Gord McKee is a senior partner in the Toronto Litigation Group of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. He has over 25 years’ litigation experience, and is Certified by The Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He has for many years defended class actions and serious product liability claims in Canada with cross-border and complex scientific issues. He is one of a growing but small group of lawyers that has led the defence of class action common issues trials in Canada. He is recognized internationally as a leader in class actions, product liability and life sciences defence: recently receiving product liability “lawyer of the year” awards from Benchmark Canada (for the third consecutive year), LMG Life Sciences - Canada (for the second consecutive year) and Best Lawyers (2015, Toronto). He is currently lead counsel in Ontario and managing litigation nationally for some of the world's largest manufacturers of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, medical devices, consumer goods and transportation/construction vehicles. He is a frequent speaker on class actions, life sciences and product liability matters, and a guest lecturer on trial advocacy. He is an active member of the IADC, DRI and PLAC.