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Articling Students 2018-2019

Sean Baraich
Class of 2018-2019
University of British Columbia
Sean Baraich
Vancouver
Sean Baraich

Sean Baraich, Vancouver Office

University of British Columbia

As a lifelong Vancouverite, Sean is used to the rain. At Cassels Brock, he hopes to use this experience to help clients during their rainy days.

Viviana Berkman
Class of 2018-2019
Universidad Catolica del Uruguay
Viviana Berkman
Calgary
Viviana Berkman

Viviana Berkman, Calgary Office

Universidad Catolica del Uruguay

Viviana has an unfortunate tendency to slip and fall. She hopes not to do so as the Calgary’s office first articling student.

 

Ave Bross
Class of 2018-2019
Queen's University
Ave Bross
Toronto
Ave Bross

Ave Bross, Toronto Office

Queen's University

As a former varsity basketball player, Ave is looking forward to putting his skills to the test at Cassels Brock by setting the record for the most crumpled up paper baskets in the recycling bin.

Tiffany Chiu
Class of 2018-2019
Osgoode Hall Law School
Tiffany Chiu
Toronto
Tiffany Chiu

Tiffany Chiu, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Tiffany enjoys scuba diving. When she’s not diving into deep waters, she can be found diving into boxes of legal documents. She hopes to navigate the vast ocean of due diligence documents with just as much grace.

Tristan Davis
Class of 2018-2019
Osgoode Hall Law School
Tristan Davis
Toronto
Tristan Davis

Tristan Davis, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Tristan gave up his professional basketball aspirations and a once promising teenage rap-career in hopes of becoming a reputable member of society. When that also failed, he instead decided to become a lawyer. Tristan hopes his talents are better served in the court of law.

Joseph Hamaliuk
Class of 2018-2019
Queen's University
Joseph Hamaliuk
Toronto
Joseph Hamaliuk

Joseph Hamaliuk, Toronto Office

Queen's University

As an avid hiker, Joseph enjoys every opportunity to return to the Rocky Mountains of his native Alberta. Now he hopes to avoid the crags and pitfalls of law firm life as he attempts to scale the formidable summit that is Cassels Brock.

Heesoo Kim
Class of 2018-2019
University of Toronto
Heesoo Kim
Toronto
Heesoo Kim

Heesoo Kim, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Heesoo hopes her aerial silks practice will help her learn the ropes as an articling student at Cassels Brock.

Kelly Lee
Class of 2018-2019
Queen's University
Kelly Lee
Toronto
Kelly Lee

Kelly Lee, Toronto Office

Queen's University

Kelly worked at a golf driving range for six years and hopes to be a driving force with the summer work she encounters.

Any Obando
Class of 2018-2019
Osgoode Hall Law School
Any Obando
Toronto
Any Obando

Any Obando, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

As an avid foodie, Any hopes to take a bite out of big law at Cassels Brock!

Paras Patel
Class of 2018-2019
University of Toronto
Paras Patel
Toronto
Paras Patel

Paras Patel, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Having spent the last 20 years as a student, articling is going to be a big transition away from the classroom. Paras is hoping these first steps into a professional career still come with a gold sticker at the end.

Jonathan Shepherd
Class of 2018-2019
Dalhousie University
Jonathan Shepherd
Toronto
Jonathan Shepherd

Jonathan Shepherd, Toronto Office

Dalhousie University

After walking the runways of New York City, Paris and Milan, Jonathan has booked his most exclusive job yet, strutting through the halls of Cassels Brock.

Rebecca Sim
Class of 2018-2019
Western University
Rebecca Sim
Vancouver
Rebecca Sim

Rebecca Sim, Vancouver Office

Western University

After exploring new restaurants and enjoying the best desserts in the area, Rebecca hopes to challenge her colleagues at Cassels Brock to a race up the Grouse Grind.

Jesse Tepperman
Class of 2018-2019
University of Windsor/University of Detroit Mercy
Jesse Tepperman
Toronto
Jesse Tepperman

Jesse Tepperman, Toronto Office

University of Windsor/University of Detroit Mercy

Although his acting career never came to fruition, Jesse hopes that his articling performance will be one to remember.

Emma Zaltz
Class of 2018-2019
University of Toronto
Emma Zaltz
Toronto
Emma Zaltz

Emma Zaltz, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Emma does the Metro crossword every single morning on her way into work. She hopes this will be the most puzzling part of each day at Cassels.

SUMMER STUDENTS 2019

 

Joseph Brydon
Class of 2019
University of Windsor
Joseph Brydon
Toronto
Joseph Brydon

Joseph Brydon, Toronto Office

University of Windsor

At Cassels Brock, Joe hopes to show that he is more than just your average Joe.

 

Beth Burnstein
Class of 2019
Queen's University
Beth Burnstein
Toronto
Beth Burnstein

Beth Burnstein, Toronto Office

Queen's University

Though Beth has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, she hopes to reach new heights at Cassels Brock.

