DLA Piper (Canada) LLP increases rankings in the 2020 Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory

DLA Piper (Canada) LLP is pleased to announce that we have significantly increased the number of lawyers ranked as leading practitioners in the 2020 edition of the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory.

Forty-five of the firm’s lawyers were ranked in this edition, representing an almost twenty percent increase over our 2019 numbers. Of the seven new lawyers appearing in the guide, five were ranked in the area of Corporate Mid-Market, highlighting our growing presence in this area. Russel Drew (Mergers and Acquisitions), Katrina Edgerton-McGhan (Litigation Corporate/Commercial) and Alan Sarhan (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 delighted with the increase in this year’s rankings with one of Canada’s most well-established ranking directories,” said Robert Seidel, Q.C., Canada Managing Partner. "Peer recognition is an important marker of DLA Piper's long-standing position as a leader within the Canadian legal market, as well as being a testament to the exceptional level of legal advice delivered by our professionals."

Congratulations to the following lawyers recognized in the 2020 edition:



Practice Area

Paul Albi, Q.C.

Family Law

Derrick Auch


Kate Bake-Paterson Charities/Not-For-Profit Law

Derek Bell

Litigation - Corporate Commercial

Eric Belli-Bivar Banking & Financial Institutions

Ian Bendell*

Infrastructure Law

Chris Bennett

Computer & IT Law 

Intellectual Property

Robert Black

Corporate Finance & Securities

Ryan Black Computer & IT Law 

Technology Transactions

Patrick Burgess Energy (Oil & Gas)

Ruby Chan


Lana Finney

Environmental Law

Robert Fonn

Corporate Mid-Market

Corporate Finance & Securities

Michael Ford, Q.C.

Employment Law (Employer)

Labour Management

Catherine Gibson

Property Leasing

Stephen Gleave Employment Law (Employer)

Labour Management

Brian Hiebert

Forestry Law

Corporate Mid-Market

Roy Hudson


Forrest Hume

Transportation (Road & Rail)

Michelle Isaak Estate & Personal Tax Planning
Daniel Kenney

Corporate Mid-Market


Howard Krupat

Construction Law

Edmond Lamek

Insolvency & Financial Restructuring

John Landry

International Trade Regulation

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)
Banking & Financial Institutions

David Nathanson, Q.C.

Litigation - Corporate Tax

David Neave

Class Actions

Competition Law

Catherine Pawluch


Marc Philibert Corporate Mid-Market
Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy Intellectual Property

David Reid


Laura Safran, Q.C.

Aviation (Regulation & Liability)

Robert Seidel, Q.C.

Corporate Mid-Market

Corporate Commercial

Derek Sigel Corporate Mid-Market

Bruce Stratton

Intellectual Property

Litigation: Intellectual Property

David Stratton, Q.C.

Corporate Mid-Market

Heather Treacy, Q.C.

Indigenous Law

Brian Tsuji Immigration Law

Trevor Wong-Chor

Corporate Mid-Market

Kevin Wright

Competition Law


The firm is additionally ranked in the following areas:

  • Competition Law
  • Construction Law
  • Corporate Commercial Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Forestry Law
  • Franchise 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.


  • Eleanor Baumer
    DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
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