Monday, September 12, 2012

Global Arbitration Review has named Ottawa’s Andrew McDougall among the world’s top 45 arbitration lawyers under 45.

The 40-year-old partner at Perley-Robertson Hill & McDougall LLP heads up the firm’s international arbitration group. Earlier this year, the same publication named it among the top 100 international arbitration firms in the world.

“I am truly honoured to be included,” said McDougall. “I know most of those selected, and several are good friends. I believe the list demonstrates the breadth and depth of the international arbitration community.”

It’s the second time the publication has compiled its list with the final selections based on recommendations from leading figures in the field.

“It has been a real pleasure working closely with Andrew in establishing our international arbitration group,” said Barry Leon, a fellow partner in the firm’s international arbitration group.

“Andrew is truly dedicated to his clients’ interests. His level of international arbitration experience and knowledge is rare in Canada.”

Torys LLP has moved offices in New York.

As of Sept. 6, the firm is in the W.R. Grace building at 1114 Avenue of the Americas. Torys is on the 23rd floor of the 50-storey building.

Since the building’s opening in 1971, its distinctive sloping facades have made it a New York landmark. Phone and e-mail addresses for the firm’s New York lawyers remain unchanged.

The Law Commission of Ontario is seeking applications for at-large members to sit on its board of governors.

The three-year appointments come with the potential for renewal for an additional term of the same length.

The law commission began in 2007 with a mandate to review the law and come up with recommendations for reforms to make it more accessible, effective, and relevant; to clarify and simplify it; to consider how technology might increase access to justice; and to stimulate critical debate.

Its board is responsible for overall supervision of the commission, developing policy, and approving the budget, research projects, final reports, and recommendations.

The law commission is looking for board members with experience in law reform, an interest in public service, and a willingness to be an ambassador for the organization. Interested applicants should send a letter and resumé by Sept. 30.

More information is available by contacting the law commission at [email protected].

Nadya Tymochenko has joined Miller Thomson LLP’s Toronto office as a partner after leaving boutique firm Keel Cottrelle LLP.

Since her call to the bar in 2000, Tymochenko has built a practice representing school boards. At Miller Thomson, she’ll oversee the firm’s education law industry group and will advise clients on governance, student matters, human rights, and labour and employment issues.  

Norton Rose OR LLP counsel Bernard Roy received the honorary title of advocatus emeritus from the Barreau du Québec at a ceremony on Sept. 6.

The title honours members of the bar who have led exemplary careers. Roy, who’s based at the firm’s Montreal office, is an experienced civil, commercial, and administrative lawyer who also serves as an arbitrator and mediator.

He was counsel to the Gomery commission and was also principal secretary to the prime minister between 1984 and 1988. He’s the 12th lawyer at Norton Rose OR and its predecessor Ogilvy Renault LLP to receive the title.

“On behalf of the firm, I would like to congratulate Bernard on receiving this prestigious honour,” said John Coleman, managing partner of Norton Rose OR.

“We are proud to have a trial lawyer of Bernard’s outstanding calibre and professional experience in our ranks. He has always brought credit to our profession and is a role model for his colleagues and the generation of lawyers who will take over from us.”

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