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Cassels Brock consistently attracts the brightest minds our law schools have to offer. This year’s class of students is no exception. Please read our student bios to learn more about the exceptional individuals who will be getting their careers started at Cassels Brock.

Student Committee

David Budd
 
David Budd
Vancouver
David Budd

David Budd, Vancouver Office

David Budd is a partner in both our Toronto and Vancouver offices and a member of our Financial Services Group and the Mining, Equipment and Asset Financing and Sports industry groups. As a member of the Mining group, David has worked extensively with both lenders and resource companies in the mining sector.

Mary Buttery
 
Mary Buttery
Vancouver
Mary Buttery

Mary Buttery, Vancouver Office

Mary Buttery is a partner in our Vancouver office, specialising in commercial insolvency. In her practice, Mary represents financial institutions, debtors and creditors, receivers and trustees in matters related to debt restructuring, corporate reorganizations, loan workouts, fraudulent preference actions, bankruptcy and receiverships.

Xi Chen
 
Xi Chen
Toronto
Xi Chen

Xi Chen, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Xi Chen is an associate in our Business Law Group. Xi’s practice focuses on private and public mergers and acquisitions, internal reorganizations, private equity, venture capital, corporate finance and commercial transactions.

Jenna Clark
 
Jenna Clark
Vancouver
Jenna Clark

Jenna Clark, Vancouver Office

Jenna Clark is an associate in the Financial Services Group in our Vancouver office. She has worked on a variety of corporate transactions and gained valuable experience in general corporate matters, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.

Jonathan Freeman
 
Jonathan Freeman
Toronto
Jonathan Freeman

Jonathan Freeman, Toronto Office

Jonathan Freeman is a partner in the firm's Real Estate Group. His practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate law including financings, acquisitions, dispositions, property development, public/private infrastructure projects and commercial leasing.

Deborah Glatter
 
Deborah Glatter
Toronto
Deborah Glatter

Deborah Glatter, Toronto Office

Deborah Glatter joined Cassels Brock in 1999 and is the Director of Practice Excellence – Advancement and Career Development. Her mandate is to ensure that our associates receive the training, feedback, quality and variety of work necessary to advance their career, bearing in mind each associate’s individual career development goals.

Jennifer Hansen
 
Jennifer Hansen
Vancouver
Jennifer Hansen

Jennifer Hansen, Vancouver Office

Jennifer Hansen is an associate in the Securities Group working out of both the Toronto and Vancouver offices. Jennifer represents both issuers and investment dealers in various transactions, including public offerings, private placements and mergers and acquisitions.

Arend J.A. Hoekstra
 
Arend J.A. Hoekstra
Vancouver
Arend J.A. Hoekstra

Arend J.A. Hoekstra, Vancouver Office

Arend Hoekstra is an associate in the Business Law Group in our Vancouver office. He assists on mining and Aboriginal matters, including the duty to consult and treaty negotiations. Arend is also a Chartered Accountant.

Stefanie Holland
 
Stefanie Holland
Toronto
Stefanie Holland

Stefanie Holland, Toronto Office

Stefanie Holland is an associate practising in our Litigation Group. She was a summer and articling student at Cassels Brock prior to joining the firm as an associate. Stefanie has significant experience in numerous areas of law including product liability, franchise litigation, contract disputes, copyright and trademark infringement and  injunctions.

Shaun Khullar
 
Shaun Khullar
Toronto
Shaun Khullar

Shaun Khullar, Toronto Office

Shaun Khullar is an associate in the Securities Group. He practises corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Shaun has experience acting on behalf of acquiring and target companies in connection with asset purchase transactions and public and private share purchase transactions.

Shannon Leo
 
Shannon Leo
Toronto
Shannon Leo

Shannon Leo, Toronto Office

University of Toronto , Queen's University , University of Guelph

Shannon Leo is the Director of Practice Excellence - Associate and Student Programs, at Cassels Brock. In this role, she has the pleasure of recruiting, training and reviewing the performance of associates and students. Shannon is involved with coaching associates and students on performance, practice management and risk management and identifying and developing training and development opportunities for them.

