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Litigation Star


British Columbia

Practice area:

Intellectual property

Rob Deane is a Partner in BLG’s Vancouver office and the National Leader of BLG’s Arbitration Group. He 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, including to the Supreme Court of Canada, in diverse areas including 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.

As arbitration counsel, Rob has 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.

As arbitrator, Rob has either chaired or been sole arbitrator in international and domestic proceedings involving parties throughout the world engaged in disputes arising in, among others, the distribution, patent licensing and resource sectors.

After graduating from the Faculty of Law at 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 (formerly the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada) in 1998-1999. He was called to the Bar in British Columbia in 2000.

Rob is a frequent presenter and author of arbitration-related issues, and is consistently recognized by Chambers Global and Chambers CanadaBenchmarkLexpertThe Legal 500, and The Best Lawyers in Canada. He is also Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated.


Updated April 2022