Benchmark Litigation Canada (Benchmark) released its 2021 rankings and awards, naming MLT Aikins as Litigation Law Firm of the Year for Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

This is the ninth consecutive year that MLT Aikins has won the award for 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.

Benchmark’s 2021 ranking includes 14 MLT Aikins litigators ranked “Litigation Stars” and two litigators recognized as “Future Stars.”


Todd Campbell, Insurance, Commercial, Healthcare – Litigation Star

Milt Christiansen, Labour and Employment – Litigation Star

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

Christian Monnin, Labour and Employment – Litigation Star

Helga Van Iderstine, Professional Liability, Administrative, Regulatory Investigations – Litigation Star

Michael Weinstein – Construction, Commercial – Litigation Star

John Martens – Future Star


Len Andrychuk, Q.C., Environmental, Aboriginal – Litigation Star

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

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

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

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

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

Kevin Wilson, Q.C., Labour and Employment – Litigation Star

Kurt Wintermute, Tax Disputes, Commercial – Litigation Star


Jonathan Bourchier – Future Star

Benchmark’s selection process consists of an extensive four-month research period in which researchers conduct interviews with litigators and clients and examine recent casework handled by the firms. Benchmark researchers consult with external sources to gain professional opinions on litigators and select award recipients based on these insights.

Benchmark identifies firms and individual litigators based on their strengths “in a particular practice area – either exclusively or as a specialty component of their general practice. These practice areas include intellectual property, insurance, securities, competition, insolvency, product liability, international arbitration and the Canadian practices of energy law and aboriginal law.”

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.