b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_2008_March_ediscovery.jpgE-discovery is everywhere. Lawyers across the country are well aware elements of it are in every area of law, from commercial litigation to family cases. As e-discovery becomes more prevalent, the need for those with specialized knowledge in this increasingly complex area is becoming apparent to many litigators.
Borden Ladner Gervais  LLP is one of the largest law firms in Canada with offices in Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver, and Waterloo, Ont. Sean Weir is the national managing partner of the firm, which employs close to 2,000 people across the country, including 700 lawyers, of which 400 are partners. Weir makes no bones about being the head of a highly competitive firm that asks for hard work and a strong commitment from its lawyers. While BLG is not a touchy-feely place to work, the firm provides strong support mechanisms to help lawyers stay on top of the game.
Lawsuits haven’t really hit Canada yet, but U.S. companies are already finding themselves liable for employees who have automobile accidents while talking on their cellphones.
Friday, 18 January 2008 06:15

Managing Partner: Good times for Macleod Dixon

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With strong roots in energy, resources, and mining, it’s a good time for Macleod Dixon LLP. The firm first opened in Calgary in 1912, and now has more than 250 legal professionals in Calgary; Toronto; Caracas, Venezuela; Moscow; Almaty and Atyrau, Kazakhstan; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Worldwide managing partner W.H. (Bill) Tuer says, although times are good for the firm, finding the right talent can still be a challenge. But creativity can go a long way, he adds.

MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman LLP has been around for about 70 years and is one of the largest law firms in Saskatchewan. About six years ago, the firm expanded into Alberta, opening an office in Calgary and in Edmonton in 2006. The firm now has about 90 lawyers in its four offices in Regina, Saskatoon, Edmonton, and Calgary. Managing partner Donald K. Wilson chats with Canadian Lawyer about operating in four different hot markets and the challenges of staffing and maintaining MLT values.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_OCT2007_managing-partner.jpgThe lawyers at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP were practising environmental law before it became cool to be green.



Tuesday, 04 September 2007 09:15

Managing partner: Keeping that one-office feel

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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_Sept2007_chuck-russell2.jpgMcLennan Ross’ Chuck Russell says having three offices, in Edmonton, Calgary, and Yellowknife, can be expensive, but client bases are expanding and making it worthwhile.

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_Aug_2007_backpagea.jpgDanone isn’t used to getting roughed up. The French company is the world’s largest yogurt maker and owns Evian, the world’s best-selling mineral water, too. Then it got the bright idea to invest in China.

Tuesday, 07 August 2007 07:50

Regional Wrap-Up

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The Supreme Court of Canada’s recent 5-4 decision reducing the financial remedy against former Davis & Company partner Robert Strother, but still finding him in a conflict of interest position, was “one judge short of perfect,” says the man at the controversy’s hub.
Tuesday, 07 August 2007 07:36


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b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_Aug_2007_legal-ethics.jpgIt won’t be long before Canadians have shares of publicly traded law firms as part of their RRSPs.

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