Robert J. C. Deane  

Partner

Executive Summary

Robert Deane is National Leader of the Firm's International Trade and Arbitration Group, and a member of the Partnership Board, the Firm's governing body. He also serves as the Co-National Leader of the Privacy and Data Protection Group and as the Vancouver Regional Leader of the Advertising, Marketing and Sponsorship Law Group. Robert practises international and domestic commercial arbitration, commercial litigation, privacy law, intellectual property litigation and advertising/competition law.  He is ranked nationally and internationally as a leading lawyer in these areas. 

Robert has experience in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and in numerous significant international commercial arbitration proceedings in North America, Asia and Europe under the LCIA Rules, the ICC Rules, the ICSID (Additional Facility) Rules, the American Arbitration Association's International Arbitration Rules, the Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce, the Domestic and International Arbitration Rules of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre, and the National Arbitration Rules of the ADR Institute of Canada, among others.

Prior to joining BLG, Robert was a law clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin, Supreme Court of Canada (now the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, PC, Chief Justice of Canada).

Publications & Presentations

  • Panelist, "Case Law Update – International Arbitration," Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society, 11th Annual Energy, Mining and Resources Arbitration Conference - Calgary, Alberta, May 2017.
  • Panelist, "BITs in the Background," Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation – International Mining and Oil & Gas Law, Development and Investment Conference – Quito, Ecuador, April 2017.
  • Author, "Arbitral Proceedings in Canada," ADR Forum, March 2017 (with Kalie McCrystal).    
  • Author, "Canada Chapter," The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2017, Global Arbitration Review,  August 2016 (with Craig Chiasson).
  • Panelist, "Roundtable International Arbitration," Financier Worldwide Magazine, June 2016.
  • Co-Author, "Country Chapter: Canada," The Arbitration Review of the Americas 2015.
  • Author, "Unsubstantiated allegation of reasonable apprehension of bias may result in costs," International Law Office, December 2015.
  • Faculty, Singapore International Arbitration Academy, National University of Singapore – Centre for International Law, November 2015.
  • Panellist, "Practical Issues Relating to Costs and Interest in International Arbitration," Dublin International Arbitration Day, November 2015.
  • Panellist, "Online Dispute Resolution," American Bar Association, Section of International Law Fall Meeting, October 2015.
  • Investment Arbitration Section Editor, IBA Arbitration News, International Bar Association — Investment Arbitration Section/Committee, 2011-present.
  • Co-Author, "Canada Chapter," Global Arbitration Review (GAR) Investment Treaty Arbitration Know-How, November 2012-present.
  • Panellist, "Telling Your Story Effectively," Commercial Arbitration 2015 : Taking Advantage of User Control, Affinity Institute Conference, June 2015.
  • Panellist, "Case Law Update 2015," Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society Annual Conference, May 2015 (with Gordon L. Tarnowsky, Q.C. and Rachel A. Howie).
  • Panellist, "Case Law Update 2015," Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society Annual Conference, April 2015 (with Stephen Drymer and Lisa C. Munro).
  • Panellist, "The Intersection of ADR and E-Discovery," Ontario e-Discovery Institute 2014, October 2014 (with the Honourable Colin L. Campbell and the Honourable Joy Flowers Conti).
  • Panellist, "Case Law Update 2014," Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society Conference, May 2014 (with Ronald M. Kruhlak, Q.C.).
  • Co-Author, "Privilege attaches to dispute funding agreements in British Columbia," International Law Office — Arbitration-Canada, October 2013.
  • Co-Editor, Investor-State LawGuide™, 2010-present.
  • Co-Author, "International Arbitration 2013 — Canada Chapter," The International Comparative Legal Guide, 10th edition, July 2013.
  • Speaker, "Discovery in Intellectual Property Litigation: Protecting Confidential Information," Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia (CLE BC) Conference Intellectual Property for Litigators, October 2011.
  • Speaker, "Cloud Computing — Privacy and Litigation Issues," BLG Cloud-Computing Seminar, April 2011.
  • Speaker, "Addressing Jurisdictional Complexity: The New Civil Rules and the CJPTA," Insight Conference Complex Litigation Management: New Rules, New Technologies, New Risks, New Strategies, November 16-17, 2010.
  • Co-Author, "Internet Law" chapter, Annual Review of Law & Practice, CLE BC, 2001-2012.
  • Speaker, "Competition Law Compliance: Overview of Recent Changes and Practical Tips," Canadian Bar Association, Corporate Counsel Section, BC Branch, April 2010.
  • Speaker, "Misleading Advertising, Pricing and Distribution Practices," CLE BC Conference Canada's New Competition and Foreign Investment Law, March 2010.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Recognized in the 2017 8th edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Arbitration & E-Discovery Practitioners).
  • Recognized as the 2017 "Vancouver International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition (and since 2011) of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution — British Columbia, Dispute Resolution — Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: Arbitration.
  • Recognized in the 2017 and 2016 editions of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: British Columbia, Dispute Resolution: Arbitration).
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in the 2017 edition (and since 2012) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Advertising and Marketing Law, Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, International Arbitration, and Privacy & Data Protection Law).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of the Legal 500 Canada (International Trade).
  • Recognized in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500 Canada (Dispute Resolution).
  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of Benchmark Canada — The Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: British Columbia" and a "Litigation Star: Arbitration, Commercial, Competition, Intellectual Property".
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert® Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-Border Litigation Lawyers in Canada (International Commercial Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert®Report on Business Litigation Special Edition as a leading litigator.
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015 edition of Who's Who Legal: Canada (E-Discovery Practitioners).
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (International Commercial Arbitration, Litigation - Corporate Commercial). Recognized since 2011 for International Commercial Arbitration. Recognized in 2017 for Litigation - Intellectual Property.
  • Recognized as the Arbitration Lawyer of the Year (2016) and Arbitration Counsel of the Year (2014 and 2013) by Benchmark Canada — The ​Definitive Guide to Canada's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys.
  • Honoured with a 2014 Lexpert® Zenith Award (International Commercial Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2013 edition of Expert Guides Guide to the World's Leading Experts in Commercial Arbitration.
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated.
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