Canada: Borden Ladner Gervais Announces 27 New Partners
Last Updated: February 9 2006

Toronto, Ontario February 9, 2006: Sean Weir, National Managing Partner at February 9, 2006 - Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of Canada’s leading national law firms, today announces the admission of 27 of the firm’s lawyers into its partnership.

"Each of these lawyers has demonstrated the knowledge, integrity, excellence and commitment that Borden Ladner Gervais stands for," says Weir. "I am proud of all their work and accomplishments and am honoured to have them as partners." Most of BLG’s new partners developed their expertise and professional approach to client service as associates with the firm. 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 service training.

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

Sébastien Berthelet – Montréal
Sébastien Berthelet practices corporate and commercial law with a focus on private acquisitions and venture capital transactions. In addition to advising and assisting enterprises with respect to acquisitions, mergers and divestitures, Mr. Berthelet provides legal representation to both venture capital funds and issuers negotiating venture capital financing. Mr. Berthelet graduated from the Université of Montréal Law School and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1999.

Daniel A. Boan – Toronto
Daniel Boan practices in the areas of construction, engineering, surety & fidelity. He represents owners, surety bonding companies, general contractors, developers, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals with respect to all matter of construction projects, litigation, contracts, alternate dispute resolution and other disputes. Mr. Boan graduated from the University of Western Ontario Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000.

T. Kirk Boyd – Ottawa
Kirk Boyd’s practice focuses on insurance defence, general commercial litigation and stockbroker negligence. Mr. Boyd graduated from Queen’s University Law School and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Katharine Byrick – Toronto
Katharine Byrick practices exclusively in health law defending health care institutions and their employees in medical malpractice actions, representing health care providers before administrative tribunals including the Consent and Capacity Board and Health Professional Appeal and Review Board and provides advice to a variety of health care organizations on many different issues. Ms. Byrick has appeared before all levels of the Ontario courts. Ms. Byrick is a graduate of the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Rebecca C. W. Chan – Toronto
Rebecca Chan practices corporate and commercial law involving transactional and business advisory work for financial institutions as well as public and private companies. Ms. Chan has a specialized practice in regulatory matters including financial services and consumer protection and privacy. Ms. Chan graduated from McGill University Law School with distinction and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2000. She is trilingual in English, French and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese).

Virginia Chan – Montréal
Virginia Chan is a member of BLG's Tax Group. Her practice includes corporate tax, estates and cross-border planning. Ms. Chan graduated from the University of Ottawa Law School and was called to the Québec Bar in 1996. She has also obtained a Graduate Degree in Taxation from McGill University and has completed the In-Depth Tax Course offered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Brian E. Cohen – Toronto
Brian Cohen is a member of our Toronto office's Wealth Management Group focusing on personal taxation, estates, trusts and the taxation of charities. Mr. Cohen received a B.A. in Financial and Economic Analysis from the University of Western Ontario and went on to graduate from Osgoode Hall Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Rebecca A. Cowdery – Toronto
Rebecca Cowdery is a securities lawyer focusing on the regulatory, compliance and governance issues facing participants in the investment management industry. Ms. Cowdery joined BLG in November 2003 after nine years as a senior investment funds regulator with the Ontario Securities Commission. She graduated with a law degree from the University of Alberta and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1983 and to the Ontario Bar in 1986.

Paul D’Angelo – Ottawa
Paul D’Angelo practices commercial litigation with emphasis on banking and bankruptcy litigation, securities litigation and insolvency matters. Mr. D’Angelo graduated from the University of Ottawa and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1997.

Robert J. C. Deane – Vancouver
Robert (Rob) Deane practices in the areas of commercial litigation, general appellate litigation, privacy law, intellectual property litigation and advertising/competition law. He is the regional leader of BLG’s Privacy and Access to Information practice group in Vancouver. Mr. Deane graduated from the University of Victoria in 1998 receiving the Law Society of British Columbia Gold Medal. After clerking at the Supreme Court of Canada he was called to the British Columbia Bar in 2000.

Eric J. Dufour – Toronto
Eric Dufour advises clients on all aspects of competition law including merger transactions, commercial practices, criminal and civil investigations and compliance matters. Mr. Dufour has extensive experience with clients in various industries including financial services, transportation, publishing, oil and gas, forestry, metals, communications, retail, food and beverage, manufacturing and information technology. Mr. Dufour obtained his law degree from the University of Ottawa and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997. Prior to joining BLG Mr. Dufour practiced within the Mergers Branch of the Canadian Competition Bureau.

