The 2020 Precedent Setter Awards

Meet six emerging lawyers who have become masters of their practice areas and agents of change in the community

At a glance, the best lawyers don’t have much in common. You can find them at firms of all sizes, working in a range of practice areas. Some are courtroom wizards; others offer quick-and-cheap advice to the small-business community. To excel in each domain requires a totally different skill set.

But the profession’s most elite members do share one characteristic: self-knowledge. Keenly aware of their talents and passions, they can build careers that are charged with meaning.

The winners of this year’s Precedent Setter Awards are living proof. All in their first 10 years of practice, they have the freedom to take on cases they care about and, at the same time, the opportunity to drive change in their community.

The Winners

Lindsay Scott

Lindsay Scott
Partner, Paliare Roland Rosenberg Rothstein LLP
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Aaron Bains

Aaron Bains
Associate, Aird & Berlis LLP
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Amanda Carling

Amanda Carling
Manager of Indigenous Initiatives, University of Toronto Faculty of Law
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Stephanie DiGiuseppe

Stephanie DiGiuseppe
Partner, Ruby Shiller Enenajor DiGiuseppe
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Janani Shanmuganathan

Janani Shanmuganathan
Partner, Goddard Nasseri LLP
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Alex Koch

Alex Koch
Founder, Insight Legal
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The Judges

May Cheng, 
Partner, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Bindu Cudjoe, 
General counsel, Canadian Western Bank

Marcus McCann, 
Lawyer, Millard & Company LLP

Alexi Wood, 
Partner, St. Lawrence Barristers LLP

This story is from our Summer 2020 Issue.

Photography by Steph Martyniuk; set design by James Reiger; hair and makeup by Michelle Calleja