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• Lawson Lundell LLP announces the following new partners in Calgary: Jeff Scobie and Crispin Arthur. Scobie joins the firm’s Commercial Law and Oil and Gas Groups, while Arthur joins the Business Law, Corporate Finance & Securities Law, Energy Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Groups.

• Bennett Jones LLP's Calgary partner Michael Whitt has been selected as a member of the Phoenix-based Sedona Conference's Drafting Team to prepare a Cyber Incident Response Guide. He is the only member from a Canadian law firm/organization on the team.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has announced that Mark Franko has joined the firm's Calgary office as counsel.

• Field Law announces that Brittney Tetz has been named an associate with the business law group in the Edmonton office. She was previously with Witten LLP.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Mark Ricketts has joined the firm's Calgary office as an associate.

• Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP announces the addition of the following new partners in Calgary: Chris Harris, Olga Kary, Katie Slipp, and Ryan Zahara.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Kevin Barr has joined the firm in Calgary as counsel. He was previously with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.

• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Calgary: Jennifer Koschinsky; Birch K. Miller; Derrick S. Pagenkopf; and Steve R. Will.


• Melissa A. Gillespie has been appointed an Associate Chief Judge of the B.C. Provincial Court. She was sworn in as a Provincial Court Judge in 2012. Susan E. Wishart has also been appointed an Associate Chief Judge of the Court. She was appointed to the Court in 2009.

• Catherine Crockett, Brian Harvey, and William MacDonald have been appointed as judges of the Provincial Court of British Columbia. Crockett has been assigned to the Vancouver Island Region with resident Chambers situated in Campbell River; Harvey has been assigned to the Vancouver Island Region with resident Chambers situated in Nanaimo; and MacDonald has been assigned to the Fraser Region.

• McCullough O'Connor Irwin LLP announces that Katie Blundy has joined the firm as an associate in Vancouver. She will be practicing corporate and securities law.

• McCullough O'Connor Irwin LLP welcomes Graham Scott and Stewart Lockwood as associate counsel of the firm in Vancouver. Both lawyers will continue to practice corporate and securities law.

• Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP announces that Karen L. Carteri has joined the partnership after heading the Vancouver litigation group at McMillan LLP.

• Nathanson Schachter & Thompson LLP announces that R.J. Randall Hordo, one of B.C.’s leading trial counsel, has joined the partnership to continue his active trial, appellate, and arbitration practice. He was previously at Hordo Bennett & Mounteer LLP.

• Elyssa Lockhart has joined the partnership at McQuarrie Hunter LLP, continuing her focus in corporate law, estate planning, and wealth preservation. She practices in both the Surrey office and her own office in Mission.

• Christopher Bettencourt has joined the partnership at McQuarrie Hunter LLP in Surrey.


• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP announces the admission of four lawyers to the partnership: Scott Hoeppner is focused on labour and employment law; Lucy Kinnear is focused on estate planning and administration, as well as residential and agricultural real estate transactions; Melissa Malden is focused on corporate and commercial law and wills and estates; and Terra Welsh is focused on labour and employment law.

• Fillmore Riley LLP announces that Johanna C. C. Caithness has joined the partnership. She practises primarily in the area of taxation.

• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP announces that Jeff Hirsch has been elected president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He will continue to serve his clients and will be based in Winnipeg.


• André-Guy Savoie and John Eric Pöllabauer announce the opening of their new boutique law practice in the City of Dieppe.


• Alex Hickman has died. As chief justice of the Newfoundland Supreme Court trial division, Hickman was appointed chairman of the inquiry into the conviction of Donald Marshall, Jr., which recommended sweeping changes in the way minorities are treated in the justice system. Hickman, who was born in Newfoundland, earned his law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 1947. He practised law in Newfoundland until he was elected to that province’s House of Assembly in 1966. During his political career, he was minister of justice and attorney general and held several other portfolios during his time in politics. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland in 1979 and served as a director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice from 1980 to 1984. He received honorary degrees from Dalhousie and Newfoundland’s Memorial University and was named to the Order of Canada in 2003. A courthouse in Grand Bank bears his name. Hickman was 90.


