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• Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP announces the addition of the following new partners in Calgary: Chris Harris, Olga Kary, Katie Slipp, and Ryan Zahara.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Kevin Barr has joined the firm in Calgary as counsel. He was previously with Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Calgary: Jennifer Koschinsky; Birch K. Miller; Derrick S. Pagenkopf; and Steve R. Will.
• Dentons Canada LLP announces that David Lefebvre has been named a corporate partner in Calgary. He was previously with the firm from 1990 to 2004, before moving to Stikeman Elliott LLP and then to Gowlings in 2011.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has named two new partners to its Calgary office, effective Jan. 1, as follows: Peter D. Banks (construction), and Richard Eisenbraun (tax).
• Stringam Denecky LLP and SGB LLP announce they have merged to become the "pre-eminent regional law firm in Alberta" known as Stringam LLP. Following the merger effective Jan. 1, there will be a total of 33 lawyers practicing at the new firm.
• McMillan LLP announces that Kourtney Rylands has joined the Business Law group in the Calgary office. Rylands was called to the Alberta bar Aug. 10.
• Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP announces the addition of the following new partners in Vancouver: Laura Cundari, Carrie Fleming, and Soraya Jamal.
• Hakemi Ridgedale LLP of Vancouver announces that Scott Marescaux has joined as an associate and Jeff Scouten has joined as associate counsel.
• Bull Housser & Tupper LLP announces that Michael Blatchford, Kirsten Jenkins, and Olga Rivkin have joined the partnership in Vancouver.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Vancouver: Jonathan B. Ross and Michael James Schalke.
• James J. D. Wagner announces that he has left Magellan Law Group LLP of Langley, B.C. to launch Silvergate Law in Vancouver, where he will focus on intellectual property law and civil litigation.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces that Maxwell Brunette, an employment and labour lawyer, has joined its Vancouver office as partner. Previously, he was a partner at Blakes in Calgary.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP has named two new partners to its Vancouver office, effective Jan. 1, as follows: Luke Dineley (insurance & tort liability), and Edward J.T. Wang (financial services).
• Fillmore Riley LLP announces that Johanna C. C. Caithness has joined the partnership. She practises primarily in the area of taxation.
• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP announces that Jeff Hirsch has been elected president of the Federation of Law Societies of Canada. He will continue to serve his clients and will be based in Winnipeg.
• Allan Fineblit of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP in Winnipeg has been awarded the Richard J. Scott Award, which is presented for excellence in promoting the rule of law.
• André-Guy Savoie and John Eric Pöllabauer announce the opening of their new boutique law practice in the City of Dieppe.
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
• 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.
• Christine Hanson has been named director and CEO of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. She is currently Minister-Counsellor for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C., and will take over the role effective Feb. 8.
• Geoff Machum, a senior partner at Stewart McKelvey LLP specializing in commercial litigation, has been elected chair of the firm's partnership board effective Jan. 1. Machum has been a member of the partnership board since 2008.
• No current news.
• Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP announces the addition of the following new partners in Toronto: Rahat Godil, David Rosner, and Elizabeth Sale.
• Arbitration Place announces that Marshall Rothstein has joined its roster of independent arbitrators as a member arbitrator in Toronto. Rothstein brings nearly five decades of experience to his arbitration practice, including nine years on the bench at the Supreme Court of Canada.
• Pallett Valo LLP has appointed three new partners to its leadership group: Andy Balaura, Joe Conte, and Maria Ruberto.
