Rick Dearden, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, is a senior litigation partner in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office, practising primarily in the areas of defamation and media law, freedom of information, administrative law, international trade, and customs. He acts as counsel at all levels of courts in Ontario (including jury trials), the Federal Courts, the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as the Canadian International Trade Tribunal. He served as Chair of one of the Softwood Lumber Chapter 19 Free Trade Agreement panels and provides strategic advice about Free Trade Agreements and the World Trade Organization’s various agreements, particularly the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights. He acted as counsel for the Ottawa Citizen before the Supreme Court of Canada in the seminal cases of Cusson v. Quan and Grant v. Torstar that created the new “public interest responsible communication” defence to libel actions. Rick has been recognized in Chambers Global, TheBest Lawyers in Canada, TheLegal 500 Canada, and Who’s Who Legal: Canada and The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers. In 2020, The Advocates’ Society selected Rick as the recipient of the John P. Nelligan Award for Excellence in Advocacy.