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Peter J. Lukasiewicz
Chief Executive Officer, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 1981 - Ontario

Primary Office: Toronto

Peter J. Lukasiewicz

Peter Lukasiewicz is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP. He also serves as a member of Gowling WLG’s global board.

In these roles, Peter is responsible for guiding the firm’s Canadian and international strategies, and championing Gowling WLG’s core belief that the best way to serve clients is to be in tune with their world, aligned with their opportunity and ambitious for their success.

Peter previously served as the firm’s external managing partner, with primary responsibility for client relationships. He also served as managing partner of the Toronto office for 15 years.

Prior to becoming CEO, Peter practised as a senior commercial litigator, counselling and representing domestic and global clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of Canada’s leading commercial litigators by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Peter is actively involved in his community. He is a member of the board of directors of Indspire, an Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. In 2014-15, he was president of The Advocates’ Society, Canada’s premier organization for advocates, having served on its board for the previous eight years. From 2006 to 2010, he chaired Ryerson University's board of governors.

In recognition of his community service, Peter was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.


At Gowling WLG, we place enormous value on innovation, collaboration and a people-first approach. It's what enables us to deliver the best possible service to our clients.

September2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

July2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

September2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

July2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

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Memberships

Career & Recognition

2015

September 2015

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016

2015

July 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015

2014

September 2014

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015

2014

July 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014

2014

2014

President, The Advocates' Society

2014 - 2015

2013

September 2013

The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014

2012

2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal

2009

2009

Chair, Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities

2009 - 2010

2008

2008

Director, The Advocates' Society

2008 - 2015

2007

2007

Toronto Managing Partner, Gowlings

2007 - 2013

2006

2006

Chair, Board of Governors, Ryerson University

2006 - 2010

2006

2006

University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business — Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD Corporate Governance College, Directors Education Program, ICD.D designation

2003

2003

Member, Board of Governors, Ryerson University

2003 - 2010

2002

2002

Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal

2002

2002

Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal

1997

1997

Toronto Managing Partner, Gowlings

1997 - 2004

1990

1990

Board of Directors, Indspire

1981

1981

Year of Call, Ontario

1979

1979

Queen's University, LLB

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EXTERNAL PUBLICATIONS &
PAST SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Peter's recent publications/public speaking engagements include:

Legal Services RFPs: How Outside Counsel Can Win the Bid, ABA Spring Business Law Section Meeting, 2013

"International Litigation: Investor Protection under NAFTA's Chapter 11," American Bar Association Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2010

"The Protection of Pre-Trial Rights and Remedies in Canada and in England," American Bar Association Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2009

“International Litigation: Developments in International Commercial Arbitration,” Moderator, American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, 2009

"A Lawyer's Duty to Opposing Counsel," Advocates Society Symposium on Professionalism, 2009

“International Litigation: Class Proceedings in Canada and in other Common Law Jurisdictions,” American Bar Association Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporation Litigation, 2008

“International Litigation: Developments in Canadian Conflicts of Law,” American Bar Association Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporation Litigation, 2007

“Discovery in Transnational Litigation: The Canadian Perspective,” delivered to the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, 2007

“Rights and Remedies of Income Trust Unit Holders,” Commercial Litigation Review, Vol. 4, No.2, June 2006

Client Work

Peter's ongoing and recent representative engagements include:

  • Advising one of Canada's largest telecommunication companies in litigation and arbitration matters related to advertising
  • Advising Boards of Directors regarding senior management issues
  • Counsel to a global record label in a class action brought by rights holders of songs published in Canada
  • Counsel to Toronto Community Housing Corporation in respect of the class action arising from the fire at 200 Wellesley Street East, Toronto
  • Representing a national mutual fund company in defence of claims asserted by an investment management company
  • Defeated a motion for a multi-million dollar interlocutory injunction in Winnipeg and secured the dissolution of an interim injunction
  • Successfully overturned an adverse trial decision in the Ontario Court of Appeal and now prosecuting an action for a mortgagee challenging the expropriation of a large commercial property
  • Defending a leading brokerage firm in investor actions launched under the provisions of the Ontario Securities Act

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