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Deborah Templer
Partner

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 2006 - Ontario

Primary Office: Toronto

Deborah Templer

Deborah Templer is a partner in the Gowling WLG Toronto office, practising in the area of advocacy.

Her practice emphasizes complex commercial matters including class actions (securities, medical defence, occupier’s liability and product liability), shareholder disputes, claims against directors/officers, and multi-faceted corporate litigation often involving the oppression remedy. She also practices in the areas of privacy law and environmental litigation and has developed particular expertise in advertising litigation, frequently acting for clients in advancing and responding to injunction proceedings.

Deborah has been successful in obtaining excellent outcomes for her clients through litigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration or a combination of approaches depending on the nature of the dispute. She works closely with her clients to provide clear, practical advice and to ensure that they understand the strategies for achieving the desired outcome.

Deborah has appeared as counsel in the courts of British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has also appeared as counsel in proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission (in a large provincial public inquiry) and before the Law Society of Upper Canada; and has served as counsel in arbitration proceedings in both Canada and the U.S. Deborah has worked with clients and other counsel in numerous Canadian provinces, as well as in the U.S. and Europe.

Deborah serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on International Litigation and, in this capacity, has written numerous articles and presented at U.S. conferences on various topics related to international litigation.

Deborah is actively engaged in pro bono work. She acts as the Toronto office representative on Gowling WLG's National Pro Bono Committee and frequently collaborates with Pro Bono Law Ontario in developing and strengthening community pro bono initiatives. Deborah received the Canadian Bar Association's 2015 Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award in recognition of her pro bono efforts. 

Deborah also serves as president of the board of directors of Women’s Habitat of Etobicoke, a shelter and outreach program for women and children fleeing violence.


April2015

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015

2015

Named "Future Star" for Ontario in Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015

2015

Canadian Bar Association's 2015 Young Lawyer's Pro Bono Award

April2014

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2014

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2015

April 2015

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015

2015

2015

Named "Future Star" for Ontario in Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2015

2015

2015

Canadian Bar Association's 2015 Young Lawyer's Pro Bono Award

2014

April 2014

Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys 2014

2006

2006

Year of Call, Ontario

University of Ottawa, LLB

University of Windsor, BA Hons.

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Deborah Templer

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Deborah Templer

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As co-chair of the American Bar Association Business Law Section’s Subcommittee on International Litigation, Deborah is co-author of the International Litigation chapter in the ABA's Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation and has presented the chapter at the section’s annual spring meeting.

Deborah is also co-author, along with Scott Kugler and Barry Stork, of “Class Proceedings in Canada,” a chapter in the ABA’s Business and Corporate Litigation Committee’s 2013 Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation.

Deborah has served as a lecturer in a webinar prepared for The Advocates’ Society National Expert Witness Academy on the preparation of expert reports.

She frequently contributes to several Gowlings e-newsletters, including: 

  • AdBytes, a Gowlings bulletin providing information and updates on the advertising industry
  • Compliance @ Gowlings, a bulletin designed to support securities dealers, and investment or financial advisers with compliance and legal issues
  • On-risk E-bulletin @ Gowlings, which provides information for insurance professionals and risk managers

Deborah's articles have also appeared in Bar-eX Weekly, a publication providing up-to-date coverage of recent developments in the law.

Client Work

GLENTEL sold to Bell in $594 million transaction

Client Work May 1, 2015

Industry Canada blocks US$36.8 billion hostile takeover bid by BHP Billiton Group of Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc.

Client Work March 11, 2010
  • Acted for Bell Canada on numerous occasions in advancing and defending claims under the Competition Act related to false and misleading advertising, including advancing and responding to injunction proceedings.
  • Acted pro bono for The Advocates’ Society as intervenor in the disciplinary hearing commenced by the Law Society of Upper Canada against Joseph Groia.
  • Defended Toronto Community Housing Corporation in a multi-million dollar class action arising from a fire in one of its housing complexes.
  • Defended certain physicians in class actions related to a tuberculosis outbreak.
  • Defended one of the partners of a partnership in a dispute with its former partner regarding the validity of a buy-sell offer and the conduct of the partners in relation to the buy-sell offer. Successfully obtained summary judgment in favour of our client.
  • Defended three siblings in a dispute with their brother concerning their respective interests in the family business following the death of their father. The plaintiff asserted claims for breach of fiduciary duty and oppression, all of which were settled.

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