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Sherri earns the trust of her clients by adeptly managing complex and time-sensitive corporate finance transactions and by providing relevant, busines...

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John is a goal-oriented corporate lawyer who thrives on moving projects forward. 

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Elisabeth gives her clients peace of mind by providing highly-detailed tax and estate planning advice. She is meticulous in her preparation and is dri...

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As a corporate solicitor and litigator, Ian has the expertise required to guide his clients through all aspects of a restructuring file.

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Sam brings a level-headed approach to his restructuring and insolvency practice, providing calm and considered representation and advice.

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Paige has earned a reputation as an exceptional corporate/commercial legal advisor to both domestic and multinational entities.

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With a strong education and background in business, Aaron brings a sensibility for framing his corporate/commercial legal advice from the perspective ...

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With an international background and hands-on business experience, Aaron provides practical and strategic advice to a broad range of domestic and inte...

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Meaghan’s passion for municipal and planning law and her ability to solve complex problems mark her as an up-and-comer in the municipal planning...

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Neil is a highly-acclaimed and widely-respected tax lawyer.

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With nearly 40 years of litigation experience, Eldon is able to clearly identify risks and provide a path to resolving conflict.

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Jack is one of Canada’s preeminent tax lawyers. He is a prolific writer and speaker and is internationally-recognized for excellent service and ...

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With broad corporate finance experience, Christopher has the ability to adapt to a wide variety of transactions. 

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Strong relationships and creative thinking are the backbone of Andrew’s financial services practice. 

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Drawing on his years of experience and pragmatic nature, Sam addresses clients’ financing and lending issues both in Canada and abroad.

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Energized by the sophistication and rapid pace of high profile real estate transactions, Nili diligently upholds the level of service, responsiveness,...

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By asking the right questions and listening carefully, Rachel gets the information she needs to structure her clients’ affairs effectively. ...

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With over 30 years of experience in tax law and estate planning, Stuart has earned recognition for bringing technical expertise to bear along with a k...

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Michael has been a member of the firm since 1990. Michael’s commercial real estate experience goes back to 1978.

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In dealing with a wide variety of labour and employment issues, Fiona takes great care in understanding her clients’ businesses and delivering a...

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Whether advising private companies or not-for-profits, Jeremy is focused on providing practical advice and solutions that help his clients achieve the...

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Carol takes a thorough and well-researched approach to providing clients tax advice that is tailored to their specific situation and needs.

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Grant is focused on determining the most effective solutions to clients' business, licensing and intellectual property issues.

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Donald Carr is a highly-regarded legal practitioner, with expansive experience dating back to 1951. After practising litigation, commercial leasing an...

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Fred is a well-regarded energy lawyer who literally wrote the book on Ontario energy law. 

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Bill is a skilled advocate dedicated to finding solutions to difficult problems.

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Ryan advises on, drafts and negotiates concession, design build, operation, maintenance and rehabilitation agreements as part of major infrastructure ...

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Brian is a confident and strategic litigator who serves clients of all sizes, across a number of industries. 

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Ron loves the challenge of operating a practice at the intersection of corporate/commercial, energy and municipal law.

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Ken is driven to help his clients resolve their problems, particularly the ones for which it seems there is no answer. 

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Joanne is skilled at negotiating and structuring business transactions for clients across a variety of sectors.

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Whether advising her clients on public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions or corporate commercial matters, Melanie takes a client-first ...

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A self-described deal junkie, Aaron thrives on getting deals done, and will make sure your transaction gets across the finish line.

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Patrick is a dedicated litigator. He is a vigorous advocate and is driven to deliver exceptional results. 

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After 38 years of practice, Lloyd’s experience, communication skills and responsiveness have set him apart from other real estate and commercial...

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Eileen advises clients on a broad range of development law matters.

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Meghan assists clients with their litigation issues by thoroughly examining all aspects of a case and delivering practical solutions.

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A problem solver by nature, Stephen plans for contingencies and carefully considers all details of a transaction.

