Gowling WLG recognized in the 2020 edition of Legal 500 Canada

14 November 2019

Gowling WLG has earned a strong showing in the 2020 edition of Legal 500 Canada, with 47 professionals recommended across 24 categories. Among the firm's lawyers named in the guide, 15 were listed as elite "Leading Lawyers" and nine professionals were identified as "Next Generation Partners."

For the third consecutive year, Gowling WLG was ranked as a Tier 1 firm in the Intellectual Property category.

Lawyers Nelson Godfrey and Magda Hanebach were named to the "Rising Stars" list, which recognizes associates who make a substantial contribution to their firm's practice.

The Legal 500 rankings highlight the legal teams that provide the most cutting-edge and innovative solutions to corporate counsel. Research is based on feedback from 300,000 clients worldwide, submissions from law firms and interviews with leading private practice lawyers.

Gowling WLG received a number of positive comments from its clients in this year's guide, including the following:

"Gowling WLG's attention to detail and client care goes beyond any other firm. We're so comfortable with the relationship that we have developed we almost always proceed with their recommendation, which saves us a lot of time and energy that we can focus on our core business operations."

"The firm has taken to host Indigenous law learning events that have proved to be successful, including hosting events to coincide with National Indigenous Peoples Day. The firm seems to take its diversity and inclusion commitments seriously."

"Issues and legal requirements can be complex, and vary tremendously from one provincial jurisdiction to the next. The team at Gowling WLG not only understand the legal issues but have taken the time to listen and learn about operational challenges, helping in implementing compliant programs."

"Gowling WLG stands out for its great historical knowledge and its passion for clients' brands."

In addition to IP, the firm was recommended in the following categories:

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

The following professionals were recommended by Legal 500 Canada 2020 within the firm's editorial coverage for the following categories:

Banking and Finance
Elizabeth Burton (Next Generation Partner)
David Cohen

Lewis Retik
Peter Simeon (Next Generation Partner)

Corporate and M&A
W. Ian Palm

Dispute Resolution
David Bishop (Leading Lawyer)
Scott Kugler
Martin Palleson
Alexandre Sami

Energy and Natural Resources - Mining
Stuart Olley

Energy and Natural Resources - Oil & Gas
Lorne Rollheiser

Energy and Natural Resources - Power
Ahab Abdel-Aziz (Leading Lawyer)
Magda Hanebach (Rising Stars)
Ian Mondrow (Leading Lawyer)

Wally Braul (Leading Lawyer)
Harry Dahme (Leading Lawyer)
Jennifer Danahy (Next Generation Partner)
Rod Northey (Leading Lawyer)

Indigenous Law
Cam Cameron (Next Generation Partner)
Maxime Faille (Leading Lawyer)
Jaimie Lickers (Next Generation Partner)

Infrastructure and Projects
Ted Betts
Darryl Brown

Taryn Burnett
Filomena Frisina (Leading Lawyer)

Intellectual Property
Anthony Creber (Leading Lawyer)
Michael Crichton (Next Generation Partner)
Scott Foster (Next Generation Partner)
Nelson Godfrey (Rising Stars)
Robert MacDonald (Leading Lawyer)
Christopher Van Barr (Leading Lawyer)

International Trade
Richard Dearden
Wendy Wagner (Leading Lawyer)

Labour and Employment
Maxwell Brunette (Next Generation Partner)
Bettina Burgess

Media and Entertainment
Susan Abramovitch (Leading Lawyer)

Public Procurement
Luc Lissoir
Phuong Ngo (Leading Lawyer)

Real Estate
Joel Camley

Restructuring and Insolvency
Clifton Prophet
Derrick Tay (Leading Lawyer)

Paul Carenza
Ash Gupta
John Sorensen

Viona Duncan
Lorraine Mastersmith

Transport - Aviation
Marie-France Béland (Next Generation Partner)

About Gowling WLG

With more than 1,500 legal professionals and a presence in Canada, the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America, Gowling WLG provides its clients with in-depth expertise in key global sectors and a suite of legal services at home and abroad.

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