McCarthy Tétrault partner David Porter admitted to the American College of Trial Lawyers

Toronto, March 11, 2015 — McCarthy Tétrault partner David Porter has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in North America.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

“We are extremely proud of David’s achievements and the tremendous respect he has established among his peers and clients,” said David Leonard, Litigation National Practice Group Leader. “This well-deserved recognition is a testament to his thoroughness, deep knowledge and dedication in serving our clients and our profession.”

David Porter is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault’s Litigation Group and is the head of the firm’s White Collar Defence and Investigations practice. He has appeared as counsel on numerous criminal trials in the Superior Court of Justice and appeals in criminal matters in the Ontario Court of Appeal. Mr. Porter has acted for the Criminal Lawyers’ Association (Ontario) in the Supreme Court of Canada. He was lead counsel for the defence in the recent prosecution of senior executives of Nortel Networks charged with fraud in which all of the accused were acquitted after a 6-month trial. McCarthy Tétrault received the Benchmark Canada National Impact Case Award for its defence in this case.

The induction ceremony at which Mr. Porter became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 585 persons during the recent 2015 Spring Annual Meeting of the College in Key Biscayne, Florida.

About the American College of trial Lawyers

The American College of Trial Lawyers strives to improve and elevate the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice and the ethics of the trial profession. Qualified lawyers are called to Fellowship in the College from all branches of trial practice. They are carefully selected from among those who customarily represent plaintiffs in civil cases and those who customarily represent defendants, those who prosecute individuals accused of crime and those who defend them. The College is thus able to speak with a balanced voice on important issues affecting the legal profession and the administration of justice. Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately 5,860 members in the United States and Canada, including active Fellows, Emeritus Fellows, Judicial Fellows (those who ascended to the bench after their induction) and Honorary Fellows. For more information, visit

About McCarthy Tétrault

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