Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: June 17, 2024 update

Four law firms made new announcements

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: June 17, 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.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

BLG has welcomed international trade lawyer Rambod Behboodi as senior counsel in the firm’s corporate and capital markets group. Behboodi has been advising on complex trade-related issues for over 30 years at the Canadian government, within the World Trade Organization (WTO), and as a partner in the international trade law group at a major global law firm in Geneva. He is experienced in international trade law as a legal and policy advisor, litigator, public advocate, and diplomat. He also has experience in financial sector regulation and international relations.

Behboodi was also the Canadian Competition Bureau’s first Deputy Commissioner of the Competition Promotion Branch, where he was responsible for economic advocacy, international negotiations, strategic planning and communications.

“Rambod is well known in Canada and globally as being a top advisor on complex trade-related issues,” said Prema Thiele, national group head, corporate and capital markets. “Our clients will greatly benefit from the experience and advice of one of Canada’s most knowledgeable and well thought of international trade lawyers.”


Dentons has welcomed Mark Ricketts as a partner in the firm’s Calgary banking and finance group. Ricketts brings over a decade of experience in secured financing transactions, with a focus on real estate secured lending, including construction financing, term financing, and CMHC financing for fee simple, leasehold, and sub-leasehold estates. As part of his banking and financial services practice, he regularly advises banks, credit unions, other financial institutions, and borrowers on various matters.

“We are delighted to welcome Mark to our leading finance team," said Ryan Middleton, national leader of the banking and finance group. “Mark’s extensive real estate secured lending expertise, combined with his private practice and in-house experience, will be an excellent addition to our client service offerings.”

Goodmans LLP

Julia Martschenko has joined Goodmans as an associate in the dispute resolution group.

Lax O'Sullivan Lisus Gottlieb LLP

Bradley MacKay has joined Lax O’Sullivan in Toronto. MacKay is building a broad litigation practice. Before joining Lax O’Sullivan, he practiced at a leading national law firm. He was an assistant crown attorney with the Ministry of the Attorney General in Toronto, where he gained trial experience in both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Superior Court of Justice. MacKay received his JD from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2021.

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