Managing partner announcement

Dickinson Wright Appoints Mark Shapiro to Lead Its Canadian Practice

October 15, 2020

Dickinson Wright LLP is pleased to announce that Mark S. Shapiro has been elected to serve another three-year term as managing partner and leader of the firm’s Canadian practice, effective January 1, 2021. Mark has served in this role since 2015.

“I’m honoured to be appointed to serve another term as head of Dickinson Wright’s Canadian practice,” says Mark. “Our practice in Toronto continues to build upon our strengths of serving both Canadian and US clients in a wide variety of transactional and litigation matters. I look forward to continuing to work with our outstanding lawyers in providing our clients with the service and expertise for which Dickinson Wright is known within the marketplace.”

“We are excited that Mark will continue to serve as Dickinson Wright’s Canadian practice leader,” says Michael C. Hammer, CEO of Dickinson Wright. “Mark is a key part of the firm’s management team and we greatly value his leadership skills, his steady hand, and deep insights into the Canadian legal market. We look forward to working closely with Mark as we continue to expand our Toronto office, growing cross-border business, and the multitude of domestic and international practice offerings we provide to our Canadian clients.”

A well-respected and accomplished partner specializing in commercial litigation, Mark joined Dickinson Wright’s Toronto office in 2010.  Since joining Dickinson Wright, Mark has successfully advised and represented both Canadian and US-based clients in connection with all facets of corporate, commercial and employment related litigation. Mark also serves as a trusted advisor to many of the Firm’s Canadian clients.

In addition to his legal practice, Mark brings many years of firm management experience. He is a well-respected leader and adviser having served on numerous internal firm management committees. In addition, his experience in the broader legal community provides the firm with an appreciation of the ever-changing landscape of the legal industry – an important benefit as he guides and manages the Canadian practice.

Dickinson Wright LLP

Dickinson Wright LLP is Canada’s leading full-service business law firm specializing in cross-border counsel. With approximately 50 lawyers in Ontario, the firm has broad legal expertise including 15 industry sectors and across 36 practice areas. It is an affiliate of Dickinson Wright PLLC, a general practice business law firm based in the US. The firm’s lawyers have been, and continue to be, recognized by leading guides to lawyers across almost every category of law, including The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory, Best Lawyers in Canada, Chambers Global Guide, and Who’s Who Legal. To learn more about Dickinson Wright, please visit the firm’s website at

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Mark S. Shapiro

Dickinson Wright LLP

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University of Manitoba

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