William D. Black, partner at McCarthy Tétrault, appointed a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario

Toronto, July 13, 2021 — It is with great pleasure that McCarthy Tétrault congratulates William “Bill” D. Black on his appointment as a Judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. Justice Black has served as an esteemed partner and member of McCarthy Tétrault’s National Litigation practice since 1989.

“Bill is a tremendous litigator of great skill and insight. Over the years, he has not only been a trusted advisor to his clients but has also guided and mentored the next generation of litigators at the firm,” said Caroline Zayid, National Litigation Practice Group Leader. “Ontario has gained a fair-minded and brilliant jurist, and we look forward to watching Bill serve as a thoughtful and considerate judge of the Superior Court.”

A highly respected litigator, Justice Black has maintained a diverse practice with an emphasis on professional negligence and commercial litigation. Throughout his career, he has represented clients in professional liability matters involving the medical, engineering and accounting professions. He has conducted countless trials and appeals in civil cases, as well as hearings before administrative tribunals. Justice Black has appeared at all levels of court in Ontario in his 32 years of practice, and the Law Society of Ontario designates him as a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation. As a thought leader, Justice Black has spoken and written on numerous topics, including privacy, privilege, risk management, medico-legal issues, and advocacy.

Justice Black is an educator and devoted member of the community, teaching trial advocacy at the University of Toronto Law School for many years and representing the interests of Toronto lawyers as a former trustee of the Toronto Lawyers Association. He also devotes considerable time to mentoring junior colleagues, receiving the Robert W. F. Stephenson Legacy Mentor Award in 2014.

He received his BA (magna cum laude) from Harvard University in 1983, and his LL.B. from the University of Toronto in 1987. He was called to the Ontario bar in 1989.

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