Legal 500 Canada 2018 recognizes Gowling WLG as one of Canada’s leading law firms

18 December 2017

Gowling WLG has been ranked among the country’s leading law firms in the 2018 edition of Legal 500 Canada.

The firm was recognized in 23 practice areas in this year’s edition of the directory, with seven professionals listed as elite lawyers in their fields and two professionals identified as next generation lawyers. In total, 61 professionals were recommended in the guide's editorial coverage.

The firm received positive feedback from its clients in the guide, including:

“Gowling WLG is ‘more focused and detail driven than other firms’, and stands out for its ‘diverse client base’ …”

“Clients ‘unreservedly recommend’ Gowling WLG’s power practice and highlight its lawyers’ ‘promptness to contribute and participate’ as well as their ‘strong understanding of the business side of large-scale megaprojects’”.

“The ‘responsive and client-oriented’ group at Gowling WLG demonstrates ‘strong business acumen and industry knowledge’”.

Once again, Legal 500 Canada recommended Gowling WLG as a top-tier firm in the area of Intellectual Property (IP). A number of individual professionals were recommended for their notable strength in IP.

The firm was also recommended in these 22 practice areas:

  • Aboriginal Law
  • Banking and Finance
  • Corporate and M&A
  • Dispute Resolution — Alberta
  • Dispute Resolution — British Columbia
  • Dispute Resolution — Ontario
  • Dispute Resolution — Québec
  • Energy — Mining
  • Energy — Oil and Gas
  • Energy — Power
  • Environment
  • Infrastructure and Projects
  • Insurance: M&A and Regulatory
  • International Trade
  • Labour and Employment
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Public Procurement
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Transport — Aviation

Meanwhile, the following seven Gowling WLG professionals were listed as leading lawyers in Legal 500 Canada 2018:

Energy — Power
James Smellie

Mark Madras

Intellectual Property
Anthony Creber
Robert MacDonald

International Trade
Wendy Wagner

Media and Entertainment
Susan Abramovitch

Restructuring and Insolvency
Derrick Tay

In addition, the following two Gowling WLG professionals were listed as next generation lawyers in Legal 500 Canada 2018:

Intellectual Property
Kiernan Murphy

Carl Hinzmann

The following 61 professionals were recommended by Legal 500 Canada within the firm’s editorial coverage for the following areas:

Aboriginal Law
Brian Crane, QC
Maxime Faille

Banking and Finance
Elizabeth Burton
Mark Ledwell
Lilly Wong

Corporate and M&A
Cyndi Laval
W. Ian Palm

Dispute Resolution
Mike Adlem
Robert Armstrong
David Bishop
John Callaghan
Scott Kugler
Alexandre Sami
Shayne Strukoff, QC

Energy — Mining
Cyndi Laval

Energy — Oil and Gas
John Cusano
Stuart Olley
Lorne Rollheiser

Energy — Power
Ahab Abdel-Aziz
Paul Harricks
Robert Hull
Paul Murphy
James Smellie

Wally Braul
Harry Dahme
Mark Madras
Rod Northey

Infrastructure and Projects
Merie-Anne Beavis
Ted Betts
Darryl Brown
Luc Lissoir

Insurance: M&A and Regulatory
Filomena Frisina
Michael Garellek
Peter Koch

Intellectual Property
Matthew Boyd
Monique Couture
Anthony Creber
Hélène D’Iorio
Kelly Gill
Robert MacDonald
Kiernan Murphy
Patrick Smith
Christopher Van Barr

International Trade
Richard Dearden
Wendy Wagner

Labour and Employment
Christopher Andree
Maxwell Brunette
Laura Mensch

Media and Entertainment
Susan Abramovitch

Public Procurement
Phuong Ngo
Graham Ragan

Real Estate
Julie Desrochers
Mark McHughan
Laurie Sanderson

Restructuring and Insolvency
Thomas Cumming
Clifton Prophet
Derrick Tay

Michael Bussmann
Carl Hinzmann
John Sorensen

Stuart Olley
Parna Sabet-Stephenson

Transport — Aviation
Cynthia Elderkin

The Legal 500 provides comprehensive worldwide coverage on recommended law firms and professionals in more than 100 countries. Results are based on in-depth feedback from clients, submissions from law firms and interviews with private practice lawyers.