Canada: Life Sciences 2017

We feature 63 leading life sciences practitioners in this chapter, who are highlighted for their outstanding work handling product liability, patent, regulatory and transactional matters on behalf of pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.  

Most Highly Regarded
1. Eileen McMahon Torys, Toronto
2. Gordon McKee Blake Cassels & Graydon, Toronto
3. Anthony Creber Gowling WLG, Toronto
4. Gunars Gaikis Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh, Toronto
5. Harry Radomski Goodmans, Toronto

BLAKE CASSELS & GRAYDON boasts the foremost life sciences offering in Canada, achieving an impressive seven listings.
Gordon McKee enjoys “a phenomenal reputation” in the market as “a leading litigator”. He is highly sought after by clients for his “extensive experience in the life sciences area” as well as his “great knowledge” in relation to class action cases.
Alice Tseng is “absolutely excellent” and “a real leader” in the space. She is renowned among peers and clients alike for her exceptional regulatory expertise.
Joseph Garcia is considered a big name in the life sciences arena, both internationally and in the Canadian market. He is recognised for his strong sector-related transactional work.
Jill Lawrie “truly deserves to be in the list” according to sources, who highlight her great national reputation for product liability work.
Catherine Beagan Flood draws high praise from market commentators who consider her “outstanding in so many different areas of life sciences law”.

National full-service firm GOWLING WLG sees six practitioners highlighted for their top-tier work in the life sciences sector.
The “exceptional” Anthony Creber is a prominent figure in the domestic market, and is particularly particularly as an authority on patent litigation matters.
Mary Thomson is “certainly one of the best” in the field, and is a longstanding fixture in the space. She wins high praise for her superb work handling sector-related product liability and regulatory matters.
Christopher Van Barr stands out as “one of the leading drug patent litigators in the country”. His first-class practice spans both the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.
Jane Steinberg is “a well-known name in the field” and boasts over 30 years’ experience handling both contentious and non-contentious IP matters.

FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN also performs well this year with six individuals nominated for inclusion.
Peter Pliszka is “a well-known class action lawyer”, noted particularly for his brilliant work on product liability cases.
Timothy Squire co-chairs the firm’s life sciences team, and is recognised for his exceptional expertise handling medical device matters, from regulatory counsel to compliance.
Ingrid VanderElst is a first-rate regulatory attorney, and remains a firm favourite among clients who include pharmaceutical manufacturers and service providers.
Mathieu Gagné comes highly recommended for his excellent practice in this area. He is frequently engaged in delivering regulatory and compliance advice to clients in the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries.

TORYS sees five leading practitioners noted for their excellence in the life sciences field.
Eileen McMahon stands out as the foremost life sciences lawyer in the country. She impresses market commentators with her “outstanding practice” and is considered “a regulatory guru”.
William McNamara is “a highly skilled practitioner” and wins praise from peers who regard him as “incredibly experienced in product liability and class actions in the life sciences area”.
Andrew Bernstein has “a very good reputation” in the market for his first-class patent litigation practice.

Five attorneys from NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT are recognised this year for their expertise in the life sciences sector.
Sara Zborovski boasts “an excellent profile on the regulatory side” according to peers, who commend her impressive work in relation to the food industry.  
Patrick Kierans is “a true innovator” in the field noted for his well-established practice which spans both regulatory and patent litigation work.
Vanessa Grant is regarded as “one of the leading corporate life sciences lawyers” in the country and draws widespread praise for her fantastic transactional work.

GOODMANS achieves four nominations in this chapter.
Harry Radomski is one of the most prominent figures in the Canadian life sciences market and is considered “excellent for IP litigation matters”.
Dino Clarizio is “a high-class lawyer” commended for his “strategic approach” to cases. He is noted particularly for his strong IP practice.
Andrew Brodkin and Richard Naiberg are also recognised for their leading expertise in the life sciences field.

DLA PIPER also sees four individuals listed this year.
David Neave enjoys “an excellent reputation on the product liability side” and “certainly deserves to be on the list”. One source effuses: “He is one of the best-known lawyers in this space in the province.”
Co-chair of the IP group Bruce Stratton is highlighted for his top-notch patent litigation practice, and regularly represents both international and domestic clients in related disputes.
Ronald Dimock and Angela Furlanetto also impress with their excellent work in the space.

SMART & BIGGAR/ FETHERSTONHAUGH receives three nominations in this chapter.
Gunars Gaikis is “terrific for IP” according to peers who note, “He is a widely recognised leader in this space.” One source comments: “He is the most prominent drug patent litigator out there.”
The “incredibly smart” Nancy Pei is held in high regard by peers for her “strong regulatory work”. She boasts over 15 years’ experience handling matters from a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and natural health products.
Steven Garland specialises in patent litigation, an area in which one source considers him “absolutely amazing!”

This section sees three standout names from MCCARTHY TÉTRAULT recognised for their work in the field.
Steven Mason is a patent litigation expert noted for his extensive trial experience before a wide array of domestic tribunals including the Supreme Court of Canada.
Michel Gagné is recognised for his “scientific approach” to cases. One source comments: “He is by far the best Quebec-based lawyer I have worked with.”
Andrew Reddon also stands out for his strong expertise in the patent litigation space.

AITKEN KLEE also receives three nominations this year.
Jonathan Stainsby is “a very experienced IP litigator” highlighted for his excellent work in the pharmaceutical space. 
David Aitken is well known for his world-class patent litigation practice and wins praise from sources who consider him “a great trial lawyer”.
Founding partner Marcus Klee is an experienced litigator recognised for his top-tier advocacy work.

Peter Wilcox at BELMORE NEIDRAUER is “one of the most prominent patent lawyers in the country” according to peers who “hold him in high regard”. One source notes: “He really is at the top of the game.”
Jason Markwell is also highly respected by peers for his strong patents expertise and impressive contentious practice.

At BLANCHARD LAW OFFICE, Adrienne Blanchard is described as “terrific for regulatory and IP work” and is highlighted for the “strong regulatory focus” of her practice. 

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