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Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: Jan. 25, 2021 update

Firms making announcements include Blakes, BLG, Cassels, Cain Lamarre, DuMoulin Black, Fasken

Roundup of law firm hires, promotions, departures: Jan. 25, 2021 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.

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Twelve associates were promoted to the partnership:

  • Anna Abbott (Toronto) — employment and labour
  • Ariane Bisaillon (Montreal) — litigation and dispute resolution
  • Patrick Gordon (Toronto) — commercial real estate
  • Jennifer Hancock (Toronto) — financial services
  • Ky Kvisle (Calgary) — corporate and commercial, energy
  • Tamara Nachmani (Toronto) — corporate and commercial
  • Rianna Ritchie (Vancouver) — corporate and commercial, technology
  • Aryo Shalviri (Toronto) — restructuring and insolvency
  • Alyssa Shivji (Toronto) — corporate and commercial, infrastructure
  • Linda Tu (Toronto) — capital markets
  • Mike Ventresca (Vancouver) — commercial real estate
  • Joe Zed (Toronto) — capital markets

“The new partners, a majority of whom are women, reflect our commitment to excellence,” said Brock Gibson, firm chairperson.

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG)

Chris Roine joined the firm’s Vancouver office as counsel in the Indigenous law and corporate and capital markets groups.

“With his extensive experience in leading negotiations and working with First Nations communities, Chris will be an asset to the firm and our clients,” said Prema Thiele, head of the firm’s corporate and capital markets group.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

The firm welcomed three new partners:

  • Tamara Prince (Calgary) — litigation
  • Derek Elliott (Calgary) — real estate and development
  • Ryan Hornby (Toronto) — business law

Cain Lamarre

In the firm’s Montreal office, Jean-François Hudon was appointed the new managing partner, while Christian Dufour assumed the new position of managing director.

“I am very proud to name two professionals with a remarkable track record and mobilizing leadership at the head of our Montreal team,” said Gina Doucet, managing partner at Cain Lamarre.

DuMoulin Black LLP

The Vancouver-based firm announced that Garrett Lee and Gavin Mah have joined, effective Jan. 1. Both Lee and Mah practise in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisition law and securities law.

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP

Lucie Lanctuit joined as a Montreal-based partner in the litigation and dispute resolution practice group.

“Her vast expertise in litigation, both civil and administrative, will be a key advantage for our clients,” said Éric Bédard, managing partner for the Quebec Region.

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

The firm has appointed Toronto-based Laurent Massam as the new head of IP litigation and strategy. Martha Savoy, based in Ottawa, and John Coldham, based in London, U.K., became the new leads of the firm’s global trademark, brands and designs group.

Langlois lawyers, LLP

The Quebec-based firm has announced that Tina Hobday has been appointed chairperson of the Québec Regional Council of the Association of Canadian Pension Management for a one-year term that began on Jan. 1. Hobday is a partner who focuses her practice on pension plan litigation and governance.

McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Steeves Bujold, Montreal-based partner and Quebec Region litigation practice leader at McCarthy Tétrault, was named vice president of the Canadian Bar Association for 2021-2022.

McMillan LLP

Seven lawyers were admitted to the firm’s equity partnership:

  • Mervyn Allen (Toronto) — commercial real estate
  • Michael Burns (Toronto) — capital markets
  • Rajeev Dewan (Toronto) — capital markets
  • Annik Forristal (Toronto) — commercial real estate
  • Ryan Gallagher (Vancouver) — regulatory
  • Leila Rafi (Toronto) — capital markets
  • Vicki Tickle (Vancouver) — financial services

Eleven lawyers were promoted to partner:

  • Christian Abouchaker (Montreal) — business law
  • Marie-Lou Beaumont (Montreal) — commercial real estate
  • Alex Bruvels (Toronto) — capital markets
  • Joshua Chad (Toronto) — regulatory
  • Timothy Cullen (Ottawa) — advocacy and employment
  • David Dudkiewicz (Toronto) — commercial real estate
  • Samantha Gordon (Toronto) — advocacy and employment
  • Sasa Jarvis (Vancouver) — capital markets
  • Kristen Pennington (Toronto) — advocacy and employment
  • Kourtney Rylands (Calgary) — financial services
  • Marina Tran (Vancouver) — capital markets

“They exemplify the values, the leadership and the commitment to excellence that are critical to the firm’s strategic growth and our ability to contribute to the success of our clients,” said Teresa Dufort, the firm’s chief executive officer and managing partner.

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

The firm welcomed Imran Ahmad as a new partner. Based in Toronto and Montreal, Ahmad serves as Canadian head of the firm’s technology and innovation industry group and Canadian co-head of the firm’s data protection, privacy and cybersecurity practice.

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