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• 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.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Sierra Heisler, who has joined the firm's Edmonton office as an associate in the Corporate Group.

• Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP announces that Josef Hocher and Kenton Rein have joined the firm in its Calgary office as partners.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Matthew Epp is joining the Commercial Litigation Group in its Calgary office.


Richard (Rick) Bennett has joined DLA Piper (Canada) LLP's Vancouver office as senior tax counsel.

• Dentons has named Tevia Jeffries and Shoshanah Webber as new partners in Vancouver.

• Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP announces the continued expansion of its client service offerings in restructuring and insolvency law with the addition of Mary Buttery and Lance Williams as partners in the firm's Vancouver office.

•  Catharine Herb-Kelly joins Branch MacMaster LLP as associate counsel, practising primarily in the areas of health law, administrative law and adult guardianship. She currently acts as independent counsel to tribunals hearing professional disciplinary matters.

• Angus M. Gunn, formerly of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, has joined the litigation boutique of Eyford Macaulay as a partner in its Vancouver office.

• Silvergate Law welcomes Betty Wu as an associate.

• Lawson Lundell LLP announces that Jeffrey Read and Chat Ortved have joined the firm’s Vancouver office as partners in its Corporate Finance and Securities Group.

• Roper Greyell LLP has appointed Linda Lucas as chief executive officer in Vancouver. She is a chartered professional accountant with 20 years of experience in all aspects of finance and operations.


• 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.


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

• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Provincial court judge Timothy Gabriel was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax; Pamela MacKeigan, a senior solicitor with the Department of Justice on Nova Scotia, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia’s family division in Halifax; and Ann Smith, a partner with Burchells LLP, has been appointed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in Halifax.


• No current news.


• Miller Thomson LLP announces the following appointments in Toronto: Gregory R. Azeff, partner, Kyla Mahar, partner, and Luigi Valente, associate.

• Dentons has named the following new partners in Toronto: Andrew Bourns, Radha Khosla, Kris Miks, Larry Nevsky and Chloe Snider.

• Dentons has named James Wishart as a new partner in Ottawa.

• Jill E. McCutcheon has joined Torys LLP as a partner in Toronto, while Kelly Morris has joined the firm as senior counsel.

• Dickinson Wright LLP announces that Jud Whiteside has joined the firm in Toronto. He currently focuses his practice in corporate and commercial law with extensive experience and special expertise in competition law and sports law.

• Lerners LLP welcomes Alan Melamud, who has joined the firm’s Toronto office as an associate in the Commercial Litigation and Class Actions groups.

• Daniel Logan has joined Baker McKenzie as a partner in Toronto, bringing more than 20 years of experience in complex commercial technology and outsourcing transactions.

• Miller Thomson LLP announces that Lawrence D. Wilder and Tom Koutoulakis have joined the firm as partners. They were both previously with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

• Erika Chamberlain has been named the new dean of Western University’s Faculty of Law, beginning May 1, 2017. She has been associate dean (academic) at Western Law for the past five years.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Thomas Albert Cromwell has joined the firm as counsel. He joins BLG following his retirement from the Supreme Court of Canada, where he served as a justice from December 2008 to September 2016.

• Miller Thomson LLP welcomes Lawrence Wilder and Tom Koutoulakis as partners to its Toronto Business Practice Group. Wilder and Koutoulakis join Miller Thomson from Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP.

• Dentons Canada LLP announces that Rebecca Kacaba and Mat Goldstein have joined its Toronto office, while Eric Foster has returned to the firm’s Corporate group in Toronto.

• Andersen Global announces the addition of TaxChambers LLP, a tax boutique in Toronto, as a collaborating firm of Andersen Global. The TaxChambers LLP team is led by partners Sunita Doobay and Vitaly Timokhov.

• Ogletree Deakins International LLP welcomes Stephen Shore as a partner in the firm’s Toronto office. Shore will lead the firm's traditional labour relations practice group in Canada.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Derek J. Bell has joined the firm as a litigation partner in the Toronto office.

• Baker McKenzie has elected the following new partners in Toronto: Brian Cacic, International Commercial Practice; Maxine Ethier, Banking, Finance and Major Projects Practice; Alex Farcas, Corporate & Securities Practice; Nancy Hamzo, Corporate & Securities Practice; Michael Nowina, Litigation and Government Enforcement Practice; Andrew Shaw, Compensation and Employment Law Practice; and Mark Tonkovich, Tax Practice.

• John Campion announces that he will be a partner at Gardiner Roberts in Toronto as of Dec. 30.

• Cassels Brock announces the continued expansion of its client service offering in franchise law with the addition of Stéphane Teasdale as a partner in the firm's Toronto office, where he will continue to offer clients his expertise on the Quebec franchise market.

• Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP welcomes associate Christine Kellowan to its Construction Law Practice Group. Kellowan’s practice includes civil litigation with an emphasis on construction and commercial matters.

• Canadian in-house counsel boutique Simplex Legal LLP is expanding into the Ontario market, led by Ashley McInnis, who recently joined Simplex. Co-founders Martine Boucher and Geoff Best say Simplex plans to hire 10 additional lawyers in Ontario and will also be opening an office in British Columbia in June. Simplex also has offices in Montreal, Quebec and Calgary.

• Paul M. Mann PC announces the addition of Sean Hayward as an associate.


• No current news.


• Dentons has named the following new partners in Montreal: Charles Côté-Lépine, Marie-Josée Couture, Anthony Franceschini, John Papagiannis and Giancarlo Salvo.

• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announces that Walied Soliman has been elected chairman of the firm in Canada, effective March 24. He will chair the Partnership Committee, an elected representative committee of the Canadian partnership, and play an important external role with the firm’s clients.

•  Miller Thomson LLP announces the following appointments in Montreal: Hubert Sibre, partner, Anne-Frédérique Bourret, associate, and Emily Kissel, associate.


• 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.


• 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.

• Dentons is expanding to the Netherlands through a combination with Dutch law firm Boekel, which employs approximately 70 lawyers, including 16 partners. Boekel provides clients with full-service legal advice, with a focus on real estate, corporate and litigation. The partners of both firms have approved the deal, which is expected to close in April.

Last updated: April 24, 2017


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