2018 Zenith Award Winners


Maia Bent, Lerners LLP

Personal Injury Personal injury lawyer Maia Bent made headlines across Canada last year when a defamation case brought against her was dismissed. Showing great courage, she warned the legal community that a doctor had been altering other doctors’ decisions in order to deny insurance benefits to injured claimants. In dismissing the doctor’s lawsuit, Justice Sean Dunphy agreed that Bent’s warning was “true and correct” and that she was a whistleblower. Bent was the third woman elected President of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association. In 2017, she became an Adjunct Professor at the Western Law School and taught a course in Civil Procedure.

Subrata Bhattacharjee, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Competition Law Subrata Bhattacharjee is National Vice Chair of BLG’s Competition and Foreign Investment Review Group, focusing on all aspects of competition/antitrust law, foreign investment law and regulatory litigation, including quasi-criminal and constitutional matters. He has defended clients in major international and domestic cartel investigations, cleared major mergers in virtually all industry sectors, and provided advice on other contentious and compliance matters under the Canadian Competition Act. Bhattacharjee sits on the boards of directors of several profit and non-profit boards, including Netflix Canada and the Canada-China Business Council, and is one of few non-US attorneys appointed to the Council of the American Bar Association’s Section of Antitrust Law.

Carolyn Brandow, Lerners LLP

Medical Negligence Carolyn Brandow is the Practice Group Leader for the Commercial Litigation department at Lerners in London, Ont., and leads a committee on e-discovery and paperless file management. She has also handled matters before the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario in relation to healthcare professionals. Brandow is an Adjunct Professor in civil procedure at Western University Law School. She taught an online course on comparative electronic discovery to a law school in the US and Western Law School jointly with a US law professor. Brandow has supported various charities through fundraising, including Camp Oochigeas and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

John E. Callaghan, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Corporate Commercial 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.

Amy Carruthers, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Aboriginal Law 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.