Excellence in advocacy

Firm Profile & History

Excellence in Advocacy

Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP ("BTZ") is a dynamic, full service litigation and corporate law boutique. Our offices are located in Toronto's downtown core. Our team includes lawyers who have practiced at Canada's largest and most prestigious law firms and who were former Federal Crown Attorneys. Our lawyers have a reputation for delivering personalized, prompt, and excellent legal services, and for innovatively and creatively achieving successful results for our clients.

Our growth as a firm has been achieved by providing our clients with superior legal representation while at the same time maintaining the cost advantages and personal attention available in a small firm setting. At BTZ, we blend the skills and experience of a big firm with the efficient, cost effective personal service and dedication of a boutique.

Our History

BTZ was formed in 2004 as a criminal defence law firm primarily providing representation to professionals in criminal jeopardy as well as providing counsel for various police associations in Ontario. The firm was started by Peter Brauti and Peter Thorning, both of whom are former Federal Crown Prosecutors with extensive litigation experience.

In 2008, with the addition of James Zibarras as head of the civil litigation department, BTZ became a full service litigation boutique, representing clients in criminal, regulatory and civil litigation matters. James Zibarras was formerly a partner at one of Canada's largest national law firms and is called to the bar in British Columbia, the State of California, and in Ontario.

2008 also saw the addition of Mark McNeill as head of the plaintiff's personal injury and insurance law group. Mark is a former insurance defence lawyer and, before being called to the bar, practiced as an occupational therapist. Mark now focuses exclusively on obtaining compensation for injured parties and their families.

Our Approach

As a firm, we believe in developing strong, trusting long-term relationships with our clients. We achieve this by providing our clients with dedicated, personalized representation, and have developed a reputation for creatively and skillfully achieving successful results for our clients, regardless of our opponents or the complexity of the issues.