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SUMMER STUDENTS 2017

Sean Baraich
Class of 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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 2017
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.

Kojo Hayward
Class of 2017
Osgoode Hall Law School
Kojo Hayward
Toronto
Kojo Hayward

Kojo Hayward, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Kojo is figuring out the law one day at a time. Last summer, after rigorous hours of practice, Kojo mastered the most essential skill a lawyer in pretending can possess (googling definitions on the fly, but making it look like you’re checking an email). This summer, Kojo has set a more modest goal and hopes to learn what OSC stands for.

Heesoo Kim
Class of 2017
University of Toronto
Heesoo Kim
Toronto
Heesoo Kim

Heesoo Kim, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Heesoo can play lullabies on her ukulele and almost do a handstand. She looks forward to developing these skills in the workplace through consistent and diligent practice.

Kelly Lee
Class of 2017
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 2017
Osgoode Hall Law School
Any Obando
Toronto
Any Obando

Any Obando, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Any is looking forward to getting a taste of diverse practice areas of law from the vast menu Cassels Brock has to offer. She knows the secret to a perfect meal of success is communication, positivity, hard-work, and of course, Srirracha!

Paras Patel
Class of 2017
University of Toronto
Paras Patel
Toronto
Paras Patel

Paras Patel, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

As a returning summer student, Paras is very familiar with the nerves of working on Bay St. But since last year went so nice, he can't wait to do it twice!

Jonathan Shepherd
Class of 2017
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 2017
University of Western Ontario
Rebecca Sim
Vancouver
Rebecca Sim

Rebecca Sim, Vancouver Office

University of Western Ontario

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 2017
University of Windsor/University of Detroit Mercy
Jesse Tepperman
Toronto
Jesse Tepperman

Jesse Tepperman, Toronto Office

University of Windsor/University of Detroit Mercy

Having recently attended the Academy Awards last year, Jesse hopes to win an Oscar for his memorable performance as a summer student at Cassels Brock.

Koen Yi
Class of 2017
University of Toronto
Koen Yi
Toronto
Koen Yi

Koen Yi, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Last summer, Koen strove to move up in the world from his office on floor 20. He now sits on floor 19.

Emma Zaltz
Class of 2017
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.

Articling Students 2017-2018

Gaurav Anand
Class of 2017-2018
Osgoode Hall Law School
Gaurav Anand
Toronto
Gaurav Anand

Gaurav Anand, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

After managing the family restaurant for years, Gaurav knows that if you can’t handle the heat, you had better get out of the kitchen. Gaurav is excited to make Cassels Brock his new kitchen and is ready to go - even if the offices are climate controlled!

 
Taschina Ashmeade
Class of 2017-2018
Dalhousie University
Taschina Ashmeade
Toronto
Taschina Ashmeade

Taschina Ashmeade, Toronto Office

Dalhousie University

Taschina is certified in proper etiquette and ballroom dance. Not only can she dance circles around you in the ballroom, she’ll make your head spin with her legal arguments. She hopes to follow the rules both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Lucas Blair
Class of 2017-2018
Osgoode Hall Law School
Lucas Blair
Toronto
Lucas Blair

Lucas Blair, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

Lucas has experience settling disputes and laying down the law as commissioner of his fantasy football league and hopes these skills will serve him well during his legal career.

Winda Fung
Class of 2017-2018
University of British Columbia
Winda Fung
Vancouver
Winda Fung

Winda Fung, Vancouver Office

University of British Columbia

Winda’s hobbies include dominating recreational sports, chasing an adrenaline rush, and opting for the best dish on the menu. She hopes that practicing at Cassels will feed her appetite in all aspects of success, adventure, and everyone’s life goal: a bountiful Sunday spread.  

Florence Lau
Class of 2017-2018
University of Toronto
Florence Lau
Toronto
Florence Lau

Florence Lau, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Having spent 20 years of her life training in ballet and contemporary dance, Florence is thrilled to be putting her motor skills to exceptional use in delivery law while she works her way from the barres to the Ontario bar.

Conrad Lee
Class of 2017-2018
Queen's University
Conrad Lee
Toronto
Conrad Lee

Conrad Lee, Toronto Office

Queen's University

Conrad gained 10lbs and a load of practical experience during his last summer at Cassels. Despite the new snacks, he hopes to continue only one of those trends this year.

Richard Ngo
Class of 2017-2018
University of Windsor
Richard Ngo
Toronto
Richard Ngo

Richard Ngo, Toronto Office

University of Windsor

For years, you could find Richard on the basketball court practicing his skills. Though his dreams of a basketball career were ended after getting knee surgery, he now hopes to practice his skills in a different a type of court. 

Tegan O'Brien
Class of 2017-2018
University of Toronto
Tegan O'Brien
Toronto
Tegan O'Brien

Tegan O'Brien, Toronto Office

University of Toronto

Growing up as the only girl in a big family, Tegan had to learn the art of negotiation. After years of convincing her brothers to watch rom-coms instead of action movies, she is planning on putting her powers of persuasion to use in her legal career.

Jasmine Qin
Class of 2017-2018
University of Western Ontario
Jasmine Qin
Toronto
Jasmine Qin

Jasmine Qin, Toronto Office

University of Western Ontario

As an avid traveler, Jasmine has hiked the snow-capped mountains of Tibet and hopes to experience the same thrill when working with clients to scale new heights.

Meghan Rourke
Class of 2017-2018
Osgoode Hall Law School
Meghan Rourke
Toronto
Meghan Rourke

Meghan Rourke, Toronto Office

Osgoode Hall Law School

After spilling too many Starbucks drinks and failing to make the Jays’ starting rotation, Meghan turned to her childhood hobby of drafting contracts. One of which allowed her to wear one piece of makeup a day at a rather young age. It’s safe to say the princess has found her Cassels!  

Laith Sarhan
Class of 2017-2018
University of British Columbia
Laith Sarhan
Vancouver
Laith Sarhan

Laith Sarhan, Vancouver Office

University of British Columbia

After a successful summer with Cassels (all limbs in-tact and dignity somewhat held together), Laith is excited to return to Cassels to explore its various offerings and lawyerings.

David Singh
Class of 2017-2018
Queen's University
David Singh
Toronto
David Singh

David Singh, Toronto Office

Queen's University

David spent four summers working at a golf course, and yet somehow he doesn’t golf. He now hopes that by working at a law firm he’ll manage to stay out of legal trouble – but that remains to be seen...

Sam Sokoloff
Class of 2017-2018
University of Western Ontario
Sam Sokoloff
Toronto
Sam Sokoloff

Sam Sokoloff, Toronto Office

University of Western Ontario

Sam knows that having experience as a performing musician and songwriter will help him hit all the right notes in the courtroom. He’s less sure if his knowledge of classic rock bands will help him research classic case law at Cassels Brock, but he’s hoping that it will.

Student Committee

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.

Mary Buttery
 
Mary Buttery
Vancouver
Mary Buttery

Mary Buttery, Vancouver Office

Mary Buttery is a partner in our Vancouver office, specialising in commercial insolvency. In her practice, Mary represents financial institutions, debtors and creditors, receivers and trustees in matters related to debt restructuring, corporate reorganizations, loan workouts, fraudulent preference actions, bankruptcy and receiverships.

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.

Deborah Glatter
 
Deborah Glatter
Toronto
Deborah Glatter

Deborah Glatter, Toronto Office

Deborah Glatter joined Cassels Brock in 1999 and is the Director of Practice Excellence – Advancement and Career Development. Her mandate is to ensure that our associates receive the training, feedback, quality and variety of work necessary to advance their career, bearing in mind each associate’s individual career development goals.

Jennifer Hansen
 
Jennifer Hansen
Vancouver
Jennifer Hansen

Jennifer Hansen, Vancouver Office

Jennifer Hansen is an associate 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.

Stefanie Holland
 
Stefanie Holland
Toronto
Stefanie Holland

Stefanie Holland, Toronto Office

Stefanie Holland is an associate practising in our Litigation Group. She was a summer and articling student at Cassels Brock prior to joining the firm as an associate. Stefanie has significant experience in numerous areas of law including product liability, franchise litigation, contract disputes, copyright and trademark infringement and  injunctions.

Shaun Khullar
 
Shaun Khullar
Toronto
Shaun Khullar

Shaun Khullar, Toronto Office

Shaun Khullar is an associate in the Securities Group. He practises corporate and securities law with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Shaun has experience acting on behalf of acquiring and target companies in connection with asset purchase transactions and public and private share purchase transactions.

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.

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.

Patience Omokhodion
 
Patience Omokhodion
Toronto
Patience Omokhodion

Patience Omokhodion, Toronto Office

Patience Omokhodion is a member of our Financial Services Group. Before joining Cassels Brock, Patience spent five years practising law at Clifford Chance LLP in London, England.

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.

Derek Ronde
 
Derek Ronde
Toronto
Derek Ronde

Derek Ronde, Toronto Office

Derek Ronde is a partner in our Litigation Group, and has a wide-ranging corporate-commercial litigation practice. He has significant experience in a multitude of areas including class proceedings, franchise litigation, product liability, securities litigation, employment litigation, contract disputes, regulatory investigations and injunctions.

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. 

Jennifer Wasylyk
 
Jennifer Wasylyk
Toronto
Jennifer Wasylyk

Jennifer Wasylyk, Toronto Office

Jennifer Wasylyk is an associate 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.