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, an engineer and lawyer, serves as a trusted adviser to senior business leaders on strategic legal and business matters. Having earned his reputation as a leading litigator in intellectual property, 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 20 years, Scott served as the National Managing Partner, 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.

In 2019, Scott was elected 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. Scott joined CABC's board of directors as vice chair and secretary in June 2017, and has served as the council's president since January 2018.

Career & Recognition

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