Gregory B. Bordan

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Gregory B. Bordan

Gregory B. Bordan



Gregory Bordan has extensive experience in regulatory and administrative law, advising clients in complex regulatory matters, notably in relation to pharmaceutical law, advertising and marketing, cannabis promotion, and language law including the Charter of the French language and the implementation of francization programs. He represents clients notably in the pharmaceutical, cannabis and retail and manufacturing industries.

Professional experience

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  • LL.B., McGill University, 1987
  • B.C.L., McGill University, 1987
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science, 1976
  • B.A., Concordia University, 1975
  • Ontario (inactive) 1998
  • Quebec 1988
  • Major pharmaceutical manufacturers, advising on the distribution of their products in Quebec; also advising other actors in the drug supply chain.
  • Canadian cannabis manufacturers, advising on issues related to the promotion and distribution of their products.
  • Imperial Tobacco Ltd., one of two plaintiffs in the constitutional challenge to the federal Tobacco Products Control Act (TPCA) before the Supreme Court of Canada and before the lower courts. The Supreme Court judgment in that case is a landmark decision on the issue of commercial expression under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. in the constitutional challenge to parts of the federal Tobacco Act, successor legislation to the TPCA, before the Supreme Court of Canada and all lower instances.
  • The Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities (Gomery Commission) to put in place a system for the commission's massive undertaking of identifying, assembling and organizing government documents relevant to the commission's mandate.
  • Domtar Inc., a leading pulp and paper manufacturer, in a manufacturer's liability case before all instances. The Supreme Court of Canada judgment in that case, which confirmed favourable judgments by the lower courts, addressed novel issues of law and constitutes a seminal judgment on manufacturer's liability under Quebec law.


  • Best Lawyers in Canada: Appellate Practice, 2010-2024; Product Liability Law, 2011-2024
  • Acritas Stars, 2019-2021 – Designated as an "Independently rated lawyer"   
  • Acritas Stars 2018 – Designated as a "Star" lawyer by a panel of over 4,300 clients
  • Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, 2012: recommended in Litigation – Product Liability
  • "Are There Substantive Limits on Legislative Recourse to the Notwithstanding Clause?", accepted for publication in Peter Biro, ed., The Notwithstanding Clause and the Canadian Charter: Rights, Reforms and Controversies, MQUP, 2023.
  • "Cloud Computing: Terms & Conditions - Is the Cloud for you?" The Protection of Personal Information Beyond Borders, Toronto, January 17, and Montréal, January 18, 2012.
  • "Recent Issues and Developments in Consumer, Marketing and Internet Advertising Law - Internet Marketing: Where to Sue, Where to be Sued?" Quebec Bar accredited seminar at Ogilvy Renault, September 14, 2010.
  • "Marketing Law: Recent Developments in Internet Advertising," Canadian Bar Association, January 2010.
  • Panelist at an American Bar Association colloquium, speaking on the use of litigation support in everyday practice, August 1998.
  • "Supreme Court of Canada, the Government of Canada and Tobacco Advertising," presented at international conference entitled Advertising in Europe: A Right to Choose, Lisbon, Portugal, 1996.
  • Panelist at a colloquium: A Critical Analysis of the Charlottetown Accord, 1992.
  • Panelist at a colloquium sponsored by McGill University on the Supreme Court of Canada decision: Attorney General of Quebec v Ford, [1988] 2 SCR 712, 1988.
  • Canadian Bar Association