Eric P. Polten



Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Phone: 416-601-6811

Fax: 416-947-0909
+1-416-947-0909 (Outside Canada and US)

E-mail: E-mail Me

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Born in Vienna, Austria and raised in Canada, Eric P. Polten earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in philosophy from the University of Toronto, and also engaged in post-graduate studies as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow at Stanford University. He earned his law degree at the Faculty of Law of the University of Toronto. During his university studies, he performed various university teaching roles.

Mr. Polten was called to the Bar of Ontario with honours in 1974 and has four decades of legal experience practicing in a broad range of civil litigation areas and related fields.

Early in his career, he worked with a public authority, during which time he acquired valuable experience in dealing with a broad range of commissions, boards, tribunals and other government regulatory bodies.

Mr. Polten has appeared as sole counsel and as senior counsel before all levels of the courts in Ontario and before the Supreme Court of Canada, including in trials, appeals and judicial reviews. He has also appeared before courts of British Columbia, Alberta and Manitoba. He has served as counsel before an array of Ontario boards, tribunals and commissions, before professional regulatory bodies and university academic and disciplinary tribunals, and before boards of mediation, arbitration and referees. Furthermore, he has appeared on behalf of Ontario clients before the International Court of Justice in Paris.

Current Practice Focus

Currently, Mr. Polten concentrates on representing clients in matters involving wills and estates and family law issues, commercial litigation and administrative law. Given the reality of rapid globalization, legal problems increasingly extend beyond the confines of one locality or country. Accordingly, Mr. Polten focuses further on matters in which legal issues arising within the practice areas cited above reach across borders by virtue of their involving more than one jurisdiction.

Fluent in both English and German, Mr. Polten is engaged with increasing frequency in matters for which facility in English and German combined with an understanding of both the Canadian and German legal frameworks is an advantage. He has extensive experience in conducting Ontario legal actions on behalf of German clients and in arranging the conduct of legal actions on behalf of Ontario residents against persons or corporate entities in Germany. He aims to help link the legal worlds of German-speaking Europe and Canada in the evolving global economy.

Comment from a Recent Client

"Dear Mr. Polten, thanks so much that you also work for us on weekends. I hope you and your staff will have a little more quiet time around Christmas. It is great that you and your staff are so committed to us."

Professional Associations and Memberships

Mr. Polten was the founding Coordinator and first Canadian Co-President of the Canadian-German Lawyers Association, and a founding member of the Canadian Chapter of the International Network of Boutique Law Firms. Mr. Polten is a member of long standing of the German Bar Association and the International Bar Association.

Other professional memberships include:

  • Law Society of Upper Canada
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Canadian German Chamber of Industry and Commerce
  • German Canadian Business and Professional Association
  • German Bar Association
  • Working Committee for International Law of the German Bar Association
  • Working Committee for Family Law of the German Bar Association
  • Forum for German Inheritance Law
  • European Association of Attorneys (AEA)
  • International Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice

Practice Areas

  • Wills and Estates
    • Estate Administration
    • Estate Litigation
  • Family Law
    • Separation and Divorce
    • Division of Property
    • Spousal Support
    • Child Custody, Access and Support
  • Commercial Litigation
    • Business and Contract Disputes
    • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes
    • Commercial Fraud
    • Collection of Debts
  • Administrative Law
    • Government Boards and Tribunals
    • Professional Discipline
    • University Academic and Disciplinary Appeals
  • Cross-Border Legal Services
    • German-English Litigation Services
    • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments
  • German-English Legal Translation and Notarization

Articles / Publications

Mr. Polten supervised the writing of the articles listed below.

CoverSmall Mr. Polten is the author of the book entitled Critique of the Psycho-Physical Identity Theory: A Refutation of Scientific Materialism and an Establishment of Mind-Body Dualism by Means of Philosophy and Scientific Method .