Introduction to Lexpert®

Meet the Lexpert directories team

For queries related to The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory please contact any of the below team members:

  • Lucinda Maguire
  • VP, Research
  • [email protected]
  • 30+ years’ experience in B2B publishing, research, events, PR, marketing, business strategy, forging partnerships and deepening relationships with clients, enhancing systems and processes to maximize efficiencies. 15+ years working in the legal publishing industry (Key Media and Thomson Reuters) in Asia, Australia, Europe and Canada.
  • Peter Murphy
  • Senior Editor – Lexpert® Survey & Rankings
  • [email protected]
  • Over 10 years’ experience in publishing, including 7+ years managing the Lexpert® Survey. Co-lead on the Lexpert® Survey site redesign to improve the voting experience and address firm needs more efficiently. An empathetic communicator committed to accuracy, transparency and problem solving. MA, and certificate in Data Analytics & Big Data (Ryerson University, Toronto).
  • Alina Leigh
  • Production Process Lead
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  • Over a decade of experience in publishing, working on Lexpert publications (Survey, CLLD, ALM 500, CCCA, Special Editions). Innovated many of the processes currently in use for production. Lead of CCCA Directory for several years and production lead of Special Editions through a period of change. Had an active role in multiple database and website redesign projects for the Lexpert® brand.
  • Ma. Jacelyn Cecilio
  • Production Editor
  • [email protected]
  • Content specialist with more than 15 years of experience working in the legal and financial industries in Toronto and Manila. Performs complete editorial work, research, and management to print and online Canadian legal publications in various fields. Celyn is responsible for the production of Lexpert publications: CLLD and ALM 500.
  • Wen-Ching Shang
  • Production Editor
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  • Publishing professional with an extensive background in legal publishing. Experienced in editorial, production, and managing digital and print processes. Previously worked on Thomson Reuters legal products in Canada and the UK. Fully trained across all Lexpert publication processes.
  • Trisha Gato
  • Editorial Researcher
  • 5 years’ experience as publishing specialist for Thomson Reuters legal products before joining the Lexpert team; support function to the above production team.
  • Coleen Lepardo

    Coleen has a background in research, PR, project management, communications, and digital publishing.  Coleen provides a support function to the survey and production teams.



Meet the Editorial Team


  • Tim Wilbur
  • Global Managing Editor - Law
  • [email protected]
  • @timbwilbur (Twitter)
  • Main point of contact for all legal editorial coverage. 

    Senior editor and licensed lawyer with 16+ years of experience in the publishing industry. Responsible for editorial direction and team for Lexpert, Canadian Lawyer, Canadian Lawyer InHouse and Law Times, and content for Key Media’s legal events in Canada.

  • Aidan Macnab, Editor—Canadian Lawyer
  • Aidan Macnab
  • Canada Editor - Law
  • [email protected]
  • @AidanMacnab (Twitter)
  • Main point of contact for Supreme Court of Canada, litigation, federal legal issues, Quebec regional news and legal tech.

    Ryerson School of Journalism graduate (2017) with over four years experience in legal journalism.

  • Kiezzsa Cruz, Journalist
  • Kiezzsa Cruz
  • Journalist
  • [email protected]
  • Main point of contact for legal deals and news.

    Business journalist with 10+ years of writing experience. Mainly responsible for researching and writing deals content for Canadian Lawyer and Lexpert.



Meet key staff associated with Legal Teams


  • Chris Davis, Head of Events
  • Chris Davis
  • Head of Events
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  • 20 years’ International Event & Conference experience working for market-leading conference companies in Europe & North America. Managed projects for corporate events and media companies specializing in global summits and B2B marketing services, including 5 years working in the corporate hospitality space of Formula 1.

  • Melissa Young Sing, VP Digital, Key Media
  • Melissa Young Sing
  • VP Digital, Key Media
  • [email protected]
  • Currently leading the data management and digital experience team globally for Key Media, Melissa is the main point of contact for website design and user experience. Melissa has over 8 years of experience in B2B media, ranging from business development to conference production and digital product development. Her team is currently focused on SEO strategy, data insights and digital product management.

