The 2010 Precedent Setter Awards

And the Precedent Setters Awards goes to

By Lia Grainger, Katherine Leyton and Crystal Luxmore

On Wednesday June 9th, 2010

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Precedent - Summer  2010Precedent is pleased to present the recipients of the inaugural Precedent Setter Awards.

We established the awards to recognize lawyers in their first 10 years who have shown excellence and leadership in their practices and in their communities. We knew they were out there and your many nominations proved us right.


KRW - silverThis article won silver for Art Direction of an Opening Spread / Complete Feature at the 57th annual KRW Awards [PDF]


 

Our judges — outstanding lawyers in their own right — were extremely impressed with the calibre of nominees. The six individuals you’ll meet on the following pages are all trailblazers. Their backgrounds, areas of practice and passions are incredibly diverse. But they have one important thing in common: an intense enthusiasm for the law and for the communities of which they are a part. They are changing laws and changing lives. They set a fabulous precedent and we are very proud to honour them with these awards.


The Winners

Michele Allinotte - 2010 Precedent Setter Award winner / Photo by Margaret Mulligan Michele Allinotte: the networker
Barrister & Solicitor, Business & Real Estate Law
BIO | 5 TIPS

Joseph Cheng - 2010 Precedent Setter Award Winner / Photo by Margaret Mulligan Joseph Cheng: the game changer
Litigator, Department of Justice Canada, Public Law
BIO | 5 TIPS

Mitch Frazer - 2010 Precedent Setter Award winner / Photo by Margaret Mulligan Mitch Frazer: the rainmaker
Partner, Pensions & Employment, Torys LLP
BIO | 5 TIPS

Signe Leisk - 2010 Precedent Setter Award winner / Photo by Margaret Mulligan Signe Leisk: the mentor
Partner, Municipal & Planning Law, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
BIO | 5 TIPS

Derek Smith - 2010 Precedent Setter Award winner / Photo by Margaret Mulligan Derek Smith: the cultivator
Counsel, TD Bank Financial Group
BIO | 5 TIPS

Waikwa Wanyoike - 2010 Precedent Setter Award winner / Photo by Margaret Mulligan Waikwa Wanyoike: the humanitarian
Barrister & Solicitor, Immigration & Criminal Law
BIO | 5 TIPS


The Judges

Sue Gaudi
VP General Counsel
The Globe and Mail

Adam Maerov
Partner
McMillan LLP

Samantha Prasad
Partner
Minden Gross LLP

Sean Robichaud
Barrister & Solicitor


The Photographer

Margaret Mulligan is a commercial photographer. Her work has appeared in Toronto Life, enRoute, Condé Nast Traveller, Cottage Life and Hotelier, and was nominated in the category of “Best Photograph” at the 2008 Canadian Business Press Awards. She attributes the success of her portrait of Joseph Cheng and his son Alexander to the mesmerizing sound of the kazoo — a new essential in her camera bag.