McGill University Faculty of Law
Stuart Chelin is Of Counsel at Pessah Law Group.
Prior to being admitted to practice in California, Stuart was a litigator in Toronto, Canada.
Immediately after being called to the bar in 1993, Stuart joined the law firm of Solmon Rothbart Goodman LLP (“SRG”) in Toronto, Canada as an associate, eventually becoming a partner in the firm. He spent over a decade with SRG engaged in a practice that emphasized corporate/commercial litigation that often involved highly sophisticated matters. Stuart’s experience includes acting for both plaintiffs and defendants in banking disputes, creditor/debtor and mortgage litigation, breaches of fiduciary duty, partnership and shareholder disputes, corporate oppression remedies, fraud, receivership and bankruptcy matters, injunctive relief, employment law cases and defamation.
Generally, Stuart’s practice with SRG involved small or medium sized clients, often embroiled in corporate/commercial disputes with larger institutional opponents. Engaging in the court system against much larger adversaries, and against much larger law firms, his practice required developing sound and aggressive strategies and the deployment of available rule-permitted tactics. Stuart’s litigation career has involved his acting on behalf of clients against top global banks, a leading global insurance company, top international accounting firms, a national public broadcaster of radio and television (CBC), Canada’s highest weekly circulation newspaper, a major European luxury automobile manufacturer and a national police force (the RCMP).
Stuart was a top ten graduate (6th overall) in 1991 from the prestigious Faculty of Law at McGill University (ranked in 2018 as the 13th best school for the study of law worldwide by Times Higher Education: World University Rankings). He graduated with the distinction of Upper Second Class Honors. In the Province of Ontario, Canada, law graduates are required to spend a year in an apprenticeship, called articling, before being called to the bar. Stuart’s articling experience, across a variety of practice areas, was with a major law firm now known as Fasken, with over 700 lawyers and international offices in Canada, Europe, Asia and Africa. He was called to the bar as a member of the Law Society of Ontario in 1993. Early in his career, Stuart also spent time as Associate General In-House Counsel with Cott Corporation, a multi-national, publicly trade company.
Stuart was admitted to practice in California in 2018, after passing the California Bar Exam on his first attempt. His practice focuses on commercial litigation.