The Law Office of Calvin Goldman, Q.C.

The Law Office of Calvin Goldman, Q.C. is a dynamic Toronto-based law firm led by principal Cal Goldman, whose accomplished career puts him in a uniquely qualified position to advise and act in all areas of Canadian competition, antitrust and foreign investment law. His practice encompasses Canadian and international matters before the Competition Bureau, as well as foreign investment reviews under the Investment Canada Act. Cal has acted as counsel in a number of leading competition law and foreign investment review cases in Canada, including competition cases before the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Most recently, Cal was Co-Chair of the Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group at Goodmans LLP. He is a former Commissioner of the Competition Bureau in the Canadian government and a former Vice Chair of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Competition Committee. From 2019 to August 2021, he was Co-Chair of the ABA Antitrust Law Section Task Force on the Future of Competition Law Standards, which delivered two substantial Reports to the Section’s Council in August 2020 and August 2021 on evolving antitrust thinking and enforcement issues. In 2020-21, Cal also was Co-Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce Competition Commission’s Working Group on Competition Policy and Economic Recovery. He is currently a Special Advisor to the Business at OECD Competition Committee (BIAC), a member of the C. D. Howe Institute Competition Policy Council, he is on the Binational Panels Roster under the Canada-US-Mexico Agreement, and serves as Co-Editor of the Foreign
Investment Regulation Review text. In addition, Cal is a former Chair of the National Competition Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

Cal’s law firm includes Richard Taylor as Senior Competition Analyst and Case Manager. Richard was Deputy Commissioner of the Competition Bureau for 15 years, which followed many years as a Bureau official. His broad experience included responsibility for the enforcement of the merger, abuse of dominance and criminal provisions of the Competition Act.

Cal also works on various cases with Nicholas Cartel, with whose law firm Cal shares space. Nick has a Ph.D and was formerly in the federal Justice Department advising the Competition Bureau. Subsequently, Nick worked with Cal when Cal was Chair of the Competition, Antitrust and Foreign Investment Group at Goodmans LLP, before establishing his litigation law firm. Nick’s practice includes competition law, other regulatory matters and class actions.

Cal continues to be widely recognized globally as a leading competition and foreign investment review lawyer in numerous directories and guides, including:

Chambers Global and Chambers Canada 2020, where he is ranked as one of the Senior Statespeople for competition/antitrust law. The Global ranking states that he “is a distinguished figure in the Canadian competition market. He has a wealth of experience advising clients on merger review as well as antitrust investigations.”

Who’s Who Legal, 2020, where he is ranked Global Elite Thought Leader – Foreign Investment Review, and which states that he is “Top practitioner,” and “well-respected for his sweeping knowledge of competition and foreign investment laws.’’ He is also ranked Recognized Global Leader, Competition, with a similar ranking in 2019. Who’s Who Legal, 2022, where he is ranked for M&A and Governance, as well as Competition

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2022, where he is ranked Most Frequently Recommended, Competition Law, with a similar ranking in 2020 and 2019.

Euromoney’s Guide to the World`s Leading Lawyers, 2020, where he is Recognized, Competition and Antitrust.

Best Lawyers in Canada, 2022, where he is Recognized, Competition/Antitrust, with similar rankings in 2021-2019.

The Legal 500 Canada, 2020, where he is ranked Leading Lawyer, Competition and Antitrust, with a similar ranking in 2019.

Lexpert/American Lawyer Media Guide, 2020, where he is Recognized, Competition.

Chambers Global and Chambers Canada, 2019 where he was ranked – Tier 1, Competition/Antitrust – Nationwide; Chambers Canada, 2018, where he was ranked –Tier 1, Competition/Antitrust – Nationwide, stated that Cal is regarded by his peers as an “undisputed leader of the field.”

Lexpert Magazine, 2019, where he was Most Frequently Recommended, Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada, Regulatory.

Euromoney’s The Best of the Best, 2018, where he was recognized as one of the top 30 competition lawyers worldwide.

The Legal 500 Canada, 2017, which quoted a client that says group head Cal Goldman is “without qualification the finest competition lawyer in Canada.”

Who’s Who Legal Canada November 2015 (published by Law Business Research Ltd.), which stated in respect of its competition chapter that Cal “is the most highly regarded practitioner” and “is recommended as Canada’s most highly distinguished competition lawyer.”