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October 03, 2014 14:54 ET

Michael Ford, Q.C. and Anna MacMillan Winners of 2014 Lexpert Zenith Awards

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Oct. 3, 2014) - Two leading Davis LLP partners have been named winners of the 2014 Lexpert Zenith Award: Celebrating Today's Leaders in Practice Excellence.

Michael Ford, Q.C., from the firm's Calgary office, and Anna MacMillan, from the firm's Toronto office, were recognized for their expertise in employment law and project finance respectively.

"The firm is proud that Michael and Anna have been honoured with this prestigious award," said Rob Seidel, Q.C., Firm Managing Partner. "They both are esteemed lawyers who have made a significant impact in their respective practice areas, and are sought after by clients and colleagues alike because of their commitment to excellence and exceeding client expectations. Both Michael and Anna are outstanding examples of the firm's ongoing dedication to our clients."

Michael is recognized as one of Canada's leading lawyers in employment law. He has appeared before labour arbitration boards across the country on several notable matters and provides ongoing strategic advice to various national clients. He is one of only a few lawyers who is also a Certified Human Resource Professional and was one of the first to use this background to actively work with HR practitioners in addressing legal issues with an HR perspective. His dedication led him to serve on the Board of the Human Resources Institute of Alberta, where he was elected President.

"I am deeply honoured to have been selected from among Canada's finest labour and employment lawyers for this award," said Michael Ford, Q.C. "It is our clients, who have consistently provided opportunities to work on challenging issues, that have propelled me to the forefront of the practice."

Anna has a successful corporate commercial practice with a focus on project finance work. She has led complex, inter-creditor arrangements with multiple parties and has expertise drafting and negotiating contracts for the financing and development of power projects. Anna's experience in the energy sector is extensive; she has been involved with wind projects, natural gas-fired electricity generating projects, as well as hydroelectric generating stations, nuclear plants and ethanol plants. Her specific expertise lies in the renewable energy field, having acted for the developer on one of the first solar field projects in Ontario, and the lender in one of the largest non-recourse portfolios of solar fields in North America.

Anna was pleasantly surprised to be selected. "I am very privileged to be recognized as a leader for project finance work, a field I find very rewarding. I am fortunate to have the support of the firm, my colleagues and innovative clients, who trust me with their business decisions in a booming sector that is a main driver of the Canadian economy."

The Lexpert Zenith Awards celebrated leading legal practitioners in a ceremony held on October 2, 2014 at the Arcadian Court in Toronto. The event honoured 52 lawyers, called between 1986-2000, who have shown excellence in their respective practice area.

About Davis LLP

Davis LLP is a full-service business law firm with over 250 lawyers across Canada and in Tokyo, Japan(1). The firm has well-known and respected capabilities in core legal services, and is a leader in a number of niche markets. Davis LLP is described by Chambers Global as "a lean outfit that punches above its weight." The firm acts for Canadian and international clients, and is often involved in complex matters with an international dimension. For more information, visit www.davis.ca.

(1) Through its associate office, Davis & Takahashi.

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