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• Dentons announces that partner Shawna Vogel is a winner of the 2017 Lexpert Zenith Awards: Celebrating Women in Law.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes associate counsel Samantha C. Kernahan to its Edmonton office. Her expertise in intellectual property law and corporate/commercial law will add considerable depth to the firm's capabilities across sectors.

• Fasken Martineau announces that Gary Cochrane and Scott Sangster have joined its Calgary office as partners in the Banking & Finance group.

• Dentons has named Courtney Burton and Dan Shea as partners in Calgary.

• Torys LLP announces that Anthony Cioni, who was a partner in the Calgary office, has left the firm.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Patrick Roche to the partnership in Calgary, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announces the following new partners in Calgary: Michael C. Bolitho, James O'Sullivan and Elizabeth Williams.


• Fasken Martineau announces that Craig Munroe has joined its Vancouver office as partner in the Labour, Employment & Human Rights group.

• Clark Wilson LLP announces the following hires in Vancouver: Jeff Holowaychuk joins the Intellectual Property and Information Technology groups; Max Portner joins the Capital Markets, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions group; Mike McDonald joins the new Aboriginal Business group; Catherine Brayley joins the Tax and Estates & Trusts groups; Carly Tyson joins the Commercial Real Estate group; Emily Clough joins the Business Litigation and Estates & Trusts groups; and Chantal Cattermole joins the Mediation & Arbitration and Estates & Trusts groups.

• Miranda Lam of McCarthy Tétrault has been appointed vice chair of the Vancouver Foundation board of directors for 2017-2018.

Dentons announces the selection of John Sandrelli as its Vancouver office managing partner. He brings more than 25 years of experience in corporate restructuring and reorganization matters to his clients.

• Daniel Kozera, Laura Miller and Brett Weninger have joined Harper Grey LLP as associates in Vancouver. Each completed their articles with the firm and was recently called to the B.C. bar.

• Miller Thomson LLP announces the appointment of four partners to its Vancouver legal knowledge centre: John Doolan, a senior real estate lawyer; Rory Godinho, a leader in capital markets and securities law; Heather Jones, an experienced litigator with an extensive background in complex corporate and commercial matters; and Gal Smolar, a corporate technology lawyer who advises entrepreneurs, startups and investors.


• MLT Aikins LLP's Guy Joubert has retired effective Dec. 30, 2016. Joubert began his articles in 1988 and joined Aikins, MacAulay & Thorvaldson LLP in 1994. On Jan. 20, he received the 2017 MBA Distinguished Service Award, an honour awarded to a member of the bench or bar who exemplifies the ideals of service to the legal profession and the community.

• The partners of Fillmore Riley LLP congratulate Lindsay R. Martens and Delaney T. Vun on their admission to partnership effective Jan. 1, 2017. Martens practises primarily in the areas of corporate and commercial law, tax law, real estate, pension law and wills and estates. Vun practises mainly in the areas of corporate and commercial law, real estate and condominium law. She is currently vice president of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canadian Condominium Institute.

• MLT Aikins LLP welcomes new partner Grant Stefanson to the firm’s Winnipeg office. A former managing partner of D’Arcy & Deacon LLP, he practises in the areas of civil litigation, corporate and commercial law, regulatory offences, labour and employment and aboriginal law.


• Stewart McKelvey announced it is furthering its commitment to UNB law students with a leadership gift of $200,000. This donation will support the Frank Covert and Stewart McKelvey scholarships and create a new scholarship to promote and encourage diversity among the entering class.

• John Williamson, dean of the faculty of law at the University of New Brunswick, welcomes legal scholars Jane Thomson and Michael Marin to UNB.


• Alex Hickman has died. As chief justice of the Newfoundland Supreme Court trial division, Hickman was appointed chairman of the inquiry into the conviction of Donald Marshall, Jr., which recommended sweeping changes in the way minorities are treated in the justice system. Hickman, who was born in Newfoundland, earned his law degree from Dalhousie University in Halifax in 1947. He practised law in Newfoundland until he was elected to that province’s House of Assembly in 1966. During his political career, he was minister of justice and attorney general and held several other portfolios during his time in politics. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Newfoundland in 1979 and served as a director of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice from 1980 to 1984. He received honorary degrees from Dalhousie and Newfoundland’s Memorial University and was named to the Order of Canada in 2003. A courthouse in Grand Bank bears his name. Hickman was 90.


• Field Law announces that Alain Chiasson has joined the Business Law Group in the Yellowknife office. He was at McLennan Ross LLP in Yellowknife prior to joining Field.


