Marvin J. Huberman

Professional Experience

Marvin is a mediator, municipal ombudsman, and arbitrator, and is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a specialist in civil litigation. He is a former administrative law judge, and adjunct law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where he taught legal ethics and trial advocacy.

Marvin has expertise in corporate/commercial litigation and administrative and public law, including cases involving banking, contracts, labour, corporate and shareholder remedies, securities, tax, insurance, fiduciary duties, torts, transportation law, professional liability and ethics, and constitutional/human rights. He has extensive experience with administrative/regulatory matters and constitutional/human rights disputes. He served as the Vice-Chair of the Ontario Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal. Marvin was appointed by the Chief Justice as a member of the Civil Rules Committee (Comité des règles en matière civile), pursuant to the Courts of Justice Act (Ont.).

For over 30 years, Mr. Huberman has litigated, mediated, adjudicated as a former Vice-Chair of the Ontario Commercial Registration Appeal Tribunal, and/or arbitrated hundreds of disputes involving various forms of construction and building contracts, new home warranty and Tarion issues, owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, architects and engineers, federal, provincial, and municipal contracts, quantum meruit, damages, concurrent liability in contract and tort, tendering, surety bonds, insurance, liens, holdbacks, change orders, setoff, non-payment, trusts, and alternative dispute resolution.

Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Marvin holds a Master of Laws Degree in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School, where he served as a negotiation and mediation coach. He has also served as a civil litigation and advocacy instructor at the Law Society of Upper Canada, Bar Admission Course. He was awarded the designation of Chartered Arbitrator (C.Arb.) in 2015.

Mr. Huberman has also taught, spoken about, and published in these areas throughout his professional career, including as a columnist for the trade magazines Purchasing B2B and Materials, Management and Distribution – MM&D.

Marvin has served as litigation counsel, mediator, and arbitrator in cases involving farm debts, livestock, advertising, marketing, and sales of goods, including farm products, and in the interpretation and application of relevant statutory provisions. Marvin was recently appointed as an arbitrator by the Ontario Farm Products Marketing Commission.

Marvin has been appointed to the FINRA roster of arbitrators, which is the largest securities and business dispute resolution forum in the United States among investors, brokerage firms and individual brokers.

Marvin co-authored a book entitled “A Puisne Judges’ Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Handbook for Canadian Judges on ADR in the Courts,” and published several articles, including “Pre-Trial Conferences and Alternative Dispute Resolution Techniques: Maximizing Settlement Potential,” and “ADR in the United States Federal Administrative Justice System – The Administrative Conference of the United States.” His Master of Laws thesis, “Integrating Alternative Dispute Resolution Into Administrative Justice Systems: Improving Society and Justice” was written in consultation with the Deputy Attorney General of Canada and the Department of Justice Canada.

Marvin has recently published through Irwin Law, “A Practitioner’s Guide to Commercial Arbitration”, which offers clear and practical advice and guidance on how to conduct arbitrations fairly, impartially, efficiently and effectively, in domestic and international forums.

Marvin is also a founding member of the Chief Justice of Ontario’s Committee on Professionalism in the Legal Profession (2001).

He was awarded The Lawyer International – Global Award- 2017- Law Firm of the Year- Commercial Arbitration – Canada.

Marvin was the recipient of the 2017 Corporate International Magazine Global Award: Partnership Disputes Mediator of the Year in Canada.

Marvin served as an acclaimed member of the Executive Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society. He is the current President of the ADR Institute of Ontario, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), and Fellow of the Asian Institute of Alternate Dispute Resolution (FAIADR).

Visit Marvin’s website at www.marvinhuberman.com

Professional and Other Activities

  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
  • ADR Institute of Ontario, Inc.: Former Member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the IP/Technology Section
  • ADR Chambers, Inc.: Mediation/Arbitration panel member
  • B’nai Brith Canada: National legal counsel and member of National Administrative Board, and Financial Management Cabinet
  • Chief Justice of Ontario′s Advisory Committee on Professionalism: Founding Member
  • Canadian Bar Association: Former Chair, National and Ontario Civil Litigation Sections
  • Civil Rules Committee: Member
  • Competition Law and Policy Task Force of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce: Former Member
Academic Qualifications

  • Osgoode Hall Law School of York University, LL.M., Alternative Dispute Resolution (1997)
  • University of Toronto (Arbitration Certification 1996)
  • Harvard Law School (Mediation Certification 1994)
  • University of British Columbia, Faculty of Law, LL.B. (1982)
  • Certified as a Specialist in Civil Litigation by the Law Society of Upper Canada