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Johnson named managing partner of Davies' Montreal office

Thursday, June 01, 2017 @ 3:55 PM | By Paula Kulig


Philippe Johnson has been appointed the new managing partner of the Montreal office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP. The appointment took effect June 1.

Philippe Johnson

Philippe Johnson

Johnson, a corporate/commercial lawyer who advises clients on mergers and acquisitions, divestitures and reorganizations, has been a partner at the firm since 2005 and a member of its management committee since 2012.

He’ll be leading the Montreal office’s 86 lawyers, and, with Shawn McReynolds, who is managing partner of the Toronto office, will “guide Davies’ continued growth — nationally and internationally,” said a news release issued by the firm. Davies also has an office in New York.

After graduating with a law degree from the Université de Montréal in 1998, Johnson was called to the bar in 1999 and was a law clerk for the late Supreme Court of Canada justice Charles Gonthier. Prior to completing his law degree, he worked in commercial banking with HSBC Bank Canada.

"Philippe has a deep understanding of our clients’ needs and goals,” Pierre-André Themens, who has retired as managing partner after 17 years but remains active in his new role as counsel at the firm, said in the release. “He works on their behalf with the clarity, speed, intelligence and creative problem-solving for which Davies is known — in Montreal, across Canada and around the globe."

Johnson serves as a director and trustee of Fondation Montréal inc., a nonprofit organization that funds and supports young entrepreneurs in Montreal, and is a director of Fondation Serge Marcil, which works to improve the well-being of children in Haiti and Africa.