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In the fast-paced commercial real estate environment, clients look to Trevor for his proactive, responsive, and goal-oriented approach to law.

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Whether he is working on a transaction or providing strategic advice, Peter puts himself in the shoes of the client to gain a better understanding of ...

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Laura thoroughly understands the environment in which her clients operate and offers advice that suits the broader context. 

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Trevor’s approach to legal advice is to anticipate issues before they become problems.

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With over four decades of experience as a municipal lawyer, Bob has seen the full gamut of administrative law, municipal, residential rental housing a...

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Robb’s decades of experience in financial services law give him a deep understanding of his clients’ business needs.

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Prior to joining Aird & Berlis, Richard was an entrepreneur, operating various car leasing, automotive and light manufacturing businesses in the T...

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As an estate planning lawyer, Ed develops personal relationships with his clients and helps them to understand and manage their wealth.

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Tammy delivers a solid, practical, and business-oriented legal foundation for her clients through all stages of land development and construction.

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With a general corporate and securities law practice, Daniel helps corporations, founders and investors seeking risk reduction and legal certainty in ...

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Tom’s experience affords him the ability to efficiently navigate a corporate finance transaction from concept to closing.

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Harry’s financial services practice is built on his negotiating and problem solving experience in insolvency and restructuring matters.

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Patricia ensures that her clients’ needs are taken care of from the beginning of a land development proposal to final approval.

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With a calm demeanor and extensive experience in banking law, Jill remains poised in even the most testing circumstances. 

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Taking a strategic and creative approach, Stanley endeavours to provide practical solutions and exceptional value by understanding his clients’ ...

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Faruk has significant experience in advising clients in commercial real estate matters. 

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The retail leasing space in Canada is a relatively small community with only a handful of major players, particularly on the landlord side.  

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Alyssa’s practice focuses on commercial lending transactions, including secured lending and secured debt restructuring, as well as insolvency-re...

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Angelo excels at understanding and communicating the complex technicalities of tax law.

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As a tenacious and tactical corporate commercial lawyer, Tony is passionate about helping his clients prosper and thrive.

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Jack provides clear, actionable guidance to her financial services clients, both lenders and borrowers.

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Lorway passionately advocates for his clients’ interests, providing sound, proactive advice while assisting clients in navigating commercial rea...

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Steve’s practice has been built on his ability to think clearly in a crisis and communicate effectively with clients.

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Francesco’s clients rely on his sophisticated knowledge of domestic and international tax to further their business objectives.

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Tom works with his municipal and land development clients, guiding them through the ever-evolving provincial policy framework.

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Patrick excels at narrowing issues through research and consensus and devising comprehensive solutions.

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Martin’s clients trust his judgment as a business litigator and rely on his careful analysis of both fact and law. 

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Timothy is an experienced litigator and an expert in municipal law.

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With nearly 30 years of experience, Randy has a broad range of expertise across all major areas of real estate law.

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Trent Horne has been guiding clients to successful resolution of intellectual property disputes for 20 years. 

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Michael guides his clients through their labour and employment law issues by providing them with practical solutions that balance their workplace issu...

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In a career spanning more than three decades, Don has argued cases at every court level, including the Supreme Court of Canada. 

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Jody brings an intimate knowledge of the issues that municipalities face on a daily basis.

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Don offers his clients more than legal advice – he enjoys getting to know them and uncovering their goals in order to offer the right advice.

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A critical thinker, communicator and facilitator, Timothy keeps matters moving forward. 

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Norman is widely sought after for his wealth of knowledge and experience in negotiating complex commercial real estate transactions.

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Steve prides himself on building strong relationships and getting to know his clients and their organizations well.

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Corrine’s practice is built on her desire to listen, learn, and thoroughly understand the issues at hand. 

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Richard is a creative and results-driven corporate finance lawyer. Both domestically and internationally, Richard brings his business knowledge to th...

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Reena is adept at understanding the needs and goals of her clients and providing them with legal solutions that truly work when applied in a business ...

