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17 November 20234 minute read

DLA Piper Canada recognized in 2024 Legal 500 Canada‎ guide

The Legal 500 Canada has recognized DLA Piper (Canada) LLP and 46 lawyers across 14 practice areas in their 2024 guide. The firm once more received tier 1 rankings for our Infrastructure and Projects, Aviation and Rail and Road practice groups.

Congratulations to Robert Fonn (Cannabis) who received his first Leading Individual ranking and Wally Braul (Environment) who received his first Leading Individual ranking since joining the firm, as well as to those lawyers who repeated their ranking this year: Ian Bendell (Projects), Andrew Burton (Projects), Michael Ford, K.C. (Employment), Forrest Hume (Transportation), Catherine Pawluch (Transportation), Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy (IP), Laura Safran, K.C. (Transportation) and Bruce Stratton (IP).

Rebecca von Ruti (Dispute Resolution), Robert Fonn (Corporate and M&A) and Bentley Gaikis (IP) were recognized as Next Generation Partners, while Katrina Edgerton-McGhan (Dispute Resolution), Jonathon Ward (Employment) and Michal Kasprowicz (IP) were listed as Rising Stars.

The Legal 500 series is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s largest legal referral guides, with the Canada guide recognizing the best Canadian firms and lawyers practising within the Canadian market. Results are based on extensive research conducted by the directory over the course of the year, including in-depth submissions and thousands of interviews with client and industry leaders.

The following lawyers appeared in the 2024 edition of Legal 500 Canada:


  • Robert Fonn (Leading Individual)
  • Derek Sigel
  • Denis Silva
  • Russel Drew

Competition and Antitrust

  • David Neave
  • Catherine Pawluch
  • Kevin Wright

Corporate and M&A

  • Robert Fonn (Next Generation Partner)
  • Ted Maduri
  • Russel Drew

Dispute Resolution

  • Rebecca von Rüti (Next Generation Partner)
  • Katrina Edgerton-McGhan (Rising Star)
  • David Foulds
  • John Landry, K.C.
  • David Neave
  • Heather Treacy, K.C.
  • Patrick Roche


  • Wally Braul (Leading Individual)
  • Joshua Jantzi
  • Max Collett
  • Robert Seidel, K.C.
  • Dan Misutka

Indigenous Law

  • Heather Treacy, K.C.
  • Josh Jantzi
  • Wally Braul

Infrastructure and Projects - Tier 1

  • Ian Bendell (Leading Lawyer)
  • Andrew Burton (Leading Lawyer)
  • Elizabeth Mayer

Intellectual Property

  • Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy (Leading Lawyer)
  • Bruce Stratton (Leading Lawyer)
  • Chris Bennett
  • Alan Macek
  • Geoff Mowatt
  • Bentley Gaikis (Next Generation Partner)
  • Michal Kasprowicz (Rising Star)

Labour and Employment

  • Michael Ford, K.C. (Leading Lawyer)
  • Correna Jones
  • Michael Richards
  • Jonathon Ward (Rising Star)

Real Estate and Construction

  • Nicholas Chan
  • Catherine Gibson
  • Mark Schmidt
  • Franco Trasolini

Restructuring and Insolvency

  • Edmond Lamek
  • Colin Brousson


  • Ryan Black
  • Morgan McDonald
  • Michael Reid
  • Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy

Transport: Aviation - Tier 1

  • Catherine Pawluch (Leading Lawyer)
  • Laura Safran, K.C. (Leading Lawyer)
  • Prasad Taksal

Transport: Other - Tier 1

  • Forrest Hume (Leading Lawyer)
  • John Landry, K.C.
  • Taryn Urquhart