Judith McKay

Chief Client and Innovation Officer, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

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. Judith 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. She spearheads the firm’s MT>Align division which provides clients with access to top tier independent contract lawyers to support their short-term or temporary legal needs.

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. Beforethis 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 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 executive 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.

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