Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: July 8, 2024 update

Six law firms made new announcements

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: July 8, 2024 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.

Aird & Berlis LLP

Pavle Levkovic has joined the firm as a partner and member of its litigation and construction groups. Levkovic specializes in construction arbitration and litigation. His practice spans a wide range of construction disputes, encompassing major infrastructure projects (light rail systems, transit stations, mines and refineries) and landmark high-rise residential and mixed-use developments in Toronto and Ottawa. He advises on delay claims, deficiencies, designer negligence, fee disputes, construction liens and breach of trust actions.

Levkovic’s arbitration experience includes disputes under the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), ADR Institute of Canada (ADRIC) and ad hoc rules. These cases have involved various project delivery methods, such as P3 and design-build-finance-maintain (DBFM), engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM), and design-build contracts.

Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

Antoine Gariépy joined the firm as a partner in its banking, lending and corporate/commercial practice groups. His legal practice encompasses financing, real estate matters, general corporate law, and the buying and selling of businesses. He has extensive experience working with clients on various real estate development and commercial leasing projects. He has represented banks, private lenders, and borrowers in lending transactions and has prepared a range of corporate and commercial agreements.

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Trademark lawyer Sepideh Nassabi has joined Baker McKenzie's Toronto office as counsel. She has been a trademark agent for over a decade and has significant experience in trademark prosecution. Nassabi advises clients on various intellectual property matters, including brand portfolio management, protection and enforcement. She also provides intellectual property advice concerning licensing agreements and commercial agreements.

DLA Piper

The firm has welcomed Derek Kurrant to its Calgary office as counsel in the tax group. He has over 25 years of experience in tax law, which affects public companies and private enterprises.‎ As a lawyer and a chartered accountant, Kurrant’s practice focuses on providing tax advice on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions for both public and private companies, ‎including corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions, structuring of public debt and equity ‎offerings, the purchase and sale of businesses, and the use of partnerships, joint ventures and trusts.‎


The firm has welcomed to its Toronto office partner Gerald Griffiths and four associates. Griffiths and associates Kemi Faneye and Natalie Nicholson joined Littler from Sherrard Kuzz, while associate Micah Fysh joined from Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti. Rounding out the arrival of the new team is David McIsaac, who is transitioning from an articling student to an associate.

“The explosive growth of our Toronto office is a direct result of market demand combined with our continued commitment to attracting and retaining a top-tier team that can deliver exceptional client service throughout the region,” said Erin Webber, Littler’s managing director and president.

Miller Thomson LLP

Devin Persaud, a lawyer with over a decade of experience in corporate law, has joined Miller Thomson’s Toronto office as a partner. Before joining Miller Thomson, Persaud held prominent positions at Goodmans and BLG, where he spearheaded numerous high-profile cases.

"We are delighted to welcome Devin to our team. His extensive experience and exceptional skills will undoubtedly strengthen our firm's capabilities," said Eric Dufour, leader of the competition/antitrust and foreign investment group at Miller Thomson.

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