Featured Young Litigator Program‏

ASAP is committed to the continuing education of Toronto’s legal community. To that end, we have developed, supported, and collaborated on over 50 legal education programs over the past year. The latest is the Young Legal Talent Program. We developed this program in order to highlight rising stars by featuring them on our website and giving them a forum for their ideas.

  • The featured young litigator will have the opportunity to blog on current legal issues, providing case comments on current cases.
  • Quarterly, the featured young litigators will have the opportunity to collaborate in choosing a topic and content for a panel discussion. The panel will be comprised of the three young litigators and one of our esteemed arbitrators, who will moderate the discussion. Invitations will go out to the panellists’ firms so that their colleagues and mentors have an opportunity to support and encourage their peers or mentees.

The Young Talent Program will include a quarterly Town Hall, with some of the most talented litigators in Toronto acting as panellists and providing Young Litigators an opportunity to learn from the leaders of their profession.

This program is open to all litigation departments in Toronto. The young lawyers being featured are one- to three-year call. Any firm who would like to put forward a candidate is welcome to contact Kimberley Stewart at kim@arbitrationplace.com

Young Legal Talent

Featured Young Litigator

Roberto AburtoRoberto Aburto – Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP

Roberto Aburto is an Associate in Gowlings’ Ottawa office. Roberto graduated from the joint JD/LLB program, earning a Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law in 2009 and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law in 2010.

Roberto was called to the bar to practice law in the province of Ontario in 2011. Roberto practices municipal and land use planning law as well …

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Maria Abdoullaeva – Monaghan Reain Lui Taylor LLPMaria AbdoullaevaMaria Abdoullaeva is an associate at Monaghan Reain Lui Taylor LLP.

Maria graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Juris Doctor in 2011 and was called to the bar in 2012.

Prior to her call to the bar, Maria articled with the Department of Justice in Ottawa and volunteered with Community Legal Services in London, conducting tax appeals before the Tax Court of Canada …

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Brent Kettles – Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP

Brent KettlesBrent Kettles is an associate at Lenczner Slaght.

Brent’s growing litigation practice includes advocacy in public and administrative law, employment law, commercial litigation, and professional regulation. He has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, the Federal Court and various administrative tribunals. Before joining Lenczner Slaght, he clerked at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, where he worked on civil, administrative, constitutional and criminal …

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Michael Fenrick – Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP

michael fenrickMichael Fenrick is an associate at Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP. He has a broad litigation practice, routinely acting in significant civil litigation matters in areas as diverse as defamation, shareholder disputes, franchise disputes, class actions, and employment law. He also has a very substantial public law practice, regularly acting in constitutional, administrative, labour and other proceedings. Michael is frequently appellate counsel.

In addition to his …

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Amy Grenon – Norton Rose Fulbright

Amy Grenon Norton RoseAmy Grenon is a lawyer in the Toronto office of Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP with a practice that focuses on complex patent and trade-mark litigation. Amy is also a registered trade-mark agent.

Amy has particular experience in matters involving the innovative pharmaceutical industry, including infringement, validity, and damages actions as well as proceedings under the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations and judicial reviews. Amy’s …

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James Gibson – Borden Ladner Gervais

ASAP Reporting Services James GibsonJames Gibson is an Associate in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and practises in the areas of commercial litigation and health law.

Prior to joining BLG, James clerked for the Honourable Madame Justice Marie Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada.  He also worked as a program analyst with the United Nations Development Programme in Tajikistan.  James is bilingual in English and …

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Aris Gyamfi – Kim Orr Barristers

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Aris Gyamfi is an Associate with Kim Orr Barristers with a practice focusing on class action litigation.

Aris articled with the firm and is currently counsel on class cases ranging from pharmaceutical and medical device actions to consumer protection and municipal negligence matters. She has appeared before all levels of court in Ontario, and serves as Class counsel in one of the few class actions …

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Mark Hines – Heenan Blaikie

Mark Haines - Heenan - DecemberMark is an associate in Heenan Blaikie’s Toronto litigation group. His practice focuses on commercial, regulatory and appellate litigation, as well as arbitration. Recently, Mark has appeared as counsel in the following matters:

• Four appeals at the Court of Appeal for Ontario, including acting as lead counsel;
• Trade-mark proceedings before the Federal Court and Federal Court of Appeal;
• Two large trials, including …

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Michael Beeforth – Dentons

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Mike is an associate with Dentons’ Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, where he has a growing practice in commercial, banking, securities and asset recovery litigation. In addition to his experience representing clients in all levels of court in Ontario, he is also committed to alternative dispute resolution and has represented clients in several arbitrations.

Mike has a demonstrated expertise in assisting financial institutions and investors in …

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Vanessa Voakes – Stikeman Elliott


Vanessa Voakes joined Stikeman Elliot’s Litigation Group in 2010 after articling with the firm.  Her practice concentrates on civil and corporate commercial litigation matters, including class action litigation.  She has appeared before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Court of Appeal for Ontario and has served as co-counsel in a number of arbitration proceedings.

Vanessa is actively engaged in the legal community, serving as a member of …

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Safina Lakhani – Polley Faith

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Safina joined Polley Faith in the fall of 2011 following her articling term at a full-service Bay Street firm. While she maintains a diverse litigation practice encompassing commercial, civil, regulatory, quasi-criminal and criminal litigation, Safina has a particular affinity for business litigation, having honed her interest in the area before law school. Safina has completed several securities examinations, including the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) …

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Amanda McLachlan – Bennett Jones

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Amanda McLachlan has a general litigation practice. She appears before the Ontario Labour Board, the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal and the Ontario Superior Court of Justice.

Prior to becoming an associate, Amanda articled with the firm.

While attending the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, Amanda competed in the Arnup Cup Trial Advocacy Competition as a member of the winning team. Amanda also competed in the …

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Carole Piovesan – McCarthy Tétrault

PIOVESAN_Carole_col_1009_thumbnailCarole Piovesan joined the McCarthy Tétrault Litigation Group in 2010 after summering and articling at the Firm.  Her general litigation practice includes medical defence, commercial, criminal and appellate work.

Prior to attending law school, Carole served as a Policy Advisor to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.  She has also held senior policy roles with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Canadian International Development Agency …

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Andrea Bolieiro – Pape Barristers

AndreaBolieiro_PhotoAndrea joined Pape Barristers after completing two clerkships, first at the Ontario Court of Appeal, then at the Supreme Court of Canada. She has a broad civil litigation practice, including appellate advocacy, corporate and commercial disputes, and administrative litigation. She is called to the bar in both Ontario and New York.

Through clerking, Andrea has become a practiced researcher and advocate. At law school, she worked as an …

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Amy Archer – Lerners LLP

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<p”>Amy joined Lerners LLP earlier this year, after starting her practice at a full-service Bay Street firm. Already armed with experience in large commercial litigation, Amy is further developing her skills at Lerners where she works for institutional and individual clients in an array of commercial matters. Amy’s blend of initiative, good judgment and sense of responsibility should give everyone confidence in her future as a member of …

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