2018 Zenith Award Winners
With a broad practice in civil and commercial litigation and regulatory offence work, John Callaghan’s courtroom practice includes more than one hundred reported cases from all levels of court as well as a significant amount of arbitration work. He has acted for the Province of Ontario in the Walkerton Inquiry and the Cornwall Police in the Cornwall Inquiry. As a member of the Ontario Civil Rules Committee since 1994, Callaghan has been involved in or overseen every major rule change in Ontario for almost 25 years. In conjunction with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Callaghan organizes the Callaghan Moot at the University of Toronto. He is a Co-author of Class Action Law and Practice.
Aboriginal and business law lawyer Amy Carruthers has significant expertise advising on consultation and accommodation requirements, as well as negotiating and reaching a variety of project support agreements with numerous First Nations and other Indigenous groups. She has been involved in several high-profile negotiations and agreements across BC, including advising Vancouver Airport Authority regarding the negotiation and completion of a long-term relationship agreement for shared benefit with Musqueam Indian Band. Carruthers is involved with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and mentoring junior women lawyers in the CBA Women Lawyers Forum mentoring program.
A Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Trade-mark and Copyright), May Cheng is regularly involved in litigating trade-mark disputes and a wide variety of IP infringement cases, including Anton Piller injunctive proceedings to curb counterfeiting. Cheng has acted as an expert consultant to The Government of the Bahamas in redrafting their intellectual property legislation to make it compliant with international treaty obligations. She is a prolific speaker and writer and is Chair of the Annual IP Year in Review in Toronto, hosted by the Law Society. Cheng received the Women’s Law Association of Ontario’s President’s Award in 2016.
Cindy Clarke defends hospitals and other health organizations in medical malpractice actions on behalf of Healthcare Insurance Reciprocal of Canada, and represents health and service organizations in court and before administrative tribunals. She is the National Group Head of BLG’s Specialized Litigation Group, which encompasses five of the firm’s leading national litigation groups, and she sits on the firm’s National Management Committee and Innovation Steering Committee. Clarke co-authored Law for Canadian Healthcare Administrators and she is an Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, where she teaches the Masters in Health Law program and developed a Health Law Certificate program for the school’s professional development program.
Corporate Finance & Securities
In addition to being Managing Partner of Stikeman Elliott LLP’s Calgary office, Leland Corbett maintains a busy corporate-commercial practice, frequently acting in public and private financing and other capital markets transactions. He has been senior counsel in many large and complex corporate transactions, recently acting for AltaGas in its proposed $8.4-billion cross-border acquisition of WGL Holdings. Under Corbett’s leadership, the firm has continued to support several volunteer programs, and in 2016 the Calgary office was honoured with the Generosity of Spirit Award in the Corporate Philanthropist category. Corbett recently began to contribute his volunteer time to Habitat for Humanity.