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Reena Kotecha

Partner and Chair, Student Recruitment Committee

rkotecha@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.4645 T 416.865.4645

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Kim is adept at guiding clients through the many layers of approvals necessary for urban, commercial and residential development, particularly in the ...

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Martin practises primarily in the areas of merger and acquisition activities, capital markets matters and corporate commercial matters.

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Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Matthew brings to his practice as a corporate lawyer an ingrained sense of what business owners look for from a...

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Lorenzo’s clients look to him for guidance on navigating increasingly complex labour and employment law issues in a way that respects both the p...

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After nearly four decades in municipal and land use planning law, Leo remains committed to continuously learning and deepening his knowledge of the le...

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Over a long career in litigation, John has developed an outstanding reputation based on his honest and straight forward approach. 

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Tim Lowman is known as a client-centric, forward- thinking, detail-oriented and personable lawyer. Clients and colleagues consistently recommend him f...

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Andrew’s clients receive rapid, responsive service based on a thorough understanding of their needs.

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Daniel presents complex matters in such a way that clients can make swift, yet informed decisions.

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David cares deeply about his clients and helping them navigate challenging and stressful tax situations. 

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Amy is an associate with the firm's Capital Markets Group.

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John is widely regarded as a leader in municipal, planning and local government law. 

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Sean brings extensive experience and perspective to clients engaged in financing transactions, securities matters and transformational M&A.

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A well-respected commercial litigator, Chris brings success to his clients through clear-sighted analysis, sound judgment, and a calm and unflappable ...

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Paul is a Certified Specialist in Civil Litigation who fights diligently for his clients in every litigation matter he takes on.

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Derek brings a unique business-minded perspective to his commercial real estate practice, having worked as in-house counsel for many years prior to pr...

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With a background in engineering, Michael brings a unique technical and structural perspective when advising on real estate development and acquisitio...

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Bernie is an experienced litigator, mediator and arbitrator with an excellent track-record of resolution.

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Ian approaches corporate and commercial matters from a business-minded perspective.

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Christie’s extensive commercial real estate experience allows her to anticipate challenges before they become obstacles to the successful closin...

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With extensive experience in a broad range of corporate finance and commercial matters, Jeffrey offers clients a practical and business-minded approac...

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Anne thrives on helping clients navigate the securities regulatory framework. 

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Pamela is passionate about fighting for fairness and integrity in her clients’ contractual, insurance, and disability disputes.

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Jessica’s practice focuses on general commercial litigation with an emphasis on copyright, competition law, and construction matters.

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Barbra’s success as a civil litigator is founded on exhaustive preparation.

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Sanjeev offers depth of experience and expert advice on highly complex insolvency law matters.

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Cecilia has more than 30 years of experience advising private company clients on corporate/commercial legal matters.

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Lisa has built her practice on providing practical, business-based advise and helping clients to understand the risks of certain courses of action.&nb...

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Danielle strives to bridge the gap between the law and the practical realities of her clients’ businesses.

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Saam advises domestic and offshore clients on all aspects of income taxation.

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David combines strong advocacy and research skills with the ability to remain composed in high-pressure situations to effectively represent his munici...

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With over 30 years of experience as a corporate and securities lawyer, Margaret provides reliable and incisive advice clients can use with confidence.

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Having previously worked as an investment banker at a Montreal-based securities dealer, Jeremy draws experience from both sides of the legal-business ...

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Prior to joining Aird & Berlis, Andrew worked in the Tax Legislation Division of the Department of Finance, where he was involved in the formulati...

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As an experienced litigator and commercial lawyer, Dennis’ clients trust his judgement on pressing energy, environmental and transportation law ...

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Jane’s experience of more than 40 years allows her to guide her clients through the unpredictability of municipal law and land use planning.

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Marni’s sensible and sensitive approach to estate planning enables her to devise clear and effective plans for her clients and their families.

