Daniel Urbas

Daniel Urbas  

Partner

Executive Summary

Daniel Urbas is Regional Leader of the International Trade Litigation and Arbitration group and Regional Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group. Formerly, until 2013, Daniel was also Regional Leader of the Commercial Litigation group and National Leader of the Intellectual Property Litigation group.

Daniel advises and represents clients in commercial and civil litigation, intellectual property (including anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting litigation) and information technologies, product liability, administrative law, Aboriginal law matters including treaty and land claims litigation and dispute resolution of agreements relating to governance and natural resource development on native peoples' territories. He handles trial and appellate advocacy, as well as urgent and extraordinary applications. He appears before the provincial and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as before arbitration tribunals and various administrative tribunals.

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) based in London, UK, Daniel is elected to the Executive of the CIArb's North American branch. He also sits as an arbitrator, both as a sole arbitrator and as a member of a three-member arbitration tribunal. He is fluently bilingual in English and French.

Representative Work

  • Daniel's practice involves trial and appellate advocacy as well as urgent and extraordinary applications. He appears before the provincial and federal courts, as well as before arbitration tribunals and various administrative tribunals.
  • Daniel also sits as an arbitrator, both as a sole arbitrator and as a member of a three-member arbitration tribunal.

Publications & Presentations

Publications 

  • Author, "International Arbitration 2013 — Canada Chapter," The International Comparative Legal Guide, 10th edition, July 2013 (with Robert Deane).
  • Author, "Posting Security as a Condition of Obtaining an Interim or Conservatory Measure," Corporate LiveWire, 2012.
  • Author, "Case note: Court decision implies franchisors may have inherent obligation to protect and enhance brand," World Trademark Review Daily, 2012. 
  • Author, "Canada," International Comparative Legal Guide to International Arbitration, Global Legal Group, 2011 and 2012.
  • Author, "Proportionality, Flexibility and Cooperation: Litigation's Support of Arbitration Keeps Getting Better," Annual Review of Civil Litigation, Carswell, 2010.
  • Author, "Why Arbitration Works," The Gazette, 2010.
  • Author, "Report: Selection of Outside Litigation Counsel, from Both Sides of the Conference Room Table," Litigation Newsletter, International Bar Association, 2010.
  • Author, "Arbitration vs. Court Litigation," The Gazette, 2010.
  • Author, "Report: Sovereign Immunity in International Litigation and Arbitration," Arbitration Newsletter, International Bar Association, 2010.
  • Author, "Arbitrator Faults Sport Federation for Failure to Actively Defend Sport Arbitration Process," Arbitration Newsletter, International Bar Association, 2008.
  • Author, "Report: Investment Treaty Arbitration," Arbitration Newsletter, International Bar Association, 2007.
  • Author, "Product Recall – International Sales, Franchising and Product Liability Law Perspectives in the United States, Canada, Europe, Singapore and China," International Journal of Franchising Law, Claerhout, 2007 (with John R.F. Baer, Veronica Chen, Andrew P. Loewinger, Sönke Lund & Woon C. Yew).
  • Author, "Spoliation and Electronic Documents: Putting the Spark back into Discovery," Annual Review of Civil Litigation, Carswell, 2007.

Lectures

  • Speaker, "Introduction to International Arbitration," Chartered Institute of Arbitrators – North American Branch, McGill University, Montréal, 2016.
  • Speaker, "Canadian Mining Law," Beijing Mining Exchange, Beijing, 2015.
  • Speaker, "Cross-Examination Techniques in International Commercial Arbitration," Shanghai and Beijing, 2014.
  • Speaker, "Canadian Arbitration Law and Practice," China University of Political Science and Law, Beijing, 2013.
  • Guest Lecturer, McGill University, "Arbitration and the Courts," The Canadian Judicial Process, 2012.
  • Speaker, "The state of E-discovery in Québec," Legal IT, 2010.
  • Speaker, "IT and IP: Mediation and Arbitration," Full Spectrum ADR – From Local Workplace to International Marketplace, ADR Institute of Canada Inc and Public Service of Canada, 2009.
  • Speaker, "Strategic Considerations in IP Litigation in Canada and the United States," Advanced Conference on Intellectual Property Protection, The Canadian Institute, 2008.
  • Speaker, "Strategies in Resolving Technology Industry Disputes in North America," International Centre for Dispute Resolution, 2007.

Rankings & Recognitions

  • Shortlisted for the International Bar Association's Pro Bono Award 2015.
  • Shortlisted for Canadian Lawyer Magazine's 2015 Most Influential Lawyers in the World Stage category.
  • Recognized in the 2016 edition of Who's Who Legal: Litigation.
  • Recognized in the 2016 and 2015 editions of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys as a "Local Litigation Star: Québec" and a "Litigation Star: Commercial, Intellectual Property, Product Liability".
  • Recognized in the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Corporate and Commercial Litigation).
  • Recognized in the 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (Computer & IT Law, International Commercial Arbitration).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™.
  • Recognized in the business section of La Presse, North America's largest circulation French-language daily, for being "at the top of his game."