• Burnet Duckworth & Palmer LLP has appointed Grant A. Zawalsky as managing partner effective January 1, 2014. Zawalsky, partner and co-leader of the securities group, practices in the area of securities and corporate law with a focus on takeover bids, mergers and acquisitions, and other corporate reorganizations as well as public and private offerings. He replaces Gary Bugeaud, who is retiring from his law practice at the end of 2013.
• Field Law has announced Antony (Tony) Edwards will be joining the partnership, effective Nov. 1, 2013. Tony joins Field Law with more than 17 years of experience in intellectual property law, and has provided successful guidance through the intellectual property protection process to a diverse portfolio of clients.
• Field Law has announced Antony (Tony) Edwards will be joining the partnership.
• Field Law welcomed Doug Nishimura as a partner in the debt and restructuring and litigation departments. Doug comes to Field Law with a strong background in insolvency and financial restructuring and holds a broad scope of experience with a variety of clientele.
• Stikeman Elliott welcomes back Jonathan Buysen/strong>, an associate practising in commercial litigation. He specializes in litigation and general commercial law. His practice focuses on all aspects of litigation which include advising, drafting procedures, and representing clients before the courts. Jonathan has appeared before the British Columbia Supreme Court, the Provincial Court of British Columbia and numerous administrative tribunals, including the Environmental Appeal Board.
• Mark Schmidt, managing partner of the Vancouver office, welcomes Helena Plecko to the firm as associate counsel. Her significant experience in taxation will reinforce the firm’s reputation as a market leader in this area of practice.
• Vancouver-based employment and labour law boutique, Roper Greyell LLP, is proud to announce that one of its partners*, James D. Kondopulos, was recently named a winner in Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 competition. He is now recognized as one of Canada's leading lawyers under 40. (*Practising through a law corporation.)
• Michelle Randall has joined Goodwin & Mark LLP as an associate lawyer. Randall will practice in the family law and civil litigation groups. Randall graduated with her Juris Doctor degree from U.B.C. in 2012.She was previously an articling student with Goodwin & Mark LLP and was called to the B.C. bar in 2013.
• Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, is pleased to announce the names of Canadian women being presented with a 2013 Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life for women in Canada. One of this year's recipients is Cherry Smiley of Vancouver (Youth Recipient).
• Fillmore Riley welcomes Dianna Nesbit to its Family Law Department. Dianna will work on a range of matters in the family law field, including separation and divorce, custody and access, child and spousal support, prenuptial agreements, cohabitation and common-law relationship agreements, guardianship, and adoption.
• On October 17th, 2013, Jeff Hirsch was elected vice president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. Jeff is also Manitoba’s representative on the Council of the Federation which is the national coordinating body of the 14 provincial and territorial law societies in Canada who have the responsibility to regulate Canada’s 100,000+ lawyers and 4,000 Quebec notaries.
• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP congratulates Adrian B. Frost on being named one of Lexpert's Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 in Canada. Adrian is a partner who shines in our Labour & Employment Practice Group, providing advice on all aspects of employment and collective bargaining relationships. He frequently represents clients in collective bargaining negotiations, labour board proceedings, grievance arbitrations and human rights proceedings.
• Bjorn (Barney) Christianson Q.C., managing partner of Christianson TDS, was presented with an award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community by a Business Executive by the Portage & District Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations to Barney!
• Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, is pleased to announce the names of Canadian women being presented with a 2013 Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life for women in Canada. One of this year's recipients is Nahanni Fontaine of Winnipeg.
• Attorney General Andrew Swan announced the appointment of Judge John Peter Guy to the position of associate chief judge of the provincial court of Manitoba.
• After more than 22 years with the Moncton office of Stewart McKelvey, and after having worked approximately one year in the role as part-time in-house counsel for a local real estate development firm, John Eric Pöllabauer has announced he resumed the practice of law with the Moncton law firm of Bingham Law Droit.
• Stewart McKelveyis pleased to announce that the following articling clerks are joining the firm subsequent to being called to the bar: Renée Fontaine (Moncton), Sarah Almon (Saint John), Julia Parent (Saint John), Lara MacDougall (Fredericton), and Sheila LanctÙt (Fredericton).
• Five associates are joining the partnership of Cox & Palmer: Trisha Gallant-LeBlanc, Stephen J. Hill, Paul J. White, Isabelle C. Moreau, Michael A. Gillis.
