Firm Leadership

Blakes is firmly focused on building long-term client relationships. We understand the client perspective -- the need for responsive legal advice, top-ranked expertise, creativity and value. We also understand that our commitment to provide all of this is only possible through teamwork guided by integrity and principles of honesty, accountability and consistency -- and most importantly, under the tutelage of great leadership. Our Chair, Brock Gibson, is the first leader to hail from one of the Firm's offices in Western Canada. Based in Calgary, Brock has been lead counsel on more than 150 mergers and acquisitions.

Robert Granatstein has been Firm Managing Partner since 2001. Prior to this role, he was Deputy Managing Partner for three years. His areas of practice focus on general corporate matters, venture capital and merchant banking transactions, joint ventures, acquisitions and dispositions of businesses, and on the preparation and negotiation of a broad variety of commercial contracts.

Blakes also has Office Managing Partners in each of its offices, as well as strong leadership in key administrative areas.

Office Managing Partners

Montréal: Robert Torralbo
Ottawa: Eric Elvidge
Toronto: Robert Granatstein
Calgary: Ken Mills
Vancouver: Bill Maclagan
New York: Geoff Belsher
Chicago: John Kolada
London: David Glennie
Bahrain: Scott Burrell
Al-Khobar*: Saud Al-Ammari
Beijing and Shanghai*: Bob Kwauk

Administrative Leadership

Chief Financial Officer: Richard Prupas
Chief Client Relations & Marketing Officer: Alison Jeffrey
Chief Officer, Professional Services: Mary Jackson

* Associated Office