Gowlings is a leading Canadian law firm offering a diverse range of services to help domestic and international organizations achieve their business objectives. Recognized for excellence in business, advocacy and intellectual property law, Gowlings provides dedicated industry expertise in a number of sectors including natural resources, energy, infrastructure, government relations, life sciences, financial services, technology and manufacturing. The Firm combines traditional legal services with innovative solutions in areas such as transfer pricing and tax, and occupational health and safety, to provide business entities with a competitive advantage. Characterized by national strength and regional focus, Gowlings has over 750 professionals across offices in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Calgary and Vancouver. The Firm also provides intellectual property services in Russia and the CIS through its office in Moscow, and energy, resource and infrastructure expertise through its office in London, U.K. In 2011, the Firm opened the Gowlings International Inc. Beijing Representative Office.

The three pillars of Gowlings practice are business law, intellectual property and advocacy. While independently focused on their respective areas of expertise, our professionals work together in cross-disciplinary industry groups or client-dedicated teams to give our clients timely access to our best advice.

In addition to its pre-eminence in corporate and business law, Gowlings is recognized for its expertise in information technology, energy and infrastructure, international trade, advertising and media, professional liability and the environment. Gowlings is also one of Canada’s leading providers of government relations and regulatory affairs at both federal and provincial levels of government.

Gowlings professionals appear regularly before the Supreme Court of Canada. They have acted for the U.S. and Mexican governments regarding the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement and the North American Free Trade Agreement, respectively. They have been leaders in the development of landmark Canadian legislation such as the Protection of Personal Information and Electronic Documents Act (C-6) and they continue to provide public policy advice to governments around the world on legislation relating to insolvency and the regulation of financial institutions.

Main Location

One First Canadian Place
100 King Street West
Suite 1600
Toronto, ON M5X 1G5
Phone: 416-862-7525
16 offices in 7 countries

Firm Attorneys

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Brian A. Crane QC Brian A. Crane QC Gowling WLG
Practicing in: Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Practicing in: Corporate and Commercial Litigation
Jean-Sébastien Clément Jean-Sébastien Clément Gowling WLG
Practicing in: Aboriginal Law
Practicing in: Aboriginal Law
François Dandonneau François Dandonneau Gowling WLG
Practicing in: Administrative and Public Law
Practicing in: Administrative and Public Law
John Hurley John Hurley Gowling WLG
Practicing in: Natural Resources Law
Practicing in: Natural Resources Law

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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" National Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Canada in Intellectual Property Law with 30 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Canada in Technology Law with 9 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Canada in Biotechnology Law with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Canada in Advertising and Marketing Law with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Alberta in Medical Negligence with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Alberta in Product Liability Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in British Columbia in Technology Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ontario in Intellectual Property Law with 21 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ontario in Advertising and Marketing Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Quebec in Energy Regulatory Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Quebec in Aboriginal Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Hamilton, Ontario with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Kitchener, Ontario with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ottawa, Ontario with 44 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Calgary, Alberta in Personal Injury Litigation with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Calgary, Alberta in Medical Negligence with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Calgary, Alberta in Product Liability Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Vancouver, British Columbia in Technology Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Kitchener, Ontario in Technology Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Hamilton, Ontario in Banking and Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ottawa, Ontario in Biotechnology Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ottawa, Ontario in Real Estate Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ottawa, Ontario in Information Technology Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Kitchener, Ontario in Labour and Employment Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Toronto, Ontario in Environmental Law with 5 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ottawa, Ontario in Health Care Law with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ottawa, Ontario in Intellectual Property Law with 12 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ottawa, Ontario in Medical Negligence with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ottawa, Ontario in Advertising and Marketing Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Montréal, Quebec in Energy Regulatory Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Montréal, Quebec in Aboriginal Law with 3 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" National Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Canada in Intellectual Property Law with 30 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Canada in Technology Law with 9 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Canada in Biotechnology Law with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Canada in Advertising and Marketing Law with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Alberta in Medical Negligence with 3 lawyers.

