MONTRÉAL, Feb. 4, 2014 /CNW/ - Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is honoured to announce that retired Supreme Court Justice Morris J. Fish, Q.C. is joining our firm as Jurist in Residence. Justice Fish has been a Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada for the last 10 years. Before being named to the Supreme Court in 2003, he was a judge of the Court of Appeal of Québec, where he sat on nearly 2,000 appeals in civil, administrative, commercial and criminal law matters.
"Morris Fish is an exceptional jurist and we are very privileged to welcome him to our firm," said Richard Cherney, co-managing partner of the firm. "Our lawyers as well as our clients will benefit from his considerable expertise and invaluable litigation experience. We are very proud that Justice Fish has chosen to continue his legal career with our firm."
Upon graduating from the Faculty of Law of McGill University, Justice Fish was awarded the Greenshields Prize, the Crankshaw Prize for the highest standing in criminal law and the Macdonald Travelling Scholarship. He also pursued postgraduate studies in Constitutional Law and Public Liberties at the Université de Paris.
Specializing in Criminal Law, Justice Fish practised with the firm of Cohen, Leithman, Kaufman, Yarosky & Fish (and successor firms). He also taught law at McGill University, the University of Ottawa and the Université de Montréal. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1984.
Over the course of his distinguished career Justice Fish has contributed to many legal periodicals and has been invited to speak at numerous legal and judicial conferences in Canada and around the world.
Justice Fish also served as a consultant to the Federal Department of Justice, Revenue Canada and to the Law Reform Commission of Canada. He was a special counsel to the Québec Commission of Inquiry of the Construction Industry ("Cliche Commission") and the Security Intelligence Review Committee.
Justice Fish received an honourary LL.D. from McGill University in 2001, and an honourary LL.D. from Yeshiva University in 2009. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 2006, and was awarded the F.R. Scott Medal by the Faculty of Law at McGill in 2006, the Medal of Recognition of the International Society for the Reform of Criminal Law in 2008, and the G. Arthur Martin Medal in 2011 for his contribution to criminal justice in Canada. He delivered the H.L.A. Hart Memorial Lecture at Oxford University in 2007 and the Goodman Fellowship Lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto in 2004.
Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP is an integrated firm of approximately 240 lawyers with offices in Montréal, Toronto and New York. The firm is focused on business law and is consistently at the heart of the largest and most complex commercial and financial matters on behalf of its clients, regardless of borders.
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