Bill Hearn: Lawyer with Davis LLP

Bill Hearn

Toronto,  ON  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Education Law
  • Health Law
  • International Risk Management
  • Public Affairs
  • Transportation Law
  • Charities & Not-for-Profit
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • Corporate / Commercial and Mergers & Acquisitions
  • International Law & Trade
  • Privacy & Access to Information
Contact InfoTelephone: 416.369.5298
Fax: 416.369.5224
University University of Toronto, B.A., 1983
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., 1986; University of Cambridge, LL.M., 1989
Admitted1988, Ontario

The Law Society of Upper Canada, since 1988
Association of Canadian Port Authorities, Law Committee Member, 1999-2013
American Bar Association, Section of Anti-trust Law, Consumer Protection Committee Member, since 2011
NABS: National Advertising Benevolent Society of Canada, Director and Executive Committee Member, 2004-2009
Canadian Marketing Association, Ethics and Privacy Committee Member, since 2004
Canada-U.S. Law Institute, Advisory Board Member, 2007-2010


Bill Hearn has extensive experience in competition (including advertising & marketing), transportation, international trade, corporate/commercial, and regulatory law. He advises businesses, charities, governments, Crown agencies and trade associations. A recognized leader in many fields, Bill is ranked in Martindale-Hubbell, Lexpert, Who's Who Legal, and Best Lawyers in Canada.

Bill practises several specialized areas of business law, including:
•advertising & marketing (as well as consumer protection & privacy and with a focus on the automotive, aviation, consumer products, energy, food & beverage, financial services, sports & entertainment, retail and pharmaceutical sectors)
•corporate & commercial (including reorganizations, complex agreements and corporate governance for businesses as well as charities and not-for-profit entities)
•competition (in particular, pricing & distribution practices and compliance programs & audits)
•government procurement (especially for the defense industry)
•international business and trade (primarily in the agricultural, health care, education, and liquor sectors)
•private mergers & acquisitions (especially in regulated industries such as for-profit post-secondary education)
•regulatory (in such diverse areas as agri-chemical products, gaming, health professions, liquor, marine ports, and post-secondary education)
•transportation (with a focus on marine)

Bill has a high BV Distinguished peer and client rating in Martindale-Hubbell. He has been listed as one of Canada's leading shipping and maritime lawyers in Who's Who Legal which describes him as a gifted lawyer with a broad client base. Bill is also listed in Lexpert and Best Lawyers in Canada as a leader in Advertising and Marketing Law.

Bill is a frequent writer and presenter on topics relating to his specialized areas of practice.

Best Lawyer in Canada, Advertising & Marketing Law, 2013-2014
Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Advertising & Marketing Law, 2012-2013
Who's Who Legal, Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyer, 2010
BV Distinguished Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

In the Media
CASL Publication by Davis LLP Featured in LexisNexis...
December 22, 2014
With a team including Chris Bennett, Bill Hearn, Tamara Hunter...
56 Davis LLP Lawyers Recognized as Best in Canada...
August 25, 2014
Davis LLP has once again featured prominently in Best Lawyers,...
33 Davis Lawyers Recognized in 2014 Canadian Legal...
June 2, 2014
Davis LLP Increases Number of Ranked Lawyers in 2014.Davis...
Bill Hearn Counsels Caution on Marketing Stunts
February 24, 2014
A successful guerrilla marketing campaign could produce huge...
How Canadian PR Companies Can Prepare for the New...
February 6, 2014
In an interview with award-winning public relations agency...
Bill Hearn Comments on Ontario's Unclaimed Intangible...
October 3, 2013
The Ontario government is currently seeking feedback from industry...

The Canadian Institute's 21st Annual Advertising and Marketing...
January 26, 2015
Bill Hearn is co-chairing the Canadian Institute's 21st Annual Advertising and Marketing Law Conference. Taking
How Strong Is Your CASL? A Five-Month-In Anti-Spam Check-Up
November 27, 2014
On November 27, 2014, Lexpert hosted Information Privacy and Data Protection, a full-day course designed for professionals
Digital Crossroads - Marketing, Privacy, Data and Consumer...
November 25, 2014
Davis LLP's Bill Hearn participated at the Canadian Marketing Association Regulatory Conference Digital Crossroads:
Legal Risks of Participating in Industry Associations
June 9, 2014
The Law Society of Upper Canada hosted the annual Six-Minute Business Lawyer program on June 9, 2014. A stellar
In-Depth Guide to Prepare for CASL
January 23, 2014
As Canada prepares to enact new regulations for sending commercial electronic communications in July 2014, businesses
Industry, Regulatory and Legal Guidance: Continuing the Shift...
January 21, 2014
Stay current in the advertising and marketing field with strategies and solutions from a roster of industry leaders


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The Second Wave of CASL: Transmission Data and Computer Program Rules in Effect Soon
Chris Bennett,Bill Hearn,Tamara L. Hunter,David Spratley, December 3, 2014
CASL’s anti-spam rules have been in effect for just over four months, and many organizations have adjusted (or are adjusting) to them. While anti-spam compliance is a work in progress, it is important to remember that CASL addresses more than just spam. Specifically, CASL’s altering...

Anti-Spam Law Update: CRTC Says Municipalities May Be Subject to CASL
Chris Bennett,Bill Hearn,Tamara L. Hunter,David Spratley, September 19, 2014
There has been some debate about whether municipal governments are subject to Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (“CASL”) or whether, like the provincial and federal governments, municipal governments are exempt from CASL.

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Bill Hearn

Suite 6000, 100 King Street West
TorontoON M5X 1E2

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