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Daniela Bassan, K.C.

Partner & Trademark Agent

Queen’s Marque
600-1741 Lower Water Street
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 0J2



Language(s) spoken: English, French, Italian, Spanish

Bar Admission(s): Ontario, 1998; Nova Scotia, 2003

Legal Assistant(s): Arabella McKimm

Working with clients such as retailers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, service providers, financing companies, technology firms, and energy companies, Daniela helps her clients navigate the complicated worlds of intellectual property disputes, arbitration proceedings, corporate commercial disputes, and class action suits. She has:

  •      Acted in one of the most high-profile intellectual property cases brought in Atlantic Canada over trademarks and related copyrights.
  •      Acted for an international energy firm in a large-scale project to address environmental, regulatory, and stakeholder disputes.
  •      Acted in cross-border, multi-jurisdictional proceedings involving trade, marketing, and financing disputes.
  •      Acted for a European-based multinational company in a dispute over the manufacture and supply of large-scale equipment in Canada.
  •      Acted for a Nova Scotia company and its affiliates as part of an international, multi-firm legal team in connection with disputed assets and transactions of over $1 billion.

Education & Career


Harvard Law School, LLM, 2002
Osgoode Hall Law School, LLB, 1996
University of Toronto, BA (high distinction), 1993
University of Siena (summer term), 1991


Member, Canadian Bar Association
Chair, Patent Acquisition Committee, Innovation Asset Collective
Chair, 2b theatre company
Chair, IP/IT Practice Group, Stewart McKelvey
Chapter Leader, Eastern Canada, ChIPS global network for women in IP & tech law and policy
Member, The Bretton Woods Committee, Digital Finance Project Team
Director, Innovation Asset Collective
Director, Canadian Commercial Corporation, 2014 – 2020
Director, Neptune Theatre, 2012 – 2016
Member, LegalBizDev Project Management Advisory Board, 2012
Member, Advisory Board for the International Arbitration Law Project of the Uniform Law Conference of Canada, 2012
Panelist interviewing candidates for CEO of Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission, 2011
Director, Young Canadian Arbitration Practitioners, 2009 – 2012
Member, Partnership Board, Stewart McKelvey, 2008 – 2012
Chair, Intellectual Property Section of Canadian Bar Association – Nova Scotia, 2009 – 2011


President, Harvard Club of Atlantic Canada
Chair, Harvard Law School Reunion & Gift Committee, Spring 2022
Associate Director, McGill University and Intellectual Property Institute of Canada – Annual Copyright Course
Class Agent, Harvard Law School
Participant, Royal Canadian Navy Canadian Leaders at Sea Program, 2018
Certified Legal Project Manager Program (LegalBizDev), 2011
Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Canada (Justices La Forest & Bastarache), 1997


Best Lawyers 2022 Intellectual Property Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Halifax
Appointed King’s Counsel – Nova Scotia, 2020
Best Lawyers: Class Action Litigation, 2021 – 2024
Best Lawyers: Intellectual Property Law, 2021 – 2024
Lexpert rating: Intellectual Property Law, 2010 – 2024
Lexpert rating: Litigation – Intellectual Property, 2019 – 2024
Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Intellectual Property), 2014 – 2022
Lexpert 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Commercial Law


University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review National Prize
J.S.D. Tory Research and Writing Award
F.W. Minkler Scholarship Trust Fund (academics & activities)
Fraser Milner Prize (academics & activities)
Celanese Canada Internationalist Fellowship


University of Toronto Arbor Scholar
University of Toronto Alumni Association Scholar
University College Literary and Athletic Society Honour Award
Government of Italy Scholarship

Thought Leadership


Speaker, “What is Happening with Injunction Jurisprudence at the Competition Tribunal?” (CBA Competition Law Online Symposium)

May 17, 2022

Panelist, “Transforming Your Approach to Document Automation with AI: Advanced, Time-Saving Methods for Litigators”, CBA Skilled Lawyer Series webinar

April 12, 2022

Panelist, “A Conversation with the CEO of Moderna”, Harvard Business

January 20, 2021

Panelist, Copyright Panel and Career Q&A, Webinar Series hosted by Toronto Intellectual Property Group (TIPG)

May 27, 2020

Presenter, “Mandates, By-Laws, and Governance Policies: Takeaways on Establishing Consistency Through Elections and Board Succession/Changes”, Canadian Institute Conference on Crown Corporate Governance

January 21, 2020

Presenter, “Copyright Case Law Update – 2019”, Intellectual Property Institute of Canada Annual Conference

September 27, 2019

Presenter, “E-Discovery and Technology: Why you can’t have one without the other”, Legal Innovation & Technology on the Atlantic Coast – A Conversation with people at the Forefront of Change in the Legal Industry, Hosted by EPIQ Global

September 19, 2019

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