Canada: Borden Ladner Gervais Announces 17 New Partners
Last Updated: April 8 2005

Toronto, Ontario March 14, 2005: Sean Weir, National Managing Partner at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of Canada’s leading national law firms, today announced the admission of 17 of the firm’s associates into its partnership.

"I am extremely pleased to welcome every one of these outstanding lawyers into Borden Ladner Gervais’ partnership," said National Managing Partner Sean Weir. "All of the new partners have consistently demonstrated their dedication to both professional and service excellence."

BLG’s new partners developed their expertise and professional approach to client service as associates with the firm. Many started their careers with BLG as students. Through BLG’s extensive training and development program, associates are provided with a three-dimensional approach to professional development that includes substantive knowledge, practice skills and client training.

BLG’s new partners span the firm’s practice areas and locations across Canada. They are:

Geneviève Bergeron – Montréal
Geneviève Bergeron practices in all aspects of intellectual property and provides counsel with respect to the application of the Charter of French Language in the intellectual property and technology sector. Ms. Bergeron’s practice also focuses on technology law including software licensing and agreements. Ms. Bergeron was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1998 after graduating from the Université de Montréal Law School. She was registered as a trademark agent in 2000.

Cynthia D. Clarke – Toronto
Cynthia (Cindy) Clarke practices in Health law, focusing on medical malpractice. Primarily she defends healthcare intuitions and their staff in medical malpractice claims. She also engages in civil litigation on behalf of clients in personal injury clients. Ms. Clarke graduated from the University of Western Law School, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993.

Michael C. DeCosimo - Toronto
Michel DeCosimo practices corporate law with an emphasis on securities, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions. He graduated from law school at The University of Windsor, and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Vincent Frenette – Montréal
Vincent Frenette practice focuses on corporate financing, business transactions, restructuring, corporate law and securities. Mr. Frenette is a graduate of the Université de Montréal Law School and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1996.

Jonathan K.M. Jeske - Vancouver
Jonathan Jeske practices corporate and commercial law focusing on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, corporate reorganizations, commercial transactions and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Jeske graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1999. 

Markus F. Kremer – Toronto
Markus Kremer practices in the areas of public law including constitutional, administrative and pension litigation as well as commercial and class action litigation. Mr. Kremer graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Andrew Loh - Vancouver
Andrew Loh is the Regional Coordinator of BLG’s Biotech and Pharmaceutical practice group. He advises biotechnology, medical device and bioinformatics companies as well as importers, distributors, clinical trial companies, research institutions and hospitals on commercialization of medical technology and health regulatory compliance matters. Mr. Loh earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology from the University of British Columbia and law degrees from the University of Windsor, Ontario and the Detroit Mercy School of Law, Michigan. He was called to the bar in BC in 1996.

Gillain A. Malfair – Calgary
Gillain (Gil) Malfair’s practice focuses on securities law. Acting for both issuers and underwriters, he has represented companies listed on a variety of stock exchanges in the petroleum service, telecommunications, information management, utilities, real estate development, software development and biotechnology sectors. Mr. Malfair received his Bachelor of Laws from the University of British Columbia.  He was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1995, the British Columbia Bar in 1997 and the Alberta Bar in 2002.

Michael A. Marion – Calgary
Michael Marion practices in general civil and corporate litigation with a focus on shareholder and contractual disputes, bankruptcy, and insolvency litigation. Mr. Marion graduated from the University of Manitoba, and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1999.

Caroline Matte – Montréal
Caroline Matte practices in the area of commercial litigation focusing on commercial and insurance law. She brings extensive experience in the areas of bankruptcy and insolvency. Ms. Matte is a graduate of the Université Laval Law School and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1995

William R. McLean – Toronto
William McLean practices corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on advising energy clients in generation, distribution and retail electricity, gas and alternative energy businesses. In addition, he provides advice on regulatory issues and new legislation. Mr. McLean obtained a Master of Arts from the University of Waterloo and an Honours Bachelor of Arts (1989) from McMaster University. He graduated from Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1998. 

Cora S. Miller – Calgary
Cora Miller’s practice is focused in the corporate commercial area including banking, e-commerce and business law. She also handles intellectual property matters such as software licence agreements and distributorship agreements. Ms. Miller was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1999 and graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law in 1998.

Claudine Millette - Montréal
Claudine Millette practices in the area of financial services including banking law, corporate financing and insolvency. Ms. Millette is a graduate of the McGill University Law school in both Civil and Common Law and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1998.

John Paxton – Ottawa
John Paxton practices in the area of Intellectual Property with an emphasis on patents in biotechnology, chemistry and pharmaceuticals. Mr. Paxton received a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Chemistry from St. Andrews University in Scotland and registered as a patent agent in 1984.

Steven G. Pearson – Calgary
Steven Pearson practices in the area of corporate and securities transactions including asset and share purchase and sale transactions, private placements, mergers, acquisitions, public offerings, takeovers and corporate reorganizations. Mr. Pearson graduated from the University of Alberta Faculty of Law, and was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 1999 and the Alberta Bar in 2000.

Melanie A. Warner – Toronto
Melanie Warner practices education law, labour relations and employment law. She advises private and public sector employers in employment and labour relations matters. Ms. Warner also acts for boards of education and independent schools in education-related matters. She received her LL.B from the University of Western Ontario and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Stephanie A. Wong – Toronto
Stephanie Wong practises exclusively in the tax area. Her practice includes international taxation and corporate finance with an emphasis on international structured financing, leasing, mergers and acquisitions and inbound and outbound tax planning for Canadian and foreign-based multinationals. Stephanie was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1996 and graduated from Queen’s University law school. 

About Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
With more than 670 lawyers, intellectual property agents, and other professionals working in six major Canadian cities, Borden Ladner Gervais is one of Canada's largest and most respected national full-service firms. BLG offers fully bilingual legal and intellectual property services and represents a wide variety of regional, national and multinational companies as well as public institutions. For further information, visit www.blgcanada.com

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