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Rising litigation star Davit Akman moves to Gowlings

Nov. 20, 2012

Gowlings is pleased to announce that Davit Akman, a rising litigation star, has joined the firm’s Commercial Litigation and Competition Law/Antitrust groups.

As a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office, Davit brings with him extensive commercial law experience with recognized expertise in competition and class action litigation.

“We are delighted to have someone of Davit’s calibre joining our team,” said Scott Jolliffe, Gowlings chair and CEO. “Davit’s arrival adds to the strength, depth and reach of our Commercial Litigation and Competition/Antitrust groups. Gowlings’ goal is to provide our clients with exceptional service, results and value, and attracting the very best people to our firm is a key part of achieving that goal.”  

Davit has built a strong reputation in the commercial litigation, competition law and class action bars. In 2010, Davit was named one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars” as a leading lawyer under 40, and in 2011, he was again singled out as a “Litigation Lawyer to Watch” in the Lexpert Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.

Davit has acted in numerous significant and complex matters, including leading and precedent-setting cases such as the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark commercial law decision in BCE Inc v. 1976 Debentureholders. His experience also includes acting as counsel in numerous international and domestic class actions and in connection with high-profile cartel investigations.

Davit was recently lead counsel for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce before the Supreme Court of Canada in the Sun-Rype v. Archer Daniels Midland class action appeal, and counsel to the Commissioner of Competition in Canada’s first price maintenance case before the Competition Tribunal. Prior to joining Gowlings, Davit was a partner in the commercial litigation and competition groups of another Toronto law firm. Davit also clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada for The Honourable Madam Justice Louise Arbour.


The Gowlings Commercial Litigation Group is one of the largest in Canada and is a recognized leader in resolving complex commercial disputes. With unparalleled breadth and depth of experience, multi-jurisdictional capabilities and industry-specific expertise, our litigators deliver results-oriented strategies that effectively represent our clients’ interests — whenever and wherever conflict may arise.


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