Anastasia Semenova, LLB, LLL Associate

Speaks:  English, French, Russian

Year of Call: 2011 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0207

Fax: +1 613-788-3605


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Primary office:  Ottawa

Anastasia Semenova, LLB, LLL

Anastasia Semenova is an associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising primarily in defamation and media law, privacy and access to information law, and international trade law.

In the areas of privacy and information management, Anastasia advises clients on all aspects of data management and access to information/freedom of information. Her experience includes working as a team member in conducting Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) for clients and in drafting privacy compliance programs and policies, advising on privacy compliance issues, including dealing with complaints before the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner, and assisting companies in responding to privacy breach incidents. Anastasia also assists clients with protecting confidential third party business information under Canada's Access to Information Act and provincial freedom of information legislation. Anastasia is a co-editor of the Gowling WLG Privacy Newsletter.

In her media and defamation practice, Anastasia litigates defamation law suits in the Ontario courts and represents the media in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms freedom of the press cases to oppose publication bans and other restraints on access to the courts.

In her international trade law practice, Anastasia advises clients in matters involving all aspects of customs compliance (tariff classification, origin, valuation, and Administrative Monetary Penalty System [AMPS] penalties).

Anastasia regularly volunteers with Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO), a non-profit charitable organization that provides free legal services through Law Help Ontario, as well as the University of Ottawa Refugee Sponsorship Support Program (SSP). Anastasia also mentors law students through the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Women in International Law Mentoring Program (WILMP) and the University of Ottawa Women's Legal Mentorship Program (WLMP).

Anastasia sits on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT), a non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing networking and educational opportunities.

Anastasia is fluent in English, French and Russian, and has working knowledge of Spanish and Ukrainian.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2011

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2010

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, LLL, French (magna cum laude)
  • 2009

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, LLB, English Common Law
  • 2006

    • Education
      University of Toronto, (Economics, French Literature), BA Hons. High Distinction
  • Wendy J. Wagner and Anastasia Semenova, “Borders and Breaches: Privacy Law Obligations,” presented in Ottawa on March 28, 2013

  • Richard G. Dearden and Anastasia Semenova, “Defamatory Libel" in Canada: Ottawa Restaurateur Given 90 Day Jail Sentence,” Media Law Resource Center MediaLawLetter, November 2012

  • Richard G. Dearden and Anastasia Semenova, "Injunctive Relief for Cyberlibel and Breach of Privacy in Canada," paper prepared for American Bar Association - Section on International Law, 2012 Spring Conference, New York