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Judith McKay


Chief Client and Innovation Officer






Judith takes the pulse on evolving clients’ needs while leading the charge to re-envision how law firms deliver value.

As Chief Client and Innovation Officer, Judith leads the firm’s client relations and marketing strategy, and oversees business development, research, pricing, knowledge integration and innovation capabilities. She also provides strategic commercial and intellectual property counsel to clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Judith (a chemical engineer and an IP lawyer by training) was Vice President and General Counsel for DuPont Pioneer, responsible for legal affairs internationally. Prior to this position, she was Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for DuPont Canada, where she led the company's operating team as well as legal and public affairs.

Client-centric and market-focused, Judith brings a singular and invaluable perspective to the table, having sat on the other side of it. She knows how to help general counsel in Canadian, US and global business environments succeed, precisely because she’s been in their shoes.

Performing client side at the highest level in a Fortune 500 company has made Judith keenly attuned to the voice of the client and what is of value to them - and equally important - what isn’t. She draws from her considerable in-house experience to ensure the firm delivers innovative legal solutions. This means services that resonate with clients and foremost, add value.

Adapting to evolving business realities requires taking risks.

A preternatural strategic thinker, Judith casts an eye down the legal road to where service trends are leading, to come up with actionable solutions for doing things better and smarter. Clients also rely on Judith’s experience and guidance in helping them build their own best in class legal functions.

Judith is driven by a desire to discover new ways to deliver innovation. She is helping to re-imagine legal services by embracing the role that technology and big data can play in driving efficiency, and reducing clients' legal spend, without ever sacrificing quality.

Judith is a past recipient of WXN’s Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women Award, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars focused on business management in the legal industry. She has also served as director for the Association of Canadian General Counsel, and as a member of advisory panels for the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Judith obtained her BEng (Chemical) from McMaster University and her LLB from the University of Toronto.

Our Firm

McCarthy Tétrault delivers integrated business law, tax, real property, labour and employment, and litigation services nationally and globally through offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montréal, Québec City and London, UK.