• Moncton-based George L. Cooper has been elected New Brunswick managing partner at Cox & Palmer. Josh J.B. McElman also joins the firm's provincial management team as Saint John managing partner, while John D. Townsend, QC was re-elected managing partner of the Fredericton office. John D. Laidlaw, QC was elected chairman of the New Brunswick partnership, and Gregory Machum continues in the role of chief operating officer, his 10th year in the job.
• Clarence Bennett is the newest partner at the Fredericton office of Stewart McKelvey. Bennett is a registered trade-mark agent and also belongs to the firm's labour and employment group, focussing on workplace human rights, workers' compensation and occupational health and safety.
• Jacques J. Gauthier, lawyer in Memramcook, N.B., since 1977, has moved his practice to Dieppe, N.B.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, is pleased to announce the names of Canadian women being presented with a 2013 Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life for women in Canada. Susan Shiner of St. John's is one of the recipients.
• Darin King, Minister of Justice, today announced the most recent appointments to Queen’s Counsel by the Lieutenant Governor in Council: Peter Alteen, Donna Ballard, David Bussey, Marcus Evans, Frances Knickle, Mary Mandville, Irene S. Muzychka, Gregory K. Pittman, Cillian D. Sheahan, Daniel Simmons, and Derrick Watton.
• Lawson Lundell LLP announces the following new associate: In Yellowknife, Glen Rutland (Litigation) was with the Department of Justice of the NWT.
• Karan M. Shaner has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories (Yellowknife), replacing Justice D.M. Cooper, who resigned as of March 3, 2011. Shaner joined the province's ministry of justice in 1996 and was most recently its assistant deputy minister.
• Associate Malinda A. Kellett has joined Lawson Lundellís corporate and commercial group.
• Gerald Stang and the Peterson Stang corporate department will be joining the Field Law offices in Yellowknife in August.
• Len Hoyt, QC, chair of the board of directors at McInnes Cooper, has announce the appointment of Ray Adlington as the firm’s new managing partner and CEO, for a three-year term commencing December 1, 2013.
• The Nova Scotia Barristers Society is pleased to announce that Marjorie A. Hickey, QC, will be the recipient of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award. A partner in the Halifax office of McInnes Cooper, she has a varied litigation and administrative law practice, with a focus on regulatory and liability issues for professions and self-governing organizations.
• The Nova Scotia Securities Commission announced the appointment of a new director of enforcement on July 23. Randy Gass is a former Crown counsel with Alberta Justice in the Specialized Prosecution Branch for Economic Crime.
• Stewart McKelvey is pleased to announce that the following articling clerks are joining the firm subsequent to being called to the bar: Adam Bata,Michelle Chai, Dary Jessome, and Jeff Waugh.
• Former Ontario Securities Commission chair Edward Waitzer, director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business at York University as well as a former chair at Stikeman Elliot, will be replacing Philip Olsson as chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.
• Susan Cooper, a partner at Chandler & Cooper in Iqaluit, has been appointed a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice, replacing Justice B.A. Browne.
• Gregory Nearing, 48, who practised criminal law, passed away on Nov. 15, 2009. He has held several significant positions in the past including executive director of the Legal Services Board of the Northwest Territories, treasurer and president of the Northwest Territories Law Society, and president of the Nunavut Law Society.
• Justice R.G. Kilpatrick, a judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice, has been appointed senior judge of the Nunavut Court of Justice, replacing Justice B.A. Browne.
• Dentons Canada LLP is pleased to announce Jim Rossiter has joined the firm as a partner in its Toronto office. Jim is a trusted senior transactional lawyer with over 25 years’ experience leading high profile acquisitions, divestitures and financings in the US and Canada.
• Wright Temelini LLP is a new litigation boutique founded by two experienced litigators, Janice Wright and Greg Temelini.
• David Carbonaro and Andrew Elbaz have joined the Toronto office of Dentons Canada LLP as partners in the firm’s corporate finance and securities group.
• Neeson Arbitration Chambers welcomes Justice Colin L. Campbell to the ranks. Throughout his career, he has practiced in all aspects of civil and criminal litigation with an emphasis on commercial litigation, insolvency, restructuring law and professional negligence. He was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in June 1998.
