Toronto (August 1, 2016) — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is pleased to announce two of its partners, Éloïse Gratton and Nadia Effendi, have been named among the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers of 2016 by Canadian Lawyer magazine. The annual list recognizes leaders in the Canadian justice system and legal profession. Ms. Gratton was included in the corporate-commercial category and Ms. Effendi in the young influencers category.

"Éloïse and Nadia have established themselves as leaders in their respective areas of law, and this recognition showcases their commitment to not only provide the best legal advice to their clients, but to make a lasting impact on the laws of our country," said Sean Weir, national managing partner and CEO at BLG. "We are proud to have two of Canada's most influential lawyers on our team, who lend their expertise to our clients and inspire the next generation of lawyers within the firm."

Ms. Gratton, a partner in BLG's Montréal office and national co-leader of BLG's Privacy and Data Security practice, is one of Canada's foremost experts in the field of privacy law. She is relied upon by Canada's largest companies as well as both the federal and provincial privacy commissioners and governments. Two of her privacy books have been cited by the Supreme Court of Canada in landmark privacy decisions. In 2016, she provided training workshops to judges and members of the Parliament on social media and legal risks, and submitted her views to the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada as part of its consultations on online reputation and consent. Her blog on privacy and IT law recently received a Clawbie award and she is a regular speaker at national and global privacy conferences.

Ms. Effendi, a partner in BLG's Toronto and Ottawa offices, is the chair of BLG's Supreme Court of Canada Agency Group and represents clients before the SCC. She has played a major role in leading cases including acting for a group of intervenors in World Bank Group v. Wallace, standing as one of only two Canadian SCC decisions addressing the scope of international organizations' immunities and privileges. In addition, she represented the Law Society of Upper Canada before the Ontario Court of Appeal in Trinity Western University v. LSUC, which engaged fundamental issues of constitutional, human rights and administrative law. She was named a Lexpert ® Rising Star in 2013 and a Benchmark Canada Future Star in 2016.

This is the eighth year Canadian Lawyer has honoured select members of the country's legal community. The list has five categories: changemakers; government/non-profits associations; criminal/human rights; corporate-commercial; and young influencers. To determine the Top 25 Most Influential each year, Canadian Lawyer conducts a public call for nominations, and those shortlisted by the editorial panel are voted on by readers through an online poll. The final list of 25 is based on that poll with the input of the Canadian Lawyer editorial panel.

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG) is a leading, national, full-service Canadian law firm focusing on business law, commercial litigation and arbitration, and intellectual property solutions for our clients. BLG is one of the country’s largest law firms with more than 725 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals in five cities across Canada. We assist clients with their legal needs, from major litigation to financing to trademark and patent registration.

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