Joseph Figliomeni is an associate in Lawrences’ Litigation Group. His litigation practice encompasses commercial contract, real property, employment, civil fraud and estate disputes. Joe is frequently called upon to act for clients whose legal issues require immediate attention and he has developed significant expertise in the law of injunctions. Joe has conducted both jury and non-jury trials in commercial lease, construction lien, defamation, fraud, and professional negligence matters. He has also successfully represented clients on Motions for Summary Judgment and Applications before the Superior Court of Justice, and on Appeals before the Court of Appeal for Ontario. Although Joe thrives in the courtroom, he understands the inherent risks involved in litigation and strives to achieve resolution on terms that accomplish his clients’ objectives.
Following his degree in Business Administration and before studying law, Joe was a full-time faculty member at the Richard Ivey School of Business.
- Perry v. D’Souza, 2017 ONSC 7073 and 2018 ONSC 1025: Joe acted on behalf of a U.S. resident employed by an Ontario company. Joe’s client obtained summary judgment and an award of costs against the company and against a director and officer of the company personally.
- A landlord was taken to court by a tenant who claimed overpayment of rent. At trial, Joe not only successfully defended the landlord against the claim, but also actually recovered approximately $120,000 of unpaid rent.
- Diamond Perfect Stone Inc. v. Hawkins, 2016 ONSC 3571 and 2016 ONSC 4715: A general contractor needed urgent representation before the expiry of a limitation period. Joe managed to preserve the contractor’s rights under the Construction Lien Act. At trial, the contractor was awarded the entire amount of its lien claim and its substantial indemnity costs.
- A trust company retained Joe to enforce Court Orders requiring an Estate Trustee to repay monies previously borrowed from the estate of a deceased woman. Joe has also acted in other estate disputes involving claims of undue influence, lack of testamentary capacity, breach of trust, and fiduciary duty.
- A restaurant owner had been locked out of her premises by her landlord on the eve of the Summerlicious food festival. Within 24 hours, Joe obtained a Court Order directing the landlord to permit the restaurant owner back onto the premises so that she could continue operating her business.
- A medical doctor brought a defamation and breach of privacy claim against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Joe was responsible for arguing motions and conducting the examinations and cross-examinations of several key witnesses, including expert witnesses, during the 13-week trial.
- Law Society of Ontario
- Canadian Bar Association
- Ontario Bar Association
- The Advocates’ Society
- Peel Law Association
- Lori Muir Melnyk Award for outstanding academic achievements and community leadership, Richard Ivey School of Business, 2006
- Rogers Family Award in Business for outstanding academic achievements Richard Ivey School of Business, 2006
Business 1220: eight sections (total over 600 students) of a first-year undergraduate business course, The Richard Ivey School of Business, London, ON, 2006-2008