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Kyle divides his time between commercial restructuring matters and M&A and financing work, developing a broad practice built on providing practica...

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Through comprehensive wealth management and estate planning advice, Elise delivers a level of certainty and stability on which her clients can rely.

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Courtney’s success is built on diligence, preparation and her exceptional legal acumen. 

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As a strategic litigator, David focuses on a variety of civil and quasi-criminal matters involving incidents and conduct at and outside of workplaces.

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Joel’s strengths lie in building strategic relationships and leveraging connections with stakeholders across a range of industries. 

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Having worked in the financial services industry at a private non-bank finance company building their asset-based lending and cross-border business, K...

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With an MBA and years of business experience, Jesse is a trusted advisor in both the legal and corporate context. 

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Robert finds satisfaction in identifying and solving complex tax issues for the benefit of his clients.

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Over many years of practice as a litigator, focusing on operational risk management, product liability, workplace law and insurance related matters, C...

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Aaron’s commercial real estate practice is rooted in communication.

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As a litigator, Vedran’s character is distinguished by his ability to interact with and relate to his clients, opposing counsel and judges.

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Andrea’s superior oral and written advocacy skills, supported by her diligent preparation and strategic analysis, translate into client success.

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Mike has been practising real estate law at Aird & Berlis LLP for over 35 years, advising and supporting both entrepreneurial and institutional cl...

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Hayden’s genuine interest in real estate and extraordinary commitment to get the deal done in spite of obstacles and time constraints have earne...

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Employing a creative and strategic approach, Sanj works with clients to resolve their most complex matters by providing practical, business-minded sol...

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A confident communicator, Miranda is a strong advocate who thrives in the courtroom and in negotiations with opposing counsel. 

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David is dedicated to understanding his clients’ businesses and to working collaboratively to create and implement solutions to advance their ob...

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Scott’s education and experience in both the technical and legal aspects of energy and environmental law, make him a unique expert in the field.

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Clare is well-known for building exceptional relationships with clients. 

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A creative thinker and natural problem solver, Louise continuously looks for new ways to approach and resolve her clients’ tax issues.

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Angela plays an educational and advisory role as counsel to the firm’s lawyers across all practice areas.

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Having practised technology law for more than 20 years, David has extensive technical knowledge that he expertly translates into practical advice for ...

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A proud citizen of the Seneca Nation, Bear Clan and an experienced corporate lawyer, Kimberly provides incisive guidance and specialized legal experti...

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Kimberly Thomas

Affiliated Independent Counsel

kthomas@kimberlythomas.com

T 519.445.2788 T 519.445.2788

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As a litigator with a focus on energy regulation, Zoë is proud to play a part in facilitating vital services for her community.

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Sidonia offers her municipal and land use planning clients a unique value proposition.

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Graham Topa is a corporate lawyer with a keen interest in advising startups and emerging companies, including those in the media and technology sector...

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Nick thrives on providing a strategic approach with a personal touch and outstanding client communication and responsiveness.

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Liam is a driven and forward-thinking corporate lawyer, with a passion for helping public and private clients achieve their growth objectives.

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Mark is a dedicated advisor who ensures that conflicts are dealt with effectively and economically for his clients and their businesses.

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Bill VanderBurgh is counsel to the firm and a former member of the Corporate/Commercial Group and Executive Committee.

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Heidi relies a profound understanding of the principles of project finance to guide her clients though sophisticated P3 infrastructure transactions.

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With over 25 years of corporate and securities law experience, Jennifer offers her clients exceptional legal problem-solving and a superior understand...

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A distinguished legal expert in commercial leasing, Monty is dedicated to fostering dynamic partnerships with his clients.

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Andrew is one of Toronto’s go-to lawyers for complex, multi-phase high-rise residential developments.

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Don’s technical corporate/commercial expertise, combined with his ability to understand his clients’ needs, helps him to identify solution...

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Chris offers his clients an analytical perspective and sensible solutions to difficult municipal and land use planning issues.

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Randy has built a successful law practice by providing value through strategic advice.

