Canada: Business Crime Defence 2018

In this year’s research we recognise 19 practitioners who stand out for their excellent work handling white-collar crime defence matters for corporates and individuals. 

Most Highly Regarded
1. Matthew R Lindsay QC Rose LLP, Calgary
2. Richard C C Peck QC Peck and Company, Vancouver
3. David M Porter McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Toronto

McCarthy Tétrault performs well this year with two lawyers listed.
David Porter is regarded as “a go-to name for business crime defence in Canada”. His leads the firm’s white-collar defence and investigations practice and regularly advises clients on corruption matters and disciplinary procedures.  
Leonard Doust QC is a standout name in the business crime space where he is recognised for his work advising clients on complex criminal litigation proceedings.

Two lawyers from Blake Cassels & Graydon are recognised here.
Mark Morrison is a well-established name in the field and is highly sought after by clients who note he is “an excellent lawyer,” and “is sensitive to the business realities we face”.
Michael Dixon is a well-recognised white-collar crime lawyer whose work regularly involves advising clients on compliance with corruption and anti-bribery legislation.

At Borden Ladner Gervais three practitioners are recognised for their work in the field.
John Blair QC has a strong reputation for his impressive expertise handling issues relating to market manipulation and corporate criminal investigations.
Ross McGowan is a well-known name in the corporate crime field where he is highly recommended for his first-rate work advising clients on sophisticated fraud-related litigation.
Ira Nishisato also gains recognition in this edition as a top-notch litigator known for his excellent work on fraud investigations.

Matthew Lindsay QC at Rose is ranked as the most highly regarded business crime defence lawyer in Canada. He is commended for his first-class work representing clients from a wide array of industries including construction, and oil and gas.

Richard Peck QC is a leading figure for criminal defence work in Canada and is “very highly respected” for his expertise in the space. He counts on over 40 years’ experience representing clients before all levels of courts in Canada.  

Scott Fenton of Fenton Smith Barristers is “a highly respected, top-notch criminal counsel” known for his strong expertise handling white-collar crime, internet gaming, and tax evasion.

Frank Addario, founder of Addario Law Group, is “highly esteemed” by source who praise his “significant experience” in white-collar criminal defence and investigations.

David Martin of Martin + Associates boasts over 35 years’ experience in the field and is regarded by peers as a standout expert in dealing with international criminal charges and fraud investigations.

At Bennett Jones Munaf Mohamed is recognised by peers as an impressive figure in business crime defence where he is commended for his excellent work in complex litigation proceedings.  

Brian Heller of Heller Rubel is an excellent business crime defence lawyer, who does an “amazing job on anti-corruption matters”. His expertise is broad-ranging, and his client list includes both corporates and individuals.

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Nominees have been selected based upon comprehensive, independent survey work with both general counsel and private practice lawyers worldwide. Only specialists who have met independent international research criteria are listed.

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