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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