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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 at Goodmans. He has a national and international practice focused on business and technology dispute resolution, including software, telecommunications, film, radio, television, privacy and data protection, intellectual property, ecommerce and internet litigation, Canadian and cross-border arbitration, and mediation.  Peter has a balanced practice, representing multi-national and entrepreneurial vendors of technology and services, along with many end-users of information technology.

Peter also deals with the regulation of the electricity industry, 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 that have been brought before the courts and has considerable experience assisting clients in dealing with privacy breach incidents.  He also assists organizations to draft domestic and multi-jurisdictional privacy and data retention policies, deal with privacy inquiries and investigations by privacy commissioners, and negotiate privacy-related agreements.  

Also, Peter is a member of the Canadian arbitrator/mediator roster of the AAA’s International Center for Dispute Resolution and a member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.

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 The Best Lawyers in Canada, and is also recognized by 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 telecommunications and internet law.  He was a co-chair of the 2017 World Technology Law Conference in Chicago.  Peter is a frequent speaker at industry and legal events and is the author of articles in his fields of practice.

Selected activities:

  • Counsel to the Monitor of Nortel in an unprecedented cross-border dispute over the allocation of the insolvent Nortel’s assets and advice on IT, IP, business law and valuation issues
  • Counsel to the Business Development Bank of Canada in major litigation concerning a failed IT acquisition
  • Counsel to the Province of Ontario with respect to insolvency litigation with U.S. Steel
  • Counsel to Trader Corp. in mass on-line copyright infringement litigation
  • Counsel to Bell Media in a Reference to the Supreme Court of Canada opposite Canada’s largest cable companies
  • Counsel to Bell Media and Rogers Media in arbitration proceedings
  • Counsel to Oracle in several Ontario litigations
  • Counsel to SAP in litigation and arbitration proceedings
  • Counsel to Software AG in litigation and arbitration with Canadian companies and governments
  • Counsel to CBS Television in internet identity theft litigation
  • Counsel to AXA Asia in software injunction proceedings
  • Advises Four Season Hotels & Resorts concerning privacy matters and arbitration proceedings
  • Counsel to NBCUniversal in copyright litigation with respect to the film Charlie Wilson’s War and other matters
  • Counsel to Park ‘N Fly in on-line trade-mark infringement litigation
  • Counsel to 19 power companies in a landmark telecom case in the Supreme Court of Canada
  • Counsel in arbitration to the majority owner of a wind-power project
  • Counsel to SkyPower with respect to the regulation of renewable energy facilities
  • Counsel to Atlantic Power in regulatory and arbitration proceedings
  • With respect to novel matters in each of their provinces, advised and/or represented in hearings many power companies including Hydro Quebec, B.C. Hydro, New Brunswick Power, ENMAX Corporation, Manitoba Hydro and Greater Sudbury Hydro
  • Counsel in litigation for Canada’s television channel for blind and low vision Canadians
  • Counsel to the Canadian Recording Industry Association with respect to its internet music downloading appeal


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

International Technology Law Association (Executive Committee Member and Former Co-Chair Dispute Resolutions Committee)
Canadian Technology Law Association (CAN-TECH) (Former Director)
Toronto Computer Lawyers Group
Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center
ICDR Canada

Year of Call

1996 Ontario