Joel Reinhardt is an associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising commercial litigation and dispute resolution. In particular, he is experienced with disputes arising in negligence law (including liability for employee negligence), transportation law, construction law, shareholder and corporate disputes, partnership disputes, trust law, professional liability, regulatory investigations, property disputes, and private international law.
Joel advises individuals, business owners, health care professionals, companies, financial institutions, and governments, with the goal of providing effective advocacy and practical strategies to address complex problems. He also advises clients on the enforcement of domestic and foreign judgments and arbitral awards in Canada.
Joel represents clients in all levels of the Ontario courts, including the Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice, Divisional Court, and Court of Appeal, along with administrative tribunals, arbitration hearings, and mediations. Outside of courtroom disputes, he provides pre-litigation advice and strategy to protect client rights and remedies.
Joel’s legal commentary has been published by The Advocates' Quarterly, Lexology, and Mondaq and cited by judges.
Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Joel contributed to leading research on legal ethics and the law of solicitor-client privilege, and served in the federal government as a ministerial policy advisor on Cabinet and Treasury Board affairs.
Joel enjoys being active in his community and, among other things, serves as team leader for an Ottawa inner-city drop-in for those facing the challenges of low income and homelessness.