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Christopher J. Somerville

Christopher J. Somerville

Christopher J. Somerville

Chris Somerville uses a creative, strategic, and practical approach to litigation. He has a proven record of diligent and resourceful advocacy in a wide range of cases, including commercial and civil litigation, securities litigation, construction litigation, product liability, administrative law, and employment disputes.


  • Frequently represents investment dealers and advisors in a variety of matters
  • Roster lawyer for the Ontario Securities Commission Litigation Assistance and Duty Counsel Programs
  • Presented on the regulation of investment advisors at the Advocates’ Society’s 2016 Securities Symposium
  • Volunteer for Pro Bono Ontario’s Small Claims Court Duty Counsel Program
  • Research assistant to the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel, while articling at a national, full-service law firm (2010-2011)
  • Won First Place Pair and Second Place Factum at the 2009 Laskin constitutional and administrative law moot, where Chris mooted in French
  • Received the John Yaremko Award in Human Rights during law school at the University of Toronto. Chris also created and led a student research team focusing on indigenous rights, foreign investment, and natural resources for the faculty's International Human Rights Program (2009-2010)
  • Before law school, Chris co-wrote a documentary film on barriers to girls' education in Northern Ghana, where he participated in the World University Service of Canada's International Seminar. Chris was also a competitive university debater and served as the Treasurer of the Canadian University Society for Intercollegiate Debate.

View Chris' most recent publications.

Practice Areas

  • Corporate and Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defence
  • Securities Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Shareholder & Partnership Disputes
  • Regulatory and Administrative Law

Other Practice Areas

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  • Civil Litigation
  • Employment Disputes
  • Wrongful Dismissal


  • Partner, Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, 2020-Present
  • Associate, Affleck Greene McMurtry LLP, 2011-2019
  • Called to the Bar, Ontario, 2011
  • Articling and Summer Student, Bennett Jones LLP, 2009-2011
  • LSAT Instructor, Kaplan Test Prep & Admissions, 2006-2007


  • Juris Doctor, University of Toronto Faculty of Law, 2010
  • B.A. (Honours), University of Toronto, 2007

Memberships & Associations

  • Member of the Law Society of Ontario
  • Member of the Advocates’ Society