Lindsay Scott

Lindsay Scott

Lindsay Scott is an associate at litigation boutique Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP in Toronto. Lindsay’s column will focus on the early years of legal practice, and all that comes with it. She welcomes your feedback and can be reached at

Column: Trial by Fire
Monday, 10 November 2014 00:00

Trial by Fire: Correcting the record edition

Last month I had the pleasure of attending The Advocates’ Society fall forum for litigators under 10 years of practice. This year’s theme was profile building, and social media was a regular topic. Several senior lawyers and judges reminded us that the Internet is forever — a fact that haunts me every time I think about the Trial by Fire columns I have written over the past three years. b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpg
Monday, 15 September 2014 10:18

Be present, practise better

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpgThis is a column I’ve been meaning to write for some time, and since the fall is usually my busiest time of year, there’s no time like the present. Which is sort of the point of this article: how mindfulness, meditation, and “being present” has benefited my law practice.
Monday, 21 July 2014 08:00

Developing broader shoulders

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpgSomething really terrible happened in the life of one of my clients a few months ago. I was totally shaken by it and lost several nights’ sleep. As time has passed, I have gained more perspective but wanted to write about what I’m discovering is one of the toughest parts about this job: coping when something difficult happens to a client.
Monday, 19 May 2014 08:00

A quid pro quo I can get behind

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_LIndsay-Scott14.jpgMy firm Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP and the commercial litigation practice group of The Advocates’ Society recently hosted a fantastic women’s networking event featuring a presentation by Ritu Bhasin. I had heard about Bhasin (@Ritu_Bhasin) and her terrific seminars several times before. I’ll pass on the same advice given to me: if you ever get a chance to see her, go! She’s a wonderful speaker, full of wisdom to pass on to lawyers, particularly women.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgI just enjoyed a thoroughly wonderful Sunday brunch with five friends, all of whom happen to be lawyers called to the bar sometime between 2011 and 2013. If I haven’t said it often enough in this column, I’ll say it again: having friends and colleagues with whom you can trade war stories is invaluable.
Monday, 20 January 2014 08:00

Eat more veggies!

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgHappy New Year! Every January, millions resolve to make all kinds of lifestyle changes, like eating more vegetables, exercising more, eliminating vices, and re-connecting with family. I’m one of those people who enthusiastically embrace the annual tradition of New Year’s resolutions. I know, shocker.

Monday, 16 December 2013 08:00

The benefits of giving back

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgDecember brings to my mind plenty of food, time for family and friends, and the season of giving. In this spirit of giving and gratitude for what we have, I’ve written before about my belief that lawyers have an obligation to use our skills for the benefit of our communities, in addition to our law practices.
Monday, 21 October 2013 08:00

Welcome those moments of insanity

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgI had planned a column for this month on waiver of privilege — lawyers who, to their horror, spectacularly screw up via tech blunder and disclose confidential information. Then I had coffee with Jane Southren.
Monday, 19 August 2013 09:00

CPD basics for Ontario associates

b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgAs a junior lawyer, and relatively new to this self-regulating profession, I am a touch sensitive to any communications from the Law Society of Upper Canada. So, when I recently got an e-mail from the law society reminding me I hadn’t entered into the portal any of my continuing professional development time this year, I had a mini-panic.
b_150_0_16777215_00___images_stories_01-CANADIANLawyer_Columnists_lindsay_scott.jpgRecently, my colleague and fellow Canadian Lawyer columnist Margaret Waddell urged all lawyers to make pro bono representation a part of their practice. I couldn’t agree more with Marg’s plea, and have taken it to heart.
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