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Ryder Gilliland is a litigation Partner with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He has a broad litigation practice with experience in cases relating to defamation, constitutional, securities, competition, tax, class-action and general corporate-commercial litigation. He has appeared as counsel at all levels of courts in Ontario, as well as in the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada. He also has tribunal-related experience, including before the Ontario Securities Commission and the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal.
Ryder has also acted in international and national arbitration proceedings, both ad hoc arbitrations and under institutional rules including ADR, ICC and AAA/ICDR.
Ryder was raised in Spain and has used his knowledge of the Spanish language and of the Latin American region to assist clients in obtaining remedies in Latin America.
Ryder has received numerous professional recognitions, including being recognized by Lexpert in 2010 as one of Canada’s leading lawyers under 40.
In the area of defamation law, Ryder has acted for many of the largest newspapers and broadcasters in Canada and the United States, and regularly provides prepublication advice to media organizations, publishers and ISPs on legal issues relating to copyright, defamation, freedom of information, publication bans and issues specific to Internet publication.
Ryder speaks at conferences, writes regularly, and holds memberships with the Canadian Bar Association, The Advocates’ Society, Ad Idem (Advocates in Defence of Free Expression) and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, The Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society and the Arbitration Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
Admitted to the Ontario Bar – 2002
LL.B., Dalhousie University – 2000
B.A. (Hon.) (Political Science and Latin American Studies), University of Toronto – 1995
- Vice-president – Canadian Media Lawyers’ Association
- Arbitration Committee – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
- Co-chair – Toronto Commercial Arbitration Society (TCAS)