Benchmark Canada awards 2020 - shortlist announced


Benchmark Canada 2020 awards shortlist announced

For all of the litigation firm and lawyer of the year shortlists, please see below. The nominees have been chosen based upon research conducted between October 2019 and January 2020. Please note that there will be no in-house of the year, impact case or hall of fame achievement winner shortlists. Those winners will be announced on the evening of the ceremony.

The ceremony will be held Thursday, April 2, 2020 at the Omni King Edward, Toronto

Please contact Rebecca Synnott at Rebecca.synnott@euromoneyny.com or on 212-224-3337 to reserve your place.

If you have any questions regarding the shortlist, please contact Michael Rafalowich at mrafalowich@euromoneyny.com.

PROVINCIAL AWARDS 

ALBERTA

Firm of the year
Bennett Jones
Blake Cassels & Graydon 
Burnet Duckworth & Palmer
JSS Barristers
Lawson Lundell
Peacock Linder Halt & Mack

Litigator of the year
Bryan Duguid, JSS Barristers
Perry Mack, Peacock Linder Halt & Mack
Munaf Mohamed, Bennett Jones
Louise Novinger Grant, Burnet Duckworth & Palmer
David Tupper, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Grant Vogeli, Lawson Lundell


ATLANTICS

Firm of the year
McInnes Cooper
Patterson Law
Stewart McKelvey

Litigator of the year
Michelle Awad, McInnes Cooper
Stanley MacDonald, Patterson Law
Colin Piercey, Stewart McKelvey

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Firm of the year
Fasken
Harper Grey
Lawson Lundell
McEwan Partners
Nathanson Schachter & Thompson

Litigator of the year
Sean Boyle, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Geoffrey Cowper, Fasken
Michael Feder, McCarthy Tétrault
Ken McEwan, McEwan Partners
Irwin Nathanson, Nathanson Schachter & Thompson

MANITOBA

Firm of the year
Fillmore Riley
Hill Sokalski Walsh
MLT Aikins
Pitblado

Litigator of the year
Ted Bock, MLT Aikins
Bernice Bowley, Fillmore Riley
Dave Hill, Hill Sokalski Walsh
Steve Vincent, Pitblado

ONTARIO

Firm of the year
Bennett Jones
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb 
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein
Torys

Litigator of the year
Michael Barrack, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Tom Curry, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin
Jonathan Lisus, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb
Linda Plumpton, Torys
Kent Thomson, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

QUÉBEC

Firm of the year
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
IMK
McCarthy Tétrault
LCM Avocats
Stikeman Elliott
Woods       

Litigator of the year
Sean Griffin, Langlois
Jean-Philippe Groleau, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Éric Mongeau, Stikeman Elliott 
Mathieu Piché-Messier, Borden Ladner Gervais
Patrick Ouellet, Woods

SASKATCHEWAN

Firm of the year
MLT Aikins
McDougall Gauley
McKercher
Miller Thomson

Litigator of the year
Christine Glazer, McKercher
Douglas Hodson, MLT Aikins
Gordon Kuski, McDougall Gauley 
Roger Lepage, Miller Thomson

PRACTICE AREA AWARDS - FIRMS        

ABORIGINAL LAW 
Borden Ladner Gervais
Fasken
Gowling WLG
Lawson Lundell

ARBITRATION
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Borden Ladner Gervais
Fasken
Norton Rose Fulbright
Woods 

CLASS ACTION 
Bennett Jones
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Fasken
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin
Stikeman Elliott
Torys

COMPETITION
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
McCarthy Tétrault
Stikeman Elliott
Torys

CONSTRUCTION
Bennett Jones
Borden Ladner Gervais
Glaholt Bowles
Rose
Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP

ENERGY/RESOURCE LITIGATION 
Bennett Jones 
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Borden Ladner Gervais
Fasken 
Lawson Lundell
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt

INSOLVENCY
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Stikeman Elliott
Thornton Grout Finnigan

INSURANCE 
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Clyde & Co
Borden Ladner Gervais
Fasken
Guild Yule
Harper Grey
Stikeman Elliott

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Borden Ladner Gervais
Smart & Biggar
Torys

LABOR/EMPLOYMENT
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Borden Ladner Gervais
Langlois Lawyers
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein
Torys

MEDICAL DEFENSE/HEALTH
Borden Ladner Gervais
Gowling WLG
Harper Grey
Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin
McCarthy Tétrault

PRODUCT LIABILITY
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Borden Ladner Gervais
Fasken
McMillan
McCarthy Tétrault
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Torys

SECURITIES
Bennett Jones
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Crawley MacKewn Brush
McCarthy Tétrault
Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Stikeman Elliott
Torys

