Derek Ronde is a partner in the Advocacy Group whose practice is focused on commercial litigation, particularly in the franchising area. Derek has served as counsel for numerous prominent Canadian franchisors and licensors, and he has worked on a variety of high-profile class proceedings, injunctions, appeals, and other litigation matters on behalf of franchise clients. Outside of the franchise field, Derek is experienced in a range of commercial litigation areas including contractual disputes, securities and regulatory litigation, and product liability. He has been a member of the executive of the Franchise Law and Class Action Sections of the Ontario Bar Association (OBA), and was a member of the Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) Law Day committee. Derek is a frequent speaker, chair and participant at franchise industry events, including the OBA, CFA, American Bar Association, and International Franchise Association. He has also written extensively on franchise and class action-related matters for the OBA, the CFA, the IBA, and Restaurants Canada. He is recognized as a leading franchise lawyer by Chambers Canada, Best Lawyers, and Who’s Who Legal. Derek is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2002.