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Fasken Doubles Top Tier Rankings in Legal 500 Canada 2018

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Our lawyers have achieved the highest recognition in seven practice areas

Toronto (Canada)Fasken is pleased to announce that the firm's top tier recognitions from Legal 500 Canada have more than doubled in the last rankings cycle.

The 2018 guide lists the firm in 28 areas, seven of which are Tier 1. It also lists 84 Fasken lawyers in their respective areas, 20 as Leading Lawyers: Mark Andrews Q.C., Anthony Baldanza, Brian Burkett, Michael Bourassa, Stephen Clark, Rosalind Cooper, Geoff Cowper Q.C., Laurence Dunbar, Douglas Gilbert, John Grieve Q.C., Jon Holmstrom, Brian Kelsall, Jon Levin, Robert McDowell, Barbara Miller, Robert Paré, Clifford Sosnow, John Turner, John Torrey, Charles Willms. Additionally, 60 lawyers were mentioned in practice descriptions.

Legal 500 has also recognized four partners as Next Generation lawyers. This is a new feature in the guide, in response to the increasing demands of general counsel seeking to assess the strength of teams. The category features lawyers who make a material difference to the practice’s offering.

Eighty-four lawyers have been ranked in 28 practice areas:


Aboriginal Law - Tier 1

  • Leading Lawyers: Charles Willms
  • Next Generation Lawyers: Bridget Gilbride
  • Partners Mentioned: Kevin O’Callaghan, Tracy Pratt, Jean M. Gagné, Neal Smitheman

Banking and Finance Law - Tier 2

  • Leading Lawyers: John Torrey, Stephen Clark, Jon Holmstrom
  • Next Generation Lawyers: David Ferris
  • Partners Mentioned: Gary Cochrane, Scott Sangster, David Johnson, Marc Novello, Brian Kelsall

Business Immigration - Tier 3

  • Partners Mentioned: Gilda Villaran AdE, Ralph Nero, Katherine Pollock

Capital Markets - Tier 2

  • Leading Lawyers: Robert Paré
  • Partners Mentioned: John Turner, Sarah Gingrich, Jean-Pierre Chamberland, Aaron Atkinson

Competition and Antitrust Law - Tier 3

  • Leading Lawyers: Anthony Baldanza
  • Next Generation Lawyers: Antonio Di Domenico
  • Partners Mentioned: Huy Do

Corporate and M&A - Tier 2

  • Leading Lawyers: Jon Levin
  • Partners Mentioned: Diane Bertrand, Mike Stephens, Robert Paré, Jay Lefton

Dispute Resolution: AB - Tier 4


Dispute Resolution: BC - Tier 1

  • Leading Lawyers: Geoff Cowper Q.C., Mark Andrews Q.C.
  • Partners Mentioned: Gerald Ranking, Laura Cooper, Martin Sheehan

Dispute Resolution: ON - Tier 4


Dispute Resoltuion: QC -Tier 3


Energy: Mining - Tier 1

  • Leading Lawyers: John Turner, Michael Bourassa
  • Next Generation Lawyers: Krisztián Tóth
  • Partners Mentioned: Brian Graves, Josh Lewis

Energy: Oil & Gas - Tier 3

  • Partners Mentioned: Paul Wilson, Peter Feldberg

Energy: Power - Tier 3

  • Partners Mentioned: Peter Feldberg, Robert Lonergan

Environment - Tier 2

  • Leading Lawyers: Rosalind Cooper
  • Partners Mentioned: Paul Wilson

Infrastructure and Projects - Tier 2

  • Leading Lawyers: Brian Kelsall
  • Partners Mentioned: David Little, Ella Plotkin, W. Thomas Barlow

Insurance M&A and Regulatory - Tier 1

  • Leading Lawyers: Robert McDowell
  • Partners Mentioned: Koker Christensen, Kareen Zimmer

Intellectual Property - Tier 3

  • Partners Mentioned: Marek Nitoslawski, Jay Kerr-Wilson, Julie Desrosiers

International Trade - Tier 3

  • Leading Lawyers: Clifford Sosnow
  • Partners Mentioned: Peter Kirby

Labour and Employment - Tier 1

  • Leading Lawyers: Brian Burkett, Douglas Gilbert
  • Partners Mentioned: John Craig, Christopher Pigott, Louis Bernier AdE, Ian Campbell, Brian Smeenk, Robert Dupont, Kevin O’Neill Q.C., Alexis Charpentier, Stephanie Gutierrez, Shane Todd, Magali Cournoyer-Proulx

Media and Entertainment - Tier 1

  • Leading Lawyers: Barbara Miller
  • Partners Mentioned: Jay Kerr-Wilson, Christian Leblanc

Pensions - Tier 3

  • Partners Mentioned: Peggy McCallum

Public Procurement - Tier 3

  • Partners Mentioned: Peter Mantas, Clifford Sosnow

Real Estate - Tier 3

  • Partners Mentioned: Andrea Centa, Martin Emmons, Richard Clare
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Restructuring and Insolvency - Tier 3

  • Leading Lawyers: John Grieve Q.C.
  • Partners Mentioned: Stuart Brotman, Aubrey Kauffman

Tax - Tier 4

  • Partners Mentioned: Jenny Mboutsiadis, Curtis Stewart, Alain Ranger

Technology - Tier 2

  • Partners Mentioned: John Beardwood, Karam Bayrakal

Telecoms - Tier 1

  • Leading Lawyers: Laurence Dunbar
  • Partners Mentioned: Jay Kerr-Wilson, Stephen Whitehead

Transportation: Aviation - Tier 3

  • Partners Mentioned: Martin Sheehan

About The Legal 500

The Legal 500 Series rankings are based on the results of research, including written submissions from law firms, interviews with lawyers and feedback from client references. They highlight the practice area teams who are providing the most cutting edge and innovative advice to corporate counsel.

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