Malcolm M. Mercer, Law Society Treasurer

Malcolm-MercerMalcolm M. Mercer was elected on June 28, 2018 to lead the Law Society of Ontario — the governing body of Ontario’s 52,000 lawyers and 8,600 paralegals —as its 67th Treasurer. He succeeds former Treasurer Paul Schabas.

Treasurer Mercer was first elected Bencher in 2011 and was re-elected in 2015. He has chaired the Law Society’s Advertising and Fee Arrangements Issues Working Group and served as Vice-Chair for the Professional Regulation Committee and the Alternative Business Structures Working Group.

He also served on the Access to Justice Committee, Paralegal Standing Committee, Priority Planning Committee, and Summary Disposition Committee — as well as the Compliance-Based Entity Regulation Task Force, the Real Estate Working Group and the Challenges Faced by Racialized Licensees Working Group.

As well, he has chaired the Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), and was a member of the CBA Task Force on Conflicts of Interest. He served as a member of the National Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada (FLSC) and is also a director of Pro Bono Law Ontario and the Victorian Order of Nurses Canada.

Treasurer Mercer was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1984 after receiving an LLB from the University of Toronto in 1982. He also holds a B.Sc., in systems design and engineering (1977).

He is a partner in McCarthy Tétrault LLP’s Litigation Group in Toronto, with a focus on commercial and corporate matters and professional negligence. (Full biography.)

Contact the Treasurer at treasurer@lso.ca