Managing partner announcement

Smart & Biggar names Steven Garland Firm Managing Partner

January 16, 2018

Smart & Biggar has named Steven Garland, a senior partner and one of Canada’s premier intellectual property litigators, to serve as its new Managing Partner and Chair of the Executive Committee.

“Steve Garland has the unanimous support of our partnership to lead Smart & Biggar as we continue to strengthen our firm-wide capabilities to deliver strategic intellectual property counseling, litigation and prosecution services”, said François Guay, Managing Partner of the firm’s Montréal office.

Steve has been a member of the firm’s Executive Committee for two years, and is former Finance Partner of the firm and Managing Partner of the Ottawa office. Several recent decisions in which Steven has acted as successful counsel have become leading cases, including Dow Chemical Company et al v Nova Chemicals Corporation, 2017 FC 350. Steve and his team successfully represented Dow in a patent infringement matter that led to a final award which totaled over $645 million (including prejudgment interest). This is the largest reported award in a Canadian patent infringement case.

Smart & Biggar

Smart & Biggar is widely recognized as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property law. With offices across Canada, and over 100 lawyers, patent agents and trademark agents, we are the largest firm focused purely on IP and related specialty areas. For over 100 years, we have remained devoted to protecting our clients' intellectual property and technology assets. Whether we are advising an innovative company on patent strategy or infringement issues, providing counsel on brand protection and enforcement, or handling the IP aspects of a corporate transaction, we provide clients with solutions to protect, enforce and leverage their IP.

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Steven Garland

Smart & Biggar

Law School

University of Ottawa

Year Of Call


Area Of Practice

Intellectual Property