Rick Dearden, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is a senior litigation partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practising primarily in the areas of international trade and customs, media and defamation law, freedom of information, investor-state arbitration, and administrative law. He acted as counsel for the Ottawa Citizen before the Supreme Court of Canada in the seminal case of Cusson v. Quan and Grant v. Torstar that created the new “public interest responsible communication” defence to libel actions in Canada. He acts as counsel at all levels of courts in Ontario (including jury trials), the Federal Courts, the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. He served as Chair of one of the Softwood Lumber Chapter 19 Free Trade Agreement panels and provides strategic advice about Free Trade Agreements and the World Trade Organization’s various agreements, particularly the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Rick has been recognized in Chambers Global, Chambers Canada, The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, The Best Lawyers in Canada, The Legal 500 Canada, Benchmark Canada, and Who’s Who Legal: Canada and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, among other publications.
Year Called to the Bar:
Litigation - Defamation & Media
International Trade Regulation