(February 7, 2013) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) took home four awards recently at the 2013 Benchmark Canada Awards, celebrating Canada’s leading litigators, law firms and in-house counsel. The Firm’s awards included:

  • Firm of the Year – Alberta
  • Pro Bono Team of the Year
  • Québec Litigator of the Year – Guy Pratte
  • International Arbitration Counsel of the Year – Robert Deane

In addition, the Firm was also the only national law firm to be ranked “Highly Recommended” in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Québec – each of the jurisdictions it practises in – in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Canada – The Definitive Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Lawyers. In total, 36 BLG lawyers were recognized in the guide, an increase from 29 last year.

According to the guide, “The firm is acknowledged for particular strength in the areas of product liability, insurance defense, medical malpractice, construction litigation, insolvency, and intellectual property. Within these practices, peers consistently issue forth high praise for the firm’s litigators all across Canada.”

Benchmark Canada is the only legal ranking publication to focus exclusively on litigation in Canada. The guide's results are the culmination of a four month research period during which researchers conducted extensive interviews with litigators and their clients across Canada and examined recent casework handled by the firms.

The Benchmark Canada Awards were held February 5, 2013 at the Park Hyatt Toronto Yorkville.

For the complete list of BLG lawyers who are featured in the guide, please see below:

  • Stephen Antle – Local Litigation Star – British Columbia
  • Marie Audren – Local Litigation Star – Québec; Litigation Star – Product Liability; Litigation Star – Class Action
  • Robert Bell – Local Litigation Star – Ontario; Litigation Star – Product Liability  
  • Randall Block, QC – Local Litigation Star – Alberta; Litigation Star – Energy and Natural Resources
  • Christopher Bredt – Local Litigation Star – Ontario; Litigation Star – Arbitration; Litigation Star – Securities
  • Timothy Buckley – Local Litigation Star – Ontario; Litigation Star - Arbitration
  • Bruce Carr-Harris – Local Litigation Star – Ontario; Litigation Star – Product Liability
  • Robert Charbonneau – Local Litigation Star – Québec; Litigation Star – Product Liability; Litigation Star – Arbitration
  • Suzanne Courchesne – Local Litigation Star – Québec
  • David Crerar – Future Star – British Columbia
  • Robert Dawkins – Future Star – British Columbia
  • Alexander De Zordo – Local Litigation Star – Québec
  • Robert Deane – Local Litigation Star – British Columbia; Litigation Star – Competition; Litigation Star - Arbitration
  • Brad Dixon – Local Litigation Star – British Columbia; Litigation Star – Class Action
  • James Douglas – Local Litigation Star – Ontario; Litigation Star – Securities
  • Frank Foran, QC – Local Litigation Star – Alberta
  • Patrick Foy, QC – Local Litigation Star – British Columbia; Litigation Star – Aboriginal; Litigation Star - Arbitration
  • Bradley Freedman – Local Litigation Star – British Columbia
  • François Grondin – Local Litigation Star – Québec
  • Gordon Johnson – Local Litigation Star – British Columbia; Litigation Star – Securities
  • Josef Krüger, QC – Local Litigation Star – Alberta; Litigation Star – Insolvency; Litigation Star - Arbitration
  • Kevin LaRoche – Local Litigation Star – Ontario
  • Patrick McCarthy, QC – Local Litigation Star – Alberta; Litigation Star – Insolvency
  • Evan Nuttall – Local Litigation Star – Alberta
  • Vincent Orchard – Local Litigation Star – British Columbia; Litigation Star – Product Liability
  • Christopher O'Connor, QC – Local Litigation Star – British Columbia
  • Mathieu Piché-Messier – Future Star – Québec
  • Guy Pratte – Local Litigation Star – Ontario; Local Litigation Star – Québec; Litigation Star – Class Action
  • André Royer – Local Litigation Star – Québec
  • Martin Sclisizzi – Local Litigation Star – Ontario; Litigation Star – Class Action
  • David Scott, QC, OC – Local Litigation Star – Ontario
  • David Sherriff-Scott – Local Litigation Star – Ontario
  • Michael Skene – Future Star – British Columbia
  • Kenneth Tyler – Local Litigation Star – British Columbia; Litigation Star – Aboriginal
  • Daniel Urbas – Local Litigation Star – Québec
  • Graham Walker – Future Star – British Columbia