The 2017 Precedent Setter Awards

 

Staircase at the Aga Khan MuseumWant to know how to spot a first-rate lawyer? Well, there are three easy giveaways. One, they’ve mastered their field of law, with a track record to prove it. Two, they offer time to organizations that help the community. And three, they can’t help but look fierce against the crisp, awe-inspiring backdrop of the Aga Khan Museum.

Okay, so maybe the judges of this year’s Precedent Setter Awards didn’t consider that last one in their deliberations. But the first two were definitely on their minds. See below to meet six outstanding lawyers, all in their first 10 years of practice, looking pretty damn determined at one of Toronto’s architectural wonders.

 

 

 


The Winners

Konata Lake

Konata Lake
Associate, Torys LLP
Read Konata’s profile

Clara Pham

Clara Pham
Director of Tax, Restaurant Brands International Corporation
Read Clara’s profile

Justin Safeyeni

Justin Safayeni
Associate, Stockwoods LLP
Read Justin’s profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaneka Taylor

Shaneka Taylor
Associate, Boghosian + Allen LLP
Read Shaneka’s profile

Glenford Jameson

Glenford Jameson
Principal, G. S. Jameson & Company
Read Glenford’s profile

Emily Lam

Emily Lam
Partner, Greenwood Lam LLP
Read Emily’s profile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Judges

Katherine Hensel, Founder, Hensel Barristers

Leila Rafi, Partner, McMillan LLP

Paul Jonathan Saguil, Associate VP, TD Bank

Brendan Wong, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP


Behind-the-scenes photos

Check out the behind-the-scenes photos from the photo shoot with the winners!

017 Precedent Setter Awards - Behind-the-scenes photo shoot


Precedent Summer 2017 IssueThis story is from our Summer 2017 issue.

 

 

 


Photography by Lorne Bridgman, hair and makeup by Shawna Lee, shot on location at the Aga Khan Museum.

Precedent Setter Awards 2017: Shaneka Taylor

Shaneka Taylor

Associate, Boghosian + Allen LLP
Called to the bar in 2011

Shaneka Taylor remembers the first time she felt like a successful lawyer. It took place a few years ago, early in her career as a busy insurance-defence litigator. Taylor was in court, about to begin a motion, when the opposing counsel walked over. He said that, as he researched for the case, he saw Taylor’s name all over the relevant caselaw. Every time, she’d won. And she won that day, too.

Shaneka Taylor

Taylor, a sixth-year associate at Boghosian + Allen LLP, is a rare breed in insurance defence. Most lawyers in the field work toward settlements, but she takes complex cases to trial. So she’s in court a lot. Recently, she’s become a go-to lawyer when municipalities are hit with lawsuits. (This happens when someone alleges that faulty infrastructure — roads, sewers and so on — led to an injury.) “I don’t want to sound arrogant,” says the 33-year-old, with a smile. “But I’ve added to that area of law quite a bit. If someone is researching a case, they’ll come across cases I’ve argued and won.”

Her firm’s managing partner, David Boghosian, sees in Taylor a preternatural courtroom presence. “She has incredible charisma,” he says. “She is going to be a winner in the practice of law.”

Outside the courtroom, Taylor, who’s married to downtown banker Patrick Taylor, is a community leader. As vice-president of the Black Female Lawyers Network, she spearheaded, with the Ontario Justice Education Network, a program called Lil Sistahs.
At the BFLN annual retreat, she invites 10 to 15 black high-school girls to spend the day with a member. The goal is to show them that a legal career could be in their future. “Throughout the day, we see the transformation. They see that it’s possible.”


Don’t forget to read about our other amazing winners.


Photography by Lorne Bridgman, hair and makeup by Shawna Lee, shot on location at the Aga Khan Museum.