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September 2021

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Top 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL LAWYERS 2021 24 www.canadianlawyermag.com TOP 25 MOST INFLUENTIAL LAWYERS 2021 SPECIAL REPORT "T he legal community needs to continue to innovate and to bring solutions to the access-to-justice issue facing Canadians," said Craig A.B. Ferris, a partner at Lawson Lundell LLP. "By some measure, most Canadians face legal issues with no legal advice. This problem must be addressed, and lawyers need to be part of that solution." As President of the Law Society of BC (LSBC) in 2020, Ferris chaired the Futures Committee, which provided a series of recommendations to the LSBC on future trends regarding legal regulation and practice. One of their recommendations was to implement an Innovation Sandbox to allow lawyers, firms and others (non-lawyers) to propose ways to provide legal services not currently allowed — but to do so in a controlled environment to ensure that the public is protected. A litigator who acts for clients in commercial and business disputes, Ferris's areas of specialization include shareholder remedies, trust, pension and fiduciary disputes, securities and transactional litigation, product liability, mining disputes and real estate litigation. Ferris has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia as well as the Supreme Court of Canada. "I pride myself with providing practical and strategic advice to my clients — recognizing their goal and tailoring the solution to getting to that goal, not simply running a case file." BUSINESS GOVERNMENT/NON-PROFITS/ ASSOCIATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS, ADVOCACY AND CRIMINAL Craig A.B. Ferris, QC, FCIArb. Partner Lawson Lundell LLP Vancouver Phone: +1 604.631.9197 Email: cferris@lawsonlundell.com Website: www.lawsonlundell.com Eva Bellissimo Partner and Co-leader, Global Metals & Mining McCarthy Tetrault LLP Toronto Éloïse Gratton Partner and National Co-Leader, Privacy and Data Protection Borden Ladner Gervais (BLG) Montreal Navin Joneja Partner, Blakes Competition, Antitrust & Foreign Investment Group Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP Toronto Matthijs van Gaalen Partner Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP Hamilton Rosalie Abella Former Justice, Retired Supreme Court of Canada Ottawa Joseph Hillier Chief of Staff Attorney General of Ontario Toronto Fannie Lafontaine Lawyer and Full Professor Faculty of Law, Laval University Quebec City Sara Gwendolyn Ross Professor Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University Halifax Elliot Pobjoy Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel War Child Canada Toronto Elisabeth Brousseau Partner McCarthy Tetrault LLP Montreal Arleen Huggins Partner Koskie Minsky LLP Toronto Lorin MacDonald Founder & CEO (HearVue) and Human Rights Lawyer Sole Practitioner, HearVue Inc. Toronto Avnish Nanda Lawyer Nanda & Company Edmonton Janani Shanmuganathan Partner Goddard & Shanmuganathan LLP Toronto Phone: +1 604.631.9197 Email: cferris@lawsonlundell.com Website: www.lawsonlundell.com CRAIG A.B. FERRIS Partner Lawson Lundell LLP

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