Arbitration Profile (updated on August 2015)
Call to Ontario, Canada Bar, 1973; Queen’s Counsel, 1985; Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada since 1989
LL.B. (J.D.) Faculty of Law, University of Western Ontario, Canada1971; B.A., Bradley University, Peoria IL USA. 1968
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, since 2002; Advocates Society-Harvard Law Mediation Workshop, 1997; ICC Training Program, Paris, France, Sept 1999; ICC Arbitration Course, New Orleans, Nov. 2001; American Arbitration Assoc. ICDR Program, Dublin Ireland, May 2002; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Training Program, Arlington, USA, June 2002; ADRIC Annual Meeting, Vancouver, March 2003; NY State Bar Association - Cornell International Labor Relations School -Employment Arbitration Conference, NYC, March 2008/
Member, ADR Institute of Ontario Canadian Chamber of Commerce Arbitration Committee; Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society; Advocates’ Society; Canadian Bar Association; Association des juristes d ’expression française de l’Ontario Past President, Canadian Bar Association – Ontario (now Ontario Bar Association).
Current and Recent Positions
Principal of IGOR ELLYN ADR operated by Igor Ellyn Professional Corporation
Chair, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Toronto Chapter
Chair, Business Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group, INBLF.com
Partner, Ellyn Law LLP and its predecessor, Ellyn-Barristers until August 2015
Business litigation and arbitration counsel since 1973. Practice involved principally complex contract, shareholder and corporate disputes, international judgment and arbitration award enforcement and employment law disputes.
Author, Litigating and Arbitrating Business Disputes (Lexis-Nexis)
Co-author, Canada chapter, Enforcement of Money Judgments (Juris Publishing)
Co-author, Canada chapter, International Liability of Corporate Directors
Author of many other papers and presentations on arbitration and litigation, including:
The Role of Arbitration in International Business
Effective Advocacy in Commercial Arbitration
Shareholders Remedies in Canada
Fraud Claims in Business Transaction Litigation
Using Financial Experts in Business Litigation and Arbitration
Author, Annotated Ontario Arbitration Acts (to be published in 2016 by Lexis-Nexis)
Mediation and Arbitration Experience
Mediated about 40 disputes in commercial disputes as mediator and more than 100 mediations as counsel.
Member of five Arbitration Panels, 1) Canadian Chamber of Commerce – ICC International Court of Arbitration; 2) ADR Institute of Ontario (ADRIO) 3) Better Business Bureau Consumer Arbitration Panel; 4) Toronto Construction Association; 5) ADR Chambers International.
Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators since 2002. Arbitrated 15 commercial arbitrations. Acted as sole arbitrator in an ICC Court of Arbitration case involving an American corporation and a German corporation and submitted a final award. Acted as sole arbitrator in an ADRIO arbitration which settled before final award.
Counsel in about 40 arbitrations involving commercial and business issues, including international commercial transactions, mining, shareholder disputes, insurance brokerage, partnership disputes, agent and principal and employment. Experience under ICC, ADR Chambers, UNCITRAL, LCIA and other arbitration rules. Counsel on the 2009 case of Accentuate Ltd. v. Asigra Inc. (arbitration in Canada, UK Court of Queen’s Bench, London and legal proceedings in Canada).
Counsel in litigation involving the Ontario Arbitration Act, 1991 and the Ontario International Commercial Arbitration Act.
English (100%), French (99%). Mediations and Arbitrations are conducted in English, French or bilingually. Also conversant in other languages: (Oral and reading): Romanian (95%), Hebrew (75%) German (60%), and some Spanish and Italian (10%).