Paul Lalonde joined Dentons Canada LLP’s Toronto office in 2014 as a Partner. He focuses on government contracting law, international trade, anti-corruption and international arbitration. Mr. Lalonde is one of Canada’s leading experts on government procurement. He has represented clients in numerous government contracting disputes, including before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, the Federal Court of Canada and provincial tribunals. His expertise encompasses anti-dumping and countervail investigations, customs, import and export controls, international sanctions, anti-corruption compliance and investigations and international business. He regularly advises clients on Canada’s international investment commitments, including Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and has played a key role in some of Canada’s highest profile trade disputes including those on softwood lumber, steel and agricultural products.
Mr. Lalonde has the distinction of being one of the few practitioners listed as a leader in international trade law in Lexpert, Chambers Global, the Legal Post and the Guide to the World's Leading Lawyers(Legal Media Group / Euromoney Institutional Investor), as well as in the areas of International Trade and Finance Law and Public Procurement law in The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White) and inChambers Global. He is ranked as one of Canada’s pre-eminent lawyers in the procurement law field and has been selected to appear in the premiere edition of the International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers and is listed in the Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2012 and 2013 as a, “ true specialist” in Public Procurement. He was also named Corporate INTL Magazine's 2011 Public Procurement Lawyer of the Year in Canada. In 2012, he was named Toronto Lawyer of the Year in International Trade and Finance Law by The Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White). Mr. Lalonde has been recognized by The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory in international trade relations and is listed in the 2013 Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.
Since 2010, he has been an advisor for the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) project of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council.
In 2001, Mr. Lalonde was nominated to become a Roster Panellist under the Agreement on Internal Trade and, in July 2002 and June 2004, was appointed panellist on the fourth and fifth dispute resolution panels created under this Agreement. He has been a guest professor in international trade law at the University of Ottawa, has lectured at Osgoode Hall Law School and Queen’s University and is a frequent speaker at conferences in his areas of expertise. A contributing editor of North American Corporate Lawyer and the Government Purchasing Guide, Mr. Lalonde has published several articles in his areas of interest and is a sought-after media commentator in his areas of expertise.
Mr. Lalonde has held numerous leadership positions in the Bar, including as Co-chair of the International Bar Association North American Forum, Chair of the Canadian Bar Association, National Section on International Law and of the International Law Section of the Ontario Bar Association, and Chair of the International Procurement Committee of the American Bar Association International Law Section. Mr. Lalonde has been named a Trustee of the International Bar Association Foundation and is also a founding member of the Canadian Bar Association Joint Committee on Anti-corruption and Chair of the Legal Committee of Transparency International - Canada. Mr. Lalonde has been nominated to a number of industry advisory committees and corporate boards, including TVOntario, TFO, la télévision éducative et culturelle de l’Ontario français, and was former Secretary and Legal Counsel of I.E. Canada, the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters.