McCarthy Tétrault Announces New CEO

Toronto and Montreal, April 1, 2016 – The Board of Partners of McCarthy Tétrault today announced that effective immediately David Leonard will become the firm's new CEO, succeeding Marc-André Blanchard. The announcement follows a partners' ratification vote that gave Mr. Leonard overwhelming support.

In his new role as CEO, Mr. Leonard will oversee more than 550 lawyers and the operations of all six McCarthy Tétrault offices in Canada and the UK. Facing a changing and more competitive landscape, he will play an integral role leading the firm, driving growth in current Canadian markets, while expanding a footprint internationally and into new markets.

Mr. Leonard joined the firm as an Associate in the litigation group in 1994, having completed his articles at McCarthy Tétrault. He became an Income Partner in 2001 and an Equity Partner in 2003. In 2011, he was appointed Litigation Practice Lead for the Toronto office, and in 2012, he was appointed Litigation National Practice Group Leader. Mr. Leonard has acted for a wide variety of clients, earning his position as a trusted advisor to Canadian business leaders.

"I am honoured to have the vote of confidence of the partners as the next CEO of McCarthy Tétrault," said Mr. Leonard. “We have a strong culture of excellence. By engaging with our people and leveraging the right tools and structures, we can lead McCarthy Tétrault to sustained future success.”

McCarthy Tétrault’s commitment to client service is at the core of its business and the firm will continue to add value and drive innovation to meet evolving client needs and goals.

"I have worked alongside Dave for almost 20 years and I’m extremely pleased he will serve as the CEO of McCarthy Tétrault," said Marc-André Blanchard, the firm's outgoing Chair and CEO. "Dave’s leadership style, passion for client service and excellence are perfectly suited to the culture and future of McCarthy Tétrault."

Mr. Blanchard served two consecutive terms as Chair and CEO of McCarthy Tétrault. In January he was appointed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, to become Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations, effective April 1, 2016. He has worked in close partnership with Mr. Leonard and the Board of Partners to ensure an effective leadership transition.

McCarthy Tétrault is a national, collaborative firm that has embraced change from inception. From being the first national firm in Canada, to being the first in Canada to utilize legal project management, to making its commitment to diversity and inclusion a business priority, McCarthy Tétrault has never viewed change as a barrier. This pioneering spirit will serve the firm well as it continues to meet the needs of its clients and lead an ever-changing industry.

About McCarthy Tétrault

McCarthy Tétrault LLP provides a broad range of legal services, advising on large and complex assignments for Canadian and international interests. The firm has substantial presence in Canada’s major commercial centres and in London, UK.

Built on an integrated approach to the practice of law and delivery of innovative client services, the firm brings its legal talent, industry insight and practice experience to help clients achieve the results that are important to them.