Law Society Medal goes to a select few
TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Earl Cherniak, Q.C., a pre-eminent litigation
practitioner with Lerners LLP, received the Law Society Medal at a ceremony at
the Law Society of Upper Canada's Convocation Hall in Toronto on Thursday,
June 5. Mr. Cherniak, who was first called to the Ontario Bar in 1960 and was
the Gold Medalist at Osgoode Hall Law School, was one of only eight lawyers in
the province to receive the Law Society Medal, which was presented by
Gavin MacKenzie, Treasurer of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
The Law Society Medal is the Law Society's highest honour and is
presented to outstanding Ontario lawyers whose service reflects the highest
ideals of the profession. The award is given for outstanding service, whether
in a particular area of practice, in the academic sphere, or in some other
"Earl Cherniak is a most worthy recipient of the Law Society Medal and
everyone at Lerners is very proud of what we he does for our firm and what he
has done for the profession throughout his entire career," said Brian Grant,
Managing Partner of Lerners' Toronto Office. "He has mentored many lawyers who
went on to distinguished careers, and continues to guide and advise us to this
Mr. Cherniak, long recognized as one of Canada's most skilled litigators,
has been involved in many landmark cases including:
- Arnold v Teno, (1978) 2 F.C.R. 287 - This is one of the "trilogy" of
cases setting the cap for damages for pain and suffering.
- Starr v Houlden, (1990) 1 F.C.R. 1366 - A province cannot set up a
public inquiry to inquire into the truth of a criminal charge.
- Chaoulli v Quebec, (Attorney General) (2005) 1 F.C.R. 791 - The
Supreme Court recognized that the Charter can apply to health care.
- Walker v Ritchie, (2006) 2 FCR 428 - The defendant is not obliged to
pay costs on account of risk assumed by the plaintiff's lawyer.
- Hodgkinson v Simms, (1994) 3 FCR 377 - The Court recognized that an
investment advisor may owe the fiduciary duty to even a sophisticated
- LAC Minerals Ltd. V International Corona Resources Ltd., (1989)
2 F.C.R. 574 - This case explores the concept of a fiduciary duty and
remedies for unjust enrichment.
Mr. Cherniak continues his active practice in a number of areas,
including product liability, class actions, directors and officers liability,
commercial insurance litigation, corporate commercial litigation, personal
injury, and securities litigation. He is a member of the London Court of
International Arbitration and of the Canadian panel of arbitrators of the
International Chamber of Commerce, as well as a Fellow of the Chartered
Institute of Arbitrators. Mr. Cherniak has served as a commissioner of the
Ontario Law Reform Commission, counsel to the Royal Commission on Metropolitan
Toronto Police Practices, and as a bencher at the Law Society. He chaired the
Proceeding Authorization Committee from 1999-2007, and was for many years a
sessional professor at the University of Western Ontario and a senior
instructor in the Bar Admission Course in London.
He is a past president of The Advocates' Society, an elected fellow of
the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial
Lawyers, and the recipient of the Advocates Society Medal in 1996.
Mr. Cherniak was the first recipient of the Ontario Bar Association Award for
Excellence in Civil Litigation in 2004, and received the Osgoode Hall Law
School Alumni Gold Key Award in 2006.
Lerners' lawyers represent a wide range of individual and institutional
clients, from victims of accidents to corporations embroiled in complex
disputes. The firm is devoted largely to resolving disputes and appeals. Its
lawyers, many of whom have been involved in landmark cases, practise in the
following areas: Commercial Dispute Resolution, Medical Liability,
Professional Defence, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Law, and Public Law.
Lerners, which has Canada's largest litigation group with over 100 lawyers,
has offices in Toronto and London, Ontario.
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