Montréal (September 23, 2013) – Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) congratulates Marie Audren and Marilyn Piccini Roy, lawyers in its Montréal office, who today received the prestigious Avocat émérite (or Advocatus Emeritus) distinction from the Barreau du Québec. Marie and Marilyn were chosen to receive this mark of honour in recognition of their outstanding professional careers and their remarkable contributions to the legal profession and their communities.

“Today we celebrate the accomplishments of Marie and Marilyn, two exemplary lawyers who are true leaders in their practice areas,” says Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO.  “They have both developed a reputation for delivering exceptional service to their clients, and are great role models within BLG for the contributions they have made to the profession.”

As the Montréal regional leader of BLG’s Class Actions Group, Marie has acted in more than 30 class actions to date. In a landmark class action before the Supreme Court of Canada (Marcotte v. Longueuil, 2009 SCC 43), she argued on the plaintiff side regarding municipal taxation. She is a member of the Class Action Committee of the Barreau du Québec and founded the Class Action Section of the Canadian Bar Association – Québec Division. She is also a former board member of the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Marilyn is counsel to the Firm and a member of the Wealth Management Group. Her practice focuses on estates, trusts, regimes of protective supervision and elder law. She is the secretary of the International Academy of Estate and Trust Law, and is a member of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. In the community, Marilyn is a member of the Advisory Committee of the MAB-Mackay Legacy Society, as well as the Bequests and Planned Gifts Campaign Committee of McGill University.

Recipients of the Advocatus Emeritus distinction are selected by a committee and are authorized to use the initials “Ad. E.” after their name. The distinction is presented annually by the president of the Barreau du Québec at a special ceremony.

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