2018 Zenith Award Winners


May Cheng, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Intellectual Property 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, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Class Actions 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.

Leland P. Corbett, Stikeman Elliott LLP

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.

Kathleen Erin Cullin, Wallbridge, Wallbridge

Personal Injury A Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation, Erin Cullin’s practice is restricted to plaintiffs’ personal injury litigation and medical malpractice. Based in Timmins, Ont., her practice extends throughout Northeastern Ontario. Since 2014, she has been a Co-chair of the Law Society’s Solo and Small Firm Conference in Toronto. She is also a Director with The Advocates’ Society and a Civil Litigation Skills Instructor in its CPD programs. She has been a Director with the Alzheimer’s Society and the Timmins and District Humane Society, and a special advisor to the United Way in Timmins.

Lisa Dorning, BMO Financial Group

Computer and IT Law Lisa Dorning is Director of Compliance for BMO’s Canadian Personal and Commercial Banking group. Her career has been focused on privacy and IT law in private practice and various industries, including media, IT consulting and financial services. Dorning became an active member of the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB), helping to develop the first edition of its Digital Advertising Guidelines, and lobbied extensively on behalf of IAB to improve Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation. Dorning has been a board member of Humewood House, a home for teenaged mothers, and she regularly organizes food and charity drives in support of women.