Smart & Biggar appoints new firm chair

Effective Jan. 1, 2020 Daphne Lainson has been appointed chair of the firm at Smart & Biggar. Lainson is a partner in the firm’s Ottawa office and has served as a leader in the life sciences, regulatory and chemical & biotechnology practice groups.

“For many years Daphne has played a key leadership role at Smart & Biggar and within the IP community at large,” said firm managing partner Steven Garland in an announcement. “She is admired by clients and colleagues alike, a trusted counselor, an advisor and thought leader and a respected ambassador for the firm. We look forward to her guidance and leadership as Chair, to support the growth of the firm and to help Smart & Biggar assert its position as Canada’s leading firm for intellectual property, technology and related specialty areas of law.”