A partner in the Winnipeg office of MLT Aikins, the largest law firm in western Canada, has been named the new chair of the firm.
Adam Levene, who will continue his taxation, mergers and acquisitions, and trusts and estates planning practice, will lead MLT Aikins’ executive board, working alongside managing partner Aaron Runge. Levene has been a member of the board since 2017 and was chosen by fellow board members to replace David Filmon, who had been in the position for the last five years.
His appointment is for one year but the term is renewable, the firm said.
“Adam is one of the most recognized lawyers in the firm and has been a valued contributor to our executive board and his local community,” said Runge.
MLT Aikins is a full-service firm with more than 250 lawyers in six offices across the western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
As chair of the executive board, Levene said his role will be to improve the client service experience “by helping drive innovation solutions and anticipating increasingly sophisticated legal needs.” That includes retaining and attracting great lawyers and staff by offering flexible work, access to complex files, and mobility between offices.
“Firms that can retain the best talent are going to be the best positioned to serve their clients,” he said.
MLT Aikins is in growth mode, he added, looking for new talent and not ruling out expansion to other western Canadian cities.
So far, 2022 has continued to be a strong year for the firm, despite economic “tailwinds” and inflation that Canada hasn’t seen in 30 or 40 years.
Listed by CPE Analytics as the most active law firm in Canada for initial public offerings in the first half of 2022, Levene said the firm “remains very busy across all our platforms, with particular growth within our Indigenous, agriculture and food and professional services areas,” and has a burgeoning environment, social and governance practice.