Daniela Bassan


Suite 900, Purdy’s Wharf Tower One
1959 Upper Water St.
Halifax, N.S.
B3J 3N2




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

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

Legal Assistant(s): Alicia Mullane

Working with clients such as retailers, manufacturers, collective societies, service providers, financing companies, entertainment businesses 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 for a client in one of the most high-profile intellectual property cases ever in Atlantic Canada over trademarks and related copyrights.
  • 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
Member, Board of Directors, 2b Theatre, 2019
Firm practice group leader, IP/IT/Entertainment, Stewart McKelvey, 2017
Director, Board of the Canadian Commercial Corporation, 2014
Member, The Bretton Woods Committee, 2014
Director, Neptune Theatre, 2012
Member of the 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
Certified Legal Project Manager Program (LegalBizDev), 2011
President, Harvard Club of Atlantic Canada, 2010 – present
Class Agent, Harvard Law School, 2008 – present
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
Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Canada, 1997 (Justices La Forest & Bastarache)



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

Lexpert 2013 Guide to the Leading US/Canada Cross-border Litigation Lawyers in Canada, Corporate Commercial Law
Benchmark Canada, local litigation star (Intellectual Property), 2014 – 2018
Lexpert rating: Intellectual Property Law
Lexpert rating: Litigation – Intellectual Property

Thought Leadership