McCarthy Tétrault General Counsel Malcolm Mercer wins CBA 2013 Louis St. Laurent Award

Toronto, August 19, 2013 — McCarthy Tétrault is delighted to announce that its General Counsel Malcolm Mercer has received the Canadian Bar Association’s (CBA) 2013 Louis St. Laurent Award of Excellence. The award recognizes distinguished and exceptional service to the goals and objectives of the CBA, and is named in memory of Louis St-Laurent, a former Prime Minister of Canada and CBA President.

Mr. Mercer has been an outstanding contributor to the CBA since he joined it in 1984. He was an influential member on the CBA Conflicts of Interest Task Force and a key contributor the writing of the 2008 report that focused on lawyers’ duties of loyalty and confidentiality to clients. He sits on the CBA Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee, which he joined in 2009; he became Vice-Chair in 2010 and has been the committee’s Chair since 2011. Most recently, Mr. Mercer has served as the head of the CBA Legal Futures Initiative team examining regulatory and ethics issues. 

"We are immensely proud of Malcolm," said Marc-André Blanchard, Chair and CEO of McCarthy Tétrault. "He has made many important contributions to the work of the CBA and to development of the Canadian legal profession at large. His unique expertise and the excellence of his work around our profession's legal ethics have truly been instrumental in shaping the way we practice law in this country."

"I’m thrilled that Malcolm is being recognized with this award," said David Leonard, McCarthy Tétrault’s national head of Litigation. "He is a tremendous contributor to our litigation team. And given his commitment to the legal community, it comes as no surprise that he has been selected to receive this prestigious honour."

Mr. Mercer has practised as a civil litigator with McCarthy Tétrault since 1984 and a partner since 1990. Since 2007, Mr. Mercer has acted as General Counsel to the firm, advising on legal ethics, conflicts and other professional matters. He has litigated numerous types of cases at all levels of court and before a number of tribunals, including in the defense of physicians in medical regulatory and negligence matters, professional negligence cases for and against lawyers, significant real estate and construction matters, complex insolvency litigation, estates litigation, commercial confidentiality and other commercial litigation.

The Canadian Bar Association is dedicated to supporting the rule of law and improvements in the law and the administration of justice. Some 37,000 lawyers, notaries, law teachers and law students from across Canada are members. Further information about the Louis St. Laurent Award can be found on the CBA’s website, at

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