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• Joyce Lester has been appointed to the Edmonton Provincial Court, Criminal Division.

• Brett Code joins TingleMerrett LLP as senior counsel. Code will practice as an independent arbitrator, mediator, and senior advisor in dispute resolution, specializing in corporate, commercial, and securities law matters.

• Vogel LLP welcomes Norm Machida to the firm as counsel. Machida will bring his expertise in complicated litigation.


• Cassels Brock announces Steven Dvorak as partner. Dvorak joins the restructuring and insolvency group.

• Dentons Canada LLP announces Mai Rempel and Don Smith have both joined the firm as counsel.

• ​Bennett Jones LLP welcomes David Bursey to the firm as partner. Bursey joins the energy practice.

• Miller Titerle + Company LLP welcomes Jennifer Wiegele to the firm as counsel.


• Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP welcomes Tracey Pniowsky to the firm. Pniowsky will be joining the tax law team.

• Attorney General Andrew Swan announces the appointment of Alain Huberdeau to the Manitoba Provincial Court.


• After more than 22 years with the Moncton office of Stewart McKelvey, and after having worked approximately one year in the role as part-time in-house counsel for a local real estate development firm, John Eric Pöllabauer has announced he resumed the practice of law with the Moncton law firm of Bingham Law Droit.

• Stewart McKelvey is pleased to announce that the following articling clerks are joining the firm subsequent to being called to the bar: Renée Fontaine (Moncton), Sarah Almon (Saint John), Julia Parent (Saint John), Lara MacDougall (Fredericton), and Sheila LanctÙt (Fredericton).

• Five associates are joining the partnership of Cox & Palmer: Trisha Gallant-LeBlanc, Stephen J. Hill, Paul J. White, Isabelle C. Moreau, Michael A. Gillis.


• Cox & Palmer announced Darren O’Keefe and William Cahill have been made partners of the St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador office effective Jan. 1.


• Lawson Lundell LLP announces the following new associate: In Yellowknife, Glen Rutland (litigation), who was with the Department of Justice of the NWT.

• Karan M. Shaner has been appointed a judge of the Supreme Court of the Northwest Territories (Yellowknife), replacing Justice D.M. Cooper, who resigned as of March 3, 2011. Shaner joined the province's ministry of justice in 1996 and was most recently its assistant deputy minister.

• Associate Malinda A. Kellett has joined Lawson Lundell's corporate and commercial group.

• Gerald Stang and the Peterson Stang corporate department will be joining the Field Law offices in Yellowknife in August.


• William Lahey has been appointed chair of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation. Lahey was formerly vice chair for the NSHRF, and is an associate professor at Schulich School of Law.

• Daniel MacRury has been appointed a judge of the provincial and family court in Nova Scotia (Halifax). MacRury was previously the chief Crown attorney with the Public Prosecution Service in Cape Breton.

• The Public Prosecution Service has appointed Scott Hughes as Crown attorney in Yarmouth and Brian Cox as Crown attorney in Halifax.


• Colleen Stockley has been appointed deputy minister of health and Elizabeth A. L. Sanderson has been appointed deputy minister of justice in Nunavut. Stockley was previously the assistant deputy minister (acting) of the professional services branch of the Department of Health and Community Services in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sanderson was previously the assistant deputy attorney general, aboriginal affairs portfolio with Canada's Department of Justice.

• Former Ontario Securities Commission chair Edward Waitzer, director of the Hennick Centre for Business and Law at Osgoode Hall and the Schulich School of Business at York University as well as a former chair at Stikeman Elliot, will be replacing Philip Olsson as chair of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario.


• Low Murchison Radnoff LLP welcomes Peter Cooke to the firm.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP welcomes new partners Michael Burns, Clifford J. Hart, Anna Marrison, Paul-Michael Rebus, and Lydia Wakulowsky to the firm.

• Gowlings announces Mehmet Komurcu as counsel. Komurcu, previously of Sanli Law in Turkey, joins the firm-wide mining, energy, infrastructure, and technology groups.

• Fragomen expands its Toronto office with the addition of partner Audrea Golding. Golding was previously a firm partner formerly based in Los Angeles.

• Dentons Canada LLP welcomes Chantal Bernier to the firm's privacy and security practice as counsel. Bernier was former Interim Privacy Commissioner of Canada.

• Norton Rose Fulbright welcomes Stephen Whitney, previously of BlackBerry. Whitney joins the technology and innovation team.


• Cox & Palmer's Summerside office welcomes David Hammond, QC, to the firm as counsel. Hammond has practiced law in Summerside for 38 years as a sole practitioner, with a focus on real estate, corporate commercial, financial services, banking & insolvency, estates & trusts, criminal, and litigation. The Summerside office also welcomes associate lawyer Daniel Kutcher, who practiced law with the firm in St. John’s before recently moving with his family to Summerside. Kutcher has a general practice that emphasizes the importance of open and positive relationship building with clients.

• Stephen Carpenter has been named the newest partner at Stewart McKelvey's Charlottetown office. The employment lawyer counts among his clients a range of employers across various industries, as well as organizations in the insurance, education and health sectors.

• Tracey L. Clements, Sherry E. Gillis, and Kim M. McNeill have each been designated Queen's Counsel.


• Montreal lawyer John Claxton has passed away. Claxton began his legal career at Dixon, Sénécal, where he became a partner. He then moved to Lafleur, Brown, de Grandpré (now Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP) where he remained for the rest of his career.

• Lavery announces that Marika Couture-Houle and Nicolas Thibault Bernier have joined the firm. Both Couture-Houle and Bernier will join the litigation group.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP lawyer Suzanne Courchesne has been appointed Puisne Judge of the Superior Court of Québec. Courchesne previously led the health law group at BLG.

• Borden Ladner Gervais LLP welcomes Louise Arbour to the firm as counsel.

• Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages announces the appointment of Catherine Ebbs as chairperson of the public service labour relations and employment board.


• Carolyn T. Cyfra recently signed the rolls in Regina and began her career as an associate with Robertson Stromberg LLP. Cyfra earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the Edwards School of Business at the University of Saskatchewan. Cyfra earned her Juris Doctorate of Law from U of S.


• Securities lawyer Scott D. Fisher has joined the New York office of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP’s as a partner. He was previously a Counsel at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP and an Associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Last updated: October 20, 2014


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