• Field Law announces that Alain Chiasson has joined the Business Law Group in the Yellowknife office. He was at McLennan Ross LLP in Yellowknife prior to joining Field.


• Halifax lawyer Franklyn D. Medjuck has died at the age of 71 after battling cancer for the past two years. Medjuck worked primarily as corporate counsel for The Centennial Group and was instrumental in working with City Council relating to planning and approval for the Group's various projects. He helped engineer some of the biggest real estate deals in Atlantic Canada and was pivotal in the development of such Halifax landmarks as the Toronto-Dominion Building, Summit Place, and the Joseph Howe Building.

• Christine Hanson has been named director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She is currently Minister-Counsellor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and will take over the role effective Feb. 8.


• No current news.


• Andre Poles has joined Gowling WLG as a partner in the firm's Toronto office and member of its Capital Markets and Financial Institutions & Services groups.

• DeMarco Allan LLP announces that Rob Eberschlag has joined the firm as partner. He joined from Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.

• The Toronto office of global employment and labour law practice Littler has relocated to Brookfield Place at 181 Bay Street, Suite 3210.

• Ontario has appointed Justice Alison Rose Mackay to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective May 25. Called to the bar in 1988, Justice Mackay has been a sole practitioner, specializing in criminal law, for the past 26 years. She has appeared in both the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. Since 2007, she has served as director of the Criminal Lawyers' Association for the Region of Peel. Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Mackay to preside in Brampton.

• The South Asian Bar Association of North America will bestow its highest awards to the following Toronto lawyers and legal organizations at its annual convention in Houston on May 14: Pioneer Award: Hon. Russell Juriansz, Court of Appeal for Ontario; Cornerstone Award: Ron Choudhury, Miller Thomson LLP; Public Service Achievement Award: South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario; and Enterprise Award: BMO Financial.

• Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP announces that Sara Zborovski has joined the Toronto office as a partner. She joins the firm from DLA Piper where she was also a partner.

• Lawyer Cezary Paluch has been appointed by Toronto City Council as Adjudicator of the Toronto Licensing Tribunal.

• Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP announces that Vanessa Grant has joined the Toronto office as partner. She advises clients in various industries, focusing on: mergers and acquisitions; corporate finance and governance; private equity and venture capital; and technology, life sciences and real estate investment trusts. Grant was previously at Gowling WLG.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Michelle Doody and Jenna Preston have joined the firm as associates in its Ottawa office, while Laura Day and Adam Sproat have joined as associates in the firm's Toronto office.

• McCarthy Tétrault LLP has announced several changes to its senior leadership team, effective immediately, following this month's earlier appointment of Dave Leonard as the new CEO. The following people will report to Leonard: Kim Thomassin will become the firm's national client leader, responsible for growing the firm's work within the regions McCarthy Tétrault operates in Canada; Barb Boake will become the firm's national practice leader, responsible for the development of people and their practices; Shea Small will become the firm's international and business strategy leader, responsible for the firm's growth strategy outside of Canada, as well as new non-traditional areas of growth; Matthew Peters will become the national innovation leader, leading the firm's profitability improvement initiatives and the development of innovative ways to deliver the firm's services to clients; and Tracie Crook will continue in her role as the firm's chief operating officer.

• Fasken Martineau announces that Brian Graves has joined the Toronto office as a partner in the firm's Global Mining Group.

•  The law office of John Rowinski in Port Perry, Ont. has changed its name to Two Row Law. The name is inspired by the spirit of the Two Row Wampum, which symbolizes the peaceful coexistence of two different legal systems: indigenous and western, according to Two Row Law.

• Victoria University in the University of Toronto has named Bob Rae a Distinguished Professor, effective July 1. He will be teaching Corporate Citizenship, Sustainability and Ethics in the new Vic One Margaret Chambers Stream this September. Since 2013, Rae has been a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto where he has taught The Role of Government and Issues in Aboriginal Law and Policy.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Russel W. Drew has joined the firm’s Toronto office. His corporate commercial practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities, private equity and venture capital matters.

• Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP has announced the following new partners in the firm's Toronto office. They are: David Goldstein, real estate; Alison Hayman, intellectual property; Natalie Levine, restructuring & insolvency; Frank Robinson, franchise; and Peter Sullivan, financial services.

• John Vincent Lawer passed away in Toronto on March 29, in his 87th year, surrounded by family. Lawer graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1955 and was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1966. He subsequently received an LL.B degree from York University and earned the degree of Master of Laws from the Faculty of Law, University of Toronto. Lawer practiced his profession in Toronto for more than 60 years, the first 30 with Phelan O'Brien and subsequently as a sole practitioner. He was a Life Member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Lawyers Club of Toronto, and the Osgoode Society. Among his many accomplishments, Lawer was appointed by the Archbishop of Toronto as a recipient of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto in 2014.

• Labour and employment lawyer Jason Beeho has joined Levitt & Grosman LLP as a partner in Toronto. He comes to the firm from Rubin Thomlinson LLP.

• Ontario has appointed a new judge to the Ontario Court of Justice, effective April 13. Justice Stephen Edwin James Paull was called to the bar in 2000. He is an advice counsel at Carizon Family and Community Services in Kitchener, where he provides legal advice to clients involved with the Family Violence Project of Waterloo Region. Chief Justice Lise Maisonneuve has assigned Justice Paull to preside in Woodstock.

• Ontario has awarded the 2015 David Walter Mundell Medal for excellence in legal writing to Julie Macfarlane, a professor at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law, and Todd Archibald, a judge in the Superior Court of Justice.

• Baker & McKenzie LLP announces that Dean Dolan has joined the firm in Toronto as counsel in its international commercial practice. He most recently served as vice president, associate general counsel and privacy officer for Wal-Mart Canada Corporation.

• Elizabeth Goldenberg has opened The New Family Law Center in London, ON, which provides legal representation at a fixed monthly price with a complimentary wellness program on stress reduction and a referral service to other areas of law.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has announced that Christine Laviolette, Hugh Meighen, and Henry Ngan have joined the firm's Toronto office as associates.

• The Ontario government has announced the appointment of Carol Hansell, founder and senior partner of Hansell LLP, as chairwoman of its new Business Law Advisory Council, which will make recommendations to reform business laws.


• No current news.


• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Catherine Deslauriers has joined the firm as a practice support lawyer in its Montreal office.

•  Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP announces the addition of François Auger as a partner and Julia Wang as an associate in the firm's integrated national tax group in Montreal.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has announced that Charles Malone has joined the firm's Montreal office as practice support lawyer and Alexandre Desjardins has joined as an associate.

• Dentons announces that Étienne Gadbois has joined the firm as a partner in the tax group. He is based in the Montréal office.

• Lavery de Billy LLP announces that Isabelle Briand has joined its litigation and dispute resolution group wherein she will practice criminal and penal law. Until recently, Briand was leading the Bureau de lutte à la corruption et à la malversation.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Francesca Taddeo has joined the firm's Montreal office as an associate.


• Robertson Stromberg LLP welcomes new partner Scott D. Waters and new associate Siobhan H. Morgan to the firm's Saskatoon office.


• TAGLaw has added eight new member firms. They are: Batalla Salto Luna in Costa Rica; Valdes, Suarez & Velasco in El Salvador; Limited in New Zealand; Meredith Connell in New Zealand; Wintertons Legal Practitioners in Zimbabwe; Silk Legal in Thailand; CAKMAKOVA Advocates in Macedonia, and Legalmax Law Firm in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

• Eversheds announces the appointment of Rachael Shek as a partner in its disputes practice in Hong Kong. She joins from Herbert Smith Freehills in Hong Kong.

• Reed Smith LLP has announced the appointment of Ericson P. Kimbel as partner in the firm’s global Energy & Natural Resources Industry Group and Construction & Engineering team in Pittsburgh. Kimbel was previously a partner at Burleson LLP.

• Dentons has appointed five new global vice chairs, representing each of its regions. They are: Jana Cohen Barbe, based in Chicago; Evan Z. Lazar, based in Prague; Richard Macklin, based in London; Shawna Vogel, based in Edmonton; and Jinquan Xiao, based in Beijing.

Last updated: May 18, 2016


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