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Ontario, 2004


LL.B., Western University, 2003

B.A. (with Distinction), University of Toronto, 1994

Peter Henein

Peter Henein is a partner in the Advocacy Department who specializes in the areas of intellectual property (including trademark, copyright and entertainment matters), product liability and class actions. He chairs the Product Liability practice at Cassels Brock. He works with a wide variety of clients, including numerous Canadian and international intellectual property (“IP”) rights holders, Canadian copyright collectives and trade associations, film and television producers, franchisors, certification bodies, international auto manufacturers and numerous other manufacturers and distributors around the world.

Representative examples of Peter’s work include:

  • Acting as litigation counsel in trademark, copyright, patent and entertainment law disputes in the Ontario and Federal Courts
  • Representing copyright collectives in tariff enforcement proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada
  • Acting on class actions for various categories of product manufacturers, including notably auto manufacturers
  • Representing numerous auto manufacturers, retailers and distributors in product liability claims
  • Providing risk management advice for a diverse range of manufacturers and distributors in different sectors, including specifically auto and power products
  • Assisting corporate clients with risk management issues and shareholder disputes

Peter is an active member of The Advocates’ Society. He edited The Advocates’ Society’s monthly e-brief, “Advocacy Matters” from 2015 to 2017. He is currently the Chair of the 10+ Task Force, focusing on lawyers practicing between 10 and 20 years. He sat as Chair on The Advocates’ Society Young Advocates’ Standing Committee from 2012 to 2013, as well as on the 2009 Principles of Professionalism Committee, which held the 2009 Symposium on Civility and Professionalism. In 2012, Peter helped develop and coordinate a follow-up symposium to develop practical tips for handling civility and professionalism issues. The result of this symposium is a supplement of Best Practices to the Principles of Professionalism and Principles of Civility for Advocates. In 2014, he sat on The Advocates’ Society Communications with Experts Task Force, developing the Principles and the accompanying Position Paper on Communications with Testifying Experts.  Peter is a regular skills instructor for The Advocates’ Society, and has guest lectured for the Osgoode Hall law school civil procedure class. He is also an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), and is an annual contributor to the Watson & McGowan “Annual Survey of Recent Developments in Civil Procedure.”

Peter has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer by Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Product Liability. In 2016, he was recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star: Intellectual Property”, and in 2017, he was recognized by Managing Intellectual Property as an “IP Star”.

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2014–2019 (Product Liability Law; Entertainment Law)
  • Benchmark Litigation 2016 (Litigation Star: Class Action; Intellectual Property; Product Liability)
  • Managing Intellectual Property "IP Star" (2017)
  • DRI (Member; Chair and former Vice-Chair, International Special Law Group of the Product Liability Committee; Member of the Steering and Marketing committees of the IP Litigation group)
  • Copyright Society of the USA (Member)
  • The Advocates’ Society (Member; former Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Committee Member of the Young Advocates' Standing Committee; Editor, “Advocacy Matters” e-brief; former Organizer/Steering Committee Member, Civility and Professionalism follow-up symposium)
  • Canadian Bar Association (Member)
  • Ontario Bar Association (Member)
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