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Gowling WLG expands global private client services team with three new partners

Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 9:47 AM | By Elisa Birnbaum


Gowling WLG has expanded its global private client services group with the addition of Archie Rabinowitz, Brian Cohen and David Lobl as partners.

The three new Toronto-based partners join Gowling WLG from Dentons Canada LLP and practise as an estate planning, estate administration and estate litigation team.

Rabinowitz is a senior litigator with extensive trial and appellate experience in fiduciary litigation. He represents trust companies, government agencies and individuals in contested matters involving the validity of wills, passing of accounts, estate claims, breach of trust actions and interpretation of wills. His practice also involves working with the Canada Revenue Agency on rectification/repairs to defective wills and trusts, and with LawPRO as preferred counsel on professional negligence claims arising out of estate matters. Rabinowitz is a past recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Award of Excellence in Trusts and Estates, as well as its Widdifield Award. He speaks and publishes frequently on the subject of estates and trusts law, and is co-chair of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s prestigious Annual Summit on Trusts and Estates.

Cohen advises high net worth individuals on succession and estate planning, trusts and personal taxation. He also counsels donors and charitable and not-for-profit organizations on the tax implications of formation, registration, governance and planned giving strategies. Cohen also works closely with the estate litigation team on trust and personal tax related estate litigation matters.Cohen is a past recipient of the OBA’s Hoffstein Book Prize in trusts and estates. A frequent speaker and writer on estates and trusts, as well as personal taxation, he is the current co-chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners' Canada national conference.

Lobl’s practice focuses on litigious estate, trust and capacity matters — including estate administration, fiduciary, estate and capacity litigation and alternative dispute resolution. In working with trust companies, government agencies and individuals, Lobl handles contested matters involving the validity of wills, estate claims, breach of trust actions and dependent support and undue influence claims. Lobl has extensive trial and appellate experience at all levels of courts in Ontario.As preferred counsel for LawPRO, Lobl also acts in a variety of professional negligence matters with respect to estate and trust law, including defending solicitor negligence claims and working with the CRA on rectification/repairs to defective wills and trusts.