Guy Régimbald is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, and a national practice group leader of the Administrative Law Practice Group. Guy’s practice specializes in the areas of constitutional and administrative law, Aboriginal law, trademark and copyright law, and taxation.
As a member of Gowling WLG's Supreme Court of Canada Services Group, Guy has appeared as lead counsel or co-counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada in many high-profile cases, and been involved as agent or adviser in many more. Guy prepares applications for leave to appeal to the Court, represents clients on appeals and motions, and guides clients through all the stages of the Supreme Court process. Notably, he was cited in Lexpert magazine's Top Ten Cases of 2014 for his representation of Claude Robinson in Cinar Corporation v. Robinson and of the Indigenous Bar Association in Canada in Tsilhqot'in Nation v. British Columbia. He was also cited in Lexpert magazine's Top Ten Cases of 2016 for his representation of the Assembly of First Nations in Daniels v. Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development).
Guy has also appeared as counsel in the Federal Court and the Federal Court of Appeal, as well as all levels of court in Ontario, Quebec, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and Yukon. He's also appeared before many administrative tribunals.
A prolific writer, Guy is the author of Canadian Administrative Law and co-author of The Law of the Canadian Constitution, two major treatises published by LexisNexis. They have been cited with approval by the Supreme Court of Canada (in the case of the former) and other courts throughout Canada in many reported decisions. Guy is also a co-author of Supreme Court of Canada Practice (Carswell), the definitive guide to practice and procedure at Canada's highest Court.
In his constitutional and administrative law practice, Guy advises clients on issues related to the division of powers and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He also advises clients on other government and regulatory issues, including on lobbying requirements that may arise in government relations.
Guy's Aboriginal law practice is focused on Aboriginal and treaty rights, self-government, Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, as well as First Nations taxation. He advises and represents First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada.
Since 2014, Guy has been recognized by Managing Intellectual Property every year as a star in trademark and copyright law. In 2018, Guy was elected on the Canadian Bar Association's Federal Courts Bench and Bar Liaison Committee, as well as Secretary-Treasurer for the Canadian Bar Association's Administrative Law Section; and since 2016, he has been elected to serve on the executive of the Ontario Bar Association's Constitutional, Civil Liberties and Human Rights Law section as well as the Administrative Law section, and the Canadian Bar Association's Administrative Law section.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Guy clerked for the Honourable Mr. Justice Rothstein and the Honourable Mr. Justice Major of the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as for Mr. Justice Marc Noël at the Federal Court of Appeal (now Chief Justice). Guy also worked for the Department of Justice in the Constitutional and Administrative Law Section, the Privy Council of Canada in Intergovernmental Affairs, and was a part-time professor in Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and International Law at the University of Ottawa.
Guy practises law in both official languages.