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Our lawyers are recognized for their expertise in various practice areas and industries and represent clients on a wide range of big deals and cases.

Cassels Brock is ranked as a leading law firm by Chambers Canada 2018 in the following areas: Banking & Finance, Energy & Natural Resources: Mining, Franchising, Hospitality, Insurance, Intellectual Property, Product Liability, Restructuring/Insolvency, Corporate/Commercial: Ontario and Real Estate: Ontario. The firm's international capabilities in Mining and Franchising were also recognized by Chambers Global 2018.

To ensure our students' success we provide them with first-hand, real experience. Read about the types of work that our students have performed.

Real Experience

Robyn Blumberg (Osgoode)

On a summary judgment motion, I was invited to attend the cross-examination of our client and the opposing party on a professional responsibility issue. From there, my involvement with the file developed: I did case law research on a variety of relevant issues used directly in the law section of the factum, prepared the book of authorities and created mini-summaries to provide an overview and principle of each case, which was used by counsel during presentation. The opportunity to go to the summary judgment motion and witness the practical applicability of each of these elements pulled the entire experience together.
 

Xi Chen (Osgoode)

I was given the opportunity to survey the state of a particular industry in Canada’s Northern Territories and to analyse the legal regulatory environment of that industry in order to assist a client in making an important business decision. The project allowed me to learn about a niche subject of law while at the same time broadened my knowledge about Canada’s Arctic North.
 

Jenna Clark (Dalhousie)

I worked closely with a small team of lawyers from our securities group on a bought deal financing in which we acted for a company. The lawyers involved me in all stages of the transaction, from beginning to closing, and introduced me to the clients. It was a great learning experience and I gained exposure to many different aspects of securities work.

 

Benjamin Goodis (Windsor)

I was involved in a matter involving the Canadian Competition Bureau, where we acted for a client that was being investigated for its alleged involvement in price-fixing. I helped prepare documents and was able to participate in the hearing with other lawyers from the firm, the client, and representatives from the Competition Bureau.
 

Lauren Grossman (Toronto)

One of my most memorable summer student experiences has been watching the trial of, and being involved with, one of the biggest bankruptcy cases in Canadian history. It has been so interesting to watch momentous events unfold in person and then read about them later in the news.
 

Arend Hoekstra (UBC)

I had the opportunity to work on a financing deal for a mining company.  I drafted certificates and resolutions, and coordinated with outside counsel from Switzerland, Barbados and Guatemala on the deal.  It was a wonderful opportunity with a lot of delegated responsibilities.   I was able to interact with almost everyone involved and felt like an integral part of the team.


David Kelman (Osgoode)

A major fishing equipment manufacturer was attempting to sign a professional fisherman to an endorsement deal and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to draft the endorsement agreement.
 

Noah Leszcz (Queen’s)

I worked on a major cross-border insolvency proceeding that received national media attention. I worked closely with the lawyers at Cassels Brock, as well as the American firm that had retained us. I assisted in trial preparation during one portion of the trial, and attended the trial daily during another.
 

James Lyle (Western)

The most interesting file I was a part of was a securities matter acting for a dissident shareholder in a proxy battle with a gold mining company. I completed a variety of tasks, including conducting extensive research on the company’s incumbent board of directors. It was fulfilling to be involved from start to finish on a fast-paced file that made national headlines.
 

Amanda Metallo (Osgoode)

I was involved in a bought deal transaction with the securities group. It was an interesting experience because I had the opportunity to participate in the entire transactional process – from the initial due diligence, to drafting some of the documents, to assisting with the final closing.
 

Alexandra Murphy (Queen’s)

One fateful evening at the beginning of the summer, my colleagues dared me to volunteer for a litigation matter. Little did any of us know that I would stay with the file all summer long, and it would lead to direct and extensive work with partners and associates, fruitful client strategy meetings and a newfound appreciation for pet food pricing.
 

Chad Podolsky (Toronto)

My most interesting experience this summer involved working on a shareholder buyout for a small entrepreneurial company. I was able to meet with the clients and hear their issues and concerns, and adjust agreements accordingly. I emailed with the clients directly and even spoke on the phone with them and the opposing counsel.

 

Cassels Chatter


Christie E. GibsonAugust 7

Trying to navigate the waters of the new Local Planning Appeal Tribunal tests, and catching up with our articling students who have just started their term.  


Stephanie VoudourisJuly 27

Preparing and analyzing evidence for an upcoming fall trial.  


Carla PotterJuly 9

Working from home and closing deals!  


Christopher HorkinsJune 24

Hosting a meeting of The Advocates’ Society’s Young Advocates’ Standing Committee (aka “YASC” – I’m on the exec) in our firm’s boardroom. Young litigators from all over Canada are attending in person and by phone.  


Kyle SimpsonJune 12

Working towards closing a convertible debenture financing in connection with a reverse take-over transaction, and some preliminary matters for a proposed M&A transaction for a client in the mining industry.  


Christopher HorkinsMay 28

Just got back from conducting a judgment debtor examination. It’s a beautiful day for a thorough examination of an opposing party’s financial circumstances and exigible assets! #nomoneymoproblems  


Christie E. GibsonMay 18

Reviewing forest and endangered species policies and celebrating a win with a client!  


Kyle SimpsonMay 15

Finalizing an initial submission package to the TSXV in connection with an RTO and gearing up for an IPO, both involving companies in the cannabis industry.


Jeremy MartinMay 5

Preparing for an expedited trial just two months after pleadings.  It’s like jumping onto the wing of an airplane and trying to land it!  


Carla PotterApril 24

Heading back from an equipment finance conference in Washington DC.