Ottawa law library renamed after former Gowling WLG chairman Gordon Henderson

Research hub remembers former chancellor of the University of Ottawa

Ottawa law library renamed after former Gowling WLG chairman Gordon Henderson

The County of Carleton Law Association has renamed its library after Gordon Henderson, a prominent figure in Ontario’s legal history.

According to a statement by Gowling WLG, Henderson joined the law firm, then known as Henderson Herridge & Gowling, in 1937, and he later became one of the most influential figures in the firm, having been its former partner and chairman.

He appeared in more than 400 reported court cases, 90 of those before the Supreme Court of Canada, the statement added. Henderson made significant contributions in the intellectual property field, having heavy involvement in the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and playing a key role the formation of SOCAN, Canada’s copyright collective, acting as its lawyer and then as its chairman. He was chancellor of the University of Ottawa from 1991 until his death in 1993.

Henderson was awarded Companion of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, for his contributions to the legal profession and the community.

“Gordon Henderson’s positive influence as a leading lawyer and vital community member continues to inspire us,” said Wayne Warren, managing partner of Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office. “We are delighted that the library has been named after him.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Henderson was an active member in the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada. A previous version of this story misstated Henderson’s affiliation with the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada.

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