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Smart & Biggar principal Steven Garland recognized as “best of the best” by Expert Guides

Smart & Biggar is proud to announce that firm principal Steven Garland has been recognized among the top lawyers in the world in trademarks and life sciences, respectively, by Expert Guides: Best of the Best, a biennial guide naming the world’s leading lawyers, chosen by their peers.

Steven Garland is widely recognized as one of Canada’s leading IP litigators. With over 25 years of trial and appellate experience in all areas of IP and numerous landmark decisions under his belt, Steven brings the level of attention, dedication, and strategy required to be successful for high-calibre clients, representing many of the world's most famous brand owners and personalities.

Steven has earned an outstanding reputation amongst colleagues and clients who view him as an “excellent all-round IP litigator” (MIP IP Stars 2022). He is known as a litigator who “secures significant commendations with his superb handling of IP matters across a multitude of industries.” (WWL: IP 2022, Global Elite Thought Leaders). Steven has been hailed “the full package – he provides innovative legal strategy; he is unflappable in the courtroom and highly effective in cross-examination” (Lexology 2018 Client Choice) and “one of the most versatile trial lawyers in the Canadian IP community” (IAM Patents 1000, 2019). In 2022, Steven was named IP Litigation Lawyer of the Year and a Top 50 Trial Lawyer in Canada by Benchmark Canada, and in 2021 he was named ‘Patent Practitioner of the Year’ by Managing IP. He is also recognized in many other leading peer-reviewed publications including The Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Canada and Chambers Global as a Leading Lawyer in IP: Litigation, IAM Patent 1000, Lexpert Special Edition: Technology and Health Sciences, The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada, MIP’s IP Stars: Patents, MIP’s IP Stars: Trademarks, and a ‘Global Elite Thought Leader in Patents’ by Who’s Who Legal.

Steven has appeared as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal, appellate and trial courts for the provinces of Ontario, British Columbia, Alberta and Nova Scotia, and the Patent Appeal Board and the Trademarks Opposition Board.

Expert Guides: Best of the Best compiles the top practitioners in 15 different areas of law. Their methodology involves asking over 4000 senior practitioners and in-house counsel, in more than 70 jurisdictions, to nominate their industry’s top achievers based on their work and reputation.

The full results of Expert Guides: Best of the Best are now available to view.

About Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading intellectual property firm, with offices in Montréal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary. We are leaders in intellectual property and have been serving clients for over a century. Smart & Biggar operates as part of the IPH Limited group, under its own brand and independent from other IPH member firms.