Ms Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel > Gowling WLG > Toronto, Canada > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG


Trademark Agent


Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is a Toronto-based Gowling WLG partner specializing in intellectual property litigation, trademark prosecution, strategic global trademark portfolio management, and transactional intellectual property work.

Natalie has a broad range of experience in all aspects of IP litigation at all levels of Court, with a focus on contentious work in the areas of patents, trademarks, and copyright. She has acted for clients from various industries, including: retail, cosmetics, manufacturing, cannabis, financial services, and pharmaceuticals. She is dedicated to understanding her clients’ business interests and goals, developing an effective litigation strategy, and advising them toward favourable outcomes in each case.

Natalie is also a registered trademark agent in Canada, and her practice involves advising clients with both small and large portfolios on the acquisition, protection, and enforcement of their trademark rights in Canada and globally.

Given the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada in 2018, Natalie has also developed a niche practice at Gowling WLG in the cannabis sector. She assists Canadian cannabis clients in developing brand strategies, and has been called on to represent clients in trademark disputes (both in and out of court) with respect to their cannabis brands in Canada. She has also has assisted clients with numerous manufacturing and licensing transactions in the cannabis space. Natalie has actively published and presented about cannabis branding and trademarks, and was recently interviewed by the World Trademark Review about brand strategy and trends for cannabis within the Canadian landscape for an article entitled, “Cannabis retailers have their work cut out for them in terms of trademark and brand strategy” (April 30, 2021).

Natalie is an active member of the IP community, and participates in writing on new developments in intellectual property law. She also serves on the committees of several professional associations, including the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, the Canadian Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section), and the International Trademark Association. She also sits on the CLE Board, and is vice-chair of the International Action Group of the American Bar Association (Intellectual Property Section).

In 2017, Natalie was named a Lexpert “Rising Star: Leading Lawyer Under 40” for being at the top of the legal profession in Canada, as well as in recognition of her professional achievements and contributions to the community. She is consistently ranked as a World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) Leader, and was most recently ranked in World Trademark Review 1000 (2022), the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (2022) for Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation, Chambers Canada 2023 for Intellectual Property and Best Lawyers in Canada 2023.

Prior to joining Gowling WLG, Natalie received an MSc in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University, under a National Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) scholarship, and worked as a structural engineer. She is licensed as a Professional Engineer (PEng) in Ontario.

Lawyer Rankings

Canada > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Natalie Rizkalla-KamelGowling WLG

Gowling WLG’s pre-eminent practice is widely lauded for its ‘in-depth expertise and knowledge in the field of intellectual property’. The group’s enviably deep bench and full-service coverage of IP law ensures that it is a go-to choice to support major Canadian and multinational companies in patent and trademark prosecution and IP litigation, among other issues. In Toronto, national IP head Shelagh Carnegie is sought after for her wealth of experience in trademark portfolio management and enforcement; Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is also a key contact for trademark work; and Laurent Massam heads the IP litigation team. In Ottawa, heavyweight IP litigator Christopher Van Barr is widely revered for his record in representing major global corporations such as Google and Bayer. Patent experts Jay Zakaïb and John Harris, as well as trademark specialists Martha Savoy and Paula Clancy, are also noted in Ottawa. The group additionally benefits from a strong pool of up-and-coming lawyers including partners Nelson Godfrey (Vancouver) and Charlotte McDonald (Toronto), and impressive associate Jasleen Chahal (Toronto).

Canada > Cannabis

An increasingly prominent firm in the cannabis sphere, Gowling WLG added 11 new clients to its roster over the past year. Distinguished by its ability to lean on the wider firm’s signature IP offering, the team shines in regulatory and IP-related issues, with sources highlighting its ‘extraordinary level of unique regulatory knowledge’. It also houses a robust transactional practice, which recently saw Toronto-based Peter Simeon advise IM Cannabis Corp on three strategic acquisitions completed through IMC Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of IM Cannabis and IMC Pharma. Ottawa-based regulatory specialist Lewis Retik co-heads the practice alongside Simeon. Toronto-based IP partner Natalie Rizkalla-Kamel is also noted.