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Peter Ruby


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Bay Adelaide Centre - West Tower
333 Bay Street, Suite 3400
Toronto, ON M5H 2S7

Tel:   416.597.4184
Fax:   416.979.1234

Peter Ruby is a partner in the Litigation Group and co-leads the Technology Law Group at Goodmans. He has a national and international practice focused on business and technology dispute resolution, including software, hardware, artificial intelligence, telecommunications, film, television, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, ecommerce and internet litigation, and Canadian and cross-border arbitration and mediation. Peter has a balanced practice, representing multinational and entrepreneurial vendors of technology and services, along with many end-users of information technology. He has appeared at all levels of the courts of Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as at many arbitration proceedings.

Peter handles disputes and regulatory matters relating to the electricity and renewable power industries, has acted as counsel for the Canadian Electricity Association, and represented electricity utilities across Canada as well as green energy developers. He has appeared at the Ontario Energy Board with respect to generation, transmission, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development and distribution issues, and before other provincial energy regulators.

With respect to privacy and data protection, Peter has successfully litigated business-related privacy cases and has considerable experience assisting clients, on a highly confidential basis, on data breach incidents. He also assists organizations to deal with privacy inquiries and investigations by privacy commissioners, and to negotiate privacy-related agreements.

From time to time, Peter acts as an arbitrator and mediator in his fields of practice. He is a member arbitrator/mediator of Arbitration Place and the Canadian roster of the AAA’s International Center for Dispute Resolution.


Peter’s representative work includes acting for:


  • the Monitor of Nortel Networks in an unprecedented cross-border dispute over the allocation of the insolvent Nortel’s assets and advising on IT, IP, business law and valuation issues
  • Oracle in several litigations involving customers, business partners and implementers
  • SAP in litigation and arbitration proceedings involving customers, business partners and implementers
  • The Business Development Bank of Canada in software fraud litigation concerning a failed technology acquisition
  • Trader Corp. in mass on-line copyright infringement litigation
  • Bell Media in a Reference to the Supreme Court of Canada opposite Canada’s largest cable companies
  • Bell Media and Rogers Media in arbitration proceedings and terms of trade
  • Software AG in litigation and arbitration with respect to disputes with Canadian corporate and government customers
  • CBS Television in internet identity theft litigation
  • AXA Asia in obtaining an injunction to prevent a software provider from shutting down an insurer’s operations
  • NBCUniversal in copyright litigation with respect to the film Charlie Wilson’s War, and other matters


  • 19 power companies in a landmark case in the Supreme Court of Canada against Canada’s cable television companies
  • the majority owner of a wind-power project in arbitration regarding a shareholder dispute
  • a renewable energy developer in a dispute over compensation owing to it by other participants in the project
  • Atlantic Power in regulatory and arbitration proceedings
  • various power companies, including Hydro Quebec, B.C. Hydro, New Brunswick Power, ENMAX Corporation, Manitoba Hydro and Greater Sudbury Hydro, in connection with novel matters arising in each of their provinces and/or at hearings


Peter is recognized as a leading IT litigator in Chambers Global Guide to The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Euromoney’s Guide to The World’s Leading Information Technology Lawyers and Best Lawyers in Canada, and is also recognized by Who's Who Legal and Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys in the areas of international arbitration, energy and intellectual property.


Peter was a law clerk to the Federal Court of Canada and for over a dozen years was a Professor of Law (adj.) at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall Law School teaching internet law. He was a co-chair of the 2017 World Technology Law Conference in Chicago and is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Technology Law Association.

Peter is a well-known speaker in Canada and internationally in his areas of practice.

Education Osgoode Hall Law School (LL.M., 2000)
Osgoode Hall Law School (J.D., 1994)
Professional Affiliations

Law Society of Ontario
Executive Committee Member and Former Co-Chair Dispute Resolutions Committee, International Technology Law Association
Arbitrator/Mediator, Arbitration Place
Arbitrator/Mediator, American Arbitration Association ICDR
Member, Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center
Former Director and Member, Canadian Technology Law Association
Member, Toronto Computer Lawyers Group
Member, The Advocates’ Society
Member, Canadian Bar Association

Year of Call

1996 Ontario