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M. Gordon Hearn

t: 416-203-9503
f: 416-203-9444

e: gord@fhllp.ca

155 University Ave. Suite 700
Toronto ON M5H 3B7

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Supply Chain Logistics
Cross-Border and Domestic Litigation

Year of Call

Ontario 1987


University of Windsor, 1985
Western University, 1982

M. Gordon Hearn

Gordon Hearn represents international and domestic interests involved in the transportation, supply chain and distribution of goods in litigation, regulatory and contractual matters.

He advises shippers, receivers, carriers, logistics providers (3PL’s, supply chain and “fulfillment” providers, freight forwarders, load brokers, customs brokers and warehousemen) and their insurers on their legal interest and exposure in the international, cross-border and domestic carriage of goods by all modes of carriage.

Gordon provides advice and representation in the following areas:

  • Litigation: Cross-Border and Domestic Commercial Litigation, Cargo Claims, Insurance and Casualty Claims
  • Contracts:  Drafting and Negotiation
  • Insurance: Coverage and Related Issues
  • Regulatory Compliance: Operational and Licensing Issues
  • Sale of Goods (Domestic and International)
  • Multi-Modal (ocean, air, rail + road) and Inter-modal (rail + road) carriage

Gordon is a Past President of the Transportation Lawyers Association, an independent, international bar association whose members assist providers and commercial users of transportation and logistics services.

Gordon is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars throughout North America on the above matters. Gordon has authored numerous related papers and articles.

Peer and Client Comments

…a top notch transportation and maritime attorney, with preeminent nationwide and international expertise. He is also an excellent legal writer, and excels at oral advocacy.” – Martindale Hubbell

“… is highlighted for his splendid shipping practice which encompasses cross-border, contractual issues, litigation and regulatory matters”. – Who’s Who Legal

He is extremely knowledgeable about transportation matters and the extensive regulations that govern the industry…” – Chambers Canada

He is thorough in everything he undertakes, driven, with the desire to communicate his knowledge, always ready…” – Martindale & Hubbell

…well regarded for his advice on cargo claims, casualties and regulatory compliance.” – Chambers Canada


  • Martindale Hubbell Peer Review: AV® “Preeminent”™
  • Chambers Global ™ – (Transportation Law)
  • Chambers Global ™ – (Shipping Law)
  • The Legal 500™ Canada – “Leading Lawyer” (Road and Rail)
  • “Best Lawyers in Canada” ™ (Transportation Law)
  • “Best Lawyers in Canada” ™ (Maritime Law)
  • “Who’s Who Legal Canada” ® (Shipping Law)
  • Lexpert® Guide to US/Canada Cross-Border Lawyers in Canada”
  • Lexpert® (Road and Rail) – “Most Frequently Recommended”
  • Lexpert® (Shipping and Maritime Law) – “Repeatedly Recommended”
  • Doyles Guide – Leading Transport Lawyers – Canada: Preeminent
  • “Best Lawyers in Canada”™ Transportation Law Lawyer of the Year – Toronto (2015, 2021)
  • “Best Lawyers in Canada”™ Maritime Law Lawyer of the Year – Toronto (2013)

Key Publications

  • Contributor: “The Silent Export”: Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters, 1993
  • “The Load Broker in Bankruptcy: Who Gets the Freight Money?”
    The Transportation Lawyer July 2003, Vol. 5, No. 5, p. 56
  • “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me, Loose Wheel (With Apologies to Kenny Rogers)”
    The Transportation Lawyer, April 2004, Vol. 5, No. 1 p. 56
  • “The [D]evolution of the “Discoverability Rule” in Ontario: Just How Secure are Road Carriers’ Notice of Claim and Time Bar Defences?”
    The Transportation Lawyer December 2005  Vol 7 No. 3 Page 57
  • “The Sensible, and Not Literal, Interpretation of a Statute in Canada: Canada Post Corporation v. Key Mail Canada”
    The Transportation Lawyer February 2006 Vol. 7 No. 5 p. 48
  • “You’re a Freight Forwarder – and Quite Possibly an Insurance Broker!”
    The Transportation Lawyer April 2006 Vol. 7 No. 5 p. 48
  • “The Return of Solway v. Davis Moving & Storage, Inc.: A Judicial Admonition for the Commercial and Reasonable Interpretation of an Insurance Policy”
    The Transportation Lawyer July 2006 Vol 8 No. 1 p. 51
  • “All Risks” Policies Do Not Insure All Risks to Cargo: The Fortuity Requirement”
    The Transportation Lawyer October 2006, Vol. 8, No. 4 p. 40
  • “The Freight Broker in Canada: The Unregulated Field May have its Pitfalls”
    The Transportation Lawyer February 2007 Vol. 8 No. 4 p. 60
  • “Cornstarch and Seaweed Don’t Mix: The Shipper, the Consolidator, the Freight Forwarder and the Carrier”
    The Transportation Lawyer July 2007, Vol 9, No. 1., p. 53
  • “But We Didn’t Hire the Carrier”: Receivers of Goods Can Be Held Liable for the Payment of Freight”
    The Transportation Lawyer February 2008, Vol 9, No. 4, p. 47
  • Zial v. Maatschappij (KLM Royal Dutch Lines): When Courts Award Consequential Damages”
    The Transportation Lawyer October 2008, Vol 10, No. 2, p. 53
  • “The Carrier Must Get Paid – Fact or Fiction?”  
    The Transportation Lawyer April 2012, Vol. 13, No. 4, p. 40 (Jointly published with Jeffrey Simmons and Michael Tauscher)
  • Contributor, “Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) Marine Curriculum Rewrite” for Insurance Institute of Canada and Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters, 2014
  • “Shipping Between the United States and Canada”, For the Defence: Defence Research Institute, December 2014
  • “Doing Business as a Freight Broker in Canada”: White Paper Joint Publication by theTransportation Intermediaries Association and the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, April, 2016

Industries and Individuals Served

  • Carriage of Goods: Shippers, Receivers, Trucking Fleets, Railway Companies, Air Carriers, Steamship Lines
  • Cargo Logistics
  • Supply Chain
  • Insurance Companies

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