• The Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society has welcomed its new leadership for the coming year. Julia Cornish assumes the position of president for 2017-2018, taking over from R. Daren Baxter, president for 2016-2017. Joining her as officers are: Frank E. DeMont, who will serve as first vice president, and Christa Brothers, who will be second vice president.

• James Bishop has been appointed associate general counsel of DHX Media.


• No current news.


• Torys LLP announces that partner John Laskin is no longer in private practice as he has been appointed as a judge of the Federal Court of Appeal.

• Miller Thomson LLP has anounced the following new hires in Ontario: Keegan Boyd, Belinda Rossi and Jason Rivait join as partners and Stephanie Romano joins as associate in the Toronto office; and Hind Noori joins as associate in the London office.

• Samfiru Tumarkin LLP welcomes James K. Fireman to its Personal Injury and Disability Law practice groups in Toronto.

• Margaret L. Waddell announces that she has started her own firm with partners John Kingman Phillips and A. Julia P. Tremain in Toronto. The new firm, Waddell Phillips PC, carries on class actions, commercial litigation and family law, including providing mediation services and collaborative family law.

• Shibley Righton LLP has added four lawyers from Miller Thomson LLP, doubling the size of its condo law group with full-service backing in Toronto. The lawyers are: Audrey Loeb, Warren Kleiner, Patrick Greco and Megan Mackey.

• Kirsten Kjellander has joined Borden Ladner Gervais LLP as a partner in the Toronto Tax Group.

• Beth Wilson, former KPMG Greater Toronto Area managing partner, has been selected as Dentons’ Canada CEO.

• Aird & Berlis announces that Tammy Evans has joined the firm as a partner in the Real Estate Group.

• Following more than 10 years as a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, Frank J.C. Newbould has joined Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP as counsel to the firm and the roster of Arbitration Place as a member arbitrator.

• Fasken Martineau announces that Jay A. Lefton has joined its Toronto office as partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Finance groups.

• Beth Wilson, former KPMG Greater Toronto Area managing partner, has been selected as chief executive officer of Dentons Canada LLP effective July 1, 2017, and she will become a member of the Dentons Global Management Committee and Global Board. Chris Pinnington, current Canada CEO and chairman, who earlier announced his intention to step down as part of a planned succession after almost eight years in the CEO role, will continue to serve as chairman of Dentons Canada.

• Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP has named Doug Bryce national managing partner, while Shahir Guindi and Dale Ponder have been named co-chairpersons.

• Goldblatt Partners LLP welcomes three leading pension lawyers — Susan Philpott, Simon Archer and Clio Godkewitsch — to the firm.

• Murray Ralston Lawyers welcomes Michelle Tan to the firm as an associate in its plaintiff personal injury practice in Barrie and North Bay, Ont. She will be working primarily out of the Barrie location.

• Torys LLP announces that Jill E. McCutcheon has joined the firm as partner and Kelly Morris has joined as senior counsel.

• Fogler Rubinoff LLP welcomes Kathryn Balter to its Wills and Estates Group.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Brian Davison has been named chairman of the firm's Restructuring Group.


• No current news.


• After serving for many years at the helm of Kaufman Laramée, Richard Laramée has joined DS Lawyers Canada as partner and chairman of the board.

• Fasken Martineau announces that Adam Saskin has joined as a partner in the firm's Montréal office.

• Christopher Richter has joined Torys LLP as partner at the firm's Montréal office.


• Miller Thomson LLP announces that Jonathan Martin has joined the firm as an associate in Regina.

• Dale Tesarowski, a senior Crown counsel, has been appointed executive director of the new Corporate Initiatives, Performance and Planning Branch, an amalgamation of several policy and planning shops within the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. Kylie Head has assumed the duties of acting assistant deputy minister at Saskatchewan Justice and Glen Gardner has been appointed the deputy minister of Justice and deputy attorney general for Saskatchewan.


• Garden City Group, a New York-based settlement administration firm responsible for some of the largest class action settlement programs in the U.S., announces that it is joining forces with one of Canada’s oldest and foremost class action settlement administrators, Crawford Class Action Services of Waterloo, Ont.

• Lawson Lundell LLP announces the launch of its China Initiative. Led by partner Jack Yong, the new group will focus on clients from Asian markets, particularly from China. The team also includes associates Julia Winters, Lorena Vlad and May Au, paralegals Iris He and Valerie Zeng and business development manager Sylvia Sun.

• Colin Murray has been elected as Baker McKenzie's next North America managing partner. He currently serves as managing partner of the firm's San Francisco/Palo Alto office, and he will succeed Rick Hammett on July 1.

Last updated: August 9, 2017


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