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Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: July 1 update

Firms making announcements included Heuristica, Langlois, McCarthy Tétrault and McInnes Cooper

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: July 1 update

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

Heuristica Discovery Counsel LLP

Crystal O’Donnell has been appointed chairperson of the Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII) and of Lexum. She previously served as vice-chairperson of CanLII’s board and has sat on Lexum’s board since its acquisition by CanLII.

O’Donnell is Heuristica’s founder and chief executive officer. Her areas of focus include e-discovery, litigation, regulatory matters and cross-border and conflicts of laws issues.

Langlois lawyers, LLP

Éric Thibaudeau has been named a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America. A partner and lawyer based in the firm’s Montreal office, Thibaudeau’s practice centres on construction law, occupational health and safety and labour relations, among other matters.

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

The firm has announced that Robert Kopstein has joined the firm’s Calgary office as a partner in its national tax group.

With more than 35 years of experience in tax dispute resolution and tax planning, Kopstein has experience advising oil and gas clients across Western Canada. Raj Juneja, head of the firm’s tax group, called Kopstein a “brilliant tax practitioner.”

In addition to tax law, Kopstein has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate reorganizations, corporate finance, structured finance and Canada-U.S. cross-border transactions.

McInnes Cooper

Karen Gardiner has been appointed to the St. Francis Xavier (StFX) University’s board of governors, where she will serve a three-year term, effective July 1. She also serves as incumbent chairperson of the StFX Women of X-cellence and twice served as co-chairperson of the StFX Kehoe Dinner and Auction.

A partner and corporate lawyer based in the firm’s Halifax office, Gardiner’s practice areas include banking, financial services and secured lending.

MLT Aikins LLP

MLT Aikins has congratulated Leah Schatz on her appointment to the board of directors of the St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, where she will serve a three-year term.

Schatz is a Saskatoon-based partner who mainly practises labour and employment law, particularly in the fields of health and education.

The firm also announced the appointment of Jessica Jensen as vice-chairperson of the executive committee of the Canada chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. She has commenced serving her second term at the board, effective June 18.

Jensen is a Winnipeg-based foreign legal consultant and associate who is licensed to practise U.S. law in Manitoba. She centres her practice on U.S. and Canadian immigration law

Stewart McKelvey

Rebecca Saturley has been elected as a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She is the first woman from Atlantic Canada to be named to the fellowship.

Saturley serves as the firm’s Halifax office managing partner. Her practice areas include education, human rights and pensions and benefits.

Torkin Manes LLP

The Toronto-based firm has announced Andrew Biderman as a new partner in its banking and financial services group.

Biderman is experienced in debt finance transactions, acquisitions and divestitures in a restructuring context and senior secured, asset-based, subordinated and syndicated lending transactions.

WeirFoulds LLP

Marie-Andrée Vermette has been appointed vice-president of the Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario. Vermette has served in the association’s board of directors for three years and in its executive committee for one year.

Vermette is partner and chairperson of the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. Based in the firm’s Toronto office, she has experience acting in commercial disputes, class actions and public law cases.

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