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• Field Law welcomes Malkit Atwal to the wills, trusts, and estates; estate litigation and dispute resolution; and transaction and corporate groups.

• Joyce Lester has been appointed to the Edmonton Provincial Court, Criminal Division.

• Brett Code joins TingleMerrett LLP as senior counsel. Code will practice as an independent arbitrator, mediator, and senior advisor in dispute resolution, specializing in corporate, commercial, and securities law matters.


• Clark Wilson welcomes Monica Sharma as associate counsel to the firm. Sharma joins the technology and intellectual property groups.

• Zargar Lawyers + Business Strategists announces that Gloria Kang has joined the firm as associate lawyer.

• ​Hakemi Ridgedale LLP announces that Wanda Simek has joined the firm as associate and Wesley McMillan as associate counsel.

• McCullough O'Connor Irwin LLP welcomes Andreas Heiden and Lisa Andrews to the firm as associates. Both lawyers will continue to practise corporate and securities law.


• Hope Buset from Christianson TDS has been appointed vice president of the Portage & District Arts Council Board.

• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP announces that Allan Fineblit will join the firm as counsel. Previously, Fineblit was the chief executive officer of the Law Society 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 McKelvey is 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).


• Cox & Palmer announced Darren O’Keefe and William Cahill have been made partners of the St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador office effective Jan. 1.


• Lawson Lundell LLP announces the following new associate: In Yellowknife, Glen Rutland (litigation), who 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 Lundell's corporate and commercial group.

• Gerald Stang and the Peterson Stang corporate department will be joining the Field Law offices in Yellowknife in August.


• Cindy Cormier has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia (family division).

• Cox & Palmer welcomes Carol Patterson to the firm as counsel.

• Bâtonnière Hélène L. ‎Beaulieu has been elected president of the New Brunswick Law Society.

• Josh McElman has been selected as a member of the Insolvency Institute of Canada.


• Colleen Stockley has been appointed deputy minister of health and Elizabeth A. L. Sanderson has been appointed deputy minister of justice in Nunavut. Stockley was previously the assistant deputy minister (acting) of the professional services branch of the Department of Health and Community Services in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sanderson was previously the assistant deputy attorney general, aboriginal affairs portfolio with Canada's Department of Justice.


• Justice Marc Noël has been appointed Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal replacin former justice Pierre Blais.

• Low Murchison Radnoff LLP welcomes Peter Cooke to the firm.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP welcomes new partners Michael Burns, Clifford J. Hart, Anna Marrison, Paul-Michael Rebus, and Lydia Wakulowsky to the firm.

• Gowlings announces Mehmet Komurcu as counsel. Komurcu, previously of Sanli Law in Turkey, joins the firm-wide mining, energy, infrastructure, and technology groups.

• Fragomen expands its Toronto office with the addition of partner Audrea Golding. Golding was previously a firm partner formerly based in Los Angeles.

• Dentons Canada LLP welcomes Chantal Bernier to the firm's privacy and security practice as counsel. Bernier was former Interim Privacy Commissioner of Canada.


• 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.


• Élise Poisson has been appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec. Poisson was previously a lawyer with Lavery.

• Suzanne Courchesne has been appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec. Courchesne was previously a lawyer with Borden Ladner Gervais in Montreal.

• Simon Ruel has been appointed a puisne judge of the Superior Court of Quebec. Ruel was previously a lawyer with BCF in Quebec City.

• ROBIC LLP welcomes Justin Freedin, Ayman Idlbi, and Steven Lam to the patent team.

• Montreal lawyer John Claxton has passed away. Claxton began his legal career at Dixon, Sénécal, where he became a partner. He then moved to Lafleur, Brown, de Grandpré (now Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP) where he remained for the rest of his career.


• Carolyn T. Cyfra recently signed the rolls in Regina and began her career as an associate with Robertson Stromberg LLP. Cyfra earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. Cyfra earned her Juris Doctorate of Law from U of S.


• Securities lawyer Scott D. Fisher has joined the New York office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP’s as a partner. He was previously a Counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and an Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Last updated: November 19, 2014


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