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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

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 assists on mining 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 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.