Legal 500 Canada 2021 recognizes Gowling WLG professionals among country’s leading lawyers

19 November 2020

In the 2021 edition of Legal 500 Canada, 77 Gowling WLG professionals were recommended as industry leaders in their respective practices. Among the firm's lawyers named in the guide, 17 were listed as elite "Leading Lawyers" and 10 professionals were identified as "Next Generation Partners."

Alongside the individual rankings, Gowling WLG was recognized as a leading law firm in 25 categories. Among those categories, the firm received the top-tier honour for Indigenous Law and Intellectual Property (IP).

Throughout this year's guide, the firm received excellent client feedback, including:

"[Gowling WLG] provides concise, clear and on-point guidance. The guidance is reasonable, not crossing into worst-case scenarios and takes into account the company’s risk tolerance."

"‘The team at [Gowling WLG] do truly put the customer first. Their focus is not billable hours or a set-in-stone set of metrics to be achieved; it is to serve the best interests of the customer."

"From my experience, I have found the Gowling WLG team has diverse expertise that has consistently delivered sound legal advice on complex and multi-jurisdictional projects that we confront in our organization… The advice provided is pragmatic with an emphasis on maximizing the right opportunities beneficial to all parties involved."

Firm Rankings

In addition to Indigenous Law and IP, Gowling WLG was recognized in the following categories:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Business Immigration
  • 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
  • Infrastructure and Projects
  • Insurance
  • International Trade
  • Labour and Employment
  • Media and Entertainment
  • Public Procurement
  • Real Estate
  • Restructuring and Insolvency
  • Tax
  • Technology
  • Transport - Aviation


Recommended Lawyers

The following professionals from the firm's offices in Calgary, Hamilton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Waterloo Region earned listings in Legal 500 Canada 2021:

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

Business Immigration
Lesley Love
Bill MacGregor
Krista Schofer

Cannabis
Lewis Retik
Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel
Peter Simeon (Next Generation Partner)

Corporate and M&A
W. Ian Palm

Dispute Resolution
David Bishop (Leading Lawyer)
Warren Foley (Next Generation Partner)
Scott Kugler
Martin Palleson
Guy Poitras
Sahil Shoor (Rising Star)

Energy and Natural Resources - Mining
Stuart Olley
France Tenaille

Energy and Natural Resources - Oil & Gas
Josh Jantzi
Stuart Olley
Lorne Rollheiser
Jim Smellie

Energy and Natural Resources - Power
Ahab Abdel-Aziz (Leading Lawyer)
Adam Chamberlain
Magda Hanebach (Rising Star)
Ian Mondrow (Leading Lawyer)
Thomas Timmins (Leading Lawyer)

Environment
Wally Braul (Leading Lawyer)
Adam Chamberlain
Harry Dahme (Leading Lawyer)
Jennifer Danahy (Next Generation Partner)
Josh Jantzi
Natalie Mullins
Rod Northey (Leading Lawyer)

Indigenous Law
Keith Brown
Cam Cameron (Next Generation Partner)
Maxime Faille (Leading Lawyer)
Paul Seaman
Scott Smith

Infrastructure and Projects
Merie-Anne Beavis
Ted Betts
Darryl Brown
Faithe Holder
Adam Lewinberg (Leading Lawyer)
Luc Lissoir

Insurance
Belinda Bain
Filomena Frisina (Leading Lawyer)
Michael Garellek
Peter Koch

Intellectual Property
Shelagh Carnegie (Next Generation Partner)
Anthony Creber (Leading Lawyer)
Michael Crichton (Next Generation Partner)
Ron Dimock (Leading Lawyer)
Scott Foster (Next Generation Partner)
Nelson Godfrey (Next Generation Partner)
Robert MacDonald (Leading Lawyer)
Christopher Van Barr (Leading Lawyer)

International Trade
Wendy Wagner (Leading Lawyer)

Labour and Employment
Andrew Bratt
Maxwell Brunette (Next Generation Partner)
Bettina Burgess
Josée Gervais
Mark Josselyn

Media and Entertainment
Susan Abramovitch (Leading Lawyer)

Public Procurement
Luc Lissoir
Phuong Ngo (Leading Lawyer)
Graham Ragan

Real Estate
Murray Braaten
Joel Camley
Pamela Green
Stacey Handley
Alain Lalonde
Michael Polowin

Tax
Paul Carenza
Dale Hill
Stevan Novoselac
Christine Perry
Ted Thiessen

Technology
Todd Bissett
Viona Duncan
Lorraine Mastersmith


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.

Click here to view the complete list of Legal 500 Canada 2021.

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