Fred Enns – Montréal
Fred Enns practices corporate finance law and acts for Underwriters and Issuers in public financings and merger and acquisition transactions. He also advises on securities regulatory compliance, continuous disclosure obligations, corporate governance issues, private M&A and other corporate commercial transactions. Mr. Enns graduated from McGill University Law School and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1988, the Québec Bar in 1990 and the B.C. Law Society in 2000.

Shane Freitag – Toronto
Shane Freitag has been practicing commercial and regulatory law for over twenty years in the energy and utility sectors throughout Canada. He received his law degree from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan. Mr. Freitag was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1983 and is an active member of the Northwest Territories Bar, the Nunavut Bar and the Ontario Bar.

Manon Gauthier – Montréal
Manon Gauthier practices in the area of corporate and commercial law with an emphasis on venture capital, biotech, pharmaceutical and regulatory law. Ms. Gauthier is a graduate of the Université du Québec Law School and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1997.

Robyn A. Grant – Toronto
Robyn Grant practices in the area of health law with a focus on defending health care institutions and health care providers. Ms. Grant obtained her law degree from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 2000.

Jason L. Howg – Calgary
Jason Howg is a lawyer, patent agent and trademark agent who practices in the information technology (IT), intellectual property (IP) and technology law areas with a particular focus in health informatics. Mr. Howg is a graduate from the University of Alberta and was called to the Alberta Bar in 2000.

Roger Jaipargas – Toronto
Roger Jaipargas practices in the area of insolvency and corporate restructuring. His practice includes litigation associated with insolvency proceedings, priority disputes regarding secured transactions and various other creditor remedies. Mr. Jaipargas graduated from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2000.

Kathleen E. Marsman Ph.D. – Ottawa
Kathleen Marsman practices in the area of intellectual property specializing in drafting and prosecution of patent applications relating to biotechnology, chemistry and life sciences. Dr. Marsman graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Science in Honours Biochemistry and went on to obtain a Master of Science and Doctorate from the University of Alberta in Nutrition and Metabolism. She became a registered Canadian patent agent in 1999 and a registered U.S. patent agent in 2001.

Karen A. McHugh – Calgary
Karen McHugh practices in the area of civil litigation with much of her experience in oil and gas litigation and banking litigation. She also has experience in commercial disputes, product liability and debt collection. Ms. McHugh is a graduate of the University of Calgary. She articled with the Alberta Court of Appeal and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1995.

Patricia Morrison – Calgary
Patricia (Trish) Morrison practices in the area of commercial litigation with an emphasis on construction and surety issues, product liability and insurance defence. Ms. Morrison graduated from the University of Calgary Law School and was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1998.

Mathieu Piché-Messier – Montréal
Mathieu Piché-Messier practices in the area of civil litigation with particular focus on commercial fraud, Anton Piller injunctions, anti-piracy, IP enforcement, arbitration, real estate litigation and defamation. Mr. Piché-Messier is a graduate of the University of Sherbrooke Law School and was admitted to the Québec Bar in 1998. He is the Secretary General of the Montréal Young Bar Association.

Stéphane Pitre – Montréal
Stéphane Pitre practices in the areas of construction, engineering, surety and fidelity, commercial litigation and class action. Mr. Pitre is a graduate of the Université de Montréal and was called to the Québec Bar in 1999. Holly M. Pommier – Vancouver Holly Pommier practices commercial real estate law and works on a variety of real estate transactions including the purchase and sale of commercial properties and related financing, drafting and negotiating commercial leases and licences and subdivisions. Ms. Pommier is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 2000.

R. Steve Thomas – Ottawa
Steve Thomas practices business law with an emphasis on corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, investment funds and the regulation of the financial industry. Mr. Thomas graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and was admitted to the Ontario Bar in 1999.

Frank Tosto – Calgary
Frank Tosto practices in the areas of civil and commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Tosto is a graduate from the University of Windsor Faculty of Law and was called to the Ontario Bar in 1997 and the Alberta Bar in 2004.

Rick Williams – Vancouver
Rick Williams practices in the areas of environmental law, maritime, insurance defence, construction, commercial leasing and commercial litigation. He has represented clients at all levels of court in British Columbia and was successful co-counsel on the C.N. v. ABC Recycling case, which is now one of the leading decisions on contaminated sites in British Columbia. Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Victoria and was admitted to the British Columbia Bar in 2000.

P. James Zibarras – Toronto
James Zibarras practices in the areas of commercial litigation, fraud litigation, computer and Internet litigation as well as intellectual property litigation. Mr. Zibarras graduated from the University of Victoria Law School and was called to the British Columbia Bar in 1998, the California State Bar in 2001 and the Ontario Bar in 2004.

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