Welcome to Canadian Lawyer’s eleventh annual Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers. This year, we will be picking the top 5 lawyers and judges in the following 5 categories:

  • Young Influencer:  Lawyers born 1980 or later, who have had an extraordinary impact on the profession or society
  • Human Rights, Advocacy and Criminal
  • Changemakers: lawyers in any are or type of practice who have been leaders, innovators, or catalysts for positive change in any area of the profession such as diversity, law firm management, education, etc.
  • Government/non-profits/associations: this includes public inquiries, officers of Parliament, academic institutions and the judiciary
  • Business
 
The Top 25 Most Influential is not a lifetime achievement award but recognition of lawyers who have played a significant role in the legal profession and Canadian and international society in the last 18 months. Canadian Lawyer is defining “influential” as not just about bright stars, big deals, or number of media mentions — although those may play a part. It’s about people who have power and influence the laws, justice system, and legal profession in Canada and abroad today.

Voting closes on June 5.

The results of this poll will form part of the final decision-making process that will be undertaken by the magazine's editorial team. Look for the results in the September issue.

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