Melissa Tehrani

Melissa Tehrani is a partner at Gowling WLG's Montréal office. She practises in the area of advertising, marketing and regulatory law. Her practice covers a range of commercial issues with particular emphasis on e-commerce law, consumer protection law, consumer-oriented financial products and agreements, class actions, social media legal issues and Québec language laws.

She advises national and international corporations in the e-commerce, retail, financial services, automotive and telecom industries with respect to their provincial and federal legal obligations. Her main areas of practice include ad copy reviews and pre-approvals for digital media, T.V., radio, print and social media; sponsorship agreements; contests and promotions design and review; class action litigation; packaging and labelling; children’s advertising; ACTRA and UDA issues; French language requirements; and privacy law.

Melissa has co-authored the Canadian chapter of the leading international book “International Advertising Law” published by Wolters Kluwer and is also a contributing author of the leading Canadian textbook, “Advertising and Marketing Law in Canada”, published by LexisNexis. She is a recurring speaker at LEXPERT’s annual Advertising and Marketing Law and Social Media Law conferences. She is the co-editor of Gowling WLG's AdBytes Advertising & Product Regulatory publication, and is a frequent contributor to AdBytes. Melissa is a featured Leading Lawyer in the 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Advertising & Marketing Law)

During law school, she attended the Université de Lumière – Lyon II in France and interned at Concordia University’s Legal Information Clinic. Melissa joined the firm in 2009 as a law student and continued on as an articling student. She practises in English and French and is proficient in Italian.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2021

  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      May 2013
      Starbucks International Excellence in Diversity Award
  • 2012

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

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      Year of Call, Quebec
  • 2009

    • Education
      Queen's University, JD
  • 2008

    • Education
      University of Montréal, LLB


  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Law Society of Ontario
  • Member, Young McCord Council
  • Young Bar Association of Montréal
  • Contributor: Advertising and Marketing Law In Canada, 4th ed., LexisNexis, 2012
  • Article: Smaller Businesses to be Affected by Proposed Changes to Québec's Language Laws
  • Article: Pardon me, what must I translate? Quebec French language advertising and labelling requirements, LexisNexis Australian Product Liability Reporter 2012, Vol. 23, p. 32-37 (Melissa Tehrani and André Rivest)
  • Article: La Charte de la langue française et les obligations des détaillants, Tout en détail – Conseil québécois du commerce de détail (Melissa Tehrani and André Rivest)
  • Article: Parlez-vous français? Language Requirements for Doing Business in Québec, Gowlings Life Sciences & Law 2012/2013 (Melissa Tehrani and Giovanna Spataro)
  • Speaker: LEXPERT Social Media Law Conference: Cutting Edge Practical Advice From Canada’s Advertising Law Experts (June 2013)
  • Speaker: LEXPERT Marketing and Advertising Law: OH- The Times they are Truly Changing. Distinctly Quebec Issues (November 2012)
  • Speaker: LEXPERT Social Media Law Conference: Cutting Edge Practical Advice From Canada’s Advertising Law Experts (May 2012)
  • Speaker: Médias sociaux : rapides, efficaces et dangereux, Gowlings (2012)
  • Speaker:  Advertising Law in Canada 101: Overview of Some Key Aspects of Canadian Advertising and Marketing Law, MedTechNorth Canada (April 2012)
  • Speaker: Gowlings Conference for In-House Counsels  “Légal, Mondial, En temps réel”; Presentation: Protection du consommateur : ce qu’il faut surveiller  (2011)  (with André Rivest and Julie-Martine Loranger)