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Haley has both the skills and the passion for transactional commercial real estate work. 

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Clients appreciate Barbara’s dedication to finding the most tax efficient structures for their business. She thrives on the complexities of tax ...

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Melanie is a dedicated expert in estates and trusts law.

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With domestic and international experience, working both in-house and as an external advisor, Douglas has advised on infrastructure matters from all p...

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Steven Zakem is widely recognized as an expert in municipal planning. 

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Steven Zakem

Managing Partner

szakem@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.3440 T 416.865.3440

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Stephen guides clients through the rapidly evolving regulatory environment governing the telecommunications and media industry in Canada.

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Patent Agents
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Lola is a registered patent agent in Canada and the Unites States, with a PhD in clinical biochemistry from the University of Toronto.

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Working collaboratively with clients, she drafts and prosecutes patent applications that effectively capture and protect the integrity of an invention...

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SuMei Cheung, P.Eng.

Patent Agent | Senior Associate

smcheung@airdmcburney.com

T 416.865.4147 T 416.865.4147

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Erica’s aptitude for grasping the technicalities of emerging innovations helps her draft strong patent applications for her clients, strategical...

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Erica L. Lowthers, PhD

Patent Agent | Senior Associate

elowthers@airdmcburney.com

T 416.865.4717 T 416.865.4717

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Peter specializes in patent and industrial design preparation and prosecution; patentability and freedom-to-operate opinions; assistance in designing ...

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Kimberly is a leading voice in the patent agent community.

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Kimberly A. McManus, PhD

Patent Agent | Partner

kmcmanus@airdmcburney.com

T 416.865.4702 T 416.865.4702

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Pia-Lauren’s forward-thinking approach and scientific credentials allow her to understand the technological underpinnings of an invention as wel...

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Pia-Lauren Reece, PhD

Patent Agent Trainee | Associate

preece@airdmcburney.com

T 416.865.3061 T 416.865.3061

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Tony represents clients in a variety of high-technology industries, and has extensive patent prosecution experience in the fields of software, hardwar...

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Tony Sabeta, B.Eng.

Patent Agent | Partner

tsabeta@airdmcburney.com

T 416.865.7711 T 416.865.7711

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With an extensive science background and industry experience at a multinational pharmaceutical company, Kitt has established himself as a leading pate...

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Kitt Sinden, M.Sc.

Patent Agent | Partner

ksinden@airdmcburney.com

T 416.865.4706 T 416.865.4706

Advisors
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The Honourable Hugh Segal brings over 35 years of business, academic and public policy experience to his role as a Senior Strategic Advisor at Aird an...

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Hon. Hugh D. Segal

Senior Strategic Advisor

hsegal@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.7747 T 416.865.7747

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Susan Wolburgh Jenah is a distinguished leader and expert in the Canadian securities industry. 

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Susan Wolburgh Jenah

Senior Advisor, Corporate Finance and Capital Markets

sjenah@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.4707 T 416.865.4707

Land Use Planners
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Josh specializes in preparing and project managing commercial and residential development applications seeking planning approvals in the Greater Toron...

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Josh Hilburt

Land Use Planner

jhilburt@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.3087 T 416.865.3087

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Sandra specializes in preparing and managing complex development applications on behalf of private and public sector clients. 

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Sandra Marki

Land Use Planner

smarki@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.4705 T 416.865.4705

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Jinny provides private and public sector clients with advice on land use planning matters, as well as on all aspects of the development approval proce...

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Jinny Tran

Land Use Planner

jtran@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.4624 T 416.865.4624

Clerks
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Marna has been a corporate law clerk for nearly 20 years.

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Katie Bell is a law clerk in the firm’s Tax and Estates Group. 

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Nicole Burch is a law clerk in the firm’s Corporate/Commercial Group. 

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Penny Cheng is a law clerk in the firm’s Tax and Estates Group.

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Veronica is the Corporate Services Manager at Aird & Berlis LLP with more than 25 years' experience in corporate law and transactional matters.

