Catherine Pawluch

Catherine A. Pawluch is a partner in the Toronto office of Davis LLP. She is one of Canada's leading transportation lawyers. She also has more than 25 years of experience advising clients in the context of mergers and acquisitions on regulatory approvals required under Canada's foreign investment, competition (anti-trust) and transport laws.

Ms. Pawluch has advised numerous foreign-based clients, including Chinese enterprises, in achieving their investment objectives in Canada. She counsels foreign and domestic clients on regulatory approvals and compliance issues, including Canada-U.S. border security, export controls, customs and licensing requirements. Her clients include air carriers, highway carriers, air and ocean freight forwarders as well as warehouse and logistics services providers. She also advises manufacturers, distributors and carriers on supply chain, risk management and liability issues in logistics and transportation contracts.

Ms. Pawluch holds the distinction of having been the first Canadian ever elected as president of the U.S.-based Transportation Lawyers Association, an organization of over 1000 American, Canadian, Mexican and European lawyers representing transport sector interests. She is the only person to have held the position of president in both the American and Canadian Transport Lawyers' Association. Following the implementation of NAFTA, Ms. Pawluch was invited as an expert in the field to participate on a tri-national committee to harmonize liability laws and to create a uniform bill of lading for surface transportation in the three NAFTA countries.


LL.B., Osgoode Hall Law School,

1981 M.A. (Economics) McGill University, 1979 - Bronfman Fellowship

B.A., Laurentian University, 1976 - Gold Medallist.

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