Bill Hearn: Lawyer with DLA Piper (Canada) LLP

Bill Hearn

Toronto,  ON  Canada

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Practice Areas

  • Charities and Not-for-Profit
  • International Trade
  • Regulatory and Government Affairs
  • International Risk Management
  • Data Protection
  • Privacy and Security
  • Health Law
  • Public Affairs
  • Transportation
  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Advertising and Marketing
  • Corporate
  • Education
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.


Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory (Advertising & Marketing Law), 2012-2015
Best Lawyers in Canada (Advertising & Marketing Law), 2012-2016
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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