Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: January 16, 2023 update

Dickinson Wright, Gowling, McMillan, Norton Rose, Pallett Valo, Thompson Dorfman Sweatman announce

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: January 16, 2023 update

Welcome to this week’s roundup of movements among major law firms, in which we sum up significant hires, promotions, departures, and other announcements.

Dickinson Wright

The firm onboarded Lucie Kroumova as its newest partner in the Toronto office, effective last January 1.

Kroumova’s primary practice focuses on corporate, securities and gaming law matter, with experience in merger and acquisition transactions, private and public equity and debt financings, secured lending, strategic alliances, complex commercial arrangements, corporate governance, and continuous disclosure matters for public and private companies. 

Beyond her role in Dickinson Wright, she is also a member of the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations and the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Gowling WLG

Twenty-two professionals went on to join the firm’s partnership, effective last January 1.

The incoming partners come from various business law, advocacy and intellectual property law practices and span Gowling WLG’s seven Canadian offices.

The new partners are:

  • Larisa Albu – Corporate, Montréal
  • Patricia Brooks – IP Litigation, Toronto
  • Karoline Clarke – Real Estate, Vancouver
  • Chris Dennehy – Lending, Calgary
  • Amy Derickx – Employment, Labour & Equalities, Ottawa
  • Michael Finley – Environmental Law, Toronto
  • Elad Gafni – Commercial Litigation, Ottawa
  • Jeramie Gallichan – Commercial Litigation, Waterloo Region
  • Thomas Gertner – Restructuring & Insolvency, Toronto
  • Garrett Hamel – Corporate, Ottawa
  • Stephanie Hayes – Corporate, Waterloo Region
  • Jonathan Lam – Employment, Labour & Equalities, Vancouver
  • Emily McCartney – Commercial Litigation, Calgary
  • Christiane McGovern – Corporate, Ottawa
  • Patrick Mc Ilhone – Real Estate, Hamilton
  • Peter Morrison – Insurance & Professional Liability, Calgary
  • Jason Mullins – Corporate, Calgary
  • Stefan Nasswetter – Corporate, Montréal
  • Natasha Rana – Corporate, Vancouver
  • Lisa Rossi – Lending, Toronto
  • Braden Sheps – Lending, Calgary
  • Bevin Shores – Commercial Litigation, Hamilton

McMillan LLP

Stevie O’Brien re-joined the firm with a dual appointment as counsel within the government and public policy group and as a senior advisor with McMillan Vantage, effective last January 9.

In 2011, O’Brien was an associate in McMillan’s litigation and dispute resolution group. Transitioning to the public sector allowed her to gain a decade of federal and provincial government experience. Her role in securing and rolling out COVID-19 vaccines and rapid tests across Canada was most notable.

She was also a director of Parliamentary Affairs and Issues Management to the Minister of Health, a legal counsel to the Liberal Party of Canada during the 2021 General Election Campaign, and Chief of Staff to the Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction and the Ontario Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Norton Rose Fulbright

The firm welcomed 11 partners and eight of counsel across its Canadian offices for their “legal excellence, relationships with clients, and contributions to Norton Rose Fulbright’s business, culture, and legacy.”

The new partners are:

  • Gunnar Benediktsson – Litigation, Calgary
  • Julie Carlesso – Litigation, Montréal
  • Kassy Corothers – Business Law, Calgary
  • Melissa Gaul – Business Law, Montréal
  • Alexis Kerr – Litigation, Vancouver
  • Andrea Lejay – Business Law, Vancouver
  • Jennifer Nault – Employment and Labour, Montréal
  • Samuel Perron – Litigation, Québec
  • Stephen Taylor – Litigation, Toronto
  • David Yi – Intellectual Property, Toronto
  • Martina Zanetti – Business Law, Vancouver

The new of counsel are:

  • Colleen Abel – Business Law, Calgary
  • Alexa Biscaro – Litigation, Ottawa
  • Christopher A. Guerreiro – Intellectual Property, Toronto
  • Paul Macchione – Employment and Labour, Toronto
  • Bryan Millman – Business Law, Vancouver
  • Charles-Antoine Péladeau – Litigation, Montréal
  • Geoffrey Poelman – Litigation, Calgary
  • Catherine Simard – Litigation, Québec

Pallett Valo LLP

Mujir Muneeruddin entered the firm’s business law practice as a partner.

Muneeruddin is an experienced corporate and securities lawyer with a business background as a C-level executive, having represented clients on everything from governance and compliance matters to private placement and venture capital financings, public transactions, and company mergers and acquisitions.

He has also been appointed to the boards of various entities, the most notable of which is his role as chairman in a real estate project that acquired and re-designated over 570 acres into prime employment, industrial, and entertainment land in Niagara near the Canada-US border.

For his work, Muneeruddin has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 professional by Top 100 Magazine and a Top Lawyer in Post City Magazines.

Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP

The firm welcomed Jeffrey Kowall back to the firm last January 4.

As a corporate and commercial lawyer, Kowall advises clients on financings, mergers and acquisitions, commercial agreements and other corporate and commercial matters. He began his career at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman as an articling student in 1992. He continued through 2019, where he worked on the completion of HudBay Minerals Inc.’s equity offering of over 20 million shares.

While at the firm, Kowall was selected in the 2018 Lexpert/ROB Special Edition – Canada’s Leading Corporate Lawyers and recognized in Lexpert Magazine’s “Leading Lawyers in Global Mining” special edition. The Lexpert Directory has frequently recognized him as a Leading Lawyer in Mining Law.

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