Montréal (August 26, 2014) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is delighted to announce that one of Canada’s leading jurists, the Honourable Louise Arbour, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada has joined the firm as Counsel.

“In our long and successful history as Canada’s oldest and largest law firm, serving both Canadian and international clients, BLG has always been committed to providing exceptional counsel,” said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO. “The appointment of Madam Arbour affirms our commitment to professional and service excellence.”

Madam Arbour is a seasoned legal expert with an extraordinary scope of international experience, having most recently served as president and CEO of the International Crisis Group. Her outstanding qualifications and wide-ranging legal expertise are welcomed by everyone at the firm and in particular litigators and arbitration practitioners who anticipate the value her strategic counsel and insight will bring to the firm and its clients.

“Joining BLG provides an opportunity for new challenges in my career. I have long admired the firm’s litigation work and its contribution to the profession particularly through work done on a pro bono basis, stated Madam Arbour. “I am most looking forward to being affiliated with the International Trade Litigation and Arbitration Group which has an outstanding reputation”

A graduate of Université de Montréal, she was called to the Quebec Bar in 1971 and the Ontario Bar in 1977. Receiving countless awards and accolades for her celebrated career, she was most recently named in the 2014 edition of Canadian Lawyer’s Top 25 Most Influential judges and lawyers for her work on the world stage. Madam Arbour will be providing strategic counsel as part of the firm’s esteemed litigation practice.

“BLG is privileged to have such an extraordinary legal authority whose remarkable career, extensive experience and breadth of knowledge will complement our senior leadership and add strength to the firm,” said John Murphy, Montréal Regional Managing Partner.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a leading full-service, national law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property solutions for our clients. With more than 750 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in six Canadian cities, BLG assists clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing and patent registration.

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