Canadian Cross‑Border

A team of attorneys with extensive experience helping Canadian companies enter the U.S. market.

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Guiding Canadian Companies Through Complex Cross-Border Matters

Canada and the United States have long enjoyed a strong trading partnership. The cultivation of this relationship has resulted in the U.S. rising to become Canada’s number one trading partner, with roughly 80% of all Canadian exports reaching U.S. supply chains and approximately 50% of Canadian imports coming from the U.S. Meanwhile, Canada is second only to China among U.S. trading partners.

Given this thriving exchange of commerce, it only makes sense for Canadian businesses to expand their operations southward.

At Phillips Lytle, we help Canadian businesses make smooth transitions into the U.S. market. We know how to advance cross-border ventures, as well as how to navigate the labyrinth that is U.S. business law. Our Canadian law office enables us to make the whole process more convenient for our clients, as we have lawyers who practice law in Canada and the U.S.

Our comprehensive team of experienced attorneys has a long track record of helping Canadian companies establish profitable U.S. operations. What’s more, our growing international practice enables us to position our Canadian clients anywhere within the United States and around the world.

Canadian International Business Challenges

For Canadian companies with a U.S. presence, the need to respect two very different legal systems can hinder even the most efficient business operations.

Consider the following:

  • Canadian employees working in the United States have rights and benefits that differ from those of their peers to the north.
  • Officers and directors of U.S. affiliates face exposure to criminal and civil penalties for negligence and financial mismanagement.
  • U.S. tort laws expose companies to a level of risk far different from what Canadian businesses may be accustomed to.
  • Intellectual property laws differ fundamentally, such as the scope of patent protection available.

These are but a few of the cross-border challenges faced by Canadian companies looking to expand into the U.S. market.

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Meet Our Canadian Cross-Border Team


Jeffrey D. Coren Special Counsel
Douglas W. Dimitroff Partner, Managing Partner, Governing Committee
Deborah A. Doxey Partner
David P. Flynn Partner
F. Kenneth Graham Partner
Michael W. Held Associate
Rana Jazayerli Special Counsel
Timothy P. Kucinski Partner
Craig A. Leslie Partner, Governing Committee
Amanda L. Lowe Partner
Richard J. Marinaccio Partner
David J. Murray Senior Counsel
Eoin Ó Muimhneacháin (Moynihan) Associate
Zabrina V. Reich Partner
Louis Q. Reynolds Associate
Jeffrey D. Coren Special Counsel
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Douglas W. Dimitroff Partner, Managing Partner, Governing Committee
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Craig A. Leslie Partner, Governing Committee
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David J. Murray Senior Counsel
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Eoin Ó Muimhneacháin (Moynihan) Associate
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