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Veronica L. Clayton

Corporate Services Manager

vclayton@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.4713 T 416.865.4713

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Carolyn Elliott is a law clerk in the firm's Tax Group. 

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As a member of Aird & Berlis LLP’s Real Estate Group, Antonietta Giorgi assists lawyers and law clerks with all types of real property trans...

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Antonietta Giorgi

Law Clerk/Conveyancer

agiorgi@airdberlis.com

T 416.863.1500 x3171 T 416.863.1500 x3171

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Mery is a corporate law clerk with experience in all aspects of corporate and commercial law. 

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Bob Griffith has practiced as a law clerk and investigator in the Toronto area for over 55 years.  

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Daniella Hewer is a law clerk in the firm’s Litigation Group.

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Lindsay is a real estate law clerk specializing in condominium development and commercial transactions. 

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Geri Lonergan is a litigation law clerk with over 35 years of experience. 

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With over 28 years of experience, Stephanie’s practice focuses primarily on tax-driven corporate reorganizations, and estate and wealth preserva...

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Morgan Miller is a law clerk in the firm’s Condominium and Real Estate Groups. 

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Christine Miroslavich has over 30 years’ experience as a law clerk.

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Shannon Morris is a law clerk in the firm’s Financial Services Group, specializing in financial services and restructuring and insolvency.

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Liana Murphy is a law clerk in the firm's Tax and Estates Group. 

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Emily Norman commenced her career as a corporate law clerk in 2005.

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Falon is a law clerk in the firm's Tax Group.

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Greg Pietropaolo has over 30 years’ experience in real property transactions.

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Greg Pietropaolo

Law Clerk/Conveyancer

gpietropaolo@airdberlis.com

T 416.863.1500 x3170 T 416.863.1500 x3170

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Specializing in financial services and restructuring and insolvency, Christina assists with corporate and commercial lending transactions.

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Julie Sadowski is a Law Clerk in the Real Estate Group with 30 years of experience, primarily in the areas of new condominium sales and land developme...

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John assists lawyers and law clerks with various aspects of real estate transactions, including commercial, residential and condominium. 

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John Scarpelli

Law Clerk/Conveyancer

jscarpelli@airdberlis.com

T 416.863.1500 x3172 T 416.863.1500 x3172

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Jenelle specializes in real estate condominium transactions, assisting in all aspects of the administration and management of these deals

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Linda is a corporate law clerk with experience in all aspects of corporate law and transactional matters. 

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Doreen Windle commenced her career as a corporate law clerk in 2004. 

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Nancy Winfield is a law clerk in the firm’s Real Estate Group. 

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Administration
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Ari is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s student and associate programs, including recruitment, supervision and professional development...

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Ari Blicker

Director, Student & Associate Programs

ablicker@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.4149 T 416.865.4149

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Peter leads the marketing and client development team at Aird & Berlis. He graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2010.

Peter Dueck

Director, Client Communications & Development

pdueck@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.7720 T 416.865.7720

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With a focus on education, innovation and collaboration, Neil is responsible for the firm's professional development activities and knowledge manageme...

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Neil Guthrie

Director, Professional Development, Research & Knowledge Management

nguthrie@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.4721 T 416.865.4721

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Andrew has overall responsibility for the firm’s accounting and finance functions. He leads a team of 30 people within the Finance Department.

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Andrew Morvai

Director, Finance

amorvai@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.4729 T 416.865.4729

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Georgia leads and directs the planning and execution of the firm’s Human Resources function.

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Georgia Rennick

Director, Human Resources

grennick@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.7743 T 416.865.7743

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Anthony leads the firm’s Information Technology department and is responsible for overseeing the technology operations.

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Gary reports to the Managing Partner and Executive Committee. He is responsible for all administrative departments that provide support to 150+ lawyer...

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Gary Torgis

Executive Director

gtorgis@airdberlis.com

T 416.865.3080 T 416.865.3080