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William G. Horton

William G. Horton

Independent, Arbitrator & Mediator

Toronto, ON, CAN


William G Horton practices as an arbitrator and mediator in international and Canadian business disputes. Prior to establishing his current practice, he served as head of litigation at two major Canadian law firms.

He has been appointed tribunal chair, sole arbitrator and party nominee in over 100 substantial disputes. His arbitration appointments include cases involving nuclear facilities, telecom, satellite and wireless industry disputes, oil and gas and alternative energy disputes, government privatisation contracts, national advertising campaigns, cross-border distribution agreements, software licensing and other intellectual property and shareholder agreements. He has also acted as a mediator in numerous similar commercial disputes and in class actions.

Mr Horton is former chair of the international litigation committee of the International Bar Association, the former co-chair of ADR Chambers' international and commercial panels, a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a former executive member of ICC Canada and is on the arbitration rosters of numerous international arbitration institutions including ICDR, CPR Institute, CIETAC, and ADR Institute of Canada. Until recently he served as a member of the NAFTA 2022 committee. He was recently appointed as one of three neutral members of the arbitration panel for the Canada/ US Detroit-Windsor Bridge Project and to the arbitration panel of the Independent Electricity System Operator in Ontario.

Mr Horton is widely recognised in Canadian and international surveys as a leading arbitrator of commercial disputes. His recognitions include: the Lionel J McGowan Award for Excellence in Dispute Resolution; Euromoney 2014 shortlist for Canadian Arbitrator of the Year; Chambers Canada 2016, Arbitration, Leading Individuals, (Band 1); Best Lawyers: 2012 Best Toronto International Arbitration Lawyer; Best Lawyers: 2014 Best Toronto ADR Lawyer; 2015 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory: International Commercial Arbitration (Most Frequently Recommended category); 2015 Lexpert Leading Cross-Border Lawyers; and inclusion in The International Who's Who of Business Lawyers 2007, Ten Most Highly Regarded Individuals (Global) in the field of commercial litigation.

His website includes access to his many published writings and other resource materials on the subject of commercial arbitration with a particular emphasis on ad hoc arbitration:  www.wgharb.com.

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