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“For me, what sets A&B apart from other Bay Street firms is its friendly and collegial work environment. I have found the lawyers and staff to be exceptionally supportive, welcoming and approachable, and I have made many good friends throughout my time at the firm. My mentors have always been available to answer questions and address my concerns, and the students are a tight-knit group. I have also been exposed to a variety of work during my summer and articles – because of A&B’s particular structure, I have worked directly with both junior and senior lawyers. At times, I have been given significant autonomy and the opportunity to get deeply involved in files. I have absolutely no regrets about my choice to work at A&B.”

Stephen Crawford (University of Toronto)
Associate (Corporate/Commercial) and former summer and articling student.

"Each day at Aird & Berlis brings a new and exciting experience. Due to the flexible rotation program and my interest in corporate law, I was able to obtain work assignments from both the corporate commercial and corporate finance groups. My favourite experiences included being heavily involved in a large corporate closing and drafting a number of securities related documents. I also enjoyed conducting research and preparing a memorandum on corporate governance issues. Aside from my broad corporate exposure, I thoroughly enjoyed working in the litigation and municipal practice areas. Working with these groups allowed me to attend discoveries, draft documents in preparation for trial, complete legal research memoranda, review new legislation, write articles to be published, and attend pre-trial conferences. What I enjoy most about the firm is that students are genuinely encouraged to branch out and work for each practice group. Not only does this allow for a better working knowledge and understanding of each group’s function within the firm, but it demonstrates A&B truly cares about its students and wants them to be well-rounded, knowledgeable, and comfortable with their decision regarding their future practice area." 

 

Jacqueline (Jack) Goslett (University of Windsor)
Associate (Financial Services) and former summer and articling student.

"Articling has a steep learning curve, however with a firm like A&B and its amazing resources the jump into becoming a young lawyer is made much easier. A&B is a large firm with the friendly environment and exposure to work that you may only find at smaller firms. During my time at A&B, I conducted research, helped draft transactional documents, met and interacted with clients on an almost daily basis, and was responsible for executing a closing alone. Throughout all of these experiences any questions I had, whether  in relation to a legal topic or working the fax machine, the lawyers and staff were always available to help. My articling principal, mentor and certain lawyers I worked closely with became invaluable learning resources for both substantive law and life skills. I am certain that the skills and relationships I have developed at A&B will remain valuable to me far into my legal career." 

Aaron Bains (Queen's University)
Associate (Capital Markets) and former summer and articling student.

“I have truly enjoyed my summers and articling experience at A&B and always looked forward to what each day would bring. What laws I would be researching? What factum would I be drafting? What client would I be meeting? What hearing would I be attending? What presentation would I be preparing? What joke told by a fellow student (or lawyer) would have me laughing? During my time at the firm, I have had the opportunity to write articles in collaboration with experts, prepare pleadings for hearings, participate in closings, assist lawyers at hearings, among countless other experiences. My mentors have been an integral part of my learning experience and their advice and guidance will stay with me throughout my legal career.  I feel privileged to have spent my summers and articling term at A&B and recommend the firm to any student looking to be challenged in a supportive, highly-professional environment.” 

Laura Dean (University of Windsor)
Associate (Municipal & Land Use Planning) and former summer and articling student. 

As a law student, I chose A&B for the breadth of its transactional practice and its informal culture. After two summers and completing articles at the firm, I can confidently say that I made the right decision. I have benefited greatly from mentors who have gone out of their way to provide guidance. The students worked cohesively as a group, without any hint of competition. I have had the opportunity to work on large transactions, explore a variety of legal areas, and attend trials, hearings, and client meetings with partners. I don’t think there’s a better place to work than A&B.

Aaron Baer (Western University)
Associate (Corporate/Commercial) and former summer and articling student. 

"I chose Aird & Berlis primarily for its collegial and friendly work environment.  I had a very rewarding summer experience at the firm. The partners and associates were welcoming and approachable. My mentors oversaw my transition into the firm’s culture, providing me with the confidence to succeed in my work. My summer experience also benefited from the relationship that I enjoyed with my student colleagues. The students were encouraged to work as a team which allowed for collaboration. Finally, I was impressed by the flexibility of the firm’s student program. The structure of the program allows students to explore different areas of practice. I took advantage of this to gain a broad exposure to the diverse opportunities offered at A&B, a fundamental first step in my legal career."

Meghan Cowan (University of Ottawa)
Associate (Litigation) and former summer and articling student.

“I was very fortunate to return to A&B to complete my articles after summering with the firm for two years. While at the firm, I gained valuable experience working on a variety of transactions including mergers, acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, secured lending and P3s.  Additionally, the amount of responsibility I was given was truly remarkable, especially in comparison to peers at other Bay Street firms. Substantive work-experience aside, A&B’s lawyers set a firm-wide tone of excellence, collegiality and integrity in which it was a pleasure to work. I know the experiences I gained during my articles have positioned me for success in my future professional endeavors.”

 

Daniel Everall (University of Toronto)
Associate (Capital Markets) and former summer and articling student.

"At A&B, students are given the opportunity to get involved in a variety of matters in various practice areas. The flexibility of the summer program allows students to learn about different areas of the law, while also developing their own areas of interest before returning to article. Students often take an active role in matters, working directly with senior members of the firm. This close connection helps students build positive mentoring relationships with highly skilled practitioners, and allows the student to learn about the law through experience. The environment at A&B is supportive and collegial among students, lawyers and staff. This provides a great work experience for those at the firm and ultimately provides A&B’s clients with superior legal services."

Chris Berrigan (Western University)
Associate (Capital Markets) and former summer and articling student.