry teams and services.

Our History

The history of Aird & Berlis LLP dates back to 1919 when its predecessor opened its doors for business. In 1974, the firms of Zimmerman, Grant, Hugo, Paddon, Worley & Bennett merged with Edison, Aird & Berlis to form Aird, Zimmerman & Berlis. The name was changed to Aird & Berlis circa 1978, and the LLP suffix was added later.

John Aird was appointed to the Senate of Canada in the 1960s and served as Ontario's 23rd lieutenant governor from 1980 to 1985. Doug Berlis was the gold medalist in his graduating year at law school. Together, they built a firm of people-focused, bright, technical lawyers and created an atmosphere of entrepreneurship and teamwork. This atmosphere continues to drive the firm's success today and into tomorrow.


A number of our practitioners are certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as Specialists in their respective areas of practice. Our lawyers are recognized for their expertise year after year by authoritative guides to the legal profession, such as:

The Legal 500 Canada

Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory

Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in Canada

International Tax Review - World Tax: The comprehensive guide to the world's leading tax firms

The Legal Media Group Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

International Reach

Aird & Berlis LLP is proud to be the Toronto law firm representative of Interlaw. Interlaw is an international network of pre-vetted, annually reviewed, full service law firms in more than 120 cities worldwide. Criteria for membership include impeccable ethical standards, reputation for excellence, client responsiveness, expertise in legal representation, transparency in billing, technological capabilities and shared core values.

Areas of Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Agriculture
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Business Torts
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Communications & Media Law
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Education
  • Elections & Politics
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Real Estate
  • Science, Computers, & Tech
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other Countries
  • Canada
  • France
  • Singapore
Number of Attorneys

100+ Attorneys

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