Bigger, brighter, bolder: Gowling WLG and ESB Lawyers join forces

January 1 marks the beginning of a new era for the city of Hamilton- the birth of the region's largest law firm, combining the very best in local expertise with a powerful global platform. Together, we're setting a new standard for client service.;

Here's what our combined team has to offer:

Strength in numbers

  • Home to almost 50 lawyers in Hamilton, and more than 90 administrative staff. A key part of one of the largest law firms in Canada, and the largest firm in Ontario, with three offices strategically located throughout the Southern Ontario economic corridor.

Committed to Hamilton

  • Relationships with key regional institutions, including the City of Hamilton, McMaster University, McMaster Innovation Park, Mohawk College, Hamilton Health Sciences, Dofasco, the region's leading financial institutions and other top employers.

Exceptional local service offering

  • Local strength in business law, private wealth, civil and commercial litigation, financial services, real estate, intellectual property, Indigenous law, public and education law, and franchising.

Global platform

  • Connecting our region to tens of thousands of clients around the world through our global network, comprising more than 1,400 lawyers and 1000 staff in 18 cities spanning nine countries and three continents.

Award-winning culture

  • Repeatedly distinguished among the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt, and committed to diversity and inclusion across our offices worldwide.

Leaders in innovation

  • Ranked as one of the most innovative legal businesses globally, Gowling WLG is at the cutting edge of the legal sector, with innovation at its heart. Many of our proprietary tools were created in Hamilton, and our unique partnerships with the region's leading innovators will ensure we keep raising the bar well into the future.

Industry recognized

  • Our team includes a number of professionals distinguished as leaders in their fields by Lexpert, Best Lawyers and other top legal publications and rankings organizations, as well as recipients of the prestigious Law Society of Ontario Medal and Certified Specialist designation.

About our founding practices and regional partnerships

For more information about the merger and how your organization might benefit from our expanded practice, please contact any member of our team.