McCarthy Tétrault’s National Strength recognized at the 2021 Canadian Law Awards

Recognized for leadership in the legal profession and acting on some of Canada’s most complex and significant legal matters, McCarthy Tétrault is proud to announce that it has received five industry-leading awards at the Canadian Law Awards. Among the honors, CEO, Dave Leonard was named Managing Partner of the Year, a tribute to his leadership and significant contributions to our firm and to the legal profession more generally.

We are also happy to announce that McCarthy Tétrault’s Anti-Racism Strategy was awarded Diversity Initiative of the Year. This is the second year in a row the firm has received the Canadian Law Diversity Award. That our firm has won this award in both of the two years it has existed sends a strong message about our leadership and commitment to inclusion and our work to address structural racism and create an anti-racist workplace culture.

Since establishing Inclusion Now, we have formed a Race Action Group, hired an Indigenous Advisor and launched a 1L summer program for Black and Indigenous law students, among other things. Winning this award is a testament to the vision of Nikki Gershbain and the phenomenal Inclusion Now team, the leadership of Junior Sirivar and our other Action Group leaders and volunteers, the many groups and individuals across the Firm who support the program including HR, PR and Clients and Markets, and the 250 members of the Race Action Group. This award would not have been possible without all of you.


  • Managing Partner of the Year: CEO, Dave Leonard, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • The Bereskin & Parr Award for Diversity Initiative of the Year: McCarthy Tétrault’s Anti-Racism Strategy
  • Commercial Litigation Team of the Year:Attorney General of British Columbia v. Attorney General of Canada (B.C.)


  • Insolvency and Restructuring Deal of the Year: CCAA restructuring of Cirque du Soleil
  • M&A Deal of the Year: KingSett Capital and Starlight Investments’ C$4.9 billion acquisition of Northview Apartment REIT

The following McCarthy Tétrault clients also received 2021 Canadian Law Awards:

  • Banking & Financial Institutions Law Department of the Year: TD Bank
  • Female Trailblazer: Donna E. Young, Ryerson University Faculty of Law

About the Canadian Law Awards

The Canadian Law Awards are sought-after industry accolades determined based upon peer surveys and industry research, led by editors at Key Media, publisher of Lexpert, Canadian Lawyer and InHouse. The awards recognize Canada’s leading law firms, in-house legal teams, individual lawyers and top deals and cases. A complete list of Gold Winners is available at Canadian Law Awards 2021.

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 as well as in New York City and 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.

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