Martha McCarthy was called to the Bar in 1991. Martha has acted as counsel in all levels of court and is well known for her success in achieving widespread recognition of gay and lesbian spouses across the country. In M v. H she achieved amendments to include same-sex spouses across the country. In Halpern she brought equal marriage to Ontario and later acted for couples in other provinces and at the Supreme Court. In addition to same-sex equality issues, Martha specializes in the interaction between business organization and family law issues, shareholders remedies, marriage contracts, equality claims, child representation and the effect of divorce on children. Martha is a family law specialist and a frequent advocate, author and commentator on the evolving concept of family. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Past President of The Advocates' Society and served on that board for 10 years. Martha has received numerous awards, including the Ontario Bar Award of Excellence in Family Law (2007). Martha was awarded the Law Society Medal in 2013 for outstanding service within the legal profession.