Joel Reinhardt Associate

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 2014 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-783-8809

Fax: +1 613-788-4498


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Primary office:  Ottawa

Joel Reinhardt

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.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2014

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 2013

    • Education
      University of Ottawa, JD
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      Finalist, International Trade Law Moot (WTO/ELSA), Montpellier, France
    • Rankings & Awards
      Law Dean's Honour List, University of Ottawa
  • 2009

    • Education
      Trinity Western University, BA (Philosophy)


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • County of Carleton Law Association
  • Ontario Bar Association

Published Articles:

Joel Reinhardt & Aweis Osman, “Chevron Corp v Yaiguaje: Expansion of Canada’s Generous and Liberal Approach in the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments” (2016), 45 The Advocates’ Quarterly 339 (cited in Fernandes v Wal-Mart Canada Corp., 2017 MBCA 96)

Jacques Shore, Guy Regimbald, and Joel Reinhardt, “A primer on new lobbying rules for the City of Ottawa,” Hill Times (Print Edition, August 6, 2012).