John Gormley is one of 16 Saskatchewan lawyers honoured with a Queen's Counsel appointment.

The tradition dates back to 1594 when Queen Elizabeth I appointed Sir Francis Bacon as her executive legal advisor.

"These exceptional recipients being honoured with a Queen's Counsel designation have a range of experience and represent the very best of our legal community," said Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan is a press release.

In recent years, there has been a push to expand the appointments to recognize more than just barristers and include solicitors and corporate counsel.

Other Saskatchewan lawyers who received appointments are Ronald Balacko, Gregory Willows, and Craig Zawada.