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Articling Students 2019-2020

 

Carmen Bruni
Class of 2019-2020
University of Windsor
Carmen Bruni
Toronto
Carmen Bruni

Carmen Bruni, Toronto Office

University of Windsor

Balancing different work assignments will be no trouble for this retired competitive gymnast. 

Corina Capmare
Class of 2019-2020
Queen's University
Corina Capmare
Toronto
Corina Capmare

Corina Capmare, Toronto Office

Queen's University

Corina is fluent in Romanian and Spanish. She is looking forward to developing her legalese vocabulary at Cassels Brock and hopes to become proficient in the language of negotiation. 

Aamir Chherawala
Class of 2019-2020
University of Toronto
Aamir Chherawala
Toronto
Aamir Chherawala

Aamir Chherawala, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Aamir hopes to put his travelling skills to use on the long treks from his office to the coffee room. 

Aaron Cressman
Class of 2019-2020
Osgoode Hall Law School
Aaron Cressman
Toronto
Aaron Cressman

Aaron Cressman, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Having gained extensive bartending experience, Aaron hopes his ability to juggle limes will help him to juggle his workload as a lawyer. 

 

Nico Elliott
Class of 2019-2020
University of Windsor
Nico Elliott
Toronto
Nico Elliott

Nico Elliott, Toronto Office

University of Windsor

Nico is an avid traveller. She enjoys exploring the food, history, art and culture all over the world, while maintaining a passion for exploring what’s new and exciting in her hometown of Toronto. 

Forrest Finn
Class of 2019-2020
University of Toronto
Forrest Finn
Vancouver
Forrest Finn

Forrest Finn, Vancouver Office

University of Toronto

Forrest worked for years in the BC fishing industry. This articling term, he hopes to get hooked on some interesting legal files.

Thea Gaertner
Class of 2019-2020
University of Windsor
Thea Gaertner
Toronto
Thea Gaertner

Thea Gaertner, Toronto Office

University of Windsor

Thea has embraced law through her original love of fashion and beauty, believing she has never, and will never, lose her appeal.

Jackie Karbi
Class of 2019-2020
Western University
Jackie Karbi
Toronto
Jackie Karbi

Jackie Karbi, Toronto Office

Western University

Jackie is hoping that her love for baking and hours spent watching Masterchef Junior have prepared her to cook up a storm of impressive legal research and writing this summer… and maybe some cookies for the office too!

Marie Kiluu-Ngila
Class of 2019-2020
University of Toronto
Marie Kiluu-Ngila
Toronto
Marie Kiluu-Ngila

Marie Kiluu-Ngila, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

As a solo traveler, Marie has successfully navigated through countless cities worldwide – she hopes to navigate through legal documents just as efficiently.  

Katelyn Leonard
Class of 2019-2020
Western University
Katelyn Leonard
Toronto
Katelyn Leonard

Katelyn Leonard, Toronto Office

Western University

Before law took over her life, Katelyn captained both a softball team and a soccer team, and loved hosting parties. Katelyn plans to put her organizational skills to use to be a great team player at Cassels.

Kieran May
Class of 2019-2020
University of Toronto
Kieran May
Toronto
Kieran May

Kieran May, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Kieran spent a semester studying in Switzerland. He’s hoping his time in the Alps will help him reach for new heights at Cassels Brock. 

Erin Minuk
Class of 2019-2020
Dalhousie University
Erin Minuk
Toronto
Erin Minuk

Erin Minuk, Toronto Office

Dalhousie University

As a high school musical theatre star, Erin looks forward to her most coveted role yet - articling student at Cassels Brock.

Nathan Pelech
Class of 2019-2020
University of Windsor
Nathan Pelech
Toronto
Nathan Pelech

Nathan Pelech, Toronto Office

University of Windsor

As a hot sauce enthusiast, Nathan is hoping his files at Cassels Brock spice up his articling term. 

Reza Sarsangi
Class of 2019-2020
Western University
Reza Sarsangi
Toronto
Reza Sarsangi

Reza Sarsangi, Toronto Office

Western University

Unlike Kawhi, Reza is excited to be back in Toronto and to embark on his legal career at Cassels!

Shannon Scrocchi
Class of 2019-2020
Western University
Shannon Scrocchi
Toronto
Shannon Scrocchi

Shannon Scrocchi, Toronto Office

Western University

Shannon is hoping that her passion for trying new types of ice cream will help her keep her cool during articling. 

Robert Sniderman
Class of 2019-2020
University of Toronto
Robert Sniderman
Toronto
Robert Sniderman

Robert Sniderman, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Rob is an avid musician who plays multiple instruments and sings a cappella. He hopes to have a pitch perfect year by using his sharp intellect to help him not fall flat as an articling student at Cassels Brock this year.

 

Spencer Toffoli
Class of 2019-2020
University of Victoria
Spencer Toffoli
Vancouver
Spencer Toffoli

Spencer Toffoli, Vancouver Office

University of Victoria

Spencer worked as a labourer for seven years. She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves and get to work – and then quickly roll them back down for a meeting. 

