William L. Vanveen Partner


Speaks:  English

Year of Call: 1984 - Ontario

Primary phone: +1 613-786-0153

Fax: +1 613-563-9869

Email: william.vanveen@gowlingwlg.com

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Primary office:  Ottawa



William L. Vanveen

William Vanveen is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in the areas of competition law and civil litigation, including class actions. His competition law experience covers all aspects, including civil and criminal litigation, class actions, investigations, compliance and strategic opinions, and merger review.

Prior to joining the firm as a partner in 1989, William spent four years as an assistant professor of law at the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law.

William is an advocate in the Ontario Superior Court, Divisional Court, the Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the Provincial Court and the Competition Tribunal, and has also handled matters in other provinces.

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      Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2015
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      September2015
      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2016
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      July2015
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2015
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      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2014
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      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015
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      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2014
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      April2014
      Who's Who Legal: The International Who's Who of Life Sciences Lawyers 2014
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      The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014
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      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2013
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      The Best Lawyers in Canada® 2013
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      Who's Who Legal: Canada 2012
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      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2012
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      Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2012
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      June2012
      PLC Which Lawyer? 2012
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      Who’s Who Legal 2011
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      Who’s Who Legal - The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers , 2011
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      PLC Which Lawyer? 2011
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      February2011
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2011
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      Expert Guides, 2010
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      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory , 2010
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      PLC Which Lawyer? Yearbook , 2010
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      2010
      Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2010-2011 — Repeatedly recommended in Product Liability
  • 1984

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1984
      Year of Call, Ontario
  • 1982

    • Education
      1982
      Oxford University, BCL
  • 1980

    • Education
      1980
      Queen's University, LLB
  • 1975

    • Education
      1975
      Trent University, BA

William has acted in numerous competition law related civil proceedings. He has acted for Coca-Cola, Hoffmann-La Roche Limited, Eli Lilly, Pfizer and other pharmaceutical clients, and has particular expertise in the area of competition law related to the pharmaceutical industry.

He has also handled several class action lawsuits on a national scale in Canada, including the citric acid matter, vitamins and linerboard.