Blair W.M. Bowen

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Blair is a trial lawyer specializing in corporate and commercial litigation.

Blair has conducted numerous trials, commercial arbitrations and appeals for more than 30 years. Clients appreciate his experienced approach to dispute resolution with strategies that balance advocacy and pragmatism.

Blair has appeared as counsel in all levels of court in Ontario as well as in the Superior Courts of, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, the Court of Appeal and British Columbia, the Federal Court of Canada, the Tax Court of Canada and in leave applications to the Supreme Court of Canada. Blair has argued matters before tribunals such as the Ontario Securities Commission and the Law Society Tribunal. Blair is a strong advocate on behalf of his clients and his extensive trial experience allow him to help clients both in and out of the courtroom.

A representative sample of Blair’s experience includes:

  • Defending product liability claims on behalf of a manufacturer of heavy duty commercial vehicles
  • Acting for shareholders of corporations in prosecuting and defending oppression remedy and related claims
  • Representing employers in breach of fiduciary duty and breach of confidence actions against departing executives
  • Acting for manufacturers in contractual disputes with distributors and sales agents
  • Resolving disputes between franchisors and franchisees
  • Acting for lawyers and paralegals who are facing disciplinary proceedings before the Law Society Tribunal

Education & Memberships


Called to the Ontario Bar, 1985
Queen's University, LL.B., 1983
University of Waterloo, B.Sc. (Hons.) 1980

Awards and Recognition

The Best Lawyers ™ in Canada

Corporate & Commercial Litigation

Professional & Community Involvement

The Advocates' Society

Duty Counsel Program Volunteer and Past Director, 2014-2018

Law Society Tribunal Chair's Practice Roundtable
Canada Africa Partnership - CAP Network


Sir William Campbell Foundation


East York Basketball Club

Past Director

Speaking Engagements & Publications

Instructor, Ethics and Civility in the Courtroom and Beyond

Litigation Agreements: Duties to the Court and Other Side

Lessons I Learned About the Hague Service Convention

International Lawyers Network

Law Society of Ontario, Solo and Small Firm Conference

Tips for Preparing an Expert Witness for Trial

Program Co-Chair Privilege: A Litigator's Guide

The Advocates’ Society

Living in Splendid Isolation: Ten Lessons Learned - Enforcing an Ontario Judgment in Mexico

Published in the Toronto Law Journal, Lawyers Daily

Language of Legal Writing
Instructor, Advanced Do a Trial Skills Workshop The Advocates' Society

The Advocates’ Society

Medical Device Manufacturer's Duty to Warn
Privilege and Confidentiality
Program Co-Chair - Leading Your Case: Opening Statements and Examination-In-Chief

Civil Litigation Skills Certificate

Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Witnesses
Court Intervention in Commercial Arbitratio

The Commons Institute

Defending Professional Misconduct Complaints
Telling the Truth for the Sake of the Truth – The Value of Oaths
A Summary Judgment Motion Primer

Canadian Association of Black Lawyers

Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Non-Money Judgments in Canada
Dispute Resolution in North America, 2002

Contributing Editor

International Tracing of Assets

Contributor, Sweet & Maxwell Limited, London UK