2024 Canadian Law Awards winners announced

Fifth annual gala celebrated the most outstanding achievements in the legal profession

2024 Canadian Law Awards winners announced

Last night, the brightest lights in Canada’s legal profession celebrated their achievements at the 2024 Canadian Law Awards.

The fifth annual gala, held at the Liberty Grand in Toronto, was an emphatic success. The show recognized the top law firms, in-house counsel legal teams, individual lawyers, and their most outstanding deals and cases.

With editorial partners Canadian Lawyer and Lexpert, Key Media thanks all the sponsors who took part: LEAP Legal Software Canada, Dye & Durham, Lawson Lundell LLP, Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP, Toronto Metropolitan University’s Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada, the South Asian Bar Association of Toronto, and PwC.

The following are the winners crowned last night:

Banking & Financial Services Law Department of the Year

  • BMO Financial Group

Boutique Law Firm of the Year 

  • Smart & Biggar

Canadian Law Department of the Year

  • Teck Resources Limited

Capital Markets Deal of the Year 

  • Pembina Pipeline Corporation’s $1.28 Billion Offering of Subscription Receipts

Commercial Litigation Team of the Year

  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Canada (Privacy Commissioner) v. Facebook, Inc., 2023 FC 533

Diversity Initiative of the Year 

  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP - Action Groups

Female Trailblazer of the Year - Academia & In-House

  • Christine Chen - University Pension Plan Ontario

Female Trailblazer of the Year - Private Practice 

  • Jacqueline Dinsmore - Caravel Law LLP

Infrastructure & Projects Deal of the Year

  • Umicore's investment in Ontario, building an EV battery components factory

Insolvency & Restructuring Deal of the Year

  • Bank of Montreal's acquisition of Loyalty One's AIR MILES reward business

Law Department Innovation

  • City of Vaughan

Litigation & Dispute Resolution Boutique Law Firm of the Year

  • Lenczner Slaght

Litigator of the Year 

  • Crawford Smith - Lax O’Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

M&A Deal of the Year 

  • Rogers Communications' $26 billion acquisition of Shaw Communications

Managing Partner of the Year (TIED)

  • Allan Ritchie - Loopstra Nixon LLP
  • Kevin Kiley - McInnes Cooper

Mid-Market Deal of the Year 

  • Sagicor Financial Company Ltd.'s acquisition of ivari

Pro Bono Initiative of the Year 

  • McCarthy Tétrault LLP - McCarthy Tétrault’s work with Egale Canada and 2SLGBTQI+ organizations in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick

Regional Law Firm of the Year - Atlantic Canada & Prairies

  • Cox & Palmer

Regional Law Firm of the Year - Central Canada

  • Torkin Manes LLP

Regional Law Firm of the Year - Western Canada

  • Lawson Lundell LLP

The Dye & Durham Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Legal Profession - In House

  • Andrea Wood – TELUS

The Dye & Durham Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Legal Profession - Private Practice

  • Sheila Block - Torys LLP

The Lawson Lundell LLP Award for Law Department Leader of the Year

  • Bindu Cudjoe - Laurentian Bank of Canada

The LEAP Legal Software Award for Best Use of Technology in a Law Firm

  • Torys LLP

The LEAP Legal Software Award for Family Law Firm of the Year

  • MacLean Law

The Lincoln Alexander School of Law Award for Shaping the Future

  • Legal Aid Alberta

The Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP Award for Construction, Infrastructure and Transportation Law Department of the Year

  • Ontario Infrastructure and Lands Corporation / (“Infrastructure Ontario” or “IO”)

Visit the Canadian Law Awards website to find more information about the 2024 Winners & Excellence Awardees.

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