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Gordon McKee

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Gord's experience includes:

  • Co-counsel for a leading manufacturer of appliances (front-loading washing machines) in the successful opposition of a multi-province consumer class action before all levels of the Ontario courts, and on a leave application to the Supreme Court of Canada

  • Lead trial counsel in the first medical products class action/common issues trial tried to verdict in Canada (146 trial days), successfully defending one of the world's leading manufacturers of life-saving cardiac devices in a national class action claiming more than a billion dollars in damages (awarded 2013 Canadian Product Liability Impact Case of the Year by LMG Life Sciences)

  • Lead trial counsel successfully defending one of the world's leading manufacturers of fire protection systems in some 20 claims and cross-claims resulting from a large factory fire, including a product liability/environmental class action claiming C$80-million in damages

  • Lead counsel representing multinational pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in class actions involving a wide variety of medicines and devices

  • Representing consumer goods manufacturers in national negligence, warranty and consumer protection class actions

Awards & Recognition

Gord is recognized as a leading Canadian lawyer in many Canadian and international publications including:

  • Chambers Canada: Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business 2023 (Band 1 rankings in both Dispute Resolution: Class Action (Defence) – Nationwide and Litigation: Product Liability – Nationwide); Gord is described in the guide as maintaining "a stellar reputation for his handling of class actions nationally, with notable experience acting for clients in the pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries. He is particularly well regarded for his role in high-stakes product liability class proceedings." Comments noted: "Gordon has a wealth of knowledge and experience covering all aspects of litigation across provinces. There is almost no situation he has not encountered."

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada 2023 (Class Action Litigation and Product Liability Law)

  • Who's Who Legal: Thought Leaders Global Elite 2022 (Product Liability Defence and Life Sciences – Product Liability)

  • The Legal 500 Canada 2022 (Dispute Resolution – Ontario)

  • The Lexpert/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada 2022 (Class Actions and Litigation – Product Liability)

  • The Canadian Lexpert Legal Directory 2022 ("Most Frequently Recommended" in both Class Actions and Litigation – Product Liability)

  • Who's Who Legal: Product Liability Defence 2022 (One of 14 lawyers listed as "Global Elite Thought Leaders" for North America; comments from clients and peers include: in 2022, "'a universally recognized' practitioner" and "recognized by peers and clients alike as 'a star'."

  • Benchmark Canada: The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys – 2022 Edition (Litigation Star)

  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer 2021 – Independently Rated Lawyers (As nominated by senior in-house counsel)

  • Who's Who Legal: Life Sciences 2021 (One of nine lawyers listed as "Global Elite Thought Leaders" for Product Liability for North America)

  • Benchmark Canada Awards 2021 (Product Liability Litigator of the Year for sixth time)

  • Who's Who Legal: Canada 2021 (One of nine listed in the most highly regarded category for Life Sciences, and one of three in that category for Product Liability Defence: "garners praise for his work on highly complex product liability disputes involving pharmaceutical products and medical devices.")

  • LMG Life Sciences Awards 2019 (Canadian Product Liability Attorney of the Year for the third time)

  • The Best Lawyers in Canada – Lawyer of the Year (2018 and 2016: Class Action Litigation – Toronto; 2015: Product Liability Law – Toronto)
Professional Activities

Gord is often invited to speak at local, national and international programs on class actions, products liability, advocacy and other litigation issues. He is a member of the Canadian Bar Association's National Class Action Task Force (bench and bar membership), the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), the International Association of Defense Counsel (board member 2015-2018, Foundation board member 2013-2015, chair of Drug, Device and Biotech Committee 2010-2012), the Defense Research Institute (Drug and Medical Device Steering Committee SLC liaison), The Advocates' Society, Canadian Defence Lawyers and Christian Legal Fellowship.

Publications
  • Co-author: Canada’s Evolving Response to Overlapping Multi-jurisdictional Class Actions
    Defence Counsel Journal, Vol. 88, No. 3, July 2021.
  • Co-author: Finding the Preferable Procedure: Canada’s Evolving Response to Overlapping Multi-Jurisdictional Class Actions
    Presented at Osgoode Hall 17th Annual National Symposium on Class Actions, April 22, 2021.
  • Co-author: End of an Era in Canada: Experiment with Pharma and Device Liability Disgorgement Class Actions Ends
    Rx - For The Defence, Vol. 29, Issue 1, DRI, April 22, 2021.
Professional Appearances
  • Moderator: Cross Country Check Up
    18th National Symposium on Class Actions, Osgoode Professional Development (virtual), Toronto, Ontario, April 29, 2022.
  • Moderator: Managing Adverse Foreign Judgments in Local Litigation and Settlement Discussions
    IADC Midyear Meeting, Scottsdale, Arizona, February 18, 2022.
  • Panel Speaker: Cross-country Checkup
    17th National Symposium on Class Actions, Osgoode Professional Development, (virtual), Toronto, Ontario, April 22, 2021.
Education

Admitted to the British Columbia Bar – 2021
Certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation – 1998
LLM, Osgoode Hall Law School (Civil Litigation & Dispute Resolution) – 1998
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 1988
LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School – 1986
Wilfrid Laurier University – 1981–1983

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