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Blakes Leads in Litigation: Michael Barrack, Jill Lawrie, David Tupper Receive Benchmark Awards

February 27, 2017


Blakes is pleased to announce that our lawyers, our Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice and several of our specialty litigation areas have once again been honoured as winners or finalists for 18 Benchmark Canada Awards based on our exceptional work throughout 2016.

Congratulations to this year’s award winners:

  • Michael Barrack: Litigator of the Year, Ontario (Michael was also a finalist in the Trial Lawyer of the Year category)
  • Jill Lawrie: Product Liability Practice Area Award
  • David Tupper: Litigator of the Year, Alberta (David was also a finalist for the Insurance Practice Area Award)

Our lawyers and specialty litigation areas were also finalists in a number of categories, highlighting the exceptional work of our entire litigation practice. Finalists include:

Practice Area Awards: Lawyers

Practice Area Awards: Firm

  • Arbitration
  • Class Actions
  • Competition
  • Energy and Resource Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Securities
  • White Collar Crime and Enforcement

Provincial Awards 

  • Ontario Firm of the Year
  • Michael Barrack, Trial Lawyer of the Year

About Our Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practice

When the stakes are high and the risks are great, clients retain Blakes. Our diverse Litigation & Dispute Resolutionteam is committed to representing client interests at every stage of a dispute, from fact-finding and risk evaluation through final resolution and enforcement, at trial and appellate levels, in court, at the negotiating table, and before tribunals and government agencies. Before litigating, we explore other methods of dispute resolution and litigate only when appropriate. Our extensive experience in commercial arbitration and mediation, both domestic and international, demonstrates our eagerness to seek every opportunity to resolve disputes by the best available means.

About Benchmark

Researchers at Benchmark spend six months conducting extensive interviews with litigators and their clients to identify the leading litigators and firms. During these interviews, researchers examine recent law firm casework and ask individual litigators to offer their professional opinions on peers. Recommendations are based on interviews with the nation’s leading private-practice lawyers and in-house counsel, and firms cannot pay to be recommended