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Summer Students 2018

Carmen Bruni
Class of 2018
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 2018
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 this summer and hopes to become proficient in the language of negotiation.

Aamir Chherawala
Class of 2018
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 2018
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-Armstrong
Class of 2018
University of Windsor
Nico Elliott-Armstrong
Toronto
Nico Elliott-Armstrong

Nico Elliott-Armstrong, Toronto Office

University of Windsor

Nico is an avid traveller, her next ambitious destination is through the PATH without getting lost.

Forrest Finn
Class of 2018
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 summer, he hopes to get hooked on some interesting legal files.

Thea Gaertner
Class of 2018
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 2018
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 2018
University of Toronto
Marie Kiluu-Ngila
Toronto
Marie Kiluu-Ngila

Marie Kiluu-Ngila, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

As a solo traveler, Marie has navigated through countless cities worldwide – she hopes to navigate through the summer work she encounters just as efficiently.

Katelyn Leonard
Class of 2018
Western University
Katelyn Leonard
Toronto
Katelyn Leonard

Katelyn Leonard, Toronto Office

Western University

Before law school 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 2018
University of Toronto
Kieran May
Toronto
Kieran May

Kieran May, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Kieran spent a summer working at a frozen yogurt shop. He’s hoping this experience will help him keep his cool at Cassels Brock this summer. 

Erin Minuk
Class of 2018
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 - summer student at Cassels Brock.

Nathan Pelech
Class of 2018
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 summer.

Reza Sarsangi
Class of 2018
Western University
Reza Sarsangi
Toronto
Reza Sarsangi

Reza Sarsangi, Toronto Office

Western University

As an avid meal planner, Reza aspires to prepare his files at Cassels as well as he prepares his lunches. 

Shannon Scrocchi
Class of 2018
Western University
Shannon Scrocchi
Toronto
Shannon Scrocchi

Shannon Scrocchi, Toronto Office

Western University

Shannon may not have achieved her childhood goal of being able to slam dunk in basketball, but she hopes she’ll able to make up for it with some slam dunk cases this summer.

Robert Sniderman
Class of 2018
University of Toronto
Robert Sniderman
Toronto
Robert Sniderman

Robert Sniderman, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Robert is an avid musician who plays multiple instruments and loves challenging the limits of the human voice through his involvement with SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. He looks forward to finding his forte working at Cassels Brock this summer.

Spencer Toffoli
Class of 2018
University of Victoria
Spencer Toffoli
Vancouver
Spencer Toffoli

Spencer Toffoli, Vancouver Office

University of Victoria

Spencer worked as a labourer in “environmental beautification” for seven years. She is not afraid to roll up her sleeves – and then quickly roll them back down for a meeting. 

Emily Vacy-Lyle
Class of 2018
University of Calgary
Emily Vacy-Lyle
Calgary
Emily Vacy-Lyle

Emily Vacy-Lyle, Calgary Office

University of Calgary

After six years of serving tables, Emily is looking forward to serving legal documents.

Grace Wu
Class of 2018
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 summer.

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.

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.

Koen Yi
Class of 2018-2019
University of Toronto
Koen Yi
Toronto
Koen Yi

Koen Yi, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Koen enjoys playing basketball in his spare time. He intends to shoot for the stars both on the court and in court during the years to come.

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.

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.

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.

Belinda Chiu
 
Belinda Chiu
Toronto
Belinda Chiu

Belinda Chiu, Toronto Office

Queen's University

Belinda Chiu focuses on all areas of competition law, including merger review, abuse of dominance, misleading advertising, criminal and civil investigations, and regulatory compliance (including promotional contests). She also advises and assists international clients with foreign investment matters such as notifications under the Investment Canada Act. Belinda has worked with clients across a wide range of industries, including mining, technology, insurance, transportation, consumer goods, retail and manufacturing.

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 assists on mining and Aboriginal matters, including the duty to consult and treaty negotiations. Arend is also a Chartered Accountant.

Jay King
 
Jay King
Toronto
Jay King

Jay King, Toronto Office

Jay King’s practice focuses on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and regulatory compliance including corporate governance, continuous disclosure and Canadian stock exchange related matters. He has developed specialized skills in the mining sector, and also represents clients in the aviation, real estate and technology sectors. Jay routinely acts as counsel to both public and private issuers and investment banks.

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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.