    Client Comments

    "With respect to experience, legal knowledge, working relationship, availability, effectiveness, in and out of court, clarity of communications to both client and adversary, Andre Rivest, in my book, gets top marks. As from time to time I have reservation in recommending Me Rivest to any other business acquaintances."
    "Brenda understands the business needs of her clients. She provides practical legal advice that effectively balances risk against opportunity, always bearing in mind her clients' challenging deadline requirements. The depth and breadth of her experience allows her to provide incisive counsel and advice that a client can easily act upon. She is very accessible, and a pleasure to work with. "
    - Karen Louie
    Harlequin Enterprises Limited
    "Debi Sutin is a first class franchise lawyer. She knows what to look for and how to protect a client. What most impresses me is that she goes beyond the legalese and actually thinks through the business. Debi has asked questions about business procedures that I couldn't answer, demonstrating areas where I needed to delve deeper, but more importantly, requiring franchisor and franchisee to maintain a dialogue that results in better clarity and understanding BEFORE costly mistakes occur. Debi certainly has my vote."
    - Tanya Christie
    Hand & Stone Massage Spa
    "It has been a pleasure working with Debi Sutin and her associates at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson. She exhibits a very high level of expertise, professionalism, and responsiveness. Debi often stays in touch to see if she can assist personally and will recommend someone else if the situation requires. Although I am a relatively new (and small) client, the level of service provided by Debi has exceeded my expectations."
    - Jill Davies
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    "Debi Sutin is the top in her field and truly cares about her clients. She is always available day or night Debi is ready to give her utmost attention to our questions or concerns. Our company is privileged to have Debi Sutin as our lawyer."
    - Jo-Anne Spadafora
    Twin Phoenix Corp
    "Since coming on board as franchise legal advisor to the Tortoise Restaurant Group Inc., Debi Sutin has exhibited a superior knowledge of Franchise Law and it's applications within the Ontario market. She is bright, articulate, and forthright in her dealings with clients and colleagues alike. Her communications skills are clear and concise and she is extremely effective in identifying problems within a set format and resolving same. I would recommend Debi Sutin to anyone seeking to achieve results in a timely fashion."
    - Peter James Fisher
    Tortoise Restaurant Group Inc.
    "I was pleased to hear that Debi Sutin was selected to be included in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Debi has been Spotless Dry Cleaners' solicitor for over four years. During this period, Debi's extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of Franchise Law, dedication, and professionalism have well exceeded my expectations. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Debi on this well-deserved honor."
    - Cathy Commisso
    Spotless Dry Cleaners
    "With respect to experience, legal knowledge, working relationship, availability, effectiveness, in and out of court, clarity of communications to both client and adversary, Andre Rivest, in my book, gets top marks. As from time to time I have reservation in recommending Me Rivest to any other business acquaintances."
    "Brenda understands the business needs of her clients. She provides practical legal advice that effectively balances risk against opportunity, always bearing in mind her clients' challenging deadline requirements. The depth and breadth of her experience allows her to provide incisive counsel and advice that a client can easily act upon. She is very accessible, and a pleasure to work with. "
    - Karen Louie
    Harlequin Enterprises Limited
    "Debi Sutin is a first class franchise lawyer. She knows what to look for and how to protect a client. What most impresses me is that she goes beyond the legalese and actually thinks through the business. Debi has asked questions about business procedures that I couldn't answer, demonstrating areas where I needed to delve deeper, but more importantly, requiring franchisor and franchisee to maintain a dialogue that results in better clarity and understanding BEFORE costly mistakes occur. Debi certainly has my vote."
    - Tanya Christie
    Hand & Stone Massage Spa
    "It has been a pleasure working with Debi Sutin and her associates at Gowlings Lafleur Henderson. She exhibits a very high level of expertise, professionalism, and responsiveness. Debi often stays in touch to see if she can assist personally and will recommend someone else if the situation requires. Although I am a relatively new (and small) client, the level of service provided by Debi has exceeded my expectations."
    - Jill Davies
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    Gowling WLG

    Main Location

    One First Canadian Place
    100 King Street West
    Suite 1600
    Toronto, ON M5X 1G5
    Phone: 416-862-7525
    16 offices in 7 countries

    Management

    Chair and CEO
    Chief Operating Officer
    Firm Managing Partner - External
    Firm Managing Partner - Internal
    Managing Partner - Beijing
    Managing Partner - Calgary
    Managing Partner - Hamilton
    Managing Partner - London
    Managing Partner - Montréal
    Managing Partner - Moscow
    Managing Partner - Ottawa
    Managing Partner - Toronto
    Managing Partner - Vancouver
    Managing Partner - Waterloo Region