Lexpert® directories selection process: Methods & Rankings 

Lexpert® sends a comprehensive annual Survey (which has been ongoing since 1994) to all law firm lawyers named therein, or their voting. The lawyers named on the Lexpert® Survey have been recommended by their law firm leaders to be so named. They are acknowledged as leaders in their respective fields, lawyers prominent in their practice areas and professional organizations, and lawyers otherwise enjoying significant recognition from their colleagues. 

Survey Candidate Criteria
Lawyers listed in the Lexpert® Directories and Special Editions are determined by the annual Lexpert® Survey, a peer vote conducted across 65 practice areas that takes place each spring. To be added to a Survey practice area ballot, a lawyer must be nominated by a managing partner of their own firm or by a Lexpert-ranked lawyer in their same practice area, as a leading lawyer in a practice area(s) that Lexpert® Surveys. Nominations should include a brief note that supports the nominee is a leading lawyer in the area for which they are being nominated. Nominees should be partners at their firms (or similarly senior lawyers). 

Nominations Review
Nominations are reviewed for eligibility by the Directories Team and Global Managing Editor.  They may be sent to the Directories Team at [email protected] by Dec. 31st for the upcoming year’s Survey. Additional nominations are generated through an annual pre-vetting process, which happens in January and February prior to the spring Survey. Lexpert® reviews the nominations, conducts necessary research, and in its sole discretion determines whether a nominee’s name is added to the Survey. On each practice area ballot, Lexpert® also provides room for write-in nominees. Names of lawyers who receive write-in nominations, determined in Lexpert’s sole discretion, will appear on the following year’s Survey.  

Voting Process 
The annual voting on the Survey occurs in the spring, at which time the lawyers whose names appear on the Survey are invited to vote online. The results populate the rankings-based Directories and Special Editions for the following year.

Rankings (Most Frequently Recommended, Consistently Recommended, and Repeatedly Recommended) are determined based on the results of extensive peer voting in the annual Lexpert® Survey. 

The Survey results feed the Lexpert® Directories and Special Editions. Editorial discretion is added to the Survey and tabulation processes in several ways. These include advice from senior members of the Bar, market research, and considering the votes received by lawyers in more than one practice area. The names of those lawyers who do not receive a minimum number of votes in their respective Survey are removed from the following year’s Survey. 

Ranked Lawyers’ Advance Notification 
Firms are notified by email of their selected lawyers before each Directory or Special Edition. We ask that you not publish this news, online or in print, before each of these publications have launched. Please inform us at your earliest convenience if any of your firm’s selected listees for the Directories retire or otherwise leave your firm. This will help us ensure that the information we publish about your firm will be accurate. For the timing of these notifications, please see the annual schedule section below.

We maintain strict separation between editorial (which includes the Survey and Rankings) and advertising. The names of all lawyers, which result from the Survey conducted by Lexpert®, are published at no charge whether or not they or their firms purchase advertising in any of our publications. Lawyers advertising and communicating regarding Lexpert® rankings and awards should follow their governing law societies’ rules and regulations concerning advertising, communications, and third party rankings and awards. Compliance with these rules and regulations is the sole responsibility of lawyer and entity members of their governing law societies. Being ranked in a Lexpert® publication one year does not guarantee that a lawyer or firm will be ranked the following year. We conduct an annual Survey and there is significant change, from one year to the next, in the subsequent Rankings. 

An Evolving Approach 
In keeping with extensive consultations conducted with stakeholders, Lexpert® revises certain of the practice groups to accord with the realities of an evolving legal market. These changes reflect the market as it is today.



The shellcharts have been redesigned for 2022 using a new digital publishing platform, for a more vibrant, dynamic appearance. 

Law firm positions in the shellcharts depend on the cumulative recognition their individual lawyers have achieved in the Lexpert® Survey. More particularly, the formula for the shellcharts charts is as follows:

  • 1.5 points for each lawyer in the “Most Frequently Recommended” tier in any of the relevant practice areas in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory OR The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada;
  • 0.75 points for each lawyer in the “Consistently Recommended” tier in any of the relevant practice areas in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory;
  • 0.5 points for each lawyer in the “Repeatedly Recommended” tier in any of the relevant practice areas in The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory;
  • If one lawyer appears in multiple practice areas, the calculation is treated as if it were for more than one lawyer.

