Nikki Gershbain

Chief Inclusion Officer, McCarthy Tétrault

Nikki Gershbain is Chief Inclusion Officer at McCarthy Tétrault, responsible for the firm’s national policies, programs, and initiatives related to diversity, inclusion, and community engagement. She has been an advocate for social change for 25 years, and is a recognized leader in diversity and inclusion initiatives and pro bono programming. Her reputation for excellence includes 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 nominations as a top legal “Changemaker” by Canadian Lawyer.Prior to joining McCarthy Tétrault, Nikki was the National Director of Pro Bono Students Canada. Under her leadership, PBSC earned numerous awards and accolades and became a Canadian leader in experiential learning in legal education, and the delivery of pro bono services to low-income individuals and non-profit organizations.

Nikki is a member of the Law Society of Ontario. She earned her B.A. (Hons.) (summa cum laude) from York University, an M.A. from New School University in New York City (where she was a Fulbright Fellow), and her LL.B. from the University of Toronto. After graduating law school with multiple awards and honours, Nikki clerked at the Ontario Court of Appeal, practiced family law at Epstein Cole LLP, and served as Executive Director of the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.