WHITE-COLLAR CRIME/ENFORCEMENT
Blake Cassels & Graydon
Borden Ladner Gervais
Fasken
Henein Hutchison
McCarthy Tétrault
Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein
Stockwoods

PRACTICE AREA AWARDS - LAWYERS

ABORIGINAL
Nadir André, Borden Ladner Gervais
Keith Bergner, Lawson Lundell
Jaimie Lickers, Gowling WLG
Tracy Pratt, Fasken

ARBITRATION 
Robert Deane, Borden Ladner Gervais
Stephen Drymer, Woods
Clarke Hunter, Norton Rose Fulbright 
Joe McArthur, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Gerald Ranking, Fasken

CLASS ACTION
Catherine Beagan-Flood, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Andrew Borrell, Fasken
Vincent de L’Etoile, Langlois Lawyers
Michael Eizenga, Bennett Jones
Yves Martineau, Stikeman Elliott
Nick Rodrigo, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg

COMPETITION
Sandra Forbes, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg
Katherine Kay, Stikeman Elliott
David Kent, McMIllan
Robert Kwinter, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Linda Plumpton, Torys

CONSTRUCTION
Duncan Glaholt, Glaholt Bowles
Stuart Hankinson, Bennett Jones
Bruce Reynolds, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP
Phillip Scheibel, Rose
Jeffrey Vallis, Borden Ladner Gervais

ENERGY/RESOURCE
Randall Block, Borden Ladner Gervais
Clarke Hunter, Norton Rose Fulbright 
Maureen Killoran, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Blair Yorke-Slader, Bennett Jones
Marko Vesely, Lawson Lundell
Glenn Zacher, Stikeman Elliott

INSOLVENCY 
Jeremy Dacks, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Pamela Huff, Blake Cassels & Graydon
D.J. Miller, Thornton Grout Finnigan
Elizabeth Pillon, Stikeman Elliott
Ashley Taylor, Stikeman Elliott

INSURANCE 
Éric Azran, Stikeman Elliott
David Bishop, Gowling WLG
Alan D’Silva, Stikeman Elliott
Jeff Galway, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Jonathan Meadows, Harper Grey

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
Andrew Bernstein, Torys
Andrew Brodkin, Goodmans
Steven Garland, Smart & Biggar
Andrew Skodyn and Melanie Baird, Blake Cassels & Graydon

LABOR/EMPLOYMENT
Robert Centa, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein
Randy Kaardal, Hunter Litigation Chambers
André Royer, Borden Ladner Gervais
Matthew Sammon, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin

MEDICAL DEFENSE/HEALTH
Cynthia Clarke, Borden Ladner Gervais
Cameron Elder, Harper Grey
William McDowell, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin
Emmanuelle Poupart, McCarthy Tétrault
Megan Shortreed, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein

PRODUCT LIABILITY 
Teresa Dufort, McMillan
Gordon McKee, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Peter Pliszka, Fasken
Emmanuelle Poupart, McCarthy Tetrault
Sylvie Rodrigue, Torys

SECURITIES 
Sean Boyle, Blake Cassels & Graydon 
Robert Brush, Crawley MacKewn Brush
Linda Fuerst, Norton Rose Fulbright
Robert Staley, Bennett Jones
Teresa Tomchak, Farris

WHITE-COLLAR CRIME/ENFORCEMENT
Stéphane Eljarrat, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt
Marie Henein, Henein Hutchison
Stéphanie Lapierre, Stikeman Elliott
Mark Morrison, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Peter Mantas, Fasken

PLAINTIFF FIRM OF THE YEAR
Koskie Minsky
Kugler Kandestin
Roy O’Connor 
Trudel Johnston Lespérance
Waddell Phillips

PLAINTIFF ATTORNEY OF THE YEAR
Kirk Baert, Koskie Minsky
Luciana Brasil, Branch MacMaster
Robert Kugler, KuglerKandestin
André Lespérance, Trudel Johnston Lespérance
David O’Connor, Roy O’Connor
Margaret Waddell, Waddell Phillips

LITIGATION BOUTIQUE OF THE YEAR
Adair Goldblatt Bieber
Crawley MacKewn Brush
McEwan Partners
Polley Faith
Renno & Vathilakis
Waddell Phillips

EMERGING TALENT OF THE YEAR
Ranjan Agarwal, Bennett Jones
Nadia Campion, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb
Cameron Elder, Harper Grey
Rebecca Jones, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin
Nader Hasan, Stockwoods
Alexandra Luchenko, Blake Cassels & Graydon

TRIAL LAWYER OF THE YEAR
Michael Barrack, Blake Cassels & Graydon
Geoffrey Cowper, Fasken
Peter Griffin, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin
Jonathan Lisus, Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb
Ken McEwan, McEwan Partners
Kent Thomson, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg