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Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2020

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Intellectual Property Law, 2020

Chambers Canada, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology - Nationwide, 2020

The Legal 500 Canada, Peter Ruby - Leading Lawyer, Technology, 2020

The Legal 500 Canada, Peter Ruby - Recommended, Technology, 2020

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Band 2, Information Technology, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Consistently Recommended, Computer & IT Law, 2020

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Repeatedly Recommended, Telecommunications, 2020

Chambers Canada, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology - Nationwide, 2019

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2019

Who's Who Legal, Peter Ruby - Recognized Global Leader, Data Privacy and Protection, 2019

Who's Who Legal, Peter Ruby - Recognized Global Leader, Information Technology, 2019

Who's Who Legal, Peter Ruby - Recognized Global Leader, Telecoms and Media, 2019

Who's Who Legal, Peter Ruby - Recognized Thought Leader, Data, 2019

Lexpert Magazine, Peter Ruby - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2019

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Intellectual Property Law, 2019

The Legal 500 Canada, Peter Ruby - Recommended, Technology, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Repeatedly Recommended, Computer and IT Law, 2019

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Repeatedly Recommended, Telecommunications, 2019

Chambers Canada, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology - Nationwide, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Repeatedly Recommended, Telecommunications, 2018

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Consistently Recommended, Computer & IT Law, 2018

Lexpert Special Edition, Peter Ruby - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2018

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Intellectual Property Law, 2018

Chambers Canada, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Intellectual Property Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2017

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2017

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Repeatedly Recommended, Computer & IT Law, 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, Peter Ruby - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail's ROB Magazine, Energy, 2017

Who's Who Legal, Peter Ruby - Recognized, TMT (Information Technology), 2017

Lexpert Special Edition, Peter Ruby - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail’s ROB Magazine, Energy, 2016

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Repeatedly Recommended, Computer & IT Law, 2016

Chambers Canada, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2016

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Intellectual Property Law, 2016

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2016

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2015

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Repeatedly Recommended, Computer and IT Law, 2015

Lexpert Special Edition, Peter Ruby - Ranked - Canada's Leading Energy Lawyers in the Globe & Mail’s ROB Magazine, Energy, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Corporate and Commercial Litigation, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2015

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Intellectual Property Law, 2015

Benchmark Canada, Peter Ruby - Future Star, Energy and Natural Resources: Ontario, 2014

Benchmark Canada, Peter Ruby - Future Star, Intellectual Property: Ontario, 2014

Benchmark Canada, Peter Ruby - Future Star, International Arbitration: Ontario, 2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2014

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2014

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Repeatedly Recommended, Computer & IT Law, 2014

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2013

Benchmark Canada, Peter Ruby - Future Star, Intellectual Property: Ontario, 2013

Benchmark Canada, Peter Ruby - Future Star, International Arbitration: Ontario, 2013

Benchmark Canada, Peter Ruby - Future Star, Energy and Resources: Ontario, 2013

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2013

Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Peter Ruby - Repeatedly Recommended, Computer & IT Law, 2013

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2012

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2012

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Telecommunications & Broadcasting, 2012

Best Lawyers in Canada, Peter Ruby - Recognized, Information Technology Law, 2011

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2011

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Telecommunications & Broadcasting, 2011

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2010

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2009

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Ranked, Information Technology, 2008

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Up and Coming, TMT, 2007

Chambers Global, Peter Ruby - Up and Coming, Technology, Media and Telecommunications, 2006

Peter Ruby

Partner

pruby@goodmans.ca vCard
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 Dispute Resolution Group and co-leads the Technology Law Group at Goodmans. He has a national and international practice focused on  technology, energy, corporate, commercial, and restructuring litigation and arbitration.

His technology dispute resolution work includes software, hardware, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, 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.

Peter handles disputes and regulatory matters relating to the energy industry, has acted as counsel for the Canadian Electricity Association, electricity utilities, developers and operators of renewable power projects, resource companies and provincial government bodies. 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.  

Peter also represents clients with respect to a variety of corporate, commercial and restructuring disputes, including shareholder matters, contract interpretation and application issues and acquisition-related disputes.

He has appeared at all levels of the courts of Ontario and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as at many arbitration proceedings.

In addition to his busy counsel practice, Peter acts as an arbitrator and mediator. He is a member arbitrator/mediator of Arbitration Place, on the Canadian roster of the AAA’s International Center for Dispute Resolution, and is the Chair of the North America committee of the Silicon Valley Arbitration & Mediation Center.

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

Peter’s representative work includes acting for:

Technology

  • 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

Energy

  • 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 dispute with respect to a gas development project
  • 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
  • several provincial government bodies with respect to commercial and corporate issues
  • 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

Commercial, Corporate and Restructuring

  • litigation concerning the restructuring of Stelco
  • litigation concerning a contract dispute arising from the insolvency of Nortel
  • several arbitrations concerning breaches of representations in share purchase agreements
  • arbitration concerning a purchase price adjustment under an asset purchase agreement
  • many litigation and arbitration proceedings turning on the interpretation of contracts 

RECOGNITION

Peter is recognized as a leading technology litigator and arbitration counsel in Chambers Canada and Chambers Global Guide to The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business, The Legal 500 Canada, 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.

PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT

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. 

 

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
Chair of North America committee, 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