    Contacts

    Aboriginal Law
    613-783-8801
    Advertising, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs
    416-862-4293
    Advertising, Marketing and Regulatory Affairs
    416-862-5439
    Automotive
    416-862-5716
    Banking Litigation
    416-369-4616
    Business Law
    519-575-7545
    C2D
    416-862-5409
    C2D
    416-862-4682
    C2D
    416-814-5673
    Charities & Not-for-Profit
    613-786-8668
    Charities & Not-For-Profit
    416-862-3547
    Chemicals
    416-862-4300
    Civil Fraud
    416-369-4616
    Class Actions
    416-862-4314
    Commercial Leasing
    613-786-0169
    Commercial Litigation
    416-369-6693
    Competition Law/ Antitrust
    (416) 369-7396
    Construction Law
    403-292-9805
    Copyright Law
    416-862-4492
    Corporate Finance and M&A
    416-369-4579
    Corporate Restructuring
    416-369-7330
    Crisis Management
    613-786-0226
    Defamation & Media
    613-786-0135
    Defence, Security and Aerospace
    613-786-0213
    Distressed M&A
    416-369-6667
    Drug Pricing & Reimbursement Group
    613-786-0187
    Employment & Labour
    519-575-7505
    Energy - Nuclear / Electricity / Oil & Gas / Renewable / Regulatory Legislative and Market Design
    403-298-1980
    Energy - Nuclear / Electricity / Oil & Gas / Renewable / Regulatory Legislative and Market Design
    416-369-7296
    Entertainment Law
    416-814-5673
    Environmental Law / Environmental Litigation
    416-862-4300
    Executive Compensation
    416-369-4583
    Family
    613-786-0164
    Financial Services
    416-862-5705
    Food & Natural Health Products Law
    416-862-4293
    Food & Natural Health Products Law
    613-783-8849
    Franchise and Distribution Law
    416-862-3539
    Gaming Law
    613-786-0167
    Global Business Integrity
    403-298-1817
    Government Affairs / Educational Institutions - Universities & Colleges
    514-392-9536
    Immigration
    519-575-7528
    Infrastructure
    416-369-4581
    Infrastructure
    416-369-7296
    Insurance & Professional Liability
    403-298-1947
    Intellectual Property
    613-786-0150
    Intellectual Property Litigation
    613-786-0140
    International
    416-369-7243
    Legal Translation
    514-392-9555
    Life Sciences / Life Sciences Litigation
    604-443-7610
    Manufacturing, Sales and Distribution
    416-862-5716
    Medical Defence Group
    613-786-0188
    Mining
    +44 (0)20 3004 3500
    Mining
    604-891-2710
    Mining
    416-369-7115
    Mortgage Recovery Services
    905-540-3240
    Occupational Health & Safety
    613-783-8829
    Occupational Health & Safety
    519-575-7507
    Patents
    416-862-4325
    Pensions
    416-369-4635
    Privacy & Information Management
    416-862-5409
    Privacy & Information Management
    613-783-8818
    Private Equity & Venture Capital
    416-369-4579
    Procurement
    613-786-0243
    Product Liability
    416-862-4644
    Real Estate & Urban Development
    519-575-7542
    Records Management Services
    905-540-3262
    Recovery Services
    905-540-3297
    Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Insolvency
    604-891-2286
    Retail Services
    416-862-5798
    Russia and the CIS
    +7-495-502-1250
    Social Media
    416-862-4293
    Succession Planning & Estates
    416-862-3556
    Supreme Court of Canada Services
    613-786-0139
    Tax
    416-369-4663
    Tax Dispute Resolution
    416-862-3630
    Technology - Wireless Communications / Hardware, Software & Semiconductor Manufacturers / Social Networking / Cleantech
    416-369-6186
    Trade-marks
    416-862-3536
    Transfer Pricing
    613-786-0102
    Transportation and Logistics
    613-786-0213
    United States
    613-786-0226
    XClaimTM - Portfolio Claims Management
    905-540-3262

    Practice Areas

    Aboriginal Law
    Administrative and Public Law
    Advertising and Marketing Law
    Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Appellate Practice
    Banking and Finance Law
    Biotechnology Law
    Class Action Litigation
    Construction Law
    Corporate and Commercial Litigation
    Corporate Law
    Defamation and Media Law
    Director and Office Liability Practice
    Energy Regulatory Law
    Environmental Law
    Equipment Finance Law
    Family Law
    Franchise Law
    Health Care Law
    Immigration Law
    Information Technology Law
    Insolvency and Financial Restructuring Law
    Insurance Law
    Intellectual Property Law
    International Trade and Finance Law
    Labour and Employment Law
    Legal Malpractice Law
    Medical Negligence
    Mergers & Acquisitions Law
    Mining Law
    Municipal Law
    Natural Resources Law
    Personal Injury Litigation
    Product Liability Law
    Project Finance Law
    Public Procurement Law
    Real Estate Law
    Securities Law
    Tax Law
    Technology Law
    Transportation Law
    Trusts and Estates