• Mike Killeen has joined Peerage Capital as SVP and general counsel in Toronto. Most recently, he was president of Aston Hill Asset Management Inc. and, since 2015, has been engaged in venture capital initiatives involving the green energy markets.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that the following new associates have joined the firm in Toronto, many of whom were hired back after articling: Bevan Brooksbank; Graeme Hamilton; Eric Koh; Corry Lomer; Ivana Nenadic; Maddie Axelrod; Andrew Baker; Rachael Belanger; Laura Costen; Matthew Gray; Andrew Guerrisi; Suzanne Kittell; Roma Lotay; Naveen Hassan; David Major; Arthur Nahas; Pierre Permingeat; Graham Splawski; Stephen Nguyen; and Natalie Salafia. The firm also announces that Jeffrey Coghlan has joined as an associate in Ottawa.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Alfred Buggé has joined the firm's Toronto and Montreal offices as a partner.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces that Emma Kenley has been named a partner in Hamilton.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Waterloo Region: Graham H.H. Darling and Aubrey Lasky.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Ottawa: D.E. Gordon Cudney; Martin Lapner; and Jaclyn Marmara.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces the following new partners in Toronto: Leila Burden Nixon; Daniel Cole; Natalie S. Rizkalla-Kamel; and John Sorensen.
• MBM IP Law LLP announces that Etienne de Villiers has joined as partner as the firm opens its new Toronto office. He was formerly with Dimock Stratton LLP.
• Ottawa law firms Hamilton Appotive LLP and Kelly Santini LLP announce that the two firms joined together Jan. 1. The integrated firm will operate as Kelly Santini LLP and will continue the practice of Hamilton Appotive LLP.
• Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP announces that Janet Bobechko has joined the Toronto office as partner. She was previously at Blaney McMurtry LLP.
• Hamilton | Appotive LLP and Kelly Santini LLP announce that the two firms joined together Jan. 1. The integrated firm will operate as Kelly Santini LLP and will continue the practice of Hamilton | Appotive LLP in Ottawa.
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
• No current news.
• Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP announces the addition of the following new partners in Montreal: Aldona Gudas and Clémentine Sallée.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP iannounces that Pascale Dionne has joined the corporate commercial group in its Montreal office.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Olivier Tardif has joined the firm as a partner in its Montreal office.
• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP announces that Alfred Buggé has joined the firm's Montreal and Toronto offices as a partner.
• Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP announces that Alexander Bayus has been named a partner in Montreal.
• Robertson Stromberg LLP announces that Ken K. Ziegler has been appointed Queen’s Counsel. The partnership also welcomes Kirsten M. Hnatuk as its newest member.
• The Honourable Georgina Jackson, judge of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan, has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice. She was elected in October, during the CIAJ’s annual conference in Saskatoon. This is the first time the CIAJ’s president has come from Saskatchewan.
• Baker & McKenzie has elected 26 new partners in North America. They are: Brian Arthur in New York; Marcos Basso in Houston; Nicole Calabro in San Francisco; Jeffrey Curtis in Houston; Darcy Down in Chicago; Michael Egan in Washington, DC; Emily Harbison in Houston; Benjamin Ho in San Francisco; Gwen Hulsey in Houston; Kathryn Johnstone in Chicago; Kai Kramer in Houston; Paula Levy in Palo Alto; Michael Liu in Palo Alto; Stephen Long in Dallas; Justin Marlles in Houston; Mackenzie Martin in Dallas; Teresa Michaud in San Francisco; David Palumbo in Toronto; Colleen Romero in Chicago; William Rowe in Chicago; Julia Skubis Weber in Chicago; Alison Stafford Powell in Palo Alto, Calif.; Daniel Stern in Washington, DC; Phillip Taylor in Washington, DC; Andrew Warmus in Chicago; Justin Welch in Dallas. The firm has also elected the following counsel: Kerry Contini in Washington, DC; Lisa Douglas in Toronto; and Jeremy Hann in Toronto.
• TAGLaw of St. Petersburg, Fla. announces the following additions to its advisory board: Pablo Brusco of Brons & Salas (Argentina); Jim Dankenbring of Spencer Fane LLP (U.S.); John Delaney of Delaney Partners (Bahamas); Irwin Kishner of Herrick Feinstein LLP (U.S.); Paul Hopkins of Carter Newell (Australia); and Danielle Muller of Rassers Advocaten (Netherlands).
Last updated: Feb. 10, 2016