Montreal Law Firm News – Getting exactly what he deserves: Blakes Réal Forest is awarded the Advocatus Emeritus recognition by the Quebec Bar

MONTRÉAL (July 11, 2012) – Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), a leading Canadian business law firm, is pleased to announce today that its Partner Réal Forest, a renowned Montréal litigator, has been recognised as Advocatus Emeritus by the Quebec Bar.

Each year, the Quebec Bar selects lawyers who have made their mark in the legal profession, have contributed to legal knowledge or have made an impact in the community. This distinction can be compared to the Q.C. designation in English Canada.

Réal Forest is one of the most seasoned litigators in the province of Quebec. He has appeared many times before the highest tribunals in the country. He is considered a true authority and mentor by his partners and associates.

“Réal deserves this high distinction. He possesses the “instincts” of a successful litigator. He is a fierce trial lawyer, a great colleague and a real team player,” said Robert Torralbo, Office Managing Partner for Blakes in Montréal.

Created in 2007, the Advocatus Emeritus distinction is meant to celebrate the know-how and the legal achievements of legal leaders in Quebec, who have been ambassadors of the legal profession throughout their careers.

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. In 2012, Blakes was named “Canada Law Firm of the Year” for the fourth consecutive year by Who’s Who Legal and “Law Firm of the Year: Canada” for the third time by Chambers and Partners. For the last five years, Blakes has been the busiest Canadian M&A law firm, according to Bloomberg and Thomson Reuters league tables.

More information on Blakes is available by visiting the Firm’s website at www.blakes.com or by following us on Twitter @BlakesLaw.

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