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Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston

Lawsuit & Dispute, Intellectual Property, Franchising, Business, Health Care, Corporate, Pharmaceutical Product

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Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston (BScH Biochem, JD) is a partner with the boutique commercial litigation firm of Goldman Hine LLP and a registered patent and trade-mark agent (for Canada and the United States of America). He was awarded the IPIC Educational Prize for highest placement in the Canadian trade-mark agent examination. and in 2016, he was named a leading Toronto franchise lawyer by Lexpert after a peer-review process. He has a very broad practice, with a business/commercial and litigation practice specializing in franchising (for both franchisors and franchisees) and distribution law, intellectual property, computer, privacy, and pharma/health matters. He has successfully handled claims across a wide range of practice areas including all manner of business disputes, franchise rescission and misrepresentation claims, intellectual property claims including complex patent litigation matters, oppression claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, injunction claims, bankruptcy, and construction lien matters, amongst others. He represents clients before all levels of Federal and Ontario court, in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and before administrative tribunals Jonathan has been interviewed by national media (Financial Post, Globe and Mail, Lawyers Weekly, The Law Times, CP24, and others), presented at trade and professional conferences, is a guest lecturer at Ryerson University on copyright and libel law, and has written frequently (including in peer reviewed journals) on a wide range of subjects including intellectual property, civil procedure, information law, and franchising. His writings have featured in national and international media, and have been syndicated through legal update and news services. He was awarded the Markus Cohen Q.C. Award for a paper he wrote in 2013, dealing with franchise rescission remedy issues. He was awarded the JD Torys Writing Award for an earlier paper on telecommunications and media convergence. Jonathan volunteers as a member of the Medical and Scientific Committee of Muscular Dystrophy Canada, as a board member of a non-profit childcare centre, and is an active member of various professional and trade organizations including the Canadian Franchise Association, the Association for the International Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI; where he represents Canada on the ADR standing committee), Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and is an elected member of the Ontario Bar Association’s Franchising Section Executive.

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Please describe a case(s) in the last year or two where you made a big difference.
Have separated fighting business partners, letting them get on with their lives, and businesses, in peace. Have saved businesses from being shut down by others. Have recovered family savings for failed franchisees.

How did you build a successful practice?
By focussing on business results for my clients, providing practical advice, being responsive to clients' needs, and watching their legal costs.

What should clients look for in a lawyer?
Competence, common sense, and compassion for the situation. A client should always fully trust their lawyer, and if they do not, they need to find another one.

What information can you provide on a free phone consultation?
I am happy to provide no charge advice to get the client pointed in the right direction. I often give them a few options or ideas on what to look into to resolve their problem.

What information do you need in a free phone consultation?
The story in a nutshell, what the client wants to achieve, and a rough budget. That's enough to figure out whether I can help, perhaps get some rough options on the table, and figure out next steps that fit the client's budget.

What differentiates you from other lawyers in your community?
My focus on achieving business results for the client, my track record, and my genuine concern for the client's well-being and their costs. I appreciate legal advice is expensive, but it doesn't always have to be and often work can be tailored to the client's budget. Law is not practised simply to practice law, but to achieve an aim. I'd also say my familiarity with a wide range of areas of law is also very unique.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
That would absolutely have to be helping people and solving their problems.

Are you involved in your community?
Absolutely. I actively volunteer with a number of professional organizations and sit on boards of various non-profits.

Position Organization Location Duration
PartnerGoldman Hine LLPPresent
CounselAnticIPate LawPresent
School Degree Major Graduation
University of Western OntarioJ.D. Law School2003  
WesternLaw2003
Queen's UniversityBachelorsBiochemistry1999
State / Court Date
Ontario2004
  • Ontario Law Society | Member | Present
  • Some recent publications include:

    Zordel and Mesiano-Crookston. “This Power Grab Goes Too Far“. Real Estate Magazine 2017. An article about condominium powers to buy in-suite services.
    Presented a workshop at the Ontario Bar Association’s 17th Annual Franchise Law Conference, entitled “The Measure of a Franchisee’s Worth”, dealing with rescission and good faith damages in November, 2017.
    Presented the Legal and Legislative Update at the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Law Day in September, 2017.
    Presented a webinar on tips and traps to franchise disclosure on resale and renewal situations for the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) in 2016.
    Presented at the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Law Day in January 2015.
    Presented at the Canadian Franchise Association Conference in April, 2014 in Niagara.  I presented a round-table discussion on rescission damages.
    Wrote for betheboss.ca
    Quoted in China Intellectual Property
    Wrote a few times for Lexology about file sharing matters.
    Upcoming article in The Lawyers Weekly. April 2014.
    Expert comments provided in a case study for the Toronto Star. March 2014.
    Toronto Star Star Business article about various topics (2014).
    Cited in the publication “Financial Cryptography and Data Security: FC 2014 Workshops, BITCOIN …” edited by Rainer Böhme, Michael Brenner, Tyler Moore, Matthew Smith
    Presented at the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Law Day on January 30, 2014. I presented a round-table on rescission damages.
    Presented at the Commons Institute legal practitioner summit, December 4, 2013. I delivered a presentation about ethics in litigation and the Rules of Professional Conduct.
    Ephraim Stulberg and Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston. 2013. Rescission under the Ontario Arthur Wishart Act: Quantifying the Remedy. Published in the October edition of the ABA Franchise Law Journal.
    Mesiano-Crookston, Jonathan. 2013. “October. Intellectual Property Magazine, October, 2013 talking about the lovastatin case. To be published shortly.
    Mesiano-Crookston, Jonathan. 2013. “The perils of third party web storage“. The Lawyers Weekly. Focus on Intellectual Property, September 13, 2013, p. 15.
    Quoted in “Why a $750,000 spend on patent fees wasn’t worth it.” The Globe and Mail. Friday, August 30, 2013, online.
    Mesiano-Crookston, Jonathan. 2013. “The legal status of virtual goods“. The Lawyers Weekly. Focus on Information Technology, May 31, 2013, p. 10.  This article was cited in the proceeding reference book resulting from a 2014 workshop relating to bitcoin.
    Mesiano-Crookston, Jonathan. 2013. “File sharing claims return to Canada“. The Lawyers Weekly. Focus on Intellectual Property, March 8, 2013, p. 14.
    Mesiano-Crookston, Jonathan. 2012. “SCC clarifies fair dealing, user rights“. The Lawyers Weekly. Focus on Intellectual Property, September 14, 2012, p. 15.
    Mesiano-Crookston, Jonathan. 2012.  “Trademark case hinges on confusion“.  The Lawyers Weekly. Focus on Intellectual Property, May 4, 2012, p. 11.
    Quoted in Julie King.  2012.  “Canadian Postal Codes Threatened in Copyright Lawsuit“.  Published on CanadaOne.com, May 3, 2012. (Direct link to CanadaOne article.)
    Quoted in Judy Van Rhijn.  2012.  “Federal Courts Invite Change”, Law Times March 12, 2012, page 11.  The article dealt with changes to the Federal Courts Rules.  My post about this article.
    Mesiano-Crookston, Jonathan. 2012. “Federal Court of Appeal clarifies that Canada has no bar on business method patents”, Intellectual Property magazine, February 2012, p. 75.  (Link to the article at IP Magazine.)
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Suite 2410, Box 24
Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4
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