Friday, 06 June 2008 07:41 Written by Gail J. Cohen
Dale Ponder is the managing partner of Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, which has about 475 lawyers in five offices, including one in New York. She took on her management role just over three years ago, and while Ponder is one of the rare women in the top ranks of law firm management in Canada, she is not the first in her firm. She also continues her M&A practice while juggling management duties. Ponder talks to Canadian Lawyer about women in leadership and her role at Oslers.
When Juliet Knapton conducted an informal survey recently on parental-leave policies in small to mid-sized Ottawa law firms, the young associate was amazed to discover not only that most firms didn’t have a policy but also that most female associates didn’t know and were afraid to ask.
When Bill C-45 was passed by Parliament a few months before it came into law in March 2004, Canada’s then-minister of Justice Martin Cauchon called its Westray mine-inspired provisions on workplace safety and corporate liability a major step towards ensuring that employers would be held responsible for criminally negligent acts.
“June is our women’s issue,” e-mailed the editor of this magazine. “Please try and make your column relevant.” Later, to prod me along I suppose, she sent an article from Law Times that began: “A group of female lawyers have formed the Women’s Court of Canada to rewrite key Supreme Court of Canada decisions from a feminist perspective in hopes of ending what they call a recent neglect of equality rights.”
If you’re a business generalist or in-house counsel, you likely wouldn’t try to complete a multimillion-dollar real estate transaction without benefit of counsel specialized in such work. So why would you think of flying solo on a blockbuster deal to acquire vital information technology services for your client or company?
Monday, 17 March 2008 06:30 Written by Gail J. Cohen
Canadian Hugh Verrier was elected chairman of White & Case LLP, the 10th largest law firm in the world, last year. Trained at the law schools of McGill and Harvard universities, Verrier has been with White & Case for 24 years, most recently as the manager of the firm’s Moscow office. His four-year term as chairman sees him leading a firm of 2,300 lawyers in 36 offices across 24 countries. The firm’s 2006 revenues, the latest available, were $1.85 billion. Verrier talks to Canadian Lawyer about leadership, the economy, and his experiences so far.