Peter focuses on intellectual property (including trademark, copyright, and entertainment matters), product liability, and commercial litigation. He represents a wide variety of clients including Canadian, U.S. and international intellectual property rights holders, trade associations, film and television producers, franchisors, certification bodies, and manufacturers and distributors around the world in a variety of industries.
Peter frequently acts for clients in trademark, copyright, industrial design, patent, and entertainment law disputes in the Federal Court of Canada as well as the provincial courts of Ontario and British Columbia. He has represented copyright collectives before the Copyright Board of Canada, the Federal Court, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Peter represents numerous manufacturers, retailers, distributors, and specialty insurers in product liability claims, including multi-district class actions. He provides risk management and recall advice for a diverse range of manufacturers and distributors in different sectors, including auto and medical device products, and assists corporate clients with risk management issues and shareholder disputes.
Peter is a fierce litigator and an active member of The Advocates’ Society, which was established to ensure the presence of a courageous and independent bar and the maintenance of the role of the advocate in the administration of justice. Peter is a regular skills instructor for The Advocates’ Society, speaks regularly on a variety of IP and litigation topics, and is also an active member of the Defense Research Institute.
Peter has been repeatedly recognized as a leading lawyer by Benchmark Litigation as a “Litigation Star: Intellectual Property” and by Managing Intellectual Property as an “IP Star,” as well as by Best Lawyers in Canada for Product Liability and Entertainment Law. He is also noted in WTR 1000: The World's Leading Trademark Professionals as "supremely comfortable in the courtroom."
Peter earned his bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from University of Toronto and his LL.B. from Western University.