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Monday, February 6, 2012


Toronto litigators Eli Lederman and Matthew Sammon have joined Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP as partners.

Lederman focuses on complex commercial litigation, professional liability, securities and class action matters and acts as counsel in commercial arbitrations.

He has regularly appeared before the Ontario Human Rights Commission and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Sammon focuses on corporate-commercial litigation, professional liability, and employment law.

He has frequently acted as a prosecutor for the College of Nurses of Ontario and defended physicians, individuals, and corporations in employment and commercial matters prior to joining Lenczner Slaght.

“Eli and Matthew are fine litigators who are the future faces of our firm,” said Peter Griffin, managing partner of Lenczner Slaght.

“We are pleased and proud to welcome them as partners.”


Oxfam Canada is continuing to accept teams to compete in the upcoming Lawyers’ Cup.

The Lawyers’ Cup is a friendly competition involving teams of four people aiming to finish a 100-kilometre walk in 48 hours. The competition is for who can finish in the fastest time.

Teams participating must start the walk as a group, stick together during it, and finish at the same time. The money raised goes to Oxfam’s humanitarian and development work around the globe.

“I’ve been involved with Oxfam Trailwalker since its early days in Hong Kong and I’ve seen it grow into a global movement,” said Randy Pepper of ADR Chambers in Toronto.

“The team challenge aspect is unique to be sure, but the knowledge that all around the world, people are literally taking steps to end global poverty — and you are a tangible part of that — is really something to be proud of.”

To date, the fastest law firm in Canada reached 100 kilometres in less than 26 hours.

This year, the walk will begin in Wasaga Beach, Ont., and finish in Midland, Ont.

It takes place July 13-15. The next information sessions for the walk will take place at 2 p.m. on March 24 at the North Toronto Community Centre at 200 Eglinton Ave. W.

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The Law Society of Upper Canada has developed two new practice guides for law firms and legal organizations.

The first deals with preventing harassment, discrimination, and violence in the legal workplace. It includes sample harassment, discrimination, and workplace violence policies and procedures.

The second guide relates to the provision of legal services in cases involving claims of sexual abuse. It aims to assist lawyers and paralegals in providing legal services to claimants in cases of sexual abuse who are pursuing compensation.

The LSUC introduced the guides at Convocation on Jan. 26. They’ll be available on the equity and diversity resources section of the law society’s web site as of this month.


Ten Ontario lawyers have joined Heenan Blaikie LLP as partners.

The new partners include Toronto lawyers Neil Fineberg, Marco Gammone, Sarah Graves, Martha Harrison, Michael Hollinger, Matt Link, Corey MacKinnon, and Rhonda Shirreff.

In Ottawa, Louis-Pierre Grégoire and Sébastien Lorquet have joined Heenan Blaikie’s roster of partners.

It total, the firm took on 14 new partners in Ontario and Quebec last month. Besides the Ontario additions, Heenan Blaikie also took on three new partners in Montreal and one in Quebec City.

In Montreal, the new partners are Marie Cousineau, Simon Laberge, and Jeremy Wisniewsky. Gilles Rancourt is the new partner in Quebec City.

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