Lewis Retik is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising primarily in the area of corporate commercial and regulatory law. Lewis' practice focuses on regulatory and commercial issues relating to the commercialization of products, including regulatory licencing, product distribution, manufacturing, advertising, packaging and labelling.
Lewis has extensive experience working with companies of all sizes, ranging from recent startups to large international companies in a variety of specialized industries, including food, natural health products, cosmetic, pharmaceutical and technology. Lewis also addresses regulatory compliance and commercial issues that relate to e-commerce, multi-level marketing, direct selling, consumer protection and products that use the radio frequency spectrum.
He is often responsible for working with clients to develop packaging and advertising designs that are both consumer friendly and compliant. Lewis also provides advice to companies with regulatory compliance issues and the status of their products.
In addressing client issues, Lewis regularly interacts with senior officials of government within such departments and agencies as Industry Canada, Competition Bureau, Health Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Environment Canada. Lewis is actively involved in a range of community-based initiatives and charitable organizations.