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 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.

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Steven Garland

Smart & Biggar

Law School

University of Ottawa

Year Of Call


Area Of Practice

Intellectual Property