Tierney Stauffer LLP is pleased to announce that two of its lawyers, Mary Jane Binks, Q.C. and Susan Mitchell, have been named to the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in Canada. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.

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“Best Lawyers was founded in 1981 with the purpose of highlighting the extraordinary accomplishments of those in the legal profession,” said Best Lawyers CEO Phillip Greer. “We are proud to continue to serve as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals worldwide.”

Best Lawyers has earned the respect of the profession, the media and the public as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals. Its first international list was published in 2006 and since then has grown to provide lists in over 75 countries.

Lawyers on The Best Lawyers in Canada list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers based on professional expertise and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

Two Tierney Stauffer LLP Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in Canada List

Tierney Stauffer LLP would like to congratulate the following firm members for being named to the 2023 The Best Lawyers in Canada list:

Susan Mitchell Named to the Best Lawyers in Canada List for Family Law

Mary Jane is the Senior Group Counsel in the Family Law Group and Estate Litigation practitioner. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2006 and was previously named Ottawa Lawyer of the Year for Family Law by Best Lawyers in 2021. An advocate in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Trial Division) and the Ontario Court of Appeal, she also serves as an Arbitrator in Family Law disputes. Mary Jane was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1982.

Mary Jane has served as a Family Law instructor for the Law Society of Ontario and as a sessional lecturer for the Carleton University Law Department. She is a frequent presenter at and organizer of continuing legal education conferences in Ottawa and throughout Ontario.

Mary Jane was the prestigious Advocates’ Society of Ontario’s 2016 Ottawa Honouree, and she was the first Ontario Family Law Lawyer to receive this accolade. She was awarded the Carleton Medal, the highest honour granted by the Ottawa Carleton County Law Association in 2018 in recognition of her legal career to date. As a very engaged member of the Ottawa legal community, Mary Jane is a member of the County of Carleton Law Association, the Advocates’ Society of Ontario, and the Canadian Bar Association. Mary Jane is a past president of the Carleton County Law Association.

As a vibrant member of the Ottawa community, Mary Jane has been involved with and served on the Boards of Trustees of several organizations, including the Ottawa Civic Hospital, the Elizabeth Fry Society, the Mental Health Association for Ontario, Opera Lyra Ottawa, the Carleton University Board of Governors, and the National Management Team for the Canadian Guide Dogs for the Blind. 

A passionate advocate for her client, Mary Jane gets clients results. She assists spouses to obtain the support and equalization of property to which they are entitled. She also helps clients settle Estate issues.

Susan Mitchell Named to the Best Lawyers in Canada List for Personal Injury Litigation

Susan Mitchell began practicing in 2002 and has been a Partner at Tierney Stauffer LLP since 2007. She became Managing Partner in 2018. Susan practices civil litigation, focusing on personal injury law, medical malpractice, and insurance law. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers since 2013 and was named Ottawa Lawyer of the Year for personal injury litigation by Best Lawyers in 2022.

Susan is an active member of the County of Carleton Law Association (CCLA), the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA), The Advocates’ Society, and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Law Association (SDGLA). She spent a number of years as Chair of the New Lawyers and Articling Students Continuing Legal Education Committee and has spoken at numerous educational programs for the CCLA and Advocates Society.  Susan has also been a guest speaker at the Annual CCLA Solicitors Conference and Litigators Conference as well as a guest lecturer at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

Susan is a past member of the Fundraising Committees for both the Brain Injury Association of the Ottawa-Valley and the Charity Golf Tournament Committee for St. Patrick’s Home Foundation. She is a member of the Women’s Business Network (WBN) and is on the Board of Directors for, and an active volunteer with, the FAMSAC Emergency Food Cupboard in Bells Corners.

Congratulations to Mary Jane and Susan for this honour!


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