M. Lee Stratton

M. Lee Stratton

Partner

M. Lee Stratton
Contact Information

M. Lee Stratton

Partner


T 416.865.6626

F 416.865.6636

E lstratton@grllp.com

Education

University of Ottawa, LL.M., 1993
Queens University, LL.B., 1983
York University, B.A. (Honours), 1979
Bar Admission

Ontario, 1985
About Gardiner Roberts LLP

For over 100 years, Gardiner Roberts has combined the benefits of a full-service law firm with the dexterity of a mid-sized one. Our focused, cross-disciplinary, one-team approach and commitment to understand your business joins our relevant expertise, immediacy and dedication to providing client-centric, hands-on service. 100% Canadian and fully independent, we offer a level of overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness that larger firms can't touch. Resisting "cookie-cutter" law, Gardiner Roberts has built its name - one rewarding client relationship at a time.

Executive Summary

Lee is the leader of the Financial Services Group at Gardiner Roberts. Lee practices in the areas of financing, business law (with a special emphasis on wholly-owned Canadian subsidiaries of multi-national enterprises), competition law, commodity taxes and international trade. His varied experience with privately-held businesses, with regulators and government officials, and his ability to resolve tax controversies make him a valued general counsel. Lee has lobbied the federal and provincial governments for policy and legislative changes and litigated various tax and trade issues. Lee serves as a director of several private corporations.

Lee has been involved in:

  • structuring and implementing financings
  • domestic and international transactions
  • establishing and advising on arrangements with key personnel, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors
  • advising clients on a wide range of business matters and structuring commodity tax aspects of transactions and business arrangements
  • competition law advice and compliance
  • government relations initiatives to obtain desired applications of government policies and to change government policies
  • hearings before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Tax Court of Canada

For several years, Lee taught Private International Business Law at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University. He has co-authored materials for that course. Lee has also authored materials concerning the roles and responsibilities of directors, officers and shareholders of corporations for the Law Society of Upper Canada. Lee taught the law course for the national certification program conducted by the Forum for International Trade Training for several years. Lee has lectured and presented papers on directors’ duties, Canada’s competition laws, the North American Free Trade Agreement, product distribution and international transfer pricing to various professional and business groups.

Expertise

Professional Involvement
  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Ontario Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association - Competition Law Section - Criminal Matters Committee