Peter J. Lukasiewicz Chief Executive Officer Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1981 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-4328

Fax: +1 416-863-3428

Email: peter.lukasiewicz@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Toronto




Peter J. Lukasiewicz

Peter Lukasiewicz is the chief executive officer (CEO) of Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP. He also serves as a member of Gowling WLG's global board.

In these roles, Peter is responsible for guiding the firm's Canadian and international strategies, and championing Gowling WLG's core belief that the best way to serve clients is to be in tune with their world, aligned with their opportunity and ambitious for their success.

Peter previously served as the firm's external managing partner, with primary responsibility for client relationships. He also served as managing partner of the Toronto office for 15 years.

Prior to becoming CEO, Peter practised as a senior commercial litigator, counselling and representing domestic and global clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes. He has been repeatedly recognized as one of Canada's leading commercial litigators by the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada.

Peter is actively involved in his community. He is a member of the board of directors of Indspire, an Indigenous-led charity that invests in the education of First Nation, Inuit and Métis students across Canada. In 2014-15, he was president of The Advocates' Society, Canada's premier organization for advocates, having served on its board for the previous eight years. From 2006 to 2010, he chaired Ryerson University's board of governors.

In recognition of his community service, Peter was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002.

Career & Recognition

At Gowling WLG, we place enormous value on innovation, collaboration and a people-first approach. It's what enables us to deliver the best possible service to our clients.
  • Rankings & Awards
    May 2017
    Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2017
  • Rankings & Awards
    August 2016
    The Best Lawyers in Canada 2017
  • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
     1981
    Ontario
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Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2017

  • 2016

  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2014
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
    • Rankings & Awards
      July2014
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
    • Community
      2014
      President, The Advocates' Society
  • 2013

    • Rankings & Awards
      September2013
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
  • 2012

    • Rankings & Awards
      2012
      Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal
  • 2009

    • Community
      2009
      Chair, Council of Chairs of Ontario Universities
  • 2008

    • Community
      2008
      Director, The Advocates' Society
  • 2007

    • Career
      2007
      Toronto Managing Partner, Gowlings
  • 2006

    • Education
      2006
      University of Toronto, Rotman School of Business — Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD Corporate Governance College, Directors Education Program, ICD.D designation
    • Community
      2006
      Chair, Board of Governors, Ryerson University
  • 2003

    • Community
      2003
      Member, Board of Governors, Ryerson University
  • 2002

    • Rankings & Awards
      2002
      Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal
    • Rankings & Awards
      2002
      Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal
  • 1997

    • Career
      1997
      Toronto Managing Partner, Gowlings
  • 1990

    • Community
      1990
      Board of Directors, Indspire
  • 1981

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1981
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1979

    • Education
      1979
      Queen's University, LLB

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Institute of Corporate Directors
  • The Advocates' Society

Peter's recent publications/public speaking engagements include:

Legal Services RFPs: How Outside Counsel Can Win the Bid, ABA Spring Business Law Section Meeting, 2013

"International Litigation: Investor Protection under NAFTA's Chapter 11," American Bar Association Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2010

"The Protection of Pre-Trial Rights and Remedies in Canada and in England," American Bar Association Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporate Litigation, 2009

"International Litigation: Developments in International Commercial Arbitration," Moderator, American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, 2009

"A Lawyer's Duty to Opposing Counsel," Advocates Society Symposium on Professionalism, 2009

"International Litigation: Class Proceedings in Canada and in other Common Law Jurisdictions," American Bar Association Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporation Litigation, 2008

"International Litigation: Developments in Canadian Conflicts of Law," American Bar Association Annual Review of Developments in Business and Corporation Litigation, 2007

"Discovery in Transnational Litigation: The Canadian Perspective," delivered to the American Bar Association Business Law Section Annual Meeting, 2007

"Rights and Remedies of Income Trust Unit Holders," Commercial Litigation Review, Vol. 4, No.2, June 2006

Insights & Resources

Peter's ongoing and recent representative engagements include:

  • Advising one of Canada's largest telecommunication companies in litigation and arbitration matters related to advertising
  • Advising Boards of Directors regarding senior management issues
  • Counsel to a global record label in a class action brought by rights holders of songs published in Canada
  • Counsel to Toronto Community Housing Corporation in respect of the class action arising from the fire at 200 Wellesley Street East, Toronto
  • Representing a national mutual fund company in defence of claims asserted by an investment management company
  • Defeated a motion for a multi-million dollar interlocutory injunction in Winnipeg and secured the dissolution of an interim injunction
  • Successfully overturned an adverse trial decision in the Ontario Court of Appeal and now prosecuting an action for a mortgagee challenging the expropriation of a large commercial property
  • Defending a leading brokerage firm in investor actions launched under the provisions of the Ontario Securities Act