Aikins and MLT merge to create regional Western Canada law firm and other legal moves and grooves

Western law firms create MLT Aikins LLP

Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP and MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP are merging on Jan. 1, 2017. The new firm will become MLT Aikins LLP.

The two firms, both already big players in the West, will create a regional legal giant stretching from the Prairies to the Pacific with 240 lawyers at offices in Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.

“The Western Canadian regional focus is consistent with clients’ increasing demand for more specialized legal services from those who fully understand their business in this market.,” said Don Wilson, managing partner of MLT and incoming managing partner of MLT Aikins. “Not only does this merger provide enhanced geographic scope for our clients throughout Western Canada, the highly talented and experienced group of lawyers at Aikins will add depth and breadth to our merged practices.”

“This is an exciting and historic step forward for our two firms that will enable the merged firm to better serve all our clients,” said David Filmon, who will be chair of MLT Aikins. “As the world becomes smaller, this merger responds to an intensifying requirement from our clients to have access to a larger network of lawyers, offering specialized and in-depth expertise to meet their increasingly complex legal needs.”

Aikins dates back to 1879 in Manitoba, while Saskatchewan-based MLT has been practising in Western Canada since 1920.

Jennifer King joins Gowling
Gowling WLG Canada has boosted the advocacy capability of its environmental law group with the addition of Jennifer King, previously of Adair Barristers, to its Toronto office.
King, who joins as a partner, will represent clients on environmental law matters with an emphasis on hearings, approvals and appeals. She has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario, as well as before the OMB and the SCC. Her experience also encompasses administrative law, commercial litigation, profession liability, class actions and major torts.
“Jennifer is known for tackling complex advocacy mandates head-on and achieving superb outcomes,” said Peter Lukasiewicz, chief executive of Gowling WLG Canada.
Magali Cournoyer-Proulx joins Fasken
Employment lawyer Magali Cournoyer-Proulx, previously with Lavery, de Billy, has joined Fasken Martineau DuMoulin as a partner in the firm’s Labour, Employment and Human Rights group in Montreal.
Cournoyer-Proulx specializes in individual employment relationships and also works in health and professional law.
“We are very pleased to welcome Magali, “ said Éric Bédard, Fasken’s managing partner for Québec. “Her expertise will be an asset to our clients and we are excited to have her join our team.”
Donald Bayne winner of Catzman Award
The Advocates’ Society has presented the 2016 Catzman Award for Professionalism & Civility to Donald Bayne of Bayne, Sellar, Boxall in Ottawa.
The annual award recognizes individuals who demonstrate the qualities exemplified by Justice Catzman throughout his distinguished career: knowledge of the law, integrity, fairness, civility, generosity of time and expertise, and dedication to the highest ideals of the legal profession through writing and lecturing.
Bayne is one of Canada’s top criminal lawyers at both the trial and appeal level. He was the 2006 recipient of the G. Arthur Martin award for “an individual in Canada who has made a significant contribution to criminal justice,” and the 2011 Ottawa Advocate Honouree awarded by The Advocates’ Society.
The Advocates’ Society’s press release noted that Bayne has made “an enduring and remarkable contribution” to the profession.
“The letters from his nominators attest to the fact that Donald Bayne exemplifies all of the qualities that the Catzman Award winner should have,” the release states. “He is a leader of the bar and a highly skilled and respected advocate. During his illustrious career he has taken on many difficult, unpopular, and high profile cases. Despite the demands of his practice, he always takes the time to mentor young lawyers and participate in legal educational programs. Without fail, he is courteous and respectful, even in tense moments during emotionally difficult litigation.”
Thomson, Rogers celebrates 80th anniversary with $80,000 donation honouring clients
Thomson, Rogers is celebrating 80 years of service to the legal community with an $80,000 donation to health care professionals and organizations who have assisted clients to recover from traumatic injuries.
TR has become the largest personal injury firm in Toronto, growing independently and without resort to merger. Most recently, the firm was lead counsel in the national class action seeking compensation for abuse in Canada’s residential schools.
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