Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: Dec. 14 update

Firms making announcements include Dentons, Farris, Fasken, Gowling WLG, Langlois, Lawson Lundell

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: Dec. 14 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.

Dentons Canada LLP

Ryan Middleton has been appointed practice group lead of the firm’s banking and finance group in Toronto.

Middleton is a partner who advises clients on debt financing transactions, which include technology financings, syndicated financings, acquisition financings, bond financings, real estate financings, asset-based lending, securitizations, project finance and subordinated/mezzanine financings.

Farris LLP

Rebecca Levi is now manager, student programs and marketing, at the Vancouver office. Called to the B.C. bar in 2009, Levi also has a background in psychology and education.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Paul Logan joins the Calgary office as a partner who will spearhead and develop the firm’s local real estate group. Logan practises real estate law, including matters relating to sale transactions of industrial, retail and office properties; mortgage financing; and development and planning.

In the news release, Clarke Barnes, the firm’s Calgary managing partner, described Logan as “having significant experience in advising on complex commercial transactions in conventional and renewable energy.”

The firm has also announced the launch of a Hydrogen Energy Advisory Team, also known as H2EAT, which aims to assist clients in handling the global transition to a clean hydrogen economy.

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Pam Vermeersch has been appointed managing partner of the firm’s Hamilton office, effective Jan. 1, 2021. Her predecessor, Louis Frapporti, has decided to devote his efforts to advising and supporting organizations in the private, educational and public sectors.

Vermeersch has served as leader of the corporate commercial department of the firm’s Hamilton office and has assisted clients with mergers and acquisitions, private equity, restructuring and franchising.

Langlois lawyers, LLP

Tina Hobday has received the Distinguished Service Award of the McGill Alumni Association for 2020. Hobday is a Montreal-based partner and lawyer, who practises in the areas of pension plan litigation and governance, public and administrative law and professional and disciplinary law.

Lawson Lundell LLP

The firm announced that Chat Ortved will serve a two-year term as an elected member of the North America Regional Council of the World Services Group. A Vancouver-based partner, Ortved has a corporate and securities law practice that centres on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and corporate finance.

Sandra MacKenzie has been elected to the Executive Committee of the Law Society of the Northwest Territories, where she will serve a three-year term. A Yellowknife-based partner, MacKenzie focuses her practice on labour and employment law, human rights law and administrative law.

McInnes Cooper

The firm has welcomed two new partners, who are the following:

  • Teddy Comeau (Halifax) — practises residential and commercial real estate law
  • Trent Skanes (St. John’s) — practises commercial technology and privacy law

“We are very proud of the many accomplishments of Teddy and Trent in their careers to date, and we look forward to their continued contributions as Partners of the firm,” said Kevin Kiley, managing partner, in the news release.

Neinstein LLP

Daniela Pacheco has joined the Toronto-based firm as a partner. Pacheco is experienced in all areas of plaintiff-side medical malpractice and traumatic injury litigation.

Singleton Urquhart Reynolds LLP

Parveen Sehra has been appointed manager of student programming and associate development. Called to the Ontario bar in 2016, she will spearhead the student program for summer and articling students and will handle recruitment, engagement and professional development matters.

Stewart McKelvey

The firm has announced that Paul Saunders, based in Halifax, will serve as chief innovation officer and partner. He will continue to head the firm’s practice innovation department, which has been bolstered by the additions of practice innovation lawyers Kathleen Leighton and Kimberly MacLachlan.

Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

Leanne M. Williams has been elected to the Management Committee of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. She will serve as Canada regional director.

A partner at the Toronto-based firm, Williams exclusively practises restructuring and insolvency law.

Torys LLP

Cornell Wright has been appointed an executive in residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management. Wright is a Toronto-based partner, a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, chairperson of the firm’s corporate department and past co-head of the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice.

The firm has also announced Mark Bain’s reelection as chairperson of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships for the fourth consecutive year. Bain is a Toronto-based partner, head of the firm’s public-private partnerships practice and co-head of the firm’s infrastructure practice.

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