Brent J. Arnold
Brent J. Arnold is a partner practising in Gowling WLG's advocacy department, specializing in commercial litigation, arbitration and cybersecurity. Brent heads the firm's Commercial Litigation Technology Sub-group. He also leads cybersecurity initiatives for the firm's Financial Services Regulatory Group, and is a member of its InsurTech Group and its Innovation Council. In 2019 he co-authored the Canada chapter of Chambers Global Practice Guide: Data Protection & Cybersecurity, 2nd ed.
Brent's experience includes cyber breach coaching, cyber risk, consumer, implementation and other disputes for e-commerce vendors and software developers, construction, administrative and insolvency law, shareholders' rights, class actions, employment contracts, intellectual property-related disputes in the Superior Court of Justice, and general contractual disputes.
He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, including the Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada, and has appeared before numerous administrative tribunals. In 2011, Brent appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada in support of the federal government's constitutional reference regarding a Canadian Securities Act.
Brent currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy section of the U.S.-based Defence Research Institute (DRI). Brent served two terms on the Executive for the Civil Litigation Section of the Ontario Bar Association. He is an active member of the Advocates' Society, and has participated in several of its standing committees and task forces (he is a past Chair of both its Young Advocates and 10+ Standing Committees). He co-authored the Society's Paperless Trials Manual, is a frequent speaker on the topics of cybersecurity, courtroom innovation, and electronic trials, and writes a regular technology column for The Advocates' Society's Advocacy Matters publication. Brent is also a member of the Canadian Technology Law Association and the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
He has also worked as an adjunct faculty member at York University, where he taught advanced business law in the School of Administrative Studies.