Distinguished lawyer, Earl A. Cherniak, Q.C., to receive Law Society honorary LLD on June 26

Posted: 06/20/2019

Earl A. CherniakWell-known litigator Earl A. Cherniak Q.C., will receive a degree of Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD) from the Law Society of Ontario at its morning Call to the Bar Ceremony in Toronto on June 26, 2019.

Honorary doctorates are awarded annually at the Call ceremonies to distinguished individuals in recognition of outstanding achievements in the legal profession, the rule of law, or the cause of justice. Recipients serve as inspirational keynote speakers for the new lawyers attending the ceremonies.

Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1960, Cherniak has made an immense contribution to the legal profession and the administration of justice in Canada — and is renowned as one of Canada’s leading counsel.

He has acted on some of Canada’s most important cases, both at trial and at the appellate level, including representing the Canadian Red Cross in the Inquiry into the Canadian Blood System, and serving as counsel for the Medical Officer of Health in the inquiry into the Walkerton water safety crisis.

Cherniak also served as a commissioner of the Ontario Law Reform Commission and was counsel to the Royal Commission on Metropolitan Toronto Police Practices.

He regularly appears in the Supreme Court of Canada and is recognized as a leader in Alternative Dispute Resolution.

Throughout his distinguished career, he has been widely recognized with numerous awards, including The Advocate’s Society Medal (1996), the Law Society Medal (2008), and the 2015 Toronto Lawyers Association Award of Distinction. In 2004, he was the first recipient of the Ontario Bar Association’s Award for Excellence in Civil Litigation

Cherniak is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He was elected as a bencher for the Law Society in 1999, and served until 2007.

He is currently a partner at Lerners LLP where he focuses on commercial litigation, arbitration, appeals and class actions.

He is one of six individuals to receive an honorary LLD from the Law Society at the June 2019 Call ceremonies.