One of Canada’s preeminent litigators in her field, Mary M. Thomson serves as head of the firm-wide litigation practice for Gowling WLG (Canada). Over the past three plus decades, Mary has represented clients in high-profile class actions, mass tort litigation and public inquiries involving product liability (pharma, medical devices, infectious diseases) as well as in health law, consent law and privacy law. She manages complex litigation, combining substantial courtroom experience with an ability to direct high-functioning legal teams. She works closely with clients in the design and implementation of litigation strategy while developing communication strategies for clients in the public eye. Mary is repeatedly singled out as a top legal practitioner by leading legal directories. In 2013, she was awarded the prestigious Lexpert Zenith Award for extraordinary leadership in the legal profession. Additionally, Mary has taught both trial advocacy and negotiation theory throughout her career and served as an Adjunct Professor in the graduate department of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, instructing in ethical and legal issues related to health law for more than a decade.