Canada: Death of a Legal Icon, Dawn of Change?

Legal Ethics, Vol 17, No. 1, June 2014, pp. 135-137

Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2014-20

5 Pages Posted: 8 Aug 2014 Last revised: 2 Jan 2017

See all articles by Adam M. Dodek

Adam M. Dodek

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: June 1, 2014

Abstract

This comment reviews the demise of the iconic Canadian Heenan Blaikie which shut its doors in February 2014 after a storied 40 year history. It was one of Canada's leading national law firms and the first one ever to fail. Founded in 1973 in Montreal, Heenan Blaikie quickly established itself as one of the top law firms in Canada and was home to former Prime Ministers, a former Quebec Premier and retired judges of the highest courts including the Supreme Court of Canada. This comment reviews some of the many explanations and speculations for the firm's demise and asks what Heenan's failure means for the future of the Canadian legal profession.

Keywords: Legal profession, Law firms, Canada

Suggested Citation

Dodek, Adam M., Canada: Death of a Legal Icon, Dawn of Change? (June 1, 2014). Legal Ethics, Vol 17, No. 1, June 2014, pp. 135-137; Ottawa Faculty of Law Working Paper No. 2014-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2477245

Adam M. Dodek (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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