Jonathan is a partner of Goldman Hine LLP, a boutique law firm in Toronto, Canada. He specializes in dispute resolution, franchising and distribution law, and intellectual property (including trade-mark and patent matters). Jonathan has successfully handled claims across a wide range of practice areas, including business and franchise disputes, oppression claims, partnership and shareholder disputes, injunction claims, bankruptcy, and construction lien matters. He represents clients before the Federal and Ontario courts, in arbitrations and mediations, and before administrative tribunals.
He recently set new law with respect to Ontario litigation procedure, upheld on appeal new franchise law relating to what rescission rights are available when a disclosure document is provided by e-mail, and set new franchise law at the intersection of the Wishart Act and the Personal Property Security Act.
He is a registered patent and trade-mark agent for both Canada and the United States, and won an award for having become a trade-mark agent with the top mark in Canada. Jonathan writes and presents frequently both to industry and professional groups, and is an active member of various professional organizations including the Canadian Franchise Association.
Jonathan Mesiano-Crookston's Recent Articles
Alternatives To Litigation In Franchise DisputesSometimes, it just can’t be helped. Franchise relationships may go sour, whether because of poor financial results, disagreements, differing interpretations of contracts, or just bad communication. When that happens, most people turn to resolv... Read Full Article
Responsibilities Under The Wishart ActThe Ontario Wishart Act (Franchise Disclosure), 2000 (“Wishart Act”) governs franchising and franchising relationships in Ontario. Enacted in 2001, the Wishart Act was Ontario’s first franchising legislation. Its primary aim is to encourage fr... Read Full Article
The Duty of Good Faith - What Does It Mean?In Ontario, the law governing franchising is called the Arthur Wishart Act (the “Act”). It was introduced to level the playing field between franchisors and franchisees. One of its provisions, section 3, provides that “[e]very franchise agreem... Read Full Article