Grace Wu
Class of 2019-2020
Western University
Grace Wu
Vancouver
Grace Wu

Grace Wu, Vancouver Office

Western University

Having spent years searching for the best fish and chips on Earth, Grace is excited to be searching for interesting legal work in the halls of Cassels Brock this articling term.

Student Committee

Jed Blackburn
 
Jed Blackburn
Toronto
Jed Blackburn

Jed Blackburn, Toronto Office

Jed Blackburn advises clients in matters of advocacy and dispute resolution with a particular focus on commercial litigation, higher education, administrative, and employment law. He has worked with a wide variety of clients ranging from educational institutions to small businesses to multinational corporations.

Kim Bonnar
 
Kim Bonnar
Toronto
Kim Bonnar

Kim Bonnar, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Kim Bonnar is our Assistant Director of Professional Resources – Student Programs. In this role, she is involved in all aspects of the recruitment, training, and performance development of the firm’s summer and articling students. Kim is passionate about career development and enjoys working with students to ensure they achieve their full potential.

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.

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.

Jennifer Hansen
 
Jennifer Hansen
Vancouver
Jennifer Hansen

Jennifer Hansen, Vancouver Office

Jennifer Hansen is a partner 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 advises on mining, environmental, and Aboriginal matters, including the duty to consult and treaty negotiations. Arend is also a Chartered Accountant.

Shannon Leo
 
Shannon Leo
Toronto
Shannon Leo

Shannon Leo, Toronto Office

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

Shannon Leo is our Director of Professional Resources. In this role, she oversees the recruitment, development, and retention initiatives for associates and students across all three offices and regularly coaches associates and students on performance, practice management, and professional development.

Jessica L. Lewis
 
Jessica L. Lewis
Vancouver
Jessica L. Lewis

Jessica L. Lewis, Vancouver Office

Jessica L. Lewis has a broad corporate and commercial litigation practice, with an emphasis on securities and regulatory matters, fraud and enforcement proceedings, corporate/commercial disputes and representation of financial institutions and investment advisors. Jessica has experience with international asset tracing, enforcement of foreign judgments and orders, letters rogatory and worldwide mareva injunctions. Jessica also represents clients in ligation proceedings involving fraud and breach of fiduciary duties.

 

Jamie Litchen
 
Jamie Litchen
Toronto
Jamie Litchen

Jamie Litchen, Toronto Office

Jamie Litchen is a partner 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 a partner 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.

Alexander Pizale
 
Alexander Pizale
Toronto
Alexander Pizale

Alexander Pizale, Toronto Office

Alex Pizale practices in the area of corporate and securities law with a focus on corporate finance and merger and acquisition transactions. He has acted as counsel to clients at all stages, from start-ups to large cap public companies and investment banks in a wide range of transactions, including business combinations, take-over bids, public offerings, private placements, metal streaming transactions and stock exchange listings. He also has extensive experience advising on continuous disclosure, mining related disclosure, compensation plans, corporate governance and stock exchange related matters.

 

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 a partner 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.

Brigeeta C. Richdale
 
Brigeeta C. Richdale
Vancouver
Brigeeta C. Richdale

Brigeeta C. Richdale, Vancouver Office

Brigeeta Richdale is a partner in our litigation group with an emphasis on securities and regulatory matters, fraud and enforcement proceedings, corporate/commercial disputes and representation of financial institutions and investment advisors. Brigeeta's practice has a strong focus on international asset tracing, conducting investigations with internal and external auditors, enforcement of foreign judgments and orders, Worldwide Mareva Injunctions, Anton Piller orders, and Norwich Pharmacal orders. She has significant experience with litigation resulting from Ponzi schemes, offshore banking and money laundering, fraudulent conveyances, investment fraud, employee fraud and theft, and investment disputes.

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. 

Kwaku Tabi
 
Kwaku Tabi
Toronto
Kwaku Tabi

Kwaku Tabi, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Kwaku Tabi's practice focuses on all aspects of commercial real estate including project development, acquisitions and dispositions, leasing and secured lending. He is also engaged in residential real estate for power of sale matters. Prior to joining Cassels Brock as an associate, Kwaku was both a summer and articling student at the firm. During this time, he gained valuable experience assisting with a variety of corporate transactions.

 

Raivo Uukkivi
 
Raivo Uukkivi
Toronto
Raivo Uukkivi

Raivo Uukkivi, Toronto Office

Raivo Uukkivi acts for a broad range of private and public sector clients. Raivo advises on decisions or actions that are impacted by municipal law or otherwise arise from the development, use and ownership of land. This includes all aspects of the land use planning and development process from the solicitors work involved in the commencement of an approvals process through to any litigation or controversy that arises from the process.

 

Jennifer Wasylyk
 
Jennifer Wasylyk
Toronto
Jennifer Wasylyk

Jennifer Wasylyk, Toronto Office

Jennifer Wasylyk is a partner 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.