Canada: Life Sciences 2018

In this chapter, we present 73 of the leading practitioners in the life sciences space in Canada. They are selected for their excellent work in product liability, patent litigation, regulatory and transactional matters for a broad range of clients across the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and mechanical engineering sectors.

Most Highly Regarded
1. Harry Radomski Goodmans LLP, Toronto
2. Gunars Gaikis Smart & Biggar/ Fetherstonhaugh, Toronto
3. Gordon McKee Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto
4. Adrienne M Blanchard Blanchard Law Office, Ottawa
5. Vanessa Grant Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Toronto
6. Anthony G Creber Gowling WLG, Ottawa
7. Andrew Brodkin Goodmans LLP, Toronto

Full-service Canadian firm Fasken stands out as a top firm in the domestic market with seven listings in total.
Peter Pliszka is “a well-known product liability class action litigator” according to peers. He co-leads the firm’s life sciences practice and focuses on product liability, class action and commercial litigation matters.
Jay Lefton is a well-established name in the Canadian market and stands out for his work advising clients on public and private M&A transactions and private equity matters in the life sciences sector.
Mathieu Gagné comes highly recommended by market sources who consider him a specialist in regulatory matters pertaining to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

Blake Cassels & Graydon also receives seven nominations this year.
Gordon McKee is lauded by peers who describe him as “a very knowledgeable practitioner in class actions” and “excellent counsel” for sophisticated life sciences matters.  
Joseph Garcia is widely respected by market commentators who commend his impressive transactional work across the life sciences sector.
James Sullivan QC is a product liability defence expert who stands out among peers for his adept handling of class action and regulatory proceedings.

Norton Rose Fulbright has a first-rate life sciences offering and receives six nominations here.
Vanessa Grant ranks among the very elite of life science practitioners in our research, and is described by market commentators as “an excellent life sciences transactional lawyer”.
Patrick Kierans is regarded as “a very well-respected name” in the life sciences market, and is highlighted for his particularly strong expertise regarding IP litigation matters. 
Sara Zborovski is lauded by respondents this year as “an excellent regulatory lawyer” in the life sciences space, most notably when it comes to matters relating to the food industry.
Judith Robinson is a widely respected figure among international peers who highlight her as one of the top patent litigators in the life sciences space. 

Torys distinguishes itself as one of the market leading firms in life science matters, with an impressive six listings this year.
Eileen McMahon is identified as “a leader in the area nationallyby respondents who consider her “a regulatory innovator” in the life sciences field.
William McNamara receives widespread plaudits from peers who describe him as “one of the best” when it comes to handling complex regulatory matters in the life sciences sector.    
Cheryl Reicin gains recognition from peers who note they have “extremely high regard for her transactional work” in the Canadian life sciences market.

Gowling WLG also receives six listings in this chapter.
Anthony Creber is singled out by peers in Canada this year as “a top patent litigator” in the life sciences market, with over 35 years of expertise handling related matters across the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.
Mary Thomson is a standout figure in the life sciences market in Canada and is highlighted by market commentators for her expertise in product litigation matters.
Christopher Van Barr is recognised as a patent litigation expert in the life sciences sector, with extensive experience representing national and international entities across the pharmaceutical, IT and manufacturing industries.

Goodmans sees five of its practitioners listed this year for their excellence in the life sciences field. Harry Radomski is recognised as a leading light in the life sciences market in our research this year, and enjoys a stellar reputation among peers who consider him “the number-one patent litigator in Canada”.
Andrew Brodkin is a well-known patent litigator who is highly regarded by peers in the market, who describe him as “a worthy adversary that is always prepared”, adding that he is “very practical and excellent with expert witnesses”.
Dino Clarizio is described by respondents as “a really strong practitioner” whose practice focuses on patent litigation and prosecution matters.

Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh receives five listings this year.
Gunars Gaikis is a clear leader in the Canadian life sciences market and is described as “a very strong practitioner” whose extensive experience in pharmaceutical litigation distinguishes him in the field.
Alice Tseng is “an outstanding and strategic practitioner”, who focuses her first-rate practice on regulatory matters in the life sciences sector.
Nancy Pei wins praise from peers who “hold her in high regard” as an impressive life sciences practitioner who stands out for her “strong regulatory work”.

Aitken Klee achieves three listings in this chapter.
David Aitken receives emphatic praise from respondents in the Canadian market this year. He is recognised as a first-class patent litigator who boasts over 30 years’ experience in the field.
Jonathan Stainsby is “very active in the pharma sector” and is a “well-known name in patent matters”. He possesses over 30 years of litigation experience before Canada’s highest courts.
Marcus Klee is a well-regarded figure in the Canadian market who stands out for his extensive experience representing clients in IP litigation matters in the pharmaceutical, medical devices and prepared foods industries.

Adrienne Blanchard at Blanchard Law Office is highly praised by respondents who describe her as “a great regulatory and compliance lawyer” in the life sciences space.

Peter Wilcox of Belmore Neidrauer is “a well-known and very good advocate” who has considerable experience representing clients in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors.
Jason Markwell is highly recommended for his extensive experience representing national and multinational clients in patent infringement and validity actions.

Dominique Hussey of Bennett Jones is a well-recognised name in the life sciences space who stands out for her expert handling of complex IP litigation proceedings.

Paul Fernet at Gascon & Associates is a well-regarded practitioner within the Canadian market, who is highlighted by respondents as “a regulatory specialist” in the life sciences field.

David Neave at DLA Piper is highlighted by respondents for his strong expertise defending clients from the pharmaceutical sector in product liability matters. 

Nathaniel Lipkus from Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt is “doing a lot of good work” in the market, and wins praise for his work representing clients from the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors in patent litigation and regulatory issues.

Tim Gilbert at Gilbert’s Lawyers Patent & Trademark Agents is “a very innovative and creative lawyer” who is “a pleasure to work with” according to sources. His expertise lies in litigation and regulatory matters pertaining to the pharmaceutical and technology industries.

Scott Maidment at McMillan stands out as a first-class litigator who is well known among peers for his strong work in product liability and class action proceedings.

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