Glenn Zakaib

Senior Counsel

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Glenn has a strong track record of defending a diverse group of clients in a wide range of class action proceedings and product liability claims, as well cases involving life insurance, consumer misrepresentation and competition law.

Glenn is the national co-chair of the Class Actions Group, providing strategic direction and coordination across Canada.



  • Defended manufacturers of automotive, aviation, industrial equipment, power tools, and home appliances in a wide array of class action proceedings and product liability cases related to alleged product defects, failure to warn and other competition law violations.
  • Regarding Goodridge v. Pfizer Canada Inc., defended drug manufacturer in a class action related to allegations of off-label marketing, adverse events, and inadequate product warning and labelling.
  • Defended public and private corporations with respect to alleged Competition Act violations related to price fixing.
  • Regarding Anderson v. Canada (Attorney General), represented Moravian Union (third party) in a class action related to residential schools in Labrador.
  • Regarding Hamilton v. Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., represented defendants in a class action proceeding related to alleged sudden unintended acceleration.
  • Regarding Voutour v. Pfizer Canada Inc., represented defendants in a class action alleging increased risk of adverse events related to the use of Cox-II NSAIDs.

Beyond our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Member, Canadian Bar Association
  • Member, Ontario Bar Association, class actions, insurance and civil litigation sections
  • Member, Toronto Lawyers Association
  • Member, The Advocates' Society
  • Member, Canadian Defence Lawyers Association
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC)
  • Member, Defence Research Institute (DRI), (actively involved in the product liability, drug and medical device, commercial litigation and international committees)
  • Member, DRI Law Institute
  • Prior DRI positions; former Canadian regional director; former chair of the Automotive Specialized Litigation Group (SLG) and the International SLG of the Product Liability Committee; and former chair of DRI International
  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute

Awards & Recognitions

  • Selected as one of the world’s leading practitioners in the Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders Global Elite 2024 report. Also selected as one the world's leading practitioners in the Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences 2024.
  • Senior fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2016) of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence) (Nationwide); Litigation: Product Liability).
    • Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence): Glenn Zakaib has considerable product liability experience and represents both the public and private sectors. He acts as the national co-chair of the group from the Toronto office.
    • Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence): "Glenn Zakaib is a knowledgeable and sophisticated professional who is able to break down complex matters into manageable bite sizes."
    • Litigation: Product Liability: Glenn Zakaib is a prominent Toronto litigator who is widely recognised as one of the market's top product liability and class action lawyers. He garners recognition for his work concerning medical devices. 
    • Litigation: Product Liability: "Glenn is a highly skilled and diligent lawyer - his expertise and experience is valued."
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2024 (and since 2018) editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Class Action Litigation; Product Liability Law).
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition (and since 2020) of Lexpert Special Edition: Litigation
  • Recognized in the 2024, 2023, 2022 (and 2008-2019) editions of The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Litigation - Product Liability).
  • Recognized and Peer Rated in the 2021 edition of Martindale-Hubbel as "Preeminent" and "Distinguished".
  • Recognized in the 2024 edition (and since 2004) of The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Class Actions; Litigation: Product Liability)
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition of Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition (and since 2018) of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Life Sciences; Product Liability Defence).
  • Recognized in the 2023 edition of Who's Who Legal as a Global Elite Thought Leader in North America
  • Recognized in the 2022 edition of Benchmark Litigation — The definitive guide to litigation firms and attorneys in Canada.
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of the Lexpert Guide to US/Canada Cross-border Lawyers in Canada.
  • Recognized in the 2018 edition of IFLR - The Best of the Best Global Guide as one of the top 30 product liability practitioners worldwide.

Bar Admission & Education

  • Ontario, 1983
  • LLB, McGill University, 1981
  • BA, York University, 1978