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AWARDS & RECOGNITION

A REPUTATION FOR EXCELLENCE

We pride ourselves on delivering both exceptional legal counsel and personal, responsive service — and the industry is taking notice. Here are some of our latest accolades:

A complete list of our awards and recognitions can be found below.


Mark Tamminga, a partner in Gowlings’ Hamilton office and leader of the firm’s innovation initiatives, has been named one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer.
Gowlings has once again been ranked as a tier-one Canadian law firm in the area of tax planning by International Tax Review (ITR), the tax industryfs leading source of intelligence and analysis.
In the most recent edition of Expert Guides: Patents, seven Gowlings professionals were recognized among the top patent lawyers in the world.
Mary Thomson, a partner in the Toronto office of Gowlings, has once again been recognized as one of Canada’s top litigators by Benchmark Litigation in the fourth edition of The Top 25 Women in Litigation (Canada).
In the 2015 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Gowlings professionals received 261 rankings across 50 areas of law — more listings than any other year.
For the fourth year in a row, Gowlings has been recognized as a leading Canadian and Russian patent firm by Intellectual Asset Management in the 2015 edition of IAM Patent 1000 — The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners.
Gowlings intellectual property law partner Michael Crichton has been named among the winners of the 2015 Ottawa Business Journal/Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 awards, which honour accomplished young leaders who demonstrate a commitment to business success and community development.
Eleven Gowlings professionals from Canada and Russia have been recognized among the world’s leading patent lawyers and agents in the 2015 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Patents.
Gowlings has been named a global leader in the areas of Energy & Natural Resources and Intellectual Property in the 2015 edition of Who’s Who Legal 100.
In the latest edition of Legal 500 Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA), Gowlings Russia/CIS was recognized as a leading intellectual property firm, with four professionals recommended for excellence in their practice areas.
Gowlings partners James Smellie and Derrick Tay have been listed among Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers in a special edition of Lexpert, included in the June 2015 issue of Report on Business magazine.
David Bishop has been recognized among the world’s leading insurance lawyers in the latest edition of Who's Who Legal: Insurance & Reinsurance 2015.
Two Gowlings franchise lawyers have been named “Legal Eagles” by Franchise Times. Selected based on nominations by clients, peers and editors of the publication, Peter Snell and Debi Sutin were among 23 Canadian lawyers to be recognized as leaders in the field.
In the first-ever issue of Global Investigations Review’s “Women in Investigations,” Kristine Robidoux was listed among the top lawyers working in the field.
For the third straight year, the AIM Advisers Rankings Guide has recognized Gowlings — through the strength of its London office — among the top law firms advising U.K. companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Gowlings has once again been recognized as one of the top intellectual property law firms in Russia — with more Russian IP lawyers ranked in Chambers Europe 2015 than any other firm.
As a result of their leadership and expertise in the area of intellectual property law, eight Gowlings professionals have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in Russia 2016.
In the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Life Sciences, three Gowlings lawyers have been recognized among the world’s leading life sciences lawyers.
Gowlings was named Canadian "Firm of the Year" in two categories at the eighth-annual Managing Intellectual Property North America Awards ceremony, held on Mar. 18, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Gowlings professionals earned 40 rankings across 18 areas of law in the 2015 edition of Chambers Global, one of the world’s foremost guides to legal talent.
Benchmark Litigation has recognized 36 Gowlings professionals among Canada’s leading litigators in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.
The Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) has announced that E. Patrick Shea, a partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office, is among the recipients of the 2015 Law Society Medal.
Gowlings partners Frank Mulock and Vladislav Ugryumov have been awarded the prestigious Client Choice Award for 2015 by the International Law Office (ILO), in partnership with Lexology.
Deborah Templer, a commercial litigation partner in Gowlings’ Toronto office, has been named the winner of the Canadian Bar Association’s 2015 Young Lawyers Pro Bono Award.
In the most recent edition of Expert Guides: Technology, Media & Telecommunications, Gowlings partner and leader of the firm’s Entertainment Law Group, Susan Abramovitch, was once again selected as one of the top media lawyers in Canada.
