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S. Gordon McKee

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Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP
199 Bay St Ste 4000
Toronto, ON M5L 1A9 Canada
(416) 863-3884
Member Bio
Gord McKee is a senior partner in the Toronto litigation department of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, one of Canada's leading law firms with five offices across Canada. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers with over 30 years’ litigation experience and is certified by the Law Society of Ontario as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. He has for many years defended class actions and serious product liability claims in Canada with cross-border and complex scientific issues. He is one of a growing but small group of lawyers that has led the defense of class action common issues trials in Canada. He is recognized internationally as a leader in class action and product liability (and life sciences) defense. Gord regularly defends leading manufacturers of drugs and medical devices in proposed class actions in Canada, and acts as national counsel managing litigation across the country. He has defended product manufacturers in both class actions and serious individual claims involving a wide variety of other products including heavy construction equipment, automobiles and auto parts, fire protection systems and various consumer goods. In addition to defending product liability claims, he is regularly consulted on product recalls and warnings. Gord has been actively involved in the profession as a regular speaker and author on class actions, products liability and other litigation topics, a guest lecturer on trial advocacy and a member of professional committees concerned about the litigation process. He is an active member of DRI (Steering Committee of the Drug and Medical Device Committee) and the International Association of Defence Counsel (past Board Member, past Chair of the Drug, Device and Biotech Committee), and a Sustaining Member in PLAC .
Firm Information
As one of Canada’s top business law firms, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes) provides exceptional legal services to leading businesses in Canada and around the world. We focus on building long-term relationships with clients. We do this by staying true to our Guiding Principles and providing unparalleled client service and the highest standard of legal advice, always informed by the business context. In 2015, Blakes was named one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the fifth time and Canada Law Firm of the Year in the Who's Who Legal Awards for the seventh consecutive year. Thanks to our clients, we were once again the top-ranked Canadian firm in Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business and selected as one of the most innovative law firms? in the BTI Brand Elite. In addition, and according to Bloomberg, Blakes has been the No. 1 Canadian law firm in both Canadian and global M&A deals by deal value and deal count for the past seven years (2008-2014). Many of our lawyers are also recognized as leaders in their respective fields, evidenced by the fact that they are continually recommended in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Canada’s leading guide to lawyers, in almost every category of law. Serving a diverse national and international client base, our integrated network of 11 offices worldwide provides clients with access to the Firm’s full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Whether an issue is local or multi-jurisdictional, practice-area specific or interdisciplinary, Blakes handles transactions of all sizes and levels of complexity. Blakes also enthusiastically invests in the communities where we live and work — from pro bono work to supporting diversity, women's initiatives and the environment. Since our founding in 1856, we’ve been on a constant quest to define best practices in professional services by delivering leading legal solutions to our clients worldwide.

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Practice Areas
Drug & Medical Device
Mass Tort
Products Liability
Toxic Torts & Environmental Law
DRI Committees
DRI International
Drug and Medical Device
Product Liability

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