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Judith McKay


Chief Client and Innovation Officer






Judith takes the pulse on evolving clients’ needs while leading the charge to re-envision how law firms deliver value.

As Chief Client and Innovation Officer, Judith leads the firm’s client relations and marketing strategy, and oversees business development, research, pricing, knowledge integration and innovation capabilities. She also provides strategic commercial and intellectual property counsel to clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Judith (a chemical engineer and an IP lawyer by training) was Vice President and General Counsel for DuPont Pioneer, responsible for legal affairs internationally. Prior to this position, she was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for DuPont Canada, where she led the company's operating team as well as legal and public affairs.

Client-centric and market-focused, Judith knows how to help general counsel in Canadian, US and global business environments succeed, precisely because she’s been in their shoes. Performing client side at the executive level in a Fortune 500 company has made Judith keenly attuned to the voice of the client and what is of value to them - and equally important - what isn’t. She draws from her considerable in-house experience to ensure the firm delivers innovative legal solutions.

Judith is helping to re-imagine legal services by embracing the role that technology and big data can play in driving efficiency, and reducing clients' legal spend, without ever sacrificing quality.

Judith serves on the board of Artscape, a not-for-profit urban development organization, and is a member of the Fundraising and Cultivation Committee of Women Gaining Ground, a United Way organization. Judith is a past recipient of WXN’s Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women Award, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars focused on business management in the legal industry.

Judith obtained her BEng (Chemical) from McMaster University and her LLB from the University of Toronto.

Our Firm

McCarthy Tétrault delivers integrated business law, tax, real property, labour and employment, and litigation services nationally and globally through offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City, as well as in New York City and London, UK.