Deborah Templer is a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office, practising in the area of advocacy.
Her practice emphasizes complex commercial matters including class actions (securities, medical defence, occupier’s liability and product liability), shareholder disputes, claims against directors/officers, and multi-faceted corporate litigation often involving the oppression remedy. She also practices in the areas of privacy law and environmental litigation and has developed particular expertise in advertising litigation, frequently acting for clients in advancing and responding to injunction proceedings.
Deborah has been successful in obtaining excellent outcomes for her clients through litigation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration or a combination of approaches depending on the nature of the dispute. She works closely with her clients to provide clear, practical advice and to ensure that they understand the strategies for achieving the desired outcome.
Deborah has appeared as counsel in the courts of British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario, including the Ontario Court of Appeal. She has also appeared as counsel in proceedings before the Ontario Securities Commission, in a large provincial public inquiry, and before the Law Society of Upper Canada, and has appeared as counsel in arbitration proceedings in both Canada and the U.S. Deborah has worked with clients and other counsel in numerous Canadian provinces, as well as the U.S. and Europe.
Deborah serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Subcommittee on International Litigation and, in this capacity, has written numerous articles and presented at U.S. conferences on various topics related to international litigation.
Deborah is actively engaged in pro bono work. She acts as the Toronto office representative on Gowlings’ National Pro Bono Committee and frequently collaborates with Pro Bono Law Ontario in developing and strengthening community pro bono initiatives. Deborah received the Canadian Bar Association's 2015 Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award in recognition of her pro bono efforts.