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Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

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Dispute Resolution




Rob Deane is a partner in BLG’s Vancouver office and the National Leader of BLG’s Arbitration Group. Rob is recognized nationally and internationally as a leading counsel in commercial litigation, international and domestic commercial arbitration, privacy, and intellectual property litigation, among other areas. As litigation counsel, Rob has litigated complex cases throughout Canada and at all levels of court, in diverse areas such as contractual disputes, arbitration-related litigation including appeals, mining disputes, life sciences and other intellectual property disputes, consumer class actions, sponsorship and advertising disputes, shareholder disputes, securities regulation, information and privacy law, and administrative law. Rob has also appeared in significant arbitration proceedings in North America, Asia, and Europe, under almost all major institutional sets of rules, in a wide array of industry sectors including manufacturing, technology, distribution, pharmaceuticals, energy, mining, and infrastructure, as well as investor-state disputes. After graduating from the University of Victoria as the Law Society of British Columbia Gold Medallist in 1998, Rob served as a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada.




Executive Committee, ICC Canada; Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners.


British Columbia Bar, 2000. Former law clerk to the current Chief Justice of Canada (1998-99). LLB, University of Victoria, 1998 (Law Society of BC Gold Medallist).

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Canada > Dispute resolution

(Leading individuals: British Columbia)

Robert Deane – Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP‘s dispute resolution offering has a strong presence across the country, where it acts for a broad client base that includes multinationals and domestic heavy-hitters from a variety of industries. In Western Canada, the Calgary office is frequently engaged in commercial litigation and regulatory disputes in the energy and oil and gas sectors, with Randall Block a standout lawyer in that office, along with regional group manager Michael Marion. Class actions are among the strengths of the firm’s disputes group in Vancouver, where Brad Dixon was part of a cross-region team acting for the Bank of Nova Scotia in certified competition class action litigation relating to merchant acceptance fees in credit card transactions. Transportation law, environmental law and insurance claim defence are among the team’s other strengths in British Columbia; Robert Deane and Michelle Maniago have been particularly active in these areas and others recently. David Di Paolo heads the national dispute resolution group from the Toronto office and specializes in securities litigation, class actions and shareholder disputes, and senior counsel Guy Pratte, noted for his expertise in class actions and complex constitutional law, splits his time between Ontario and Quebec. A dedicated fraud law group distinguishes the Montréal office in the market, and it is also recommended for its strengths in bilingual class actions. Mathieu Piché-Messier and Patrick Plante are among the key contacts there.