Smart & Biggar partners recognized among the world’s leading lawyers by the Who’s Who Legal 2019 guides
July 9, 2019

Smart & Biggar is pleased to announce that 15 partners across Life Sciences Patent Litigation, Life Sciences Regulatory, Patents and Data have been named in Who’s Who Legal 2019 guides. Survey respondents describe Smart & Biggar as an “impressive Canadian firm”. In the life sciences space, we are regarded as “[the] leading firm in the Canadian market”.

Partners Gunars Gaikis and John Knox have been identified in the guide as “Thought Leaders” in the Americas. Gunars, who is recognized in two practice areas, Patents and Life Sciences: Patent Litigation. Researchers comment on Gunars, who “maintains a stellar reputation in the market with sources keen to highlight some recent big victories, including in the Supreme Court of Canada.” John Knox is described as one whose “world-class practice encompasses a wide array of related matters from design protection to prosecutions.”

Nine of the firm’s partners are given special mention in the guide:

In addition to being named a Thought Leader, Gunars Gaikis is hailed as “a dean of the field who continues to receive much applause from respondents” for his “excellent work on pharmaceutical patent litigation.” Montreal’s François Guay, is recognized as a “greatly respected litigator who is held in high esteem by respondents for his broad knowledge of issues including unfair competition and trade secrets.” Researchers note that “Steven Garland has a prominent practice in the Canadian market and wins plaudits for his expertise on issues across the chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical sectors.” Sheldon Hamilton is “one of the top names at the firm” according to observers who laud him as “a terrific lawyer” for pharmaceutical litigation and as having “an enviable practice that features a wealth of knowledge on patent infringement and validity issues.” Nancy Pei comes in for high praise from interviewees this year. “Her practice sees her engaged in a range of issues in the life sciences space including pharmaceuticals, medical devices and biologics.”

John Knox is “a leading figure in the Canadian patents market.” While Christopher Robinson, who retired at the end of 2018, had “over 30 years’ experience advising clients on patent-related issues, and is well acquainted with handling matters pertaining to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries.” David Schwartz gains recognition for his “first-rate patents practice that spans the gamut of related issues including appeals proceedings and regulation.”

Recognized for Data and Life Sciences Regulatory, Alice Tseng is admired as “a very dedicated regulatory practitioner” and is highly recommended by sources for “her wide-ranging experience in sectors including healthcare and pharmaceuticals.”

Congratulations to all of our selected lawyers:

Ronald Faggetter   Gunars Gaikis
  Steven Garland

Ronald Faggetter


Gunars Gaikis
Life Sciences: Patent Litigation, Patents and Thought Leader Global Elite

  Steven Garland
Life Sciences: Patent Litigation and Patents
Stephan Georgiev   François Guay   Sheldon Hamilton

Stephan Georgiev


François Guay


Sheldon Hamilton
Life Sciences: Patent Litigation and Patents

Yoon Kang   John Knox   Daphne Lainson

Yoon Kang


John Knox


Daphne Lainson

Nancy Pei   David Schwartz   David Schwartz

Nancy P Pei
Life Sciences: Patent Litigation and Patents


Christopher Robinson


David E Schwartz

Oliver Stone   Alice Tseng   Matthew Zischka

Oliver Stone


Alice Tseng
Data and Life Sciences: Regulatory


Matthew Zischka

Who’s Who Legal selects lawyers based on comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only those receiving the highest number of recommendations from peers and clients are listed in the guide.

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