Donald McCarty to Become Managing Partner of Lavery in January 2013

Lavery is pleased to announce that Donald McCarty will become the firm’s managing partner commencing January 1st, 2013. He is currently Vice President, Law, as well as General Counsel and Secretary of Imperial Tobacco Canada (ITCan).

Donald McCarty previously practised law at Lavery from 1979 to 1997, becoming a partner in 1987. A member of the Québec Bar and the Law Society of Upper Canada, he developed a practice specializing in business and environmental law, serving a number of local and multinational clients mainly in the fields of natural resources and environmental services.

Mr. McCarty joined ITCan in 1997 and two years later was appointed Vice President, Law, and General Counsel. In addition to managing the Law Division, he sat on the company’s board of directors and was a member of its Canada Leadership Team. He notably oversaw a number of major financial transactions and commercial restructurings, and guided the company through events and issues that have shaped and defined the business activities not only of the company but of the industry. He also implemented innovative legal strategies for the management of major litigation and in 2005 received the Canadian General Counsel Award, presented by National Post and ZSA Legal Recruitment, in the category of Litigation Management and Corporate Restructuring.

"This appointment to the leadership of our firm is part of the ongoing implementation of our strategic vision," said Richard Dolan, chairman of Lavery’s board. "For many years, Lavery has been known for its business law positioning and for a range of services focused on the needs of the business community. With the arrival of Don, our clients will benefit from the experience of a senior business and litigation lawyer, while our firm will gain the expertise of a high-level corporate executive with a profound understanding of the legal services industry."

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