Benchmark Litigation Canada (Benchmark) released its 2023 rankings and awards, naming MLT Aikins as Litigation Law Firm of the Year for both Manitoba and Saskatchewan. In addition to winning this recognition, the firm’s dispute resolution teams in Manitoba and Saskatchewan are “Highly Recommended” by Benchmark and “Recommended” in Alberta.

Regina lawyer Deron Kuski was also named “Saskatchewan Litigator of the Year.”

Twelve of the firm’s litigators have been recognized in the 2023 edition of Benchmark Canada as “Litigation Stars” and two MLT Aikins litigators have been recognized as “Future Stars.”


Thor Hansell, Securities, Commercial, Professional Liability – Litigation Star

Christian Monnin, Labour and Employment – Litigation Star

Helga Van Iderstine, K.C., Professional Liability, Administrative, Regulatory – Litigation Star

Michael Weinstein – Construction, Commercial – Litigation Star

John Martens – Future Star


Douglas Hodson, K.C., Commercial, Class Action – Litigation Star

Deron Kuski, K.C., Commercial – Litigation Star

Jeff Lee, K.C., Commercial, Insolvency – Litigation Star

Eileen Libby, K.C., Labour and Employment, Insurance – Litigation Star

Shaunt Parthev, K.C., Insurance, Class Action – Litigation Star

Kurt Wintermute, Tax Disputes, Commercial – Litigation Star


Jonathan Bourchier – Future Star

British Columbia

Tom Hakemi, Securities, Competition/antitrust, Commercial – Litigation Star

Lisa Ridgedale, Securities, Commercial – Litigation Star

The selection process for Benchmark involves rigorous research conducted over four months. Researchers conduct interviews with litigators and clients, analyze recent casework and seek external input from professional sources. The awards are presented to firms and litigators based on their exceptional performance and strengths within their specific practice areas.

Benchmark Litigation, widely regarded as the definitive guide to the world’s leading litigation firms and lawyers, combines comprehensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients, along with an in-depth analysis of significant cases and firm developments in the market.

About Benchmark Litigation

Benchmark Litigation is the definitive guide to the world’s leading litigation firms and lawyers. The publication provides law firm and lawyer rankings based on extensive interviews with litigators, dispute resolution specialists and their clients as well as analysis of the market’s most important cases and firm developments.