Hundreds of nominations were received from firms and legal departments across the nation.
The Awards research team reviewed all nominations, applying its own knowledge and some third- party information, to identify the outstanding firms, teams, individuals, deals or cases in each category that receive an ‘’Excellence Award’’.
The second phase of the research process involves the ‘’Excellence Awards’’ nominations material being forwarded to the extensive independent judging panel for scoring against strict criteria.
Judges’ scores are aggregated to produce a Winner in each category.
The Winners of each category will be announced during the Canadian Law Awards event on May 11, 2023.
Davies; Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP; Bennett Jones LLP- Commissioner of Competition v Rogers Communications, Inc. and Shaw Communications, Inc.
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG); Gilbert Séguin Guilbeault - Lamoureux v. Organisme canadien de réglementation du commerce des valeurs mobilières (OCRCVM), 2022 QCCA 685 Fasken - Owsianik v. Equifax Canada Co., 2022 ONCA 813 Lawson Lundell LLP- Remington Development Corporation v. Canadian Pacific Railway Company, 2022 ABKB 692 Lenczner Slaght - Annapolis Group Inc v Halifax Regional Municipality, 2022 SCC 3 Stikeman Elliott LLP; DAVIES - Centerra Gold Inc. v. Bolturuk, 2022 ONSC 1040
The Dye & Durham Award for Law Department Innovation
Ivanhoé Cambridge Lightspeed Commerce Mila - Quebec Artificial Intelligence Institute Wattpad Corp.
The Lawson Lundell Award for Law Department Leader of the Year
Roger Chouinard - QuadReal Property Group
Marisa Muchnik - Ferrero Canada Limited Erin Eizenman - MaRS Discovery District Eric Tilley - Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation (Infrastructure Ontario) Jay Vaghela - Propel Holdings Inc. Patti Chan - Sunwing Travel Group
Banking & Financial Services Law Department of the Year
HSBC Bank Canada
Otéra Capital Scotiabank
The Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP Award for Construction, Infrastructure and Transportation Law Department of the Year
Alstom Group BC Hydro Brivia Group Pomerleau TransAlta Corporation VIA Rail Canada Inc.
The LexisNexis Canada Award for Canadian Law Department of the Year
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (LEAF)
QuadReal Property Group Sunwing Travel Group Valsoft Corporation Inc. Wattpad Corp. HSBC Canada Metrolinx
Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP
BH Legal Glaholt Bowles LLP Green and Spiegel LLP Landings LLP McLeish Orlando
IP Boutique Law Firm of the Year
Smart & Biggar
Gilbert's LLP ROBIC LLP
Litigation & Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year
François Grondin - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) Peter Aprile - Counter Tax Litigators LLP Grant Vogeli, KC - Lawson Lundell LLP Crawford Smith - Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP Sarit Batner - McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Managing Partner of the Year
Tim Haney - Dentons Canada LLP
Stuart Wood - Caravel Law LLP Kristin Taylor - Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP James Speakman - Clark Wilson LLP Morgyn Chandler - Hammerco Lawyers LLP Kevin Kiley - McInnes Cooper Brendon Pooran - PooranLaw
Regional Law Firm of the Year – Atlantic Canada
Regional Law Firm of the Year – Ontario
Blaney McMurtry LLP Torkin Manes LLP
Regional Law Firm of the Year – Prairies
Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP
McDougall Gauley LLP McKercher LLP
Regional Law Firm of the Year – Quebec
Langlois Lawyers, LLP
Regional Law Firm of the Year – Western Canada
Lawson Lundell LLP
Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP Farris LLP
The LEAP Legal Software Award for Family Law Firm of the Year
McCarthy Hansen & Company LLP
Benmor Family Law Group Burrison Hudani Doris LLP Crossroads Law Epstein Cole LLP MacLean Law Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers
The LexisNexis Canada Award for Best Use of Technology in a Law Firm
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
Caravel Law LLP Counter Tax Litigators LLP Fasken Torys LLP
LEGAL PROFESSION AWARDS
Diversity Initiative of the Year
Access Pro Bono Society of BC - Everyone Legal Clinic
Aird & Berlis LLP - Indigenous Community Initiatives and Support Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) - The PRISME Conference Fasken - Fasken's Commitment to Reconciliation Gale Law Professional Corporation - NCA Network McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Mentorship Plus Program TransAlta Corporation - Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) Program
Female Trailblazer of the Year (In-House Counsel)
Terrie-Lynne Devonish - Altus Group Limited
Ashley Butts - BASF Canada Inc. Shara Roy - EY Canada Patricia Callon - Sun Life Noren Howg - TransAlta Corporation
Female Trailblazer of the Year (Private Practice)
Alicia Quesnel - Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP
Cherie Brant - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) Corina S. Weigl - Fasken Sania Chaudhry - Forte Workplace Law Ivanna Iwaykiw - Jellinek Ellis Gluckstein Lawyers Yola Ventresca - Lerners LLP Alison Babbitt - Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP Charmaine Panko - Panko Collaborative Law & Mediation
Pro Bono Initiative of the Year
Dentons Canada LLP - 30 Birds Foundation
DLA Piper (Canada) LLP - The Clinic (The Black and Indigenous Business Law Clinic) McCarthy Tétrault LLP - British Columbia (Attorney General) v. Council of Canadians with Disabilities, 2022 SCC 27 Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP - Obtaining relief for taxpayers from financial loss PooranLaw - I Decide Law Program Waterloo Region Community Legal Services - Representation of Residents of Homeless Encampment at Superior Court in Municipal/Constitutional case WeirFoulds LLP - Constitutional Challenges to Anti-LGBT+ Laws in the Eastern Caribbean
The Lincoln Alexander School of Law Award for Shaping the Future
Access Pro Bono Society of BC
Caravel Law LLP Community Justice Collective Counter Tax Litigators LLP Fasken Suresh Law