Bill Hearn: Lawyer with Davis LLP

Bill Hearn

Counsel
Toronto,  ON  Canada
http://www.davis.ca
Phone416.369.5298

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BV® Distinguished

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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
http://www.davis.ca
 
University University of Toronto, B.A., 1983
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Toronto, LL.B., 1986; University of Cambridge, LL.M., 1989
 
Admitted1988, Ontario
 
Memberships 

Associations
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

 
LanguagesEnglish
 
Biography

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.

In the Media
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...
44 Davis LLP Practitioners Recognized in List of...
August 12, 2013
Davis LLP is pleased to announce that 44 of the firm's...

Events
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
Information Privacy and Data Protection
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
The Canadian Institute's 21st Annual Advertising and Marketing...
Co-chair
January 26, 2015
Bill Hearn is co-chairing the Canadian Institute's 21st Annual Advertising and Marketing Law Conference. Taking place in Toronto from January 26-28, 2015, the event features a distinguished faculty of legal and marketing professionals who will
Information Privacy and Data Protection
Lexpert Professional Development Course
Panel chair
November 27, 2014
On November 27, 2014, Lexpert hosted Information Privacy and Data Protection, a full-day course designed for professionals seeking to understand the core issues behind information privacy and data protection as well as to implement effective management
Digital Crossroads - Marketing, Privacy, Data and Consumer...
Canadian Marketing Association Regulatory Conference
Moderator
November 25, 2014
Davis LLP's Bill Hearn participated at the Canadian Marketing Association Regulatory Conference Digital Crossroads: Marketing, Privacy, Data and Consumer Trust on November 25, 2014.The conference featured distinguished speakers who explored
Legal Risks of Participating in Industry Associations
The Six-Minute Business Lawyer 2014
Speaker
June 9, 2014
The Law Society of Upper Canada hosted the annual Six-Minute Business Lawyer program on June 9, 2014. A stellar line-up of subject matter experts each spent six minutes bringing attendees up to speed on essential topics in substantive
In-Depth Guide to Prepare for CASL
The Canadian Institute's 20th Annual Advertising and Marketing Law Conference
Presenter
January 23, 2014
As Canada prepares to enact new regulations for sending commercial electronic communications in July 2014, businesses must get ready for compliance to avoid harsh penalities.As part of the Canadian Institute's 20th Annual Advertising and

Recognition
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

 
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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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