Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: June 3 update

Firms making moves included Farris, Fogler Rubinoff and Mann Lawyers

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions and departures: June 3 update

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

Farris LLP

The firm has announced that Mitchell Gropper, partner at its Vancouver office, has been appointed chairperson of the dean’s advisory committee for the Centre for Business Law of the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia.

“Like many educational institutions across the country, the current pandemic has brought forward a number of challenges,” said Michael J. Korenberg, chairperson of the university’s board of governors. “To have the leadership and wise counsel of Mitch at a time like this will serve the Centre well.”

Gropper focuses his practice on corporate and commercial law and has advised clients on complex transactions, “going private” transactions and mergers and acquisitions. He also practises real estate law and has advised clients on financings and complex debt restructurings.

Fogler Rubinoff LLP

Bill Hearn, partner at the firm’s Toronto office, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Canadian Marketing Association for 2020 to 2021. He centres his practice on corporate and commercial law, advertising and marketing law and regulatory compliance, among other areas of law.

Mann Lawyers LLP

Michael S. Hebert and Cheryl McLuckie have joined the firm in its new environmental law practice group. Herbert also acts as team leader, with over three decades of experience in complex commercial litigation and environmental litigation under his belt.

Andre Martin, co-managing partner at the Ontario-based firm, said that he looked forward to these experienced lawyers bolstering the firm’s existing commercial litigation practice.

McInnes Cooper

The firm congratulated Susan M. Johnson on her appointment to the Canadian Bar Association’s national board of directors. Along with her fellow newly appointed board members, she will serve a two-year term, beginning Sept. 1.

Based in the firm’s Halifax office, Johnson focuses her practice on corporate law and tax.

Pallett Valo LLP

The Ontario-based firm has announced that Maria Ruberto, partner and head of its construction practice group, has been inducted as a fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, which aims to distinguish outstanding construction lawyers in the country.

John Russo, managing partner, said that the firm is pleased that Ruberto has been honoured by her peers in the construction law community. “She has been an incredible source of positive energy in the firm for many years and deserves the recognition that has now been bestowed upon her,” Russo said. “Her passion for her work and her desire to share her knowledge has been inspirational for people in the construction industry and for her colleagues.”

The Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, which had originally planned to host a weekend event and gala dinner to honour the inductees, opted to hold its annual conference virtually this year.

Sportschuetz & Company

Tim M. Sportschuetz has launched the new boutique construction law and consulting firm, based in Vancouver. Sportschuetz previously practised at the construction and infrastructure group of Singleton Urquhart Reynolds Vogel LLP.

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