Robert J. C. Deane

Partner

Vancouver
RDeane@blg.com
604.640.4250

Robert is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading lawyer in international and domestic commercial arbitration, commercial litigation, privacy law, intellectual property litigation and advertising/competition law.

Robert has experience in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

He also has significant international commercial arbitration experience, acting in proceedings in North America, Asia and Europe under:

  • LCIA Rules
  • ICC Rules
  • ICSID (Additional Facility) Rules
  • American Arbitration Association's International Arbitration Rules
  • Arbitration Rules of the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce
  • Domestic and International Arbitration Rules of the British Columbia International Commercial Arbitration Centre
  • National Arbitration Rules of the ADR Institute of Canada

Robert is the National Leader of BLG’s International Trade and Arbitration Group, and is 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.

Robert served as a Law Clerk to the Honourable Madam Justice Beverley McLachlin of the Supreme Court of Canada (until recently the Rt. Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada) in 1998-1999.

Experience

  • Counsel to a Canadian technology company in a dispute with an Asian mobile phone supplier (HKICAC)
  • Counsel to a Canadian metal refining company in an investor-State dispute with an Asian state (UNCITRAL)
  • Counsel to a Provincial Crown Corporation in a dispute with a sports team relating to sponsorship rights (BCICAC)

Beyond Our Walls

Professional Involvement

  • Roster Member, International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), International Division of the American Arbitration Association
  • Roster Member, ICDR Canada, International Division of the American Arbitration Association
  • Executive Committee Member, International Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (ICC Canada)
  • Member, Western Canada Commercial Arbitration Society
  • Member, Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society
  • Editor (Investment Arbitration Section), IBA Arbitration News (International Bar Association – Arbitration Committee)
  • Regional Representative for North America (Canada), Young International Arbitration Group – London Court of International Arbitration (2010 – 2013)
  • Member of the Advisory Board, The Institute for Transnational Arbitration
  • Co-Chair, Working Group on Best Practices for Electronic Document Discovery and Production in Canada (Sedona Canada) (2010-2014); Member of Steering Committee and Editorial Board, Sedona Canada, 2005-2010
  • Member, Canadian Bar Association – British Columbia Branch
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Trial Lawyers’ Association of British Columbia
  • Member, Vancouver Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • President, Cystic Fibrosis Canada - Vancouver Chapter, 2013-present

Awards & Recognitions

  • Recognized by Who's Who Legal (Global) in Arbitration and E-Discovery (2020).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2015) of Who's Who Legal: Canada (Arbitration & E-Discovery Practitioners).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition (and since 2016) of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers Canada – Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Litigation: General Commercial).
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated.
  • Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, 2018.
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2015) edition of the Lexpert® Guide to US/Canada Cross-border Lawyers in Canada.
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2015) edition 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 2019 edition (and since 2018) of Euromoney Expert Guides: Best of the Best Global.
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution – Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2012) of The Best Lawyers in Canada® (Advertising and Marketing Law, Class Action Litigation, Corporate and Commercial Law, International Arbitration, Privacy and Data Security Law).
  • Recognized as the 2018 "Vancouver Privacy and Data Security Law Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized as the 2017 "Vancouver International Arbitration Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in Canada®.
  • Recognized in the 2019 edition (and since 2011) of Chambers Global — The World's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution — British Columbia, Dispute Resolution — Arbitration).
  • Recognized in the 2019 (and since 2016) editions of Chambers Canada — Canada's Leading Lawyers for Business (Dispute Resolution: British Columbia).
  • Recognized in the 2019 and 2017 editions of The Legal 500 Canada as a "Leading Lawyer" (Dispute Resolution). Also recognized in the 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions (International Trade).
  • Recognized as a 2017 Acritas Star.
  • Recognized in the 2018, 2016, 2015 and 2014 editions of the Lexpert®/Report on Business Litigation Special Edition as a leading litigator.
  • Recognized in the 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015 editions of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (International Commercial Arbitration, Litigation - Corporate Commercial). Recognized in 2019 (and since 2011) for International Commercial Arbitration. Recognized in 2018, 2017 for Litigation - Intellectual Property. Recognized in 2018 for Litigation - Public Law.
  • 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.

Bar Admission & Education

  • British Columbia, 2000
  • LLB, University of Victoria, 1998 (Law Society of BC Gold Medallist)
  • BA, Simon Fraser University, 1995