Scott Jolliffe Partner

Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1978 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 416-862-5400

Secondary phone: +1 416-434-9784

Fax: +1 416-863-3400


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Primary office:  Toronto

Scott Jolliffe

Scott Jolliffe is an engineer and a lawyer. He serves as a trusted adviser to senior business leaders on legal and business matters related to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property. Having earned his reputation as a leading litigator IP, and then as CEO of Gowlings as it grew to become a Global 100 law firm, Scott now focuses on providing strategic and practical guidance on the most challenging legal and business matters facing our clients.

Drawing on more than 30 years of legal experience, Scott serves as senior counsel on landmark intellectual property cases, and as an adviser to businesses in the aerospace, transportation, resource, manufacturing, and life sciences sectors. He also serves as a mediator in intellectual property and technology disputes, having been accredited in this field by several Canadian and international organizations.

A published author in the IP and legal fields, Scott also speaks frequently on matters relating to intellectual property, legal ethics, conflicts of interest, diversity & inclusion, the business of law, and law firm leadership. He is the recipient of several awards, including the prestigious Louis St-Laurent Award for Excellence, granted by the Canadian Bar Association, and the Lexpert Zenith Award for demonstrated excellence, action, and thought leadership in ways that have advanced diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and society.

The former CEO of the Canadian Bar Association, John Hoyles, said: "Scott is one of the great leaders of our profession. He is a lawyer with the utmost integrity, and has made tremendous contributions to both the business and practice of law in Canada."

For more than 20 years, Scott served as managing partner, then CEO and chair, of Gowlings, which is now known worldwide as Gowling WLG. During his leadership tenure, he played a key role in positioning Gowling WLG to become one of the world's most respected law firms.

Scott also serves as chair of the Canadian Arab Business Council (CABC), Canada's not-for-profit association focused on bringing the Canadian and Arab business communities together to facilitate and expand trade and investment between Canada and the Arab world. He also serves as a director on the board of the Canada-Africa Chamber of Business, an independent not-for-profit organization with strong working links with Canadian and African businesses and governments.

Career & Recognition

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  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Association
  • Canadian Bar Association
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada
  • International Trademark Association