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• 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.

• Dentons announces that Christopher Zelyas has joined the firm as a partner in its Litigation and Dispute Resolution group based in Edmonton.

• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Michelle Crighton has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton. Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Jo’Anne Strekaf has been appointed to serve on the Alberta Court of Appeal in Edmonton. She will also serve as a judge on the Court of Appeals for the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. Kevin Feehan, a partner with Dentons Canada LLP, has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton. James Eamon, a partner with Gowling Canada, has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. Jolaine Antonio, an appellate counsel with Alberta Justice, has been appointed a judge of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Calgary. Prosecutor George Fraser has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton. Bonnie Bokenfohr, the interim executive director of the Edmonton Police Commission, has been appointed to the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench in Edmonton.


• DuMoulin Black LLP welcomes Iva Erceg to the firm, saying Erceg's experience in securities, M&A, private placement, public offerings and corporate reorganizations makes her a natural fit with the firm’s practice and clients.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes new associate Jared Enns to its Litigation, Arbitration and Investigations Group in Vancouver.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP welcomes Michelle Isaak to the partnership in Vancouver, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

• Global law firm Norton Rose Fulbright and Vancouver-based Bull Housser announced their combination in September 2016. As of Jan. 3, the Vancouver firm takes the Norton Rose Fulbright name. Charles Hurdon continues as Canadian managing partner for Norton Rose Fulbright and Janet Grove remains managing partner of the Vancouver office.

• Roper Greyell LLP announces that Ryan Copeland has joined the partnership in Vancouver.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Peter Rowntree has joined the firm's Vancouver office as an associate. He practises corporate and commercial law with a focus on mergers and acquisitions.

• DLA Piper (Canada) LLP announces that Michael Mjanes from the firm's Vancouver office has been named a 2016 Lexpert Rising Star. Lexpert Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40 is a prestigious annual award celebrating the best young lawyers in Canada who have demonstrated professional excellence, effective leadership and commitment to their communities.

• Derek Mah has joined Harper Grey LLP’s Critical Injury Group as associate counsel. Prior to obtaining his LLB, Mah practiced as a physiotherapist.


• 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.

• On Nov. 28, 2016, a new civil litigation boutique firm — Marr Finlayson Pollock LLP — opened its offices in Winnipeg. The three founding partners are David I. Marr and Joseph A. Pollock, formerly of Campbell Marr LLP, and Michael G. Finlayson, formerly of D’Arcy & Deacon LLP.


• Cox & Palmer Law announces that John D. Townsend of its Fredericton office is the recipient of the Franklin O. Leger, QC, Award, the highest honour granted by the New Brunswick Law Society. The award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the law society, contributions to the governance of the legal profession and excellence in the practice of law.

• Cox & Palmer announces that John Barry, counsel in its Saint John office, has been awarded the 2016 Order of New Brunswick. The highest honour of the province lauded Barry for his leadership and dedication in the field of law, and for his significant volunteer work in the areas of health care, education and charitable organizations over the last 50 years.


• 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.


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• 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.

• Lerners LLP announces that Jamieson Halfnight and Anne Juntunen have brought their commercial insurance practice to the firm's Toronto office.

• Reisler Franklin LLP has acquired Donaldson Donaldson Greenaway LLP of Windsor, Ont. Elizabeth Essex, Michael Stocks and Jonathan Wiesenthal will remain in the Windsor office and add their service strength to Reisler Franklin's staff in Toronto and London.

• Dickinson Wright LLP announces the election of two new partner attorneys, Ted Citrome and Ted Kalnins, to the firm’s Toronto office, effective Jan. 1, 2017.

• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announces the following new partners: Amy Grenon, Maya Medeiros and Michael Torrance in Toronto and Jamie Macdonald and Peter MacTavish in Ottawa.

• Harry Freedman has joined employment and labour lawyersSherrard Kuzz LLP, effective Jan. 3.

• Kevin Coon, managing partner of Baker & McKenzie's Toronto office, has been elected to a three-year term as chairman of the firm's global policy committee, a governing body of leaders encompassing 77 offices in 47 countries across practice and industry groups. The committee is responsible for working with Baker & McKenzie's executive committee on policy matters and the strategic direction of the firm.

• Dentons announces that Michael Ledgett, partner in its Toronto office who has practised law in Ontario for more than 40 years, has been appointed to the board of directors of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships.

• Blake Cassels and Graydon LLP’s Global Legal Innovation Challenge will ask legal technology developers across the world to develop a solution that keeps businesses updated on relevant legislative and regulatory changes. Blakes will partner with LegalX, the legal technology cluster at MaRS, to deliver the Challenge.