Elissa Chamberlain
Class of 2019
Dalhousie University
Elissa Chamberlain
Toronto
Elissa Chamberlain

Elissa Chamberlain, Toronto Office

Dalhousie University

Although she played as a midfield during her varsity soccer career, Elissa hopes to be a keeper at Cassels this summer – she is ready to tackle the hardest tasks to make that goooal a reality.

Shayna Clarke
Class of 2019
University of Ottawa
Shayna Clarke
Vancouver
Shayna Clarke

Shayna Clarke, Vancouver Office

University of Ottawa

Shayna looks forward to using her dance skills to jeté through her summer student experience. 

 

Alexander De Pompa
Class of 2019
University of Toronto
Alexander De Pompa
Toronto
Alexander De Pompa

Alexander De Pompa, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Having spent years editing stories for literary magazines, Alexander hopes to help write happy endings for the firm’s clients.

 

Hardeep Dhaliwal
Class of 2019
Western University
Hardeep Dhaliwal
Toronto
Hardeep Dhaliwal

Hardeep Dhaliwal, Toronto Office

Western University

Hardeep loves cycling. She hopes to put a positive spin on any tough legal work she encounters this summer!

 

Simone Dreksler
Class of 2019
University of Toronto
Simone Dreksler
Toronto
Simone Dreksler

Simone Dreksler, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Despite spending last summer working with valuable diamond and gemstone pieces for an international jewelry wholesaler, Simone feels her real golden opportunity is here at Cassels Brock.

 

Olivia Ells
Class of 2019
Dalhousie University
Olivia Ells
Toronto
Olivia Ells

Olivia Ells, Toronto Office

Dalhousie University

After working at summer day camps for six consecutive summers, Olivia is excited to spend time in a workplace where the clients’ median age is above 7 years old.

 

Spencer Green
Class of 2019
University of Windsor/University of Detroit Mercy
Spencer Green
Toronto
Spencer Green

Spencer Green, Toronto Office

University of Windsor/University of Detroit Mercy

Spencer’s biggest fear this summer is the Raptors failing to resign Kawhi Leonard. The outcome of this situation will hopefully not hinder his performance in the courts (of law, not basketball).

 

Angela He
Class of 2019
Western University
Angela He
Vancouver
Angela He

Angela He, Vancouver Office

Western University

Angela is an avid sushi enthusiast. This summer, she looks forward to braving the raw experience of Cassels Brock.

 

Ashley Jung
Class of 2019
Osgoode Hall Law School
Ashley Jung
Toronto
Ashley Jung

Ashley Jung, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Having spent most of her life grooming horses, Ashley is now excited to comb through due diligence documents instead.

 

Layla Makhzoumi
Class of 2019
Western University
Layla Makhzoumi
Toronto
Layla Makhzoumi

Layla Makhzoumi, Toronto Office

Western University

Having spent years as a diehard football fan, Layla is excited to be a team player and deliver some legal assists at Cassels Brock.

 

Cecile McKenzie
Class of 2019
University of Toronto
Cecile McKenzie
Toronto
Cecile McKenzie

Cecile McKenzie, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Cecile plans on exercising her great judgment skills during her summer at Cassels.

 

Thomas Neville
Class of 2019
University of Calgary
Thomas Neville
Calgary
Thomas Neville

Thomas Neville , Calgary Office

University of Calgary

Thomas was a carpenter until his thirties, like Jesus. He is hoping to nail legal research rather than 2x4s this year.

 

William Onyeaju
Class of 2019
Osgoode Hall Law School
William Onyeaju
Toronto
William Onyeaju

William Onyeaju, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

William can’t wait to belt out tunes at the next karaoke night.

 

Kayla Smith
Class of 2019
University of Windsor
Kayla Smith
Toronto
Kayla Smith

Kayla Smith, Toronto Office

University of Windsor

Kayla has relied on popcorn to get her through challenging times during law school. She hopes to store a popcorn machine in her office this summer for self-care and promises not to leave any butter on her memos or make any corny impressions. She accepts Kernels as gifts.

 

Stacey Weltman
Class of 2019
Osgoode Hall Law School
Stacey Weltman
Toronto
Stacey Weltman

Stacey Weltman, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Stacey excels at CandyCrush and hopes this skill is transferable to crushing it in court.

 

Lauren White
Class of 2019
Western University
Lauren White
Vancouver
Lauren White

Lauren White, Vancouver Office

Western University

As an avid yogi, Lauren hopes she will have the flexibility to take on any challenge this summer.

 

Zachary Zittell
Class of 2019
Western University
Zachary Zittell
Toronto
Zachary Zittell

Zachary Zittell, Toronto Office

Western University

After years of running the show at summer camp, Zach (and his ego) are looking forward to being knocked to the bottom of the totem pole for the foreseeable future.

 

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.