Cameron D. Neil
Cam articled with Feltmate Delibato Heagle LLP and joined the firm as an associate following his call to the bar in 2004. He practices exclusively in the area of civil litigation.
Cam has extensive equipment leasing and debt collection experience. He has acted as counsel for a number of equipment leasing companies in such matters as debt collection, asset recovery, fraud claims, bankruptcy proceedings and priority disputes.
In addition to such disputes, Cam handles a variety of civil litigation matters that includes construction disputes (residential and commercial), including construction liens and breach of trust cases, estate litigation, commercial litigation and breach of contract cases, oppression remedy cases, shareholder and partnership disputes, general debtor-creditor litigation, torts, and commercial landlord and tenant disputes.
Cam is regularly before the Superior Court of Justice as part of his civil litigation practice, and has appeared before the Divisional Court and Court of Appeal. A Court of Appeal victory can be found in the case of Bibico Electric Inc. v. Battlefield Electrical Services Inc., in which the Court of Appeal upheld the lower court’s decision in favour of Cam’s client, such that its judgment for breach of trust under the Construction Lien Act survived the bankruptcies of the owners of the debtor corporation. Costs of the Appeal were also awarded to Cam’s successful client.
The fruits of his efforts in seeking a rare and drastic Mareva injunction can be found in the decision of Justice Daley in O.K. Tire Inc. v. McLaughlin.
A landslide trial victory can be found in the decision of Justice Festeryga in Grosvold et al v. Pioneer Petroleums Management Inc., in which Cam acted for the successful Defendant, petroleum retailer Pioneer, against a former gas bar operator that sought hundreds of thousands in purported damages for breach of contract. (Click here to view supplemental reasons on costs in favour of Cam’s client)
Another landslide trial victory, decided by Justice Stewart, is the case of Abdiwahan v. Rajasingham. Cam successfully defended a businessman in an action commenced against him by a former employee, who claimed ownership of his employer’s entire business and damages for defamation. Cam was retained as trial counsel only one month before trial. The unsuccessful plaintiff sued for hundreds of thousands of dollars but the net result was monies owing to Cam’s client, including a cost award. (Click here to see the cost endorsement details in favour of Cam’s client)
A more recent successful trial outcome from the Commercial List (a specialized court that hears only commercial matters) can be found in the case of Scott and Pichelli Limited v. Eveley International Corp., in which Cam acted on behalf of the successful trustee in bankruptcy. The dispute was over monies paid into court, and which party had priority to same. Justice Wilton-Siegel found priority to funds in favour of Cam’s client, the trustee, in the amount of over $150,000.00, while finding the other party was only entitled to $11,500.00.
Cam’s most recent trial victory was decided by Justice Skarica in Welton v. United Lands Corporation Limited. Cam successfully defended two related actions in which the Plaintiff sought combined damages of approximately $1.8 million. The Plaintiff was awarded only a fraction of the amount claimed. This case also represents Cam’s most recent appellate victory: the Plaintiff’s appeal of the trial outcome was dismissed on the merits, with costs of the appeal granted in favour of Cam’s clients. (Click here to view the decision of the Court of Appeal).
Earlier in his career, Cam most notably had the honour of assisting the Ipperwash Inquiry into the 1995 O.P.P. shooting death of Anthony “Dudley” George, culminating in the May 31, 2007 report of Commissioner Sydney Linden.
Cam is a member of the Advocates’ Society, and the law associations of both Halton and Hamilton. Cam is a volunteer director of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, holds the office of Secretary, and chairs its Governance Committee.