Anastasia Semenova


Canadian Nurses Protective Society

Legal Counsel

Anastasia Semenova is a senior associate in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practicing in privacy and access to information law, defamation and media law, and international trade law.

In the areas of privacy and access to information, Anastasia advises clients on all aspects of data management and access to information. Her experience includes conducting Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs), drafting privacy compliance programs and policies, and advising on privacy compliance issues. Anastasia assists companies and individuals in dealing with complaints before the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner, and  responding to privacy breach incidents. Anastasia also assists clients with protecting confidential third party business information under Canada's Access to Information Act and provincial freedom of information legislation.

In her media and defamation practice, Anastasia litigates defamation law suits in the Ontario courts and represents the media in Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms freedom of the press cases to oppose publication bans and other restraints on access to the courts. In her international trade law practice, Anastasia advises clients in matters involving all aspects of customs compliance.

Anastasia sits on the Board of Directors of the Ottawa chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT-Ottawa), a non-profit professional organization designed to promote women doing business in international trade by providing networking and educational opportunities. Anastasia also volunteers with Pro Bono Law Ontario (PBLO) and the University of Ottawa Women's Legal Mentorship Program (WLMP).

Anastasia is fluent in English, French and Russian.