• The Law Foundation of Ontario announces the awarding of a Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship to Deepa Mattoo, legal director at the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Alex MacFarlane is joining its Toronto office as partner in the Banking and Financial Services and Bankruptcy, Insolvency and Restructuring Groups.

• BDO Canada Limited announces the integration of Deloitte’s consumer insolvency practice into BDO’s national financial recovery services practice. Together, the practices now operate under the BDO Canada Limited banner.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that the following associates have joined the firm in its Toronto office: Alexey Belozorovich; Jessica-Ann Buchta; Mekhala Chaubal; Joseph DiPonio; Evita Ferreira; Alannah Fotheringham; Webnesh Haile; John Hunter; Joelle Kabouchi; Ian Li; Maciej Lipinski; Chelsea Papadatos; Adam Pennell; Sarah Sweet; and Samantha Tom.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Rob Blackstein has joined the firm as counsel in its Toronto office.

• JAMS, which provides mediation and arbitration services worldwide, announced the addition of retired Federal Court Justice Roger T. Hughes to its panel. He will be based in the JAMS Toronto Resolution Centre and serve as an arbitrator and mediator in a variety of disputes including administrative law, engineering, entertainment and sports, intellectual property, telecommunications and aboriginal law.

• Fogler Rubinoff LLP welcomes Mary Wahbi to its Wills and Estates and Corporate Commercial groups and Robert Saunders to its Commercial Real Estate and Corporate Commercial groups.

• Yuri Chumak announces a restructuring of his law practice and a new partnership called Chumak & Company LLP, with partner Peter Elyjiw. Chumak & Company LLP offers patent and trademark services, as well as IP litigation, transactional support and advisory services on technology matters.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that its Toronto office has relocated from Scotia Plaza to the new Bay Adelaide Centre, East Tower. BLG says its new offices have been designed to a LEED Gold standard with a reduced environmental footprint.

• The federal government announced the appointment of the following judges: Ontario Superior Court Justice Gary Trotter has been appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal. Justice James Turnbull, the regional senior judge for the Central South Region of the Superior Court of Justice, has been transferred back to the regular complement in Hamilton to replace Justice Harrison Arrell, who has been appointed regional senior judge for the Central South Region. Peter Cavanagh, a senior partner with Dentons Canada LLP in Toronto, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Toronto. Tracy Engelking, a senior counsel with the Children’s Aid Society in Ottawa, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice and a member of the Family Court in Ottawa. Jasmine Akbarali, a partner with Lerners LLP in Toronto, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice. Joseph Di Luca, a partner with Di Luca Dann LLP in Toronto, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice in Newmarket. Lene Madsen, a principal mediator with Bluewater Mediation in London, has been appointed to the Superior Court of Justice and a member of the Family court in Hamilton.


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• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Don J. Alberga is returning to the Labour and Employment group as partner in its Montréal office. Prior to joining BLG, Alberga was a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, practicing employment and labour law.

• Norton Rose Fulbright LLP announces the following new partners: Charles A. Foucreault in Montreal and Jean-Sébastien Cloutier, Pierre Duquette and Jean-Nicolas Prévost in Quebec.

• Langlois lawyers LLP announces that Caroline Matte has joined its team in Montreal, as a partner in the litigation group.


• Robertson Stromberg LLP announces that Caolan Lemke has recently signed the roll and become a new associate.• Robertson Stromberg LLP welcomes new partner Scott D. Waters and new associate Siobhan H. Morgan to the firm.


• Dentons has formalized its combination with offices of the nearly century-old Australian law firm Gadens. The firm now serves 84 markets in Pacific Rim countries, with clients in Australia and around the world benefiting from the local experience of 7,600 Dentons lawyers serving 57 countries on six continents.

• McMillan LLP announces that Michelle Fung has joined the Hong Kong office.

• Dentons has appointed Neal Livingston as global chief financial officer. He joins the firm from Commonwealth Bank of Australia, where he has served as managing director and general manager of global trade and transaction services since 2013. Livingston is based in the London office, where he will oversee all aspects of the firm’s global strategic and operational finance functions.

• Dentons says it would become the first global law firm with offices in Central America if a proposed combination with Costa Rica-based Muñoz Global is approved by partners of both firms by the end of the year. The proposed combination follows the launch of Dentons López Velarde in Mexico and Dentons Cardenas & Cardenas in Colombia earlier this year.

Last updated: Jan. 17, 2016


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