Sean Weir, Marie Audren, Robert Deane and Donna SpagnoloToronto (October 3, 2014) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to congratulate three of its lawyers: Marie Audren, Robert Deane and Donna Spagnolo, each of whom was recognized with a 2014 Zenith Award from the legal publication Lexpert magazine.

“Congratulations to all of our 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award recipients on their well-deserved recognition,” said Sean Weir, BLG’s national managing partner and CEO. “I applaud their strong commitment to professional excellence and leadership in their respective fields of practice. They are wonderful examples of hard work, client service, and true dedication to excellence. We at BLG are proud to have them as our colleagues.”

BLG partner and Montreal lawyer Marie Audren was chosen by Lexpert for her recognized litigation practice particularly in the area of class actions. Ms. Audren, who has been retained as a defence counsel in more than 30 class actions, was awarded the prestigious distinction Advocatus Emeritus (Ad. E.). in 2013 by the Barreau du Québec for her significant contribution to the legal profession. She currently serves as Regional leader of BLG’s Class Action Group, leading a team of expert lawyers and has been consistently ranked over the years by the top legal publications including: The Best Lawyers in Canada®, Benchmark Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Robert Deane, National Leader of the firm's International Trade and Arbitration Group, was also honoured with a Zenith Award for his litigation and arbitration practice. He has experience in all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada, and in numerous significant international arbitration proceedings in North America, Asia and Europe.  Mr. Deane, who was named Arbitration Counsel of the Year in both 2014 and 2013 by Benchmark Canada, has been recognized by his peers in The Best Lawyers in Canada® and in Chambers Global, among other rating services.

BLG’s third winner of the night, Donna Spagnolo, is a leading advisor to participants in the investment funds industry. She was nominated for this year’s Zenith Award in recognition of her exemplary skills and attention to client service. Ms. Spagnolo practices securities law and insurance regulatory law and advises investment management industry and insurance industry participants on legal, regulatory and governance issues facing them in connection with their various activities, including acquisitions, divestitures and product creation. She has also been recognized by her peers across the profession with a ranking in The Best Lawyers in Canada®.

The theme of this year’s awards was Today’s Leaders in Practice Excellence honouring mid-career accomplishments. Award winners were drawn from private practice firms as well as corporate and government legal departments, academia, and the judiciary. Lexpert presented the awards at a gala dinner last night in Toronto.

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