Jamie Litchen
 
Jamie Litchen
Toronto
Jamie Litchen

Jamie Litchen, Toronto Office

Jamie Litchen is an associate in our Securities Group. She represents public companies, private companies and investment dealers in a variety of transactions, including corporate financings and mergers and acquisitions.

Ardy Mohajer
 
Ardy Mohajer
Toronto
Ardy Mohajer

Ardy Mohajer, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Ardy spent his graduate school studies researching the optimization of  organic material degradation. He’s yet to find a way, however, to biodegrade the Income Tax Act.

Matthew Nied
 
Matthew Nied
Vancouver
Matthew Nied

Matthew Nied, Vancouver Office

University of Victoria

Matthew Nied is an associate in the Vancouver office practising in insolvency and commercial litigation.

Matthew's insolvency practice focuses on commercial restructuring, receiverships and bankruptcy proceedings, while his commercial litigation practice focuses on shareholder and securities litigation, corporate arrangements, contractual disputes and tort claims. He has appeared before the Supreme Court of British Columbia, the British Columbia Securities Commission and the Provincial Court of British Columbia.

Matthew practised at another national firm prior to joining Cassels Brock and clerked for several judges of the Supreme Court of British Columbia prior to commencing practice.

Matthew regularly publishes articles identifying legal developments and their practical implications for industry stakeholders.

Patience Omokhodion
 
Patience Omokhodion
Toronto
Patience Omokhodion

Patience Omokhodion, Toronto Office

Patience Omokhodion is a member of our Financial Services Group. Before joining Cassels Brock, Patience spent five years practising law at Clifford Chance LLP in London, England.

Darrell W. Podowski
 
Darrell W. Podowski
Vancouver
Darrell W. Podowski

Darrell W. Podowski , Vancouver Office

Darrell Podowski is a partner in our Vancouver office and a member of our Securities Group and Mining Group. He practices business, mergers and acquisitions, mining and securities law, advising mining, industrial, entertainment, technology, and biotechnology companies on going public transactions, corporate finance, merger and acquisition transactions and general corporate commercial matters in Canada and internationally. 

Jennifer L. Poirier
 
Jennifer L. Poirier
Vancouver
Jennifer L. Poirier

Jennifer L. Poirier, Vancouver Office

Jennifer Poirier is an associate in our Securities Group, with particular expertise acting for issuers and dealers in connection with public offerings, private placements and mergers and acquisitions.

Carla Potter
 
Carla Potter
Toronto
Carla Potter

Carla Potter, Toronto Office

Carla Potter is an associate in our Financial Services Group. Her practice focuses on corporate financing matters, representing both lenders and borrowers involved in domestic and cross-border lending transactions and corporate reorganizations.

Derek Ronde
 
Derek Ronde
Toronto
Derek Ronde

Derek Ronde, Toronto Office

Derek Ronde is a partner in our Litigation Group, and has a wide-ranging corporate-commercial litigation practice. He has significant experience in a multitude of areas including class proceedings, franchise litigation, product liability, securities litigation, employment litigation, contract disputes, regulatory investigations and injunctions.

Christopher Selby
 
Christopher Selby
Toronto
Christopher Selby

Christopher Selby, Toronto Office

University of Western Ontario

Chris Selby practices civil litigation and dispute resolution, with an emphasis on commercial matters, in the Cassels Brock Advocacy Group. He adopts a practical and business-focused approach when advising clients, based on both his academic and “real world” business experience.

Aly Somani
 
Aly Somani
Toronto
Aly Somani

Aly Somani, Toronto Office

University of Windsor

When Aly is not working he’s golfing, and when he’s not golfing he’s reading. Most of the books he reads are how to improve his golf game. 

Jennifer Wasylyk
 
Jennifer Wasylyk
Toronto
Jennifer Wasylyk

Jennifer Wasylyk, Toronto Office

Jennifer Wasylyk is an associate in the Financial Services Group. Her practice focuses on corporate finance matters, representing both borrowers and lenders in a variety of secured and unsecured lending transactions. In addition, Jennifer’s experience includes general corporate and reorganization matters.
 

Lance Williams
 
Lance Williams
Vancouver
Lance Williams

Lance Williams, Vancouver Office

Lance Williams is a partner in the Restructuring & Insolvency and Financial Services Groups. He has been involved in numerous significant insolvency files and lending transactions in multiple jurisdictions.