Max Faille is a partner in Gowlings' Ottawa office, practising in Aboriginal law, public law and general litigation.
Max currently serves as national leader of Gowlings' Aboriginal Law Group and co-leader of Gowlings' Aboriginal Tax Service. His clients consist of several First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada, as well as private sector interests seeking to do business with Aboriginal communities. In addition to legal representation in the courts and in negotiations, Max regularly provides advice on matters of Aboriginal and treaty rights, First Nation taxation, self-government, Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, Impact and Benefit Agreements, and Aboriginal economic development.
His advocacy includes representing clients before the Ontario Superior Court and Divisional Court, the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories, the Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories, the Yukon Supreme Court, the Federal Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Tax Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada.
Prior to completing his law studies, Max worked on Parliament Hill and as special adviser on United Nations Reform to the office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1995, he was awarded the Government of Canada Merit Award by the Minister of Foreign Affairs for "Exceptional and Distinguished Contribution to the Effectiveness and Efficiency of the Public Service". From 1988 to 1993, he worked at the United Nations in New York in the areas of human rights, arms control and peacekeeping.
Max is frequently invited to present to or chair major national legal conferences in Aboriginal Law on such topics as Aboriginal consultation and accommodation, First Nation taxation, Aboriginal economic development, and Impact Benefit Agreements.
Fluent in both English and French, Max practices in both official languages.
Max is recognized in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 for Aboriginal Law.