Miranda Lam

Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Age 35

Determination, integrity and a relentless drive to make things better have been hallmarks of a successful legal career and community leadership for one of B.C.’s most promising litigators.

Miranda Lam knew early on that she wanted to be a lawyer, realizing that so many aspects of modern life were affected or defined by the law.

“I felt that law was the perfect intersection of where everything in life met, and I wanted to be a lawyer because that way I could hopefully do something to effect change,” she said.

Her focus and leadership have been evident throughout her career thus far. She served as a judicial law clerk to five BC Supreme Court justices, a position reserved for top-ranking law graduates. And after being called to the bar in 2004 and articling and practising with Davis LLP, she has been entrusted with some of the most challenging “bet the farm” cases for clients at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. Her success at McCarthy contributed to her joining the firm’s partnership when she was 32, after only five years with the firm.

Within the firm, she has been a role model and mentor to many, and she lends leadership to a number of initiatives internally and externally, including the firm’s student recruitment program and its national consumer and retail practice group. She also initiated a business development program for associates that has been implemented across the country.

Despite her busy schedule, Lam has continued the community involvement that began while she studied at the University of British Columbia. While completing her undergraduate studies, she joined the board of Volunteer Vancouver (now called Vantage Point), a capacity-building organization supporting non-profit boards and executives, and she became chair when she was 28.

Her involvement there led to her joining the board of a number of significant organizations over the years, including the UBC Alumni Association, the United Way of the Lower Mainland, Imagine Canada and the Vancouver Foundation.

“The theme is all the same: these are vehicles to effect change at the community level, which I wouldn’t be able to do by myself as one person. But if you get together with other committed people, you can do some really great things.”