Annual Schedule
Dates and deadlines for the Lexpert® Survey, The Lexpert® /American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (ALM 500) and The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (CLLD):


ALM 500 website launch and digital publication – embargo lifted
Annual Lexpert® Survey pre-vetting period (review lists of Survey candidates)
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: biographies, photos, articles, and firm profiles for upcoming CLLD.


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: requested pre-vetting changes to Survey candidates; authorized pre-vetting changes to the Survey communicated back to firms


CLLD website launch – embargo lifted
SURVEY LAUNCH: notification to firm marketing contacts and vote invitations to all Survey candidates; regular Survey response reports sent to firms


ALM 500 notifications go out to firms (lists under embargo)


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: biographies, photos, articles, and ads for the ALM 500


CLLD notifications go out to firms (lists under embargo)


Portfolio of Products

Lexpert® Special Editions

Lexpert® produces several themed Special Editions each year featuring firm- and journalist-written articles and information on leading Lexpert®-ranked lawyers in specific practice areas or industries. The Lexpert® newswire offers the legal profession a detailed look at trends and the most recent deals and cases that law firms and lawyers are acting on and other news in the area of focus for each Special Edition. The publications are distributed to a select circulation including through The Globe and Mail. They are:


  • Finance and M&A
  • Infrastructure
  • Technology & Health Sciences
  • Energy
  • Mining
  • Litigation

Special Editions —  [email protected]

Central to the Lexpert® brand is a commitment to acknowledging and celebrating excellence in the legal profession. In addition to the renowned peer rankings, a suite of industry events includes the following annual awards:

  • Canadian Law Awards, presented by Lexpert® and supported by Canadian Lawyer and InHouse magazines (May)
  • Lexpert® Rising Stars Awards: Leading Lawyers under 40 (November)

The Directories are based on an extensive peer survey process and recognized as an excellent resource on Canadian counsel. They include profiles of leading practitioners and law firms and articles on current, relevant legal issues.

  • The Lexpert®/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (ALM) ― published annually online during the second week of January
  • The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory (CLLD) ― published annually online during the first week of March

ALM ―  [email protected]
CLLD ―  [email protected]

New Website was relaunched in May 2021 with a brand-new design. As part of The Canadian Legal Lexpert® Directory, it features enhanced, easy-to-navigate firm and lawyer profiles. These microsites mean all ranked lawyers, office locations, related articles and links are available in one place. The new site amalgamates very well with the Client Tool and facilitates social media integration. It maximizes SEO value and includes expanded multimedia content. Compared with the former website, the new website receives 27% more visits, 23% more users, and 12% more pageviews.

Lexpert® Survey
Interest in the annual Survey of leading Canadian lawyers is reflected in increased response rates in recent years.


•    Requests for surveys from law firm practitioners: 21,739
•    Completed forms received: 16,815
•    Practitioner response rate: 77.35%
•    Requests for surveys from corporate counsel: 5,541
•    Corporate counsel response rate: 2.31%


•    Requests for surveys from law firm practitioners: 20,094
•    Completed forms received: 15,328
•    Practitioner response rate: 76.28%
•    Requests for surveys from corporate counsel: 5,682
•    Corporate counsel response rate: 2.39%     

Lexpert® Survey — [email protected]

Canadian Lawyer and Law Times Statistics
The and websites now have over 3.5 million pageviews per year, with over 1.2 million pageviews per year on the Law Times site and 2.3 million pageviews per year on the Canadian Lawyer site.


Key Media General Information 

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  • Holds over 80 events annually, and has 15 magazine titles, around 40 websites and a world-wide annual reach of more than 700,000 professionals.
  • Has held over 69 virtual events, including webinars, masterclasses and virtual summits, with in excess of 15,000 attendees.

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