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Rui M. Fernandes

t: 416-203-9505
f: 416-203-9444
e: rui@fernandeshearn.com

155 University Ave. Suite 700
Toronto ON M5H 3B7

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Transportation Law
Mediation & Arbitration
Products Liability
Personal Injury

Year of Call
Ontario 1982

LL.M. London School of Economics and Political Science, 1981
J.D. Osgoode Hall Law School, 1979
B.Sc. University of Toronto, 1976



Rui M. Fernandes

Rui Fernandes represents domestic and international clients involved directly and indirectly in transportation, insurance and related industries. He is involved in all aspects of transportation law (aviation, marine, trucking, rail, freight forwarding, logistics, customs and trade, and warehousing). He advises clients with respect to contract and commercial law including risk analysis and regulatory matters. He provides corporate and commercial advice to foreign clients setting up and doing business in Canada.

His insurance practice includes policy drafting, coverage issues, errors and omissions claims, professional liability claims, marine and aviation, inland marine, property and casualty liability defense, products liability and subrogation. He also represents insurance brokers, insurance agents, managing general agents and marine surveyors.

Rui holds certificates from the University of Windsor for its ADR Workshop and for its Advanced ADR Workshop. Mr. Fernandes has conducted numerous mediations and arbitrations has assisted clients as a private arbitrator involving transportation and commercial matters.

Rui also brings experience to his practice from his business background in running a number of successful businesses including vessel chartering, biotechnology, small hydroelectric and publishing.

He has appeared and represented clients before: The Supreme Court of Canada, The Federal Court of Appeal, The Federal Court of Canada, The Ontario Court of Appeal, The Ontario Superior Court, The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal, The Nova Scotia Superior Court, The British Columbia Supreme Court, The Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench, The Canadian International Trade Tribunal, The Canadian Transportation Agency, The Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada, and before the Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario Discipline Committee.

Peer and Client Comments

“Clients highlight his strategic thinking and excellent litigation skills, as well as his ‘ability to clearly and plainly set out the direction a case will take with impressive accuracy.” - Chambers Canada

“Rui is simply an outstanding lawyer, both in terms of day-to-day representation of clients and also in scholarly understanding of the law” - Martindale & Hubbell

“I have known Rui Fernandes for many years. He is an outstanding person and lawyer. He has the very highest ethical standards, and he is a very fine lawyer.” - Martindale & Hubbell

“Rui is a leading senior member of the bar in the maritime law and transportation law fields in Canada. He is a published author in both areas and also a recognized advocate in maritime law and transportation law cases before trial and appellate court.” - Martindale & Hubbell

“Rui Fernandes is a top notch lawyer who stands out for his vast experience before state and federal courts, as well as his intricate knowledge of maritime and insurance law.” - Who’s Who Legal

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