TORONTO (September 22, 2011) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s leading business law firms, today announced that it has been awarded nine 2011 Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility (CSR).

“Blakes has had a long-term commitment to CSR and pro bono,” said Brock Gibson, the Firm’s Chair. “Congratulations to the lawyers who were honoured, as well as the many others who commit their time and efforts to these worthwhile projects.”

“Once again, Blakes has won the highest number of Zenith awards, as selected by our independent panel of judges,” said Jean Cumming, Editor-in-Chief at Lexpert magazine. “The depth of their commitment to corporate social responsibility is outstanding.”

Blakes has won the 2011 Lexpert Zenith Awards for the following categories. Particular teams or projects are bolded.

Mid-Career Mentorship

Brad Berg

Mentorship Senior

Judy Wilson

Pro Bono by Individual Lawyer

Melanie Sanchez

Firm Legal Team – Intellectual Property

Regulatory Team

Elizabeth McNaughton, Alice Tseng, Laura Weinrib, Wendy Mee, Jennifer Smith and Dara Lambie

Firm Legal Team – Litigation

Small Claims Duty Counsel Project

Paul Schabas, Brad Berg, Anne Glover and Rahat Godil

Innovative Student Program-Non-Law-Student Innovation

LAWS/Blakes Mentoring Program

Saad Ahmad, Jessica Bullock, Richard Turner, Andrew Spiro and Jillian Swartz

Action or Plan that Advances Retention of Women in Law

Women at Blakes Network

Marie-Hélène Constantin, Dawn Jetten, Holly Reid, Melanie Gaston and Joan Chambers

CSR by Law Firm that Impacts Children – Regional

Children’s Rights Council

Gary Daniel, Tariq Remtulla, Athar Malik and Antonio Turco

Pro Bono by Region

Vancouver Hospice Society

Debra Finlay, Jeff Merrick, Bahar Hafizi, Bavia Bisetty, Emily Yuen, Khaled Shariff

About the Lexpert Zenith Awards Ceremony

The event was held at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto on September 21, 2011. Lexpert, the magazine for lawyers, honoured leading Canadian law firms, in-house departments and law students who are committing their time, skills and mentorship to a Corporate and Law Firm Social Responsibility.

About Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, we serve a diverse national and international client base and our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm’s full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Blakes has offices across Canada and in New York, Chicago, London, Bahrain, Beijing and associated offices in Al-Khobar and Shanghai. For the third consecutive year, Blakes was named “Canada’s Law Firm of the Year” by Who’s Who Legal (2011) and “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” in the PLC Which Lawyer? Awards (2010). For the last four and a half years, Blakes was the busiest Canadian M&A law firm, according to Bloomberg, mergermarket and Thomson Reuters’s league tables.

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