Prominent litigation lawyer Jennifer Teskey has been named the new Canadian Managing Partner of the global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, effective January 1, 2024. Teskey will assume the position from Charles Hurdon, who led the firm to the forefront of the Canadian legal landscape during his nine-year tenure.
Jennifer Teskey has an extensive legal background, bolstered by her business acumen and strong relationships with both clients and colleagues. She steps into the role well-equipped to guide the firm’s Canadian operations, having served in leadership positions within the organization for several years.
“In a move signifying a new chapter for the firm, Jennifer is the natural successor to build upon the remarkable groundwork laid by Charles,” said Walied Soliman, Canadian Chair of Norton Rose Fulbright. “Her inspiring vision for the future, coupled with her high level of trust among clients and full support from our partners across the country, positions her excellently for this new role.”
Teskey is no stranger to high-stakes legal matters, with a portfolio that includes representation of various financial institutions, accounting regulators, and other major corporations. She has consistently delivered strong outcomes for her clients and leads a flourishing practice within the firm. Teskey currently holds dual roles as the Canadian National Chair of Litigation and Disputes and the Canadian Head of Financial Institutions. She has also been a member of the Canadian Management Committee since 2018 and the Global Executive Committee since 2021.
Taking over from Hurdon, who will continue to focus on his employment and labour law practice, Teskey is keen to usher in the next phase of the firm’s evolution. “I’m honoured to take on this responsibility and excited to be entrusted with the next stage of the firm’s growth,” Teskey said. She also credited her predecessor for developing strong client partnerships and recruiting exceptional talent, adding, “Under Charles’ leadership, we have made our mark on both the Canadian business and legal landscapes.”
Teskey emphasized the firm’s ongoing commitment to client relationships, concluding, “Clients know they can turn to us when it matters most. We remain committed to earning this trust every single day and helping clients achieve their business goals.”
The incoming Managing Partner has a long-standing history with Norton Rose Fulbright, having started her career as a summer student. She was called to the bar in 2003.