The 2011 Precedent Setter Awards

The Precedent Setters are making strides. Here are this year's winners

By Lyndsie Bourgon, Kate Daley, Lia Grainger and Momoko Price

On Tuesday May 31st, 2011

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What makes a Precedent Setter?

In a word: Excellence. Each year, the Precedent Setter Awards recognize six excellent lawyers in their first ten years of practice. These winners do things differently from the rest, taking chances out of the gate to become leaders in their practice areas and their communities.

They’re the lawyers we envy — an advocate challenging the way the courts view the mentally ill, an M&A superstar, the Supreme Court Chief Justice’s right-hand woman, a dynamite litigator, a zealous entrepreneur and a collaborator merging health and law.

Precedent is proud to shine a light on these young stars. Their passion and hard-won experience proves that lawyers don’t have to be 25 years out of law school to make a mark on the world.

Meet the best of the new generation.


THE WINNERS

kanani Karima Kanani
The Collaborator
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 Daniel Lublin
The High Flyer
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 Mercedes Perez
The People’s Lawyer
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 Renée Maria Tremblay
The Renaissance Woman
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 Brendan Van Niejenhuis
The Litigator
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 Cornell Wright
The Zen Master
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THE JUDGES

Jessica Bookman
Associate
Thornton Grout Finnigan LLP

Joseph Cheng
Counsel
Department of Justice Canada

Mark Polley
Partner
Polley Faith Barristers

Usman Sheikh
Enforcement Counsel
Ontario Securities Commission


Photography by Sean J. Sprague