The Circuit: Precedent Setter Awards 2014


What: Precedent Setter Awards 2014
Where: Stratus Restaurant, 79 Wellington St. W.
When: June 11, 2014


Last week, more than 120 lawyers and guests packed into Stratus restaurant in Toronto to recognize this year’s Precedent Setter Award winners. Held atop the TD Tower in the downtown core, our annual event brought guests together to mingle and meet our winners, in their first 10 years of practice, are blazing new trails in the profession.

During the evening, Melissa Kluger, publisher and editor of Precedent, presented the winners with a framed version of their photographs from the magazine. Unique to this year, Kluger also handed out commemorative pins to this year’s crop of top lawyers and the past winners in attendance. To see Precedent Setters both old and new come together made the evening all the more special.

We’d also like to extend a big thank-you to our presenting sponsor RainMaker Group and our event sponsors the Cambridge Group of Clubs, Deloitte, Laurel Hill Advisory Group, and Harcourts.

Congratulations once again to all our winners:

Paul-Erik VeelPaul-Erik Veel
Associate, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
Read Paul-Erik’s profile

 

 

Alexi WoodAlexi Wood
Associate, Davis LLP
Read Alexi’s profile

 

 

Andrea GonsalvesAndrea Gonsalves
Partner, Stockwoods LLP Barristers
Read Andrea’s profile

 

 

Nikiforos IatrouNikiforos Iatrou
Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
Read Niki’s profile

 

 

Ronan LevyRonan Levy
Corporate Counsel, Cognition LLP
Read Ronan’s profile

 

 


Event photography by Yvonne Bambrick

Precedent Setter Awards 2014: Andrea Gonsalves

Andrea Gonsalves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Gonsalves

Partner, Stockwoods LLP Barristers
Called to the bar in 2006

Andrea Gonsalves walks into a Starbucks in midtown Toronto with her four-week-old daughter snuggled against her chest. As she did with her now-three-year-old son, she’s taking nearly a year of maternity leave.

She misses work intensely — she used to read her son Supreme Court rulings in lieu of Dr. Seuss, and sent work-related emails within hours of delivering her daughter — but she is determined to show younger lawyers at Stockwoods that it’s possible to be a successful litigator and spend time at home, too. “I’m usually out of the office at 5 p.m. to have dinner with my family,” says Gonsalves, whose husband works for an IT company from home. “I want other lawyers to know that if they choose to do that, it’s okay.”

When Gonsalves joined Stockwoods in 2007 — after clerking at both the Ontario Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada — she was part of the team representing the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, who claimed they had a right to 35 percent of net profits generated by Casino Rama. “My role was primarily pulling up documents and scrolling to the right place,” says Gonsalves, but it didn’t sting any less when they lost. “You feel really shitty for the first few days, but you have to learn to bounce back.”

Gonsalves doesn’t shy away from tough cases. She was on the team that received the 2012 National Public Health Hero Award for successfully intervening at the Supreme Court of Canada after the federal government chose not to renew a legal exemption that would allow employees at the Insite safe injection facility in Vancouver to legally handle narcotics. Now, she’s acting for three Canadians seeking compensation from the federal government for torture they suffered in Syria.

She’s drawn to tough cases where the stakes are high. “I’d really like to be on my feet at the Supreme Court,” she says. But that will have to wait. A tiny cry comes from the blanket on Gonsalves’s lap. It’s time to head home.


Precedent Setter Award Winners

Don’t forget to read about our other spectacular winnersand have a look at our behind-the-scenes pics from the cover shoot.

 

 

 

 


Photography by Anya Chibis; Hair and makeup by Shawna Lee; Shot on location at Lightform, Toronto

Precedent Setter Awards 2014: Behind-the-scenes at our photo shoot

This April, we traveled to LightForm — a sleek, modern lighting outlet in Toronto — to shoot our fabulous 2014 Precedent Setter Award winners with photographer Anya Chibis. Throughout the day, we snapped these behind-the-scenes photos to capture the excitement and hard work that went into the issue:

 


Precedent Setter Award Winners

Check out the profiles of our spectacular 2014 Precedent Setter Award winners.

 

 

 

 


Photography by Anya Chibis; Hair and makeup by Shawna Lee; Shot on location at Lightform, Toronto

The Precedent Setter Awards 2014

Precedent Setter Award WinnersEvery year, Precedent seeks out and celebrates the most outstanding lawyers in their first 10 years of practice who are excelling in their careers and contributing to our community with their ideas, work and achievements.

The 2014 winners are a particularly inspiring mix of savvy litigators on a clear path to Bay Street success and game-changing rule breakers shaking up the establishment.

We’re proud to celebrate the kind of diversity that makes law such an exciting place to build a career. Here are the five lawyers to watch in 2014.

Here are the five lawyers to watch in 2014:

 

 


The Winners

Paul-Erik VeelPaul-Erik Veel
Associate, Lenczner Slaght Royce Smith Griffin LLP
Read Paul-Erik’s profile

 

 

Alexi WoodAlexi Wood
Associate, Davis LLP
Read Alexi’s profile

 

 

Andrea GonsalvesAndrea Gonsalves
Partner, Stockwoods LLP Barristers
Read Andrea’s profile

 

 

Nikiforos IatrouNikiforos Iatrou
Partner, WeirFoulds LLP
Read Niki’s profile

 

 

Ronan LevyRonan Levy
Corporate Counsel, Cognition LLP
Read Ronan’s profile

 

 

Web bonus: Check out behind-the-scenes photos from our photo shoot with the winners!


The Judges

Rahool Agarwal, Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Gerald Chan, Partner, Ruby Schiller Chan Hasan Barristers

Sandra Ka Hon Chu, Co-director of Research and Advocacy, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network

Stacie Glazman, Barrister & Solicitor and Chartered Business Valuator


Photography by Anya Chibis; Hair and makeup by Shawna Lee; Shot on location at Lightform, Toronto