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21 April 202167 minute read

DLA Piper Canada has strong showing in 2021 Canadian Legal Lexpert Guide

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is pleased to announce that we have once more increased the number of lawyers ranked as leading practitioners in the 2021 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Forty-nine of the firm’s lawyers were ranked in this edition, representing a ten percent increase over our 2020 numbers. Six additional DLA Piper Canada lawyers were ranked in the areas of Corporate Mid-Market and Corporate Commercial and the firm was newly ranked in the area of Corporate Finance & Securities. Michael Reid (Technology Transactions) and Katrina Edgerton-McGhan (Litigation Corporate/Commercial) were listed as "Lawyers to Watch”.

The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory identifies the top law firms and practitioners in the country. The rankings are based on an extensive, peer-review process in which over 10,000 participants from law firms across Canada participate.

“We are honoured to be recognized by our peers in this year's Lexpert directory,” said Robert Seidel, Q.C., Canada Managing Partner. "I congratulate our ranked lawyers on the exceptional commitment to client service and legal expertise which they have demonstrated over the year."

Congratulations to the following lawyers recognized in the 2021 edition:



Practice Area

Paul Albi, Q.C.

Family Law

Derrick Auch


Kate Bake-Paterson Charities
James Bancroft, Q.C. Litigation - Corporate Commercial

Derek Bell

Litigation - Corporate Commercial

Ian Bendell*

Infrastructure Law

Chris Bennett

Computer & IT Law 

Intellectual Property

Ryan Black Computer & IT Law
Corporate Mid-Market
Technology Transactions
Colin Brousson Insolvency & Financial Restructuring
Patrick Burgess Energy (Oil & Gas)

Ruby Chan

Corporate Mid-Market


Jennifer Cleall Corporate Commercial
Don Collie Mining
Russel Drew Corporate Mid-Market
Katrina Edgerton-McGhan Litigation - Corporate Commercial (Lawyers to Watch)

Lana Finney

Environmental Law

Robert Fonn

Corporate Finance & Securities
Corporate Mid-Market

Michael Ford, Q.C.

Labour Relations

Catherine Gibson

Property Leasing

Noam Goodman Corporate Mid-Market

Brian Hiebert

Forestry Law

Roy Hudson

Corporate Mid-Market

Forrest Hume

Transportation (Road & Rail)

Michelle Isaak Estate & Personal Tax Planning
Daniel Kenney Mining

Howard Krupat

Construction Law

Edmond Lamek

Insolvency & Financial Restructuring

Roger Lee

Estate & Personal Tax Planning (Estate Litigation)

Alan Macek Intellectual Property

Litigation: Intellectual Property

Vaughn MacLellan Corporate Mid-Market

Garry Mancell, R.P.F.

Forestry Law

Elizabeth Mayer

Infrastructure Law

Andrew McFarlane

Asset Equipment Finance / Leasing

Aviation (Regulation & Liability)

Project Finance

Banking & Financial Institutions

Alan Monk Mining

David Neave

Competition Law
Richard Nixon Employment Law (Employer)

Catherine Pawluch

Aviation (Regulation & Liability)

Transportation (Road & Rail)

Marc Philibert Corporate Mid-Market
Richard Press Employment (Employer)
Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy

Intellectual Property

Litigation: Intellectual Property

David Reid


Michael Reid Technology Transactions (Lawyers to Watch)

Laura Safran, Q.C.

Aviation (Regulation & Liability)

Corporate Mid-Market

Robert Seidel, Q.C.

Corporate Mid-Market

Corporate Commercial

Derek Sigel

Corporate Mid-Market


Denis Silva Corporate Mid-Market

Bruce Stratton

Intellectual Property

Litigation: Intellectual Property

David Stratton, Q.C.

Corporate Mid-Market

Heather Treacy, Q.C.

Indigenous Law

Trevor Wong-Chor

Corporate Mid-Market

Kevin Wright

Competition Law


The firm is additionally ranked in the following areas:

  • Competition Law
  • Computer & IT Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Corporate Finance & Securities
  • Forestry Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Corporate Commercial
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Mining
  • Project Finance
  • Transportation (Road & Rail)‎

*Ian Bendell is a Foreign Legal Consultant working from the firm’s Toronto office.