• Blakes announced two of its partners, Jeff Bakker and Philippe Bourassa, have been honoured as “Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40.” The event took place at The Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
• Harvey S. Goldstein has moved his family law and mediation practice to the Promenade Mall, office wing, where he is now associated with William Herman of H & M Patent and Trademark Agents, a boutique intellectual property firm that provides a complete range of services for patent, trademark, industrial design, and copyright matters.
• Dr. K. Kellie Leitch, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women, is pleased to announce the names of Canadian women being presented with a 2013 Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. The awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the quality of life for women in Canada. This year's Ontario recipients are: Constance Backhouse and Julie Lalonde (Youth Recipient) of Ottawa.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
• Dentons Canada LLP is pleased to announce that two new lawyers have joined their Ottawa office. Peter Burn is counsel in the public policy and regulatory affairs group, and Marc Doucet is a partner in the construction group.
• Stephen Carpenter has been named the newest partner at Stewart McKelvey's Charlottetown office. The employment lawyer counts among his clients a range of employers across various industries, as well as organizations in the insurance, education and health sectors.
• Tracey L. Clements, Sherry E. Gillis, and Kim M. McNeill have each been designated Queen's Counsel.
• The Office of the Attorney General and Public Safety will be renamed the Department of Justice and Public Safety.
• Shannon Farrell has been promoted to partner at McInnes Cooper in Charlottetown.
• Gary Scales has joined McInnes Cooper in Charlottetown.
• Edward B. (Ted) Claxton has joined Dentons Canada LLP’s Montréal office as a partner in the corporate and commercial Law practice.
• Robic LLP grows its teams in both of its Montreal and Quebec City offices. Among them: Nadim Noujeim and Karisha Trotman-Welch in Montreal and Catherine de Varennes and Jean-Sébastien Rodriguez-Paquette in Quebec City.
• BLG has announced that Nadir André and Marie-Christine Gagnon have joined BLG’s Montreal office in its business and corporate commercial group.
• Fasken Martineau announced Niko Veilleux has joined the firm's Securities and M&A practice in Montréal.
• Gowlings' Montreal office has two new associates. Ali Amadee and Myléne Lemieux were both articling students before being hired by the firm.
• BLG has two new lawyers at their Montreal firm: Misha Benjamin and Eugénie Lefebvre, previously an articling students at the firm.
• Saskatoon lawyer Dan Shapiro has been selected as the new Chief Adjudicator of the Independent Assessment Process that provides compensation to former students for abuse they suffered at Indian Residential Schools.
• Robertson Stromberg LLP welcomes new lawyer, Mike Buchinski. Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Saskatchewan in 2009 and his Juris Doctor from the U of S College of Law in 2012.
• Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce the continued expansion of its internationally recognized subrogation & recovery department with the recent addition of five attorneys in 2013. Virginia Markovich and Juliette Song joined in New York, as a member and attorney, respectively. Additionally, Philip Berens joined in Los Angeles, Richard Maleski joined in Miami, and Marie-Pier Nadeau joined in Toronto, each as an associate.
• The Association of Corporate Counsel, a global bar association representing more than 33,000 in-house counsel in 85 countries, is now accepting “Top 10 30-Somethings” nominations. Sponsored by Saul Ewing LLP, the awards program recognizes in-house counsel rising stars for their innovation, proactive practice, global perspectives, advocacy efforts, and pro bono and community service participation.
• McCarthy Tétrault has announced Tina Blázquez-López has joined the firm as a partner in London. Ms. Blázquez-López has significant international project experience, adding strength to McCarthy Tétrault’s projects team.
• The Centre for International Governance Innovation announced the appointment of Aaron Shull as CIGI’s counsel and corporate secretary.
• John Boscariol, head of McCarthy Tétrault’s trade & investment law group and a partner in the litigation group, has been appointed to lead the Public International Law Division II of the American Bar Association Section of International Law. Mr. Boscariol will be responsible for the ABA Committees that help frame the rules and policies developed in the United States and elsewhere on key issues for companies engaged in international business such as anti-corruption, corporate social responsibility and anti-money laundering regulation. Mr. Boscariol takes on this new leadership role after Co-Chairing the ABA’s Export Controls and Economic Sanctions Committee and the Canada Committee over the past several years.
Last updated: December 11, 2013