Gowlings had its strongest showing to date at the 2015 Benchmark Canada Awards gala in Toronto, taking home four of the evening’s top litigation honours — more awards than any other law firm. Overall, Gowlings was named the Canadian litigation “firm of the year” in two categories: Insurance and Medical Defence/Health. Meanwhile, Gowlings partner David Bishop was named Canadian “litigator of the year” for Insurance, and “litigator of the year” for Alberta.
Five members of the Gowlings Mining Group in Canada and the U.K. have been recognized for their outstanding service and expertise in Who’s Who Legal: Mining 2015.
For a fifth straight year, Gowlings was recognized as one of the world’s top trademark law firms — in both Canada and Russia — by World Trademark Review (WTR) in its annual guide, WTR 1000.
In the 2015 edition of Legal 500 Canada, Gowlings was listed among the country’s top law firms in 13 practice areas. In addition, four Gowlings professionals were featured as leading lawyers in their fields.
In the most recent edition of Who’s Who Legal: Trade & Customs 2014, Gowlings lawyer Richard Dearden has been selected for inclusion in this prestigious guide.
For the third year in a row, Gowlings has been named the busiest law firm for Canadian M&A by Thomson Reuters.
In the latest edition of The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2015, 15 Gowlings professionals were selected for inclusion across eight areas of law.
Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and mergermarket rankings for the full year 2014.
Seven Gowlings professionals have been selected for inclusion in the Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.
Gowlings, through its Moscow office, has been recognized as a tier-one intellectual property law firm in Russia in the 2014 edition of Pravo.Ru, one of the country’s most prestigious legal directories.
In Who’s Who Legal’s Russia Special Report, Gowlings was recognized as a leading “specialist” law firm with five Moscow professionals listed for their expertise in intellectual property.
Susan Abramovitch has once again been listed among the leading lawyers in the 2014 edition of Who’s Who Legal: Sports & Entertainment.
Congratulations to Gowlings partners Scott Kugler and Yong-Jae Kim, who were named among Lexpert’s 2014 Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 at a Nov. 20 ceremony in Toronto.
For a fifth straight year, Gowlings has been recognized as one of the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt, a world leader in employee research and human resources consulting.
In the latest edition of Chambers UK, Gowlings has been listed as a leading law firm in the U.K. for its capital markets expertise.
Twenty Gowlings professionals have been recognized for their achievements in Leading Lawyers in Energy, a special edition of Lexpert included in the November 2014 edition of Report on Business magazine.
Gowlings has been recognized as a Tier 1 firm in Canada for transfer pricing in the 2015 edition of the World Transfer Pricing Guide.
Five Gowlings lawyers from the Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver and Moscow offices have been recognized in Who’s Who Legal: Franchise 2014.
Eleven Gowlings professionals are listed in the 2014 edition of Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, one of the international legal market's leading guides to the top female lawyers advising on business matters.
In the second edition of its annual Canada chapter, LMG Life Sciences has listed eight Gowlings professionals as Life Science Stars — identifying them among the country’s leading lawyers in this field.
Congratulations to Susan Abramovitch, Gowlings partner and one of Canada’s leading entertainment lawyers, who was honoured as a 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award winner at a gala event in Toronto.
Five professionals from the Gowlings Tax Dispute Resolution Group have earned recognition in the International Tax Review’s 2014 Tax Controversy Leaders guide.
In the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada, 43 Gowlings professionals were recognized as leading lawyers across 18 areas of law, achieving a total of 46 listings overall.
Gowlings has once again been recognized for its unparalleled expertise in the life sciences industry, earning five awards at the second annual LMG Life Sciences Awards ceremony on Sept. 17 in New York.
Gowlings took home top honours in three major categories last night at the International Tax Review (ITR) Americas Tax Awards in New York City.
Nineteen Gowlings professionals are featured as Lexpert-ranked lawyers in Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers — more than any other law firm listed in the guide.
Gowlings professionals have earned a total of 42 listings in The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2014, an annual Who’s Who Legal compendium that ranks the top legal practitioners across 145 countries for their expertise in corporate and commercial law.
Two Gowlings professionals have been listed in the 2014 edition of The International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers.
In recognition of their leadership and expertise, Gowlings lawyers received 250 rankings across 48 practice areas in the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada 2015.
Managing IP has recognized nine Gowlings professionals in Canada and Russia as “IP Patent Stars” in its 2014 IP Stars Patents issue, which lists the world’s top patent practitioners and firms.
Daniel R. Polonenko, a principal and patent agent in Gowlings’ Vancouver office, has earned recognition in the inaugural edition of IAM Strategy 300: The World’s Leading IP Strategists.
Nine Gowlings professionals from Canada and Russia have been recognized in the 2014 edition of The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers.
Derrick Tay has been listed among the world’s leading lawyers for insolvency and restructuring in the 2014 edition of The International Who’s Who of Insolvency and Restructuring Lawyers.
Geoffrey Howard has been listed among the world’s leading lawyers for management labour and employment in the 2014 edition of The International Who’s Who of Management Labour and Employment Lawyers.
Mary Thomson, a partner in the Toronto office of Gowlings, has been recognized as one of Canada’s top litigators by Benchmark Litigation in the inaugural edition of The Top 25 Women in Litigation (Canada). The top 25 were selected after an extensive research process that included peer and client interviews, and an examination of their most recent casework.
Gowlings has been ranked as a tier-one firm in the area of tax planning by International Tax Review (ITR), the tax industry’s leading source of intelligence and analysis.
Gowlings was once again ranked the No. 1 law firm for Canadian M&A in Thomson Reuters’ Mergers & Acquisitions Review: Legal Advisors – First Half 2014, advising on more Canadian M&A deals than any other law firm.
Seven Gowlings professionals have been selected for inclusion in the Lexpert 2014 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.
Five Gowlings professionals from Canada and Russia have been identified as global patent leaders in the 2014 edition of The International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers.
For the third year running, Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000 — The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners has recognized Gowlings as a top patent firm in Canada and Russia. The firm was also one of only 17 international firms to be recommended by IAM.
In recognition of their leadership and expertise, Gowlings professionals have received 204 listings across 46 areas of law in the 2014 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.
Gowlings partners James Smellie and Derrick Tay are among the legal professionals featured in Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers, a special edition of Lexpert included in the June 2014 issue of Report on Business magazine.
Managing Intellectual Property has recognized seven Gowlings professionals as “IP stars” in the 2014 edition of its Trade Mark & Copyright Handbook.
Eight professionals from the Gowlings Moscow office were recognized as leading lawyers in intellectual property law in The Best Lawyers in Russia 2015.
Gowlings has once again been ranked as one of the world’s leading copyright, patent and trademark firms by Managing Intellectual Property in its annual World IP Survey.
Gowlings had its strongest showing to date at the 2014 Managing Intellectual Property North America Awards, coming away with a total of six awards — more than any other Canadian law firm.
Gowlings professionals have earned 36 rankings across 18 areas of law in the 2014 edition of Chambers Global, one of the world’s foremost guides to legal talent. In addition, Gowlings is recognized as a top-tier firm in 12 practice areas.
The Legal Media Group has recognized 34 Gowlings professionals as “litigation stars” in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.
Fourteen Gowlings professionals are listed in the inaugural edition of Leading Canadian Lawyers in Global Mining, a Lexpert guide highlighting Canada's top mining lawyers based on the results of extensive peer surveys.
Adviser Rankings Limited, a leading provider of independent investment research, recently released its AIM Advisers Rankings Guide for January 2014. The guide details the leading suppliers of professional services to all U.K. and Irish companies listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Gowlings came away with two top litigation awards at the second-annual Benchmark Canada Awards gala last night in Toronto. The firm was named Canada’s “Insurance Firm of the Year,” and Derrick Tay, leader of Gowlings’ Corporate Restructuring Group, was named Canada’s “Insolvency Litigator of the Year.”
Gowlings was recently named “Best Restructuring & Insolvency Firm” in Canada for 2014 by World Finance, as part of its annual Legal Awards.
For the fourth straight year, World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 has named Gowlings a top trade-mark firm in both Canada and Russia. In addition, 16 Gowlings professionals earned recognition as leaders in their practice areas for a total of 22 individual listings — more than any other law firm in those jurisdictions.
Thirteen Gowlings professionals are featured across seven areas of law in the 2014 edition of the Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and mergermarket rankings for 2013.
Nine Gowlings professionals have been selected for inclusion in the Lexpert 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.
Eight Gowlings professionals have earned recognition in the 2013 edition of Expert Guides: Women in Business Law, an exclusive publication considered one of the international legal market's leading guides to the top female practitioners advising on business matters.
Fifteen Gowlings professionals have been selected for inclusion in Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers, a special edition of Lexpert featured in the November 2013 issue of Report on Business.
Gowlings achieved recognition across 11 areas of law in the inaugural Canadian edition of The Legal 500, a highly regarded legal guide in the U.S., U.K., and numerous other major markets.
Gowlings has been named one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt, a world leader in employee research and human resources consulting, for the fourth year in a row.
In recognition of their tremendous achievements as young members of the legal community, Gowlings partners Shelagh Carnegie and Wendy Wagner have been named among Lexpert’s Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 for 2013.
Gowlings has been recognized among the leading law firms in the UK for its capital markets expertise. Two Gowlings partners in London were also recognized among the UK’s leading capital markets lawyers.
Who’s Who Legal, a highly regarded international directory, has recognized 39 Gowlings lawyers among Canada’s top legal practitioners in Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2013.
Eighteen Gowlings professionals are featured as Lexpert-ranked lawyers in Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers, a special edition of Lexpert included in the August 2013 issue of Report on Business magazine.
Seven Gowlings professionals have been selected for inclusion in Lexpert’s 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Corporate Lawyers in Canada.
Several Gowlings professionals from the firm’s Tax Dispute Resolution Group have achieved recognition in International Tax Review’s Tax Controversy Leaders and Indirect Tax Leaders guides for 2013.
Gowlings professionals received 197 listings and nine "Lawyer of the Year" distinctions in the 2014 edition of this highly regarded legal directory.
In its inaugural Canada Chapter, LMG Life Sciences has recognized the talents of eight Gowlings professionals by naming them Life Science Stars. Additionally, the firm is listed in the publication as highly recommended in the areas of intellectual property, regulatory, finance and transactional and non-IP litigation.
Throughout the year, Who’s Who Legal publishes specialized guides to identify the foremost legal practitioners across 143 countries and numerous areas of business law.
Robert MacDonald, a Gowlings partner and leader of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, has been selected as one of only 30 trade-mark professionals worldwide to be included in Expert Guides: Best of the Best 2013.
In its 2013 edition released June 27, the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory recognized 122 Gowlings professionals among Canada’s leading legal practitioners across 42 areas of law.
We are pleased to announce that 28 Gowlings professionals have been recognized in the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2013. This annual compendium features the very best legal practitioners in 143 countries for their expertise in corporate and commercial law.
For the second year in a row, Gowlings has been named a top patent firm in Canada and Russia in the 2013 edition of Intellectual Asset Management’s IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners. The publication also recognized 11 Gowlings professionals in Canada, Russia and the U.K. as recommended industry leaders.
Gowlings has been recognized as one of the leading intellectual property firms in Russia in the 2013 edition of Chambers Europe: Europe’s Leading Lawyers for Business.
Eight professionals from the Gowlings Moscow office are recognized as leading lawyers in intellectual property law
Starbucks Coffee Company has selected Gowlings as the recipient of its International Excellence in Diversity Award for 2012.
Gowlings received 30 professional rankings across 17 categories in the 2013 edition of Chambers Global, and was also recognized as a top-tier firm in 12 practice areas.
Gowlings has been named “Firm of the Year” in three of the five practice categories at the Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) 2013 North America Awards.
Gowlings has once again been ranked as one of the world’s leading trade-mark firms by Managing Intellectual Property (Managing IP) in its annual World IP Survey.
For the second year running, Gowlings has been named “Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year” for Canada by Finance Monthly in its 2013 Global Awards.
25 Gowlings lawyers recognized as Litigation Stars in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation – Benchmark Canada
Gowlings retains top spot in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000
Twelve Gowlings lawyers are listed across seven practice areas in the 2013 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
There have been 122 Gowlings lawyers acknowledged across 38 practice areas by the 2013 edition of the annual Best Lawyers in Canada directory.
Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and mergermarket gave Gowlings top rankings in the 2012 year-end league tables
Nine professionals named in the 2012 Lexpert® Guide to the Leading U.S./Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers.
We are pleased to announce that 31 Gowlings professionals across 14 practice areas have been recognized in the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal: Canada 2012.
Lexpert has named 11 Gowlings professionals as Canada’s Leading Infrastructure Lawyers.
Two Gowlings professionals listed in the Insolvency and Restructuring Expert Guide 2012
Gowlings is delighted to report that 109 Gowlings lawyers have been recognized across 41 categories in the 2012 Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory
We are pleased to announce that 33 Gowlings professionals have been recognized in the latest edition of Who’s Who Legal’s The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2012. This annual compendium features the very best legal practitioners in 139 countries for their expertise in corporate and commercial law.
Intellectual Asset Management’s newest publication, IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, has named Gowlings a top patent firm in both Canada and Russia, and recognized 12 Firm professionals, in Canada, London and Moscow, as leaders in their field.
Gowlings Tax Group has been ranked Tier 1 for tax planning excellence by International Tax Review for the fifth consecutive year.
Practical Lawyers has recommended 39 Gowlings professionals across 16 practice areas in the 2012 edition of its PLC Which Lawyer? directory.
Gowlings awarded the Canadian “Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year” by Finance Monthly Global Awards 2012
Thirteen Gowlings professionals recognized in this year’s Guide to the World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners, 2012
Gowlings’ intellectual property practice receives a prominent position for 16th year in Managing Intellectual Property's annual IP guide.
Chambers Global, 2012 has recognized 31 Gowlings lawyers across 13 practice areas.
For the second year in a row, World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 has listed Gowlings as a top tier trade-mark firm in both Canada and Russia, and recognized 12 Firm professionals as leaders in their field.
Benchmark Canada names 13 Gowlings professionals as leaders in the inaugural guide.
Named a Top Employer in the National Capital Region.
14 Gowlings professionals have been listed across nine practice areas in the 2012 Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
Named a Best Employer in the GTA for the second consecutive year.
The 2012 Expert Guides’ Guide to Leading Practitioners: China recognizes five Gowlings professionals in the areas of M&A, energy, patents and private equity.
Named a Best Employer in Canada for the second consecutive year.
Gowlings is proud to have 82 of its professionals across 37 practice areas recognized in the 2012 edition of Best Lawyers in Canada.
It is with great pride that Gowlings announces the recognition of three Gowlings professionals by IAM Licensing 250 – The World’s Leading Patent & Technology Licensing Lawyers.
32 lawyers recognized across 13 practice areas with more trade-mark and environment law professionals listed than any other firm in Canada.
Named Transfer Pricing Firm of the Year.
Named Energy Law Firm of the Year in Canada.
Gowlings - Taxand Canada recognized as one of Canada's leading tax planning firms.
Listed as one of the top trade-mark firms in Canada, the U.K. and Russia with eight highly-ranked professionals in anti-counterfeiting, contentious and non-contentious IP.
34 lawyers recognized from across 15 Gowlings practice areas.
Eleven Gowlings’ professionals are listed among Canada’s leaders in The 2011 LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.
Ranked as a leader in all aspects of trade-mark, copyright and patent law in Canada for 15 consecutive years.
Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year and Patent Contentious Firm of the Year.
29 professionals recognized across 18 practice areas.
Named a "Best Employer in Canada" for 2011.
68 Gowlings professionals recognized across 34 practice areas. Gowlings was top-listed in Canada in four practice areas — Municipal Law, Transportation Law, Franchise Law, and Advertising and Marketing Law.
Four Gowlings professionals recognized in Intellectual Property.
74 “most frequently,” “consistently” and “repeatedly” recommended professionals across 32 practice areas.
Two professionals named as Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada.
Best IP team in Russia.
Ranked as tier-3 law firm in Project Finance, and Restructuring and Insolvency.
Adviser on three of the top 13 M&A deals in 2010.
Best Lawyers in Canada 2010 recommends 76 Gowlings professionals.
Cabinet juridique le plus actif en matière de fusions et acquisitions au Canada - 3 année consécutive
Gowlings and WLG to launch new international law firm

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