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Canadian Lawyer names top 25 list

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Canadian Lawyer magazine has come up with its list of 25 most influential lawyers. Heading the pack is Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin, followed by criminal lawyers James Lockyer, and Brian Greenspan. Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella and criminal lawyer Frank Addario round our the top five.

There’s a dearth of corporate law types on the list, though David Allgood, general counsel at Royal bank of Canada, the Lifetime Achievement winner at this year’s Canadian General Counsel Awards, sits sixth on the list, and Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt lawyer Purdy Crawford, of asset-backed commercial paper fame, made the top 10.

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The magazine set up an “esteemed panel”comprising internal staff and “highly regarded members of the profession form across the country, who nominated ands voted on the list.

According to the magazine, “the bottom line was not just about power or influence but both —  including the ability to influence public opinion and help shape laws; contribution to the strength and quality of legal services; and social and political influence and involvement.”

 

Here’s the full list.

 

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, Chief justice, Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

 

James Lockyer, Partner, Lockyer Campbell Posner, Toronto

 

Brian Greenspan, Partner, Greenspan Humphrey Lavine, Toronto

 

Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella, Justice, Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa

 

Frank Addario, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP, Toronto

 

David Allgood, Executive vice president and general counsel, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto

 

Joseph Arvay, Partner, Arvay Finlay, Vancouver

 

Sheila Block, Partner, Torys LLP, Toronto

 

Justice Colin L. Campbell, Justice, Ontario Superior Court, Toronto

 

Earl Cherniak, Partner, Lerners LLP, Toronto

 

Irwin Cotler, MP, Mount Royal, Montreal

 

Purdy Crawford, Counsel, Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, Toronto

 

Sir Graham Day, Counsel, Stewart McKelvey, Halifax

 

Marlys Edwardh, Senior Partner, Ruby & Edwardh, Toronto

 

Julian Falconer, Senior Partner, Falconer Charney LLP, Toronto

 

Peter Hogg, Professor emeritus and former dean of Osgoode Hall Law School and scholar in residence at Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP, Toronto

 

Edward “Ted” Hughes, Retired Judge, Vancouver

 

Doug Hyndman, Chairman and CEO, Canadian Securities Transition Office, Vancouver

 

Alan Lenczner, Partner, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP, Toronto

 

David Lepofsky, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, Crown Law Office, Toronto

 

Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and attorney general of Canada, MP, Niagara Falls, Ont.

 

Richard Peck, Partner, Peck & Co., Vancouver

 

Harvey T. Strosberg, Senior Partner, Sutts Strosberg LLP, Windsor, Ont.

 

Lorne Waldman, Lorne Waldman & Associates, Toronto

 

Alan N. Young, Professor of Criminal Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto

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