Dominique Hussey Makes History as Bennett Jones’ First Black Female CEO
Bennett Jones, a Toronto-based law firm, has just announced a monumental shift in leadership set to take place on January 1, 2024. Dominique T. Hussey will step into the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO), becoming the first Black woman to hold such a position in a major Canadian law firm. Alongside Hussey, John Mercury will assume the position of Executive Chair, marking a significant transition for the firm.
These changes signal a departure from the leadership of Hugh L. MacKinnon KC, who has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer since 2005. Hussey and Mercury are poised to bring a fresh perspective and innovative direction to Bennett Jones as they take on their new roles at the helm of the firm.
With over 20 years of experience in Canadian and U.S. legal domains, Dominique Hussey is recognized by clients for her dynamic litigation skills and business-focused advice. Currently serving as Vice Chair and Toronto Managing Partner at Bennett Jones, she leads the Intellectual Property Litigation group and co-heads the Innovation, Technology, and Branding practice.
Dominique’s expertise lies in various aspects of Intellectual Property law, specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation, notably in pharma, biotech, and energy-related fields. Her counsel extends to regulatory compliance, advertising, marketing, and regulatory issues across diverse industries.
Before joining Bennett Jones, Dominique practiced in New York, focusing on pharmaceutical patent litigation and counseling services for pharmaceutical and consumer product companies.
Beyond her legal expertise, Dominique actively contributes to advocacy, IP, and leadership discussions. She is involved in several industry organizations, including serving on the boards of the Ontario Brain Institute and the Black North Initiative.