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Daniel J. Dochylo

Partner  |  Borden Ladner Gervais

Canada (Ontario)


Contentious trusts and estates litigation
Administration of estates and trusts
Dispute resolution, including the conduct of mediations as mediator


What has been the highlight of your practice over the past 12 months?

BLG was retained on behalf of a Trust relating to an alleged fraudulent transfer of funds by institutional trustees operating in Liechtenstein and Switzerland. The funds had been transferred to Canada ostensibly for an investment transaction being undertaken by an unrelated Trust. We are providing advice and input, along with the family’s lawyers in other jurisdictions, on approaches and proceedings. The issues are novel and the parties are scattered across a number of countries. The nature and extent of professionalism, expertise and collegiality brought to bear as regards the development of strategy and decision-making has been very satisfying.

What advice would you give rising stars/new lawyers in the private client world?

In knowing your own capabilities and experience, do not be reluctant to occasionally step out of your comfort zone and build on those by pursuing a new cause of action or tackling a different sort of issue.

What is your favourite quote?

“It’s not about standing still and becoming safe. If anybody wants to keep creating they have to be about change,” Miles Davis.