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

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


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.


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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.

Are You Prepared for Canada's New Anti-Spam Law?
Chris Bennett,Bill Hearn,Tamara L. Hunter,David Spratley, December 11, 2013
The law is broad and the penalties for non-compliance are very steep. Virtually every person and business in Canada will be affected by the law and will need to rethink how they send emails, voicemails and other telecommunications.

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Bill Hearn

Suite 6000, 100 King Street West
TorontoON M5X 1E2

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