Steve Garland honoured with the Lexology Client's Choice award
February 8, 2018

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that Steven Garland, Managing Partner of the firm and one of Canada’s premier intellectual property litigators, was recently honoured with Lexology’s 2018 Client Choice for his leading work in the field of Intellectual Property and Patents.  

Clients have hailed Steven as being “an elite go-to trial lawyer for high stakes patent litigation matters in Canada” and describe him as “knowledgeable on a range of patent subjects” to offer client’s “the full package” providing sound and innovative legal strategy, while remaining “unflappable in the courtroom, and highly effective in cross-examination”.

Steve has over 25 years of trial and appellate experience in intellectual property litigation of all types, including issues relating to patent, trademark, copyright, industrial designs, trade secrets and competition law. Most recently he led the team that successfully represented Dow Chemical in a complex 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. 


Established in 2005, the Client Choice Awards recognize lawyers around the world that stand apart for excellent client service. The criteria for the awards focus on the ability to add real value to clients’ business above and beyond other players in the market. Uniquely, these awards survey senior corporate counsel only, with each year’s winners chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 individual client assessments. 


Smart & Biggar is Canada's largest firm practising exclusively in intellectual property and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. As leaders in intellectual property and technology law Smart & Biggar has